“There is a state of resting in God, an absolute break from all intellectual activity, when one forms no plans, makes no decisions and for the first time really ceases to act, when one simply hands over the future to God’s will and “surrenders oneself to fate.”—Saint Theresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein)
“May no adversity paralyze you. Be afraid neither of the world, nor of the future, nor of your weakness. The Lord has allowed you to live in this moment of history so that, by your faith, His Name will continue to resound throughout the world.”—Pope Benedict XVI
“The meaning and worth of love as a feeling is that it really forces us, with all our being, to acknowledge for another the same absolute significance that, because of the power of egoism, we are conscious of only in our own selves. Love is important, not only as one of our feelings but as the transfer of all our interest in life from ourselves to another, as the shifting of the very center of our lives…. ”—
“There is no fear in love because true love has no room for fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of pain and punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love. The one who is not free from fear is not complete in love.”—1 John 4:18
“Even in our falls from fidelity, we are rescued by Jesus Christ who desires to set captives free. Claim your rightful freedom. What creates freedom? In Christ and in the sacramental life of the Church, we are set free to live fully. Let us be convinced that the most effective means to the conversion of a culture is the quiet yet powerful alchemy of love— loving those gripped by fear one heart at a time. The culture of death is fueled by fear and thrives on it. Perfect love drives away fear. Love is the only agent powerful enough to wash away our fears.”—Mother Agnes Mary Donovan
“There is no evil to be faced that Christ does not face with us. There is no enemy that Christ has not already conquered. There is no cross to bear that Christ has not alreasy borne for us, and does not now bear with us.”—Pope John Paul II (via livingmylifeforhim)
“If I say, “Let the darkness hide me and let the light around me turn into night,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. My flesh was made by you, and my parts joined together in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to you because I have been so amazingly and miraculously made. Your works are miraculous, and my soul has become fully aware of this.”—Psalm 139:11-14
“One cannot desire freedom from the cross when one is especially chosen for the cross. […] The more lofty the degree of loving union to which God destines the soul, so much more profound and persistent must be its purification.”—Saint Theresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein)
“It is Christ Himself, not the Bible, who is the true word of God. The Bible, read in the right spirit and with the guidance of good teachers will bring us to Him.”—C.S. Lewis; Letters of C.S. Lewis (8 November 1952), page 247 (via quotablecslewis)
“The critical question for our generation—and for every generation— is this: If you could have heaven, with no sickness, and with all the friends you ever had on earth, and all the food you ever liked, and all the leisure activities you ever enjoyed, and all the natural beauties you ever saw, all the physical pleasures you ever tasted, and no human conflict or any natural disasters, could you be satisfied with heaven, if Christ were not there? “ — John Piper
“God would never inspire me with desires which cannot be realized…If I were a priest, how lovingly I would carry you in my hands when you came down from heaven at my call; how lovingly I would bestow you upon people’s souls…If I were a priest, O Jesus, with what love would I give you to people!”—St. Therese of Lisieux
“Do you not know how it is with love? First comes delight: then pain: then fruit. And then there is joy of the fruit but that is different again from the first delight. And mortal lovers must not try to remain at the first step: for lasting passion is the dream of a harlot and from it we wake in despair. You must not try to keep the raptures: they have done their work. Manna kept, is worms.”—C.S. Lewis, Pilgrim’s Regress
The Caterpillar and Alice looked at each other for some time in silence: at last the Caterpillar took the hookah out of its mouth, and addressed her in a languid, sleepy voice.
`Who are YOU?’ said the Caterpillar.
This was not an encouraging opening for a conversation. Alice replied, rather shyly, `I—I hardly know, sir, just at present— at least I know who I WAS when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then.’
`What do you mean by that?’ said the Caterpillar sternly. `Explain yourself!’
`I can’t explain MYSELF, I’m afraid, sir’ said Alice, `because I’m not myself, you see.’
`I don’t see,’ said the Caterpillar.
`I’m afraid I can’t put it more clearly,’ Alice replied very politely, `for I can’t understand it myself to begin with; and being so many different sizes in a day is very confusing.’
`It isn’t,’ said the Caterpillar.
`Well, perhaps you haven’t found it so yet,’ said Alice; `but when you have to turn into a chrysalis—you will some day, you know—and then after that into a butterfly, I should think you’ll feel it a little queer, won’t you?’
`Not a bit,’ said the Caterpillar.
`Well, perhaps your feelings may be different,’ said Alice; `all I know is, it would feel very queer to ME.’
`You!’ said the Caterpillar contemptuously. `Who are YOU?’
“Lead me, then, by the paths which He loves to travel. I shall be at the height of my joy, provided that He is pleased. Then Jesus took me by the hand, and made me enter an underground passage where it is neither hot nor cold, where I see nothing but a half-veiled light, the light which was diffused by the lowered eyes of my Fiancé’s Face! My Fiancé says nothing to me, and I say nothing to Him except THAT I LOVE HIM MORE THAN MYSELF, and I feel at the bottom of my heart that it is true, for I AM MORE HIS THAN MY OWN!”—St. Thérèse of Lisieux
“Nothing will frighten me…. If thick clouds hide the Sun and if it seems that nothing exists beyond the night of this life – well, then, that will be a moment of perfect joy, a moment to feel complete trust and stay very still, secure in the knowledge that my adorable Sun still shines behind the clouds.”—St. Thérèse of Lisieux
“And suppose God wishes to have you as feeble and powerless as a child? Do you think that would be less worthy in God’s eyes? Consent to stumble, or even to fall at every step, to bear your cross feebly; love your weakness! Your soul will draw more profit from that than if, sustained by grace, you vigorously performed heroic deeds which would fill your soul with self-satisfaction and pride.”—St. Thérèse of Lisieux
“For Thee I die, for Thee, Jesus, Thou Fairest Fair!
Joy beyond telling!
Thus, fading, would I prove my love beyond compare,
All bliss excelling.
Beneath Thy feet, Thy way to smooth, Through life’s long night,
My heart would lie;
And softening Thy hard path up Calvary’s awful height,
I thus would die.”—St. Therese of Lisieux
“Love is a unifying virtue which takes upon itself the torments of its beloved Lord. It is a fire reaching through to the inmost soul. It transforms the lover into the one loved. More deeply, love intermingles with grief, and grief with love, and a certain blending of love and grief occurs. They become so united that we can no longer distinguish love from grief nor grief from love. Thus the loving heart rejoices in its sorrow and exults in its grieving love.”—St. Paul of the Cross
“You have to pray. You have to listen to the voice who calls you the beloved, because otherwise you will run around begging for affirmation, for praise, for success. And then you’re not free.”—Henri Nouwen (via loveispatient)