James 1:2-3 Consider it all joy, my brothers, when you encounter various trials, for you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.
“My beloved, if I allow you to be tested, is it not so that you may be strengthened in all the virtues? Let what you endure spur you on to exercise greater virtue. Look to the cross. Was there ever a greater trial endured? Was there ever a greater injustice when perfect goodness was condemned and perfect purity was defiled? Then whatever injustice you suffer, let the example of Christ be your guide, he who forgave his very persecutors and in doing so drew many of them to himself, and to salvation. My child, many were converted through the heroic virtues of Christ crucified. Be imitators of Christ, striving for greater virtue in all circumstances. My child, do this and you will know unending joy, even while on earth. Linked to me, you can know nothing but joy.”
Jesus, my beloved, I link myself to you and trust that your virtues will make their home in me, in spite of my vast unworthiness. Lord, I unite myself also to the Fiat of your Mother. Use me as you wish O Lord to accomplish all you desire. Jesus I trust in you. Amen