Monday, October 19, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Friday, October 2, 2009
You seek the company of friends who, with their conversation and affection, with their friendship, make the exile of this world more bearable for you. There is nothing wrong with that, although friends sometimes let you down.
But how is it you don't frequent daily with greater intensity the company, the conversation, of the great Friend, who never lets you down?
- St. Josemaria Escriva, The Way, #88
Books: don't buy them without advice from a Christian who is learned and prudent. It's so easy to buy something useless or harmful.
How often a man thinks he is carrying a book under his arm, and it turns out to be a load of rubbish!
– St. Josemaria Escriva, The Way, #339
Thursday, October 1, 2009
There exists but one Being capable of comprehending love; it is Jesus; He alone can give us back infinitely more than we shall ever give to him.
-St. Therese in a Letter to her cousin, Marie Guerin
- St. Therese of Lisieux
What a pity if in the end you had carried out 'your' apostolate and not 'his' apostolate!
- St. Josemaria Escriva, The Way, #967
Lord Jesus Christ, take away my freedom, my memory, my understanding, and my will. All that I have and cherish you have given me. I surrender it all to be guided by your will. Your love and your grace are wealth enough for me. Give me these, Lord Jesus, and I ask for nothing more. Amen.
St. Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556)
“For mental prayer…is nothing more than an intimate sharing between friends; it means taking time frequently to be alone with Him who we know loves us. The important thing is not to think much but to love much…Love is not great delight but desire to please God in everything.”
St. Thérèse of Lisieux
"...So I sought in holy Scripture some idea of what this life I wanted would be, and I read these words: 'Whosoever is a little one, come to me.' It is your arms, Jesus, that are the lift to carry me to heaven. And so there is no need for me to grow up; I must stay little and become less and less."
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Savior for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed: the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name. He has mercy on those who fear him in every generation. He has shown the strength of his arm, he has scattered the proud in their conceit. He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, and has lifted up the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. He has come to the help of his servant Israel for he has remembered his promise of mercy, the promise he made to our fathers, to Abraham and his children forever.