Vipers

Acts of the Apostles 28:3 But when Paul had gathered together a bundle of twigs, and had placed them on the fire, a viper, which had been drawn to the heat, fastened itself to his hand.
Life has a funny way. We find ourselves wrecked, stuck with strangers who, at first, are uncommonly kind to us, and later think badly of us; we receive warmth and hope, then get bit by the hidden vipers in  our lives who are drawn to our success and blessings. Here we learn a great virtue of Knighthood: In all our blessings, be ready for the vipers; when vipers bite, give them no reaction.

Calm in times of adversity, despite how surprising the change in fortune may be, will result in further blessings for you and those around you. St. Paul shook off his viper, only to be regarded then as a god by those who thought he deserved the bite. Some may think you deserve your misfortune, but stay focused, Knight, on your Truth; many moods are swayed more easily by vipers than by men, as a man, stand strong.

Hold fast to faith, give hope to the heavyhearted, be charitable in grace

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