Editor’s Note:  In his book, The School of Jesus Crucified, Father Ignatius of the Side of Jesus, Passionist, outlines 25 points as a “Practical Rule of Christian Life for Daily Observance”.  We will publish one a day. 

Point 19

“In time of prosperity, or when everything succeeds according to your desires, and your heart is overflowing with joy and happiness, do not lose sight of Jesus Crucified, or forget how He endured the most painful sufferings and agonizing dereliction of spirit, without the slightest consolation or relief.  Say to Him:  In Thee, and in Thy wounds, O my suffering Jesus, and not in creatures, will I ever seek consolation.  The joys and merriment of the world are nought but vanity.  The service of God and sincere love of Jesus are, on the contrary, an unfailing source of pure happiness to the true Christian.