"Don't say: 'That person gets on my nerves.' Think: 'That person sanctifies me.'"
~ St. Josemaria Escriva, The Way, #174
When I read the above quote by St Josemaria Escriva, I thought: "I need that one!" How often in the course of a day I have that thought about people~ this or that one gets on my nerves. What a great way to turn it around into something profitable for our spiritual lives; if we accept it and offer it up, we can see the annoyance as sanctifying. I have sometimes heard the people in our lives who irritate us called saint makers.
The other thought I had when I read this was a little more humbling~ how many people do I irritate? Perhaps I can make a saint out of someone else, while trying to not be irritating.
Then again, human nature being what it is, we are all, at one time or another going to get on someones nerves.
So let us continue in the quest for holiness as we all sanctify one another.