We may make an oratory of our heart wherein to retire from time to time to converse with God in meekness, humility, and love. Every one is capable of such familiar conversation with God, some more, some less. He knows what we can do. Let us begin, then . . . Le us live and die with God. Sufferings will be sweet and pleasant to us while we are with him; and the greatest pleasures will be, without him, a cruel punishment to us. May he be blessed forever. Amen
– Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection
John Paul II’s words to the world, “Do not be afraid,” echo the words of Jesus. These words reveal something of the Pope’s awareness of the precariousness of life and the need for a compass, which is the Lord . . .Our lives are small. It was Moses to whom God spoke, from a small wind. The wind has been silent a long time.The winds may seem overwhelming and beyond our control to calm them. But it is then and perhaps only then, that the wind will speak again, calming all about us, and urging us to move on and not be afraid. We will need to be still and listen – listen with the heart. The heart – a small thing. It does not occupy much space but holds something of the eternal. It guides us through what is necessarily vast and of mystery. Like a compass, it contains all directions and yet points to the One that is necessary.
– Father James Behrens, O.C.S.O.
You who are beyond time, Lord, you know what you are doing. You make no mistakes in your distribution of time to men. . .But we must not lose time, waste time, or kill time, for time is a gift that you give us. . .The time that you give me, the years of my life, the days of my years, the hours of my days, they are mine to fill and to offer to you. I am not asking you Lord for time to do this and then that, but your grace to do conscientiously, in the time that you have given me, what you want me to do.
– Father Michel Quoist
You know that God is everywhere . . . that is to say, wherever God is, there is heaven . . . Remember how St. Augustine tells us about his seeking God in many places and eventually finding him within himself. Do you suppose it is of little importance that a soul which is often distracted should come to understand this truth and to find that, in order to speak to its Eternal Father and to take its delight in him, it has no need to go to heaven or speak in a loud voice? However quietly we speak, he is so near that he will hear us; we need no wings to go in search of him but have only to find a place where we can be alone and look upon him present within us . . . We must talk to him very humbly, as we should to our father, ask him for things as we should ask a father, tell him our troubles, and beg him to put them right.
– St. Teresa of Avila
Death and eternity are the two faces of one great destiny. Nothing is in vain; nothing dies. Our life on earth is completed, crowned, and perpetuated in heaven. Earthly life is beautiful and worthy when it is lived in the service of God. All that is beautiful and good in us and around us on earth and in the universe is a mere pallid image of the kingdom of God. The higher one rises toward heaven, the more he understands the great mystery of life which has as its aim: goodness, happiness, God. – Giorgio Berlutti
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Nothing is more essential than the love of God. It is the first of all virtues, a virtue so necessary, that without it we shall never get to heaven; and it is in order to love God that we are on the earth . . . But the misfortune is that we lavish our love upon objects unworthy of it, and refuse it to him alone who deserves to be infinitely loved. Thus my children, one person will love riches, another will love pleasures; and both will offer to the good God nothing but the languishing remains of a heart worn out in the service of the world . . . God alone . . . deserves that we should love him above all things; more than our possessions,because they are earthly; more than our friends, because they are mortal; more than our life, because it is perishable; more than ourselves, because we belong to him. Our love, my children, if it is true, must be without limit, and it must influence our conduct.
– St. John Vianney
We must go to God and ask him to empty us of self and of self-seeking and of self-regard. We want to consecrate to God every possession, every action, every moment we live. Let us tell God that all we have and enjoy comes from him, belongs to him, that we hold it only at his disposal. We want to refer to him credit for anything we do. We want to consecrate to him all our pleasures, offer to him all our defects and discomforts. I have nothing my God, it is all yours. Take it. I give it back to you.
– Monsignor Ronald Knox
Remember always that the Son of God remained unrecognized. That is our aim, and that is what he asks of us now, for the future, and for always, unless he shows us, by some method of his which we cannot mistake, that he wants something else of us. Pay homage to the everyday life led by our Lord on earth, to his humility, his self-surrender, and his practice of the virtues such a life requires. But chiefly pay homage to the limitations our Divine Master set on his own achievements. He did not choose to do all he might have done, and he teaches us to be content to refrain from undertakings which might be within our power, and to fulfill only what charity demands and his will requires.
– St. Vincent de Paul
We are called to love God above all things with our whole heart and soul and mind. . .Love is choosing. I have to choose to love God when my conscious being feels no attraction save for what is here and now desirable. . .I am loving much when I pour out my love over the feet of Jesus in his brethren. I have to bring before my mind all sorts of reasons for doing this. . .But there are other powerful incentives that perhaps have to precede the loving preoccupation with Jesus: consideration of the brevity of our life span, its mysteriousness, what it is for, its gravity, and the appalling danger of wasting it. All day long, if we take the trouble, we can glean in the field of our lives, abundant motives for surrendering ourselves to life’s whole meaning – God.
– Sister Ruth Burrows
We would envy our religious brothers and sisters if we too could “die to ourselves” a little more each day. However, for us, the tiny circumstances of life are faithful “superiors.” They do not leave us alone for a moment. When we surrender to them without resistance, we find ourselves wonderfully liberated from ourselves. From the moment we wake up, these circumstances take hold of us. It is the telephone that rings; it is the key that won’t work, the bus that doesn’t arrive or arrives full . . . It’s the daily routine, one chore that leads to another, some job we wouldn’t have chosen. It’s being cold, or being hot; it’s the headache or the toothache. For us, the ordinary people of the streets, obedience means bending to the ways of our times whenever they are not harmful . . . When we live with others, obedience also means we set aside our own tastes and leave things in the place others have put them. When we thus become accustomed to giving up our will to so many tiny things, we will no longer find it hard, when the occasion presents itself, to do the will of our boss, our husband, or our parents.
– Madeleine Delbrel