Accept suffering with a smile

“When suffering overtakes us, let us accept it with a smile. This is the greatest gift of God: having the courage to accept with a smile whatever he gives us and whatever he takes from us.” —   Blessed Mother Teresa

I recently had lunch with a businessman, and as he excused himself for a moment, the waitress came over and filled up my cola with a smile. I asked where she was from and she smiled and said in spanish “Soy del El Salvador.” So this began a few minutes of conversation about our mission trips to her country every year. When the gentleman came back, she finished with a smile, saying, “Thank you so much for visiting my country and for helping my people…I am very grateful!” Such a simple, servicial and joyful soul…she was an older lady with a lot of suffering on her face, but her smile was deep and powerful!



About Father Michael Sliney, LC

Father Michael Sliney was ordained a priest in Rome on December 24, 1998. He studied mechanical engineering at Michigan State University for two years before entering the Legion. As a seminarian he earned a bachelors in philosophy from the University of St. Thomas Aquinas and degrees in philosophy and theology from the Pontifical Regina Apostolorum College in Rome. He works with youth groups in the Washington D.C. area.
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