O Lord, I am fully persuaded that without suffering, and suffering with patience, I cannot win the crown of Paradise. David said: From Him is my patience. And I say the same; my patience in suffering must come from You.
I make many purposes to accept in peace of all tribulations; but no sooner are they at hand than I grow sad and alarmed; and if I suffer, I suffer without merit and without love, because I know not how to suffer them so as to please You.
O my Jesus, through the merits of Your patience in bearing so many afflictions for love of me, grant me the grace to bear crosses for the love of You! I love You with my whole heart, O my dear Redeemer! I love You, my sovereign good! I love You, my own love, worthy of infinite love.
I am grieved at any displeasure I have ever caused You, more than for any evil whatever. I promise You to receive with patience all the trials You may send me; but look to You for help to be faithful to my promise, and especially to be enabled to bear in peace the throes of my last agony and death.
O Mary, my Queen, vouchsafe to obtain for me a true resignation in all the anguish and trials that await me in life and death.
St. Alphonsus Liguori