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He who labors as he prays lifts his heart to God with his hands.
We find rest in those we love, and we provide a resting place in ourselves for those who love us.
The measure of love is love without measure.
Love seeks no cause beyond itself and no fruit; it is its own fruit, its own enjoyment. I love because I love; I love in order that I may love.
What we love we shall grow to resemble.
there are four degrees of love: 1) Love of self for self's sake. 2) Love of God for self's sake. 3) Love of God for God's own sake. 4) Love of self for God's sake.
The three most important virtues are humility, humility, and humility.
The true measure of loving God is to love him without measure.
The rivers of Grace cannot flow uphill, up the steep cliff of the proud man's heart.
Theirs is an endless road, a hopeless maze, who seek for goods before they seek for God.
We are to love God for Himself, because of a twofold reason; nothing is more reasonable, nothing more profitable.
Spiritual life is like living water that springs up from the very depths of our own spiritual experience. In spiritual life everyone has to drink from his or her own well.
Prayer is a virtue that prevaileth against all temptations.
Action and contemplation are very close companions; they live together in one house on equal terms. Martha and Mary are sisters.
Learn the lesson that, if you are to do the work of a prophet, what you need is not a sceptre but a hoe.
Many of those who are humiliated are not humble. Some react to humiliation with anger, others with patience, and others with freedom. The first are culpable, the next harmless, the last just.
Expect much of God, and he will do much for you.
If you would know whether you have made a good confession, ask yourself I you have resolved to abandon your sins.
It is a fault, not a virtue, to wish your humility recognized and applauded.
It is no great thing to be humble when you are brought low; but to be humble when you are praised is a great and rare attainment.
Let your prayer for temporal blessings be strictly limited to things absolutely necessary.
What I know of the divine sciences and Holy Scriptures, I learned in woods and fields. I have no other masters than the beeches and the oaks.
He rightly reads scripture who turns words into deeds.
All things are possible to one who believes.
You wish to see; listen. Hearing is a step toward Vision.
He won me over entirely by giving Himself entirely to me.
Who loves me will love my dog also.
Pride only, the chief of all iniquities, can make us treat gifts as if they were rightful attributes of our nature, and, while receiving benefits, rob our Benefactor of His due glory.
God will either give us what we ask, or what He knows to be better for us.
True penance consists in regretting without ceasing the faults of the past, and in firmly resolving to never again commit that which is so deplorable.
When God forgives a sinner who humbly confesses his sin, the devil loses his dominion over the heart he had taken.
The Eucharist is that love which surpasses all loves in Heaven and on earth
As patience leads to peace, and study to science, so are humiliations the path that leads to humility.
There is no greater misery than false joys.
Slander is a poison which kills charity, both in the slanderer and the one who listens.
True love does not demand a reward, but it deserves one.
Vines and trees will teach you that which you will never learn from masters.
If anyone makes himself his own master in the spiritual life, he makes himself scholar to a fool.
And truly, O man, if you concentrate hard on the state you are in it will be surprising if you have time for anything else.
Jesus to me is honey in the mouth, music in the ear, a song in the heart.
Jesus, what made You so small? LOVE!
Love me, love my dog.
How beautiful then is modesty and what a gem among virtues it is.
Believe one who has tried, you shall find a fuller satisfaction in the woods than in the books. The trees and the rocks will teach you that which you cannot hear from the masters.
The heart of Christ can be seen through the openings of his wounds. For what can prove to me so clearly as your wounds that you, O Lord Jesus, are sweet & mild & plenteous in mercy.
Your actions in passing, pass not away, for every good work is a grain of seed for eternal life.
Therefore gird yourselves manfully and take up joyful arms for the name of God.
O Blessed Mary, whoever loves you honors God; whoever serves you pleases God; whoever invokes your holy name with a pure heart will infallibly receive the object of his petition.
Inordinate love for the flesh is cruelty, because under the appearance of pleasing the body, we kill the soul.
Grace is necessary to salvation, free will equally so - but grace in order to give salvation, free will in order to receive it.