It is patience that reveals every grace to you, and it is through patience that the saints received all that was promised to them.
When a thought oppresses you, do not be downhearted, but put up with it in courage, saying, ‘They swarmed around me closer and closer, but I drove them back in the name of the Lord’ (Ps. 118:11). Divine help will arrive at your side immediately, and you will drive them away from you, and courage will compass you round about, and the glory of God will walk with you; and ‘you will be filled to your soul’s desire’ (Isa. 58:11).
Shun the praise of men and love the one who, in the fear of the Lord, reprimands you.
Be ever more obedient to God and He will save you.
We are assailed by the temptation of the love of money. If you wish to acquire riches ? they are the bait of the fishers hook ? by greed, by trafficking, by violence, by ruse or by excessive manual work that deprives you of leisure for the service of God ? in a word by any other means ? if you have desired to pile up gold or silver, remember what the Gospel says, ‘Fool! They will snatch your soul away during the night! Who will get your hoard’ (cf. Lk. 12:20)? Again, ‘He piles up money without knowing to whom it will go’ (Ps. 39:6).
Take as an example the wisdom of Joseph and his submission. Do battle in chastity and service until you make yourself a king (cf. Gen. 41).