To make possible true inner silence, practice silence of the eyes – by seeking always the beauty and goodness of God everywhere, closing them to the faults of others and to all that is sinful and disturbing to the soul; silence of the ears – by listening always to the voice of God and to the cry of the poor and the needy, closing them to all other voices that come from fallen human nature, such as gossip, tale-bearing and uncharitable words; silence of the tongue – by praising God . . . and by refraining from self-defense and every word that causes darkness, turmoil, pain, and death; silence of the mind – by opening it to the truth and knowledge of God in prayer and contemplation . . . and by closing it to all untruths, distractions, destructive thoughts, rash judgments, false suspicions of others, vengeful thoughts, and desires; silence of the heart – by loving God with our heart, soul, mind, and strength and one another as God loves, and avoiding all selfishness, hatred, envy, jealousy, and greed. I shall keep the silence of my heart with greater care, so that in the silence of my heart I hear His words of comfort . . . For in the silence and purity of the heart, God speaks.
– St.Teresa of Calcutta
Christ comes to us full of perfect knowledge and unlimited love. He knows exactly what we are, and he knows exactly what our life will be . . . He knows all our mistakes and all our sins; he knows all our misfortunes and all our miseries. He knows all these things in advance, but being the perfect Lover, he comes with the power of God to heal all these ills. He is perfectly prepared to repair our life completely if we do not prevent him. And God is able to make all grace abound in you; that you always, having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work. Our sufficiency is from God.
– Father Eugene Boylan, O.C.S.O.
I have that assurance God gave to St. Paul and he passed on to us: My grace is sufficient for you. And what is grace? Participation in the divine life. And that participation means for me, light and understanding and conviction, of course only occasionally, but strong enough to carry me along, to lift me up out of depression, discouragement, uncertainty, doubt. . .The frustrations that we experience are exercises in faith and hope, which are supernatural virtues. With prayer, one can go on cheerfully and even happily, while without prayer, how grim is the journey. Prayer is as necessary to life as breathing.
Our present life is given to us only to gain the eternal one and if we don’t think about it, we build our affections on what belongs to this world, where our life is transitory. When we have to leave it, we are afraid and become agitated. Believe me, to live happily in this pilgrimage, we have to aim at the hope of arriving at our Homeland, where we will stay eternally. Meanwhile, we have to believe firmly that God calls us to himself and follows us along the path toward him. He will never permit anything to happen to us that is not for our greater good. He knows who we are and he will hold out his paternal hand to us during difficulties, so that nothing will prevent us from running to him swiftly. But to enjoy this grace we must have complete trust in him.
– St. Pio of Pietrelcina
In all trouble, you should seek God. . . .God can only relieve your troubles if you in your anxiety cling to Him. Trouble should not really be thought of as this incident or that in particular, for our whole life on earth involves trouble; and through the troubles of our earthly pilgrimage we find God.
– Saint Augustine
The kingdom of God is where man is in a state of grace and all things move in divine order. Human needs are met by God’s abundance, human limitations are dissolved by God’s power, human rashness is tamed by God’s discipline – all this is part of the kingdom of God….Contact with God is the one thing that gives sense and satisfaction to our lives and God is always ready and waiting….The kingdom of God is grace, which is why we pray for it; but the grace of God so often stands at the door and knocks without finding anyone to open.
– Father Alfred Delp, S.J.
Being holy means living exactly the way our Father in heaven wants us to live. You will say that it is difficult. It is. The ideal is a very high one. And yet it is also easy. It is within our reach. When a person becomes ill, there may be no appropriate medicine. But in supernatural affairs, it is not like that. The medicine is always at hand. It is Jesus Christ, present in the Holy Eucharist, and he also gives us his grace in the other sacraments which he has established. Let us say again, in word and in action: “Lord, I trust in you; your ordinary providence, your help each day, is all I need.” We do not have to ask God to perform great miracles. Rather, we have to beg him to increase our faith, to enlighten our intellect, and strengthen our will.
– St. Josemariá Escrivá
To say God is within us is to say that we are transcendent. . .He is our center, our term, our completion. . .We must be born again of the Spirit. Without the Spirit we remain flesh which cannot know God. The evolution of the butterfly is a marvelous image of what is meant here. The caterpillar must be “born again.” It must receive an impetus to enable it to be transformed into a butterfly. But it has with it, in its caterpillar state, all the potential for this. Nothing new is added; what is already there is developed. So it is with us. God is our beloved in truth now, but will be so even more truly after long and generous effort and correspondence with his action. Then we are no longer our own, but his.
– Sister Ruth Burrows
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What a sad thing it is to see that most people never even bother to think about the reason for their existence, but live as if they believe themselves created only to build houses, plant trees, cultivate the garden, pile up wealth, or do frivolous things. Consider your own past life. Say, “Lord, what was I thinking of when I was not thinking of you? Whom did I love when I was not loving you?”
– St. Francis de Sales
May your love draw down upon you the mercy of the Lord, and may he let you see that within your soul a saint is sleeping. I shall ask him to make you so open and supple that you will be able to understand and do what he wants you to do. Your life is nothing; it is not even your own. Each time you say “I’d like to do this or that,” you wound Christ, robbing him of what is his. You have to put to death everything within you except the desire to love God. This is not at all hard to do. It is enough to have confidence and to thank the little Jesus for all the potentialities he has placed within you. You are called to holiness, like me, like everyone. Don’t forget.
– Jacques Fesch