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Cast yourself into the arms of God and be very sure that if he wants anything of you, He will fit you for the work and give you strength.
A joyful heart is more easily made perfect than a downcast one.
The best way to prepare for death is to spend every day of life as though it were the last.
To preserve our cheerfulness amid sicknesses and troubles, is a sign of a right and good spirit.
First let a little love find entrance into their hearts, and the rest will follow.
There is nothing the devil fears so much, or so much tries to hinder, as prayer.
The Lord grants in a moment what we may have been unable to obtain in dozens of years.
The greatness of our love of God must be tested by the desire we have of suffering for His love.
He who is unable to spend a long time together in prayer, should often lift up his mind to God by short prayers.
The cross is the gift God gives to his friends.
My children, if you desire perseverance, be devout to our Blessed Lady.
My Jesus, if you uphold me, I shall not fall.
Let us pray God, if He gives us any virtue or any gift, to keep it hidden even from ourselves, that we may preserve our humility, and not take occasion of pride because of it.
If we wish to keep peace with our neighbours, we should never remind any one of his natural defects.
Christian joy is a gift of God flowing from a good conscience.
Give me ten truly detached men. and I will convert the world with them.
Let us think, if we only got to heaven, what a sweet and easy thing it will be there to be always saying with the angels and the saints, Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus.
He who always acts under obedience may be assured that he will not have to give an account of his actions to God.
The great thing is to become Saints.
Believe me, there is no more powerful means to obtain God's grace than to employ the intercessions of the Holy Virgin.
Those who have themselves for a spiritual director have a fool for a spiritual director.
Obedience is the true holocaust which we sacrifice to God on the altar of our hearts.
At communion we ought to ask for the remedy of the vice to which we feel ourselves most inclined.
The perfection of a Christian consists in mortifying his will for the love of Christ. Where there is no great mortification, there is no great sanctity.
There is nothing more dangerous in the spiritual life, than to wish to rule ourselves after our own way of thinking.
Heaven is not made for the slothful.
Let us be humble and keep ourselves down: - Obedience! Humility! Detachment!
It is an old custom of the servants of God to have some little prayer ready and to be frequently darting them up to heaven during the day, lifting their minds to God out of the mire of this world.
It is easy to infuse a most fervent devotion into others, even in a short time; but the great matter is - to persevere.
We must often remember what Christ said, that not he who begins, but he that perseveres to the end, shall be saved.
Where there is no great mortification there is no great sanctity.
To be without pity for other mens falls, is an evident sign that we shall fall ourselves shortly.
He who desires anything but God deceives himself, and he who loves anything but God errs miserably.
As soon as we are stripped of the sordid garb of avarice, we shall be clothed with the royal and imperial vest of the opposite virtue, liberality.
We must not trust in ourselves, but take the advice of our spiritual father, and recommend ourselves to everybodys prayers.
Not to know how to deny our soul its own wishes, is to foment a very hot-bed of vices.
To acquire and preserve the virtue of chastity, we have need of a good and experienced confessor.
The stench of impurity before God and the angels is so great, that no stench in the world can equal it.
Without mortification nothing can be done.
He who feels that the vice of avarice has got hold of him, should not wish to observe fasts of supererogation, but to give alms.
Even though a man may be unable to attain such a height of sanctity, he ought to desire it, so as to do at least in desire what he cannot carry out in effect.
Let the sick man enter into the Side of Jesus and His most holy Wounds; let him not be afraid, but combat manfully, and he will come forth victorious.
He who wishes for goods will never have devotion.