It constantly happens that the Lord permits a soul to fall so that it may grow humbler.
The saints rejoiced at injuries and persecutions, because in forgiving them they had something to present to God when they prayed to Him.
To have courage for whatever comes in life-everything lies in that.
To have courage for whatever comes in life - everything lies in that.
We know only that we are living in these bodies and have a vague idea, because we have heard it, and because our faith tells us so, that we possess souls. As to what good qualities there may be in our souls, or who dwells within them, or how precious they are, those are things which we seldom consider and so we trouble little about carefully preserving the soul's beauty.
The best thing must be to flee from all to the All.
As to the aridity you are suffering from, it seems to me our Lord is treating you like someone He considers strong: He wants to test you and see if you love Him as much at times of aridity as when He sends you consolations. I think this is a very great favor for God to show you.
How is it, Lord, that we are cowards in everything save in opposing thee?
Holy church-that mother who is also a queen because she is a king's bride.
How is it, Lord, that we are cowards in everything save in opposing Thee?
God prefers your health, and your obedience, to your penance.
Let him never cease from prayer who has once begun it, be his life ever so wicked, for prayer is the way to amend it, and without prayer such amendment will be much more difficult.
From silly devotions and from sour-faced saints, good Lord, deliver us.
More tears are shed over answered prayers than unanswered ones.
Granting that we are always in the presence of God, yet it seems to me that those who pray are in His presence in a very different sense; for they, as it were, see that He is looking upon them, while others may go for days on end without even once recollecting that God sees them.
Don't be curious of matters that don't concern you; never speak of them, and don't ask about them.
Let us remember that within us there is a palace of immense magnificence.
O Lord, all our troubles come to us because we do not have our eyes fixed on you. If only we looked at the path we're walking, we would soon arrive. But, we stumble and fall a thousand times and we stray because we do not set our eyes on the true Way.