O my God, teach me to be generous to serve you as you deserve to be served to give without counting the cost to fight without fear of being wounded to work without seeking rest and to spend myself without expecting any reward but the knowledge that I am doing your holy will. Amen— Ignatius of Loyola
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Pray as if God will take care of all; act as if all is up to you.
All the things in this world are gifts of God, created for us, to be the means by which we can come to know him better, love him more surely, and serve him more faithfully.
For those who believe, no proof is necessary.
For those who disbelieve, no amount of proof is sufficient.
To conquer himself is the greatest victory that man can gain.
After you have made a decision that is pleasing to God, the Devil may try to make you have second thoughts. Intensify your prayer time, meditation, and good deeds. For if Satan's temptations merely cause you to increase your efforts to grow in holiness, he'll have an incentive to leave you alone.
Let us work as if success depended upon ourselves alone, but with heartfelt conviction that we are doing nothing, and God everything.
Teach us, Good Lord, to give and not count the cost;
to fight and not to heed the wounds; to toil and not to seek for rest; to labor and not to ask for any reward save that of knowing that we do thy will.
If God causes you to suffer much, it is a sign that He certainly intends to make you a saint.
If our church is not marked by caring for the poor, the oppressed, the hungry, we are guilty of heresy.
Finding God in All Things.
Occupy yourself in beholding and bewailing your own imperfections rather than contemplating the imperfections of others.
Take, O Lord, and receive my entire liberty, my memory, my understanding and my whole will. All that I am and all that I possess You have given me. I surrender it all to You to be disposed of according to Your will. Give me only Your love and Your grace; with these I will be rich enough, and will desire nothing more.
Truth always ends by victory; it is not unassailable, but invincible.
Discouragement is not from God.
Let your modesty be a sufficient incitement, yea, an exhortation to everyone to be at peace on their merely looking at you.
Stand firm and immovable as an anvil when it is beaten upon.
The principal end both of my father and of myself in the conquest of India.
.. has been the propagation of the holy Catholic faith.
Above all, remember that God looks for solid virtues in us, such as patience, humility, obedience, abnegation of your own will - that is, the good will to serve Him and our neighbor in Him. His providence allows us other devotions only insofar as He sees that they are useful to us.
Be generous to the poor orphans and those in need.
The man to whom our Lord has been liberal ought not to be stingy. We shall one day find in Heaven as much rest and joy as we ourselves have dispensed in this life.
Realize that illness and other temporal setbacks often come to us from the hand of God our Lord, and are sent to help us know ourselves better, to free ourselves of the love of created things, and to reflect on the brevity of this life and, thus, to prepare ourselves for the life which is without end.
As for joy, as little as one can have of it in this life, experience shows that it is not the idle who possess it, but those who are zealous in the service of God.
One of the most admirable effects of Holy Communion is to preserve the soul from sin, and to help those who fall through weakness to rise again. It is much more profitable, then, to approach this divine Sacrament with love, respect, and confidence, than to remain away through an excess of fear and scrupulosity.
If one fears men much he will never do anything great for God: all that one does for God arouses persecution.
For those who love, nothing is too difficult, especially when it is done for the love of our Lord Jesus Christ.
God freely created us so that we might know, love, and serve him in this life and be happy with him forever. God's purpose in creating us is to draw forth from us a response of love and service here on earth, so that we may attain our goal of everlasting happiness with him in heaven.
May the perfect grace and eternal love of Christ our Lord be our never-failing protection and help.
You have given it all to me. To you, Lord, I return it. Everything is yours; do with it what you will. Give me only your love and grace. That is enough for me.
The enemy is like a woman, weak in face of opposition, but correspondingly strong when not opposed. In a quarrel with a man, it is natural for a woman to lose heart and run away when he faces up to her; on the other hand, if the man begins to be afraid and to give ground, her rage, vindictiveness and fury overflow and know no limit.
Among the many signs of a lively faith and hope we have in eternal life, one of the surest is not being overly sad at the death of those whom we dearly love in our Lord.
The servant of God earns half a doctorate through illness
Do not put faith in constant happiness, and fear most when all smiles upon you.
The acknowledgment of and gratitude for favors and gifts received is loved and esteemed in Heaven and on earth.
The safest and most suitable form of penance seems to be that which causes pain in the flesh but does not penetrate to the bones, that is, which causes suffering but not sickness.
He who is not getting better is getting worse.
To withdraw from creatures and repose with Jesus in the Tabernacle is my delight; there I can hide myself and seek rest. There I find a life which I cannot describe, a joy which I cannot make others comprehend, a peace such as is found only under the hospitable roof of our best Friend.
In the case of those who are making progress from good to better, the good angel touches the soul gently, lightly, sweetly, as a drop of water enters a sponge, while the evil spirit touches it sharply, with noise and disturbance, like a drop of water falling on a rock.
It is not the finest wood that feeds the fire of Divine love, but the wood of the Cross.
They who load us with insults and ignominies give us the means of acquiring treasures more precious than any that man can gain in this life.
Dearest Lord, teach me to be generous;
teach me to serve you as you deserve; to give and not to count the cost.
Remember that bodily exercise, when it is well ordered, as I have said, is also prayer by means of which you can please God our Lord.
But some most worthless persons are in the habit of carrying about the name of Jesus Christ in wicked guile, while yet they practice things unworthy of God, and hold opinions contrary to the doctrine of Christ, to their own destruction, and that of those who give credit to them, whom you must avoid as ye would wild beasts.
It is proper to ask for sorrow with Christ in sorrow, anguish with Christ in anguish, tears and deep grief because of the great affliction Christ endures for me.
All the honey that can be gathered from the flowers of this world has less sweetness than the vinegar and gall of Jesus Christ our Lord.
God inclines to shower His graces upon us, but our perverted will is a barrier to His generosity.
A religious ought to dread more being afraid of poverty than experiencing it.
God our Lord would have us look to the Giver and love Him more than His gift, keeping Him always before our eyes, in our hearts, and in our thoughts.
May it please Christ our Lord to grant us true humility and abnegation of will and judgment, so that we may deserve to begin to be His disciples.
The picture. A great plain, comprising the entire Jerusalem district, where is the supreme Commander-in-Chief of the forces of good, Christ our Lord: another plain near Babylon, where Lucifer is, at the head of the enemy.
Spiritual infirmities such as tepidity are caused, not only by chills but also by fevers, that is, by excessive zeal.