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.
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.
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.
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.
“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!