Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.
No one can be saved without divine light. Divine light causes us to begin and to make progress, and it leads us to the summit of perfection.
A true servant of Christ, who has himself experienced the truth of the faith, can fear no peril of death, if he may only lead souls to salvation.
The solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul invites us to reflect on the way taken by Peter and Paul as they followed Christ from the day of their calling to that of their martyrdom in Rome. ‘He sent them on ahead of him, two by two’ (Luke 10:1). We should meditate on the meaning of these words. Do they not suggest that Christ is also sending us out two by two as messengers of his Gospel in the West and in the East?
As long as anyone has the means of doing good to his neighbors, and does not do so, he shall be reckoned a stranger to the love of the Lord.
By nature, each one of us is enclosed in his own personality, but supernaturally, we are all one. We are made one body in Christ, because we are nourished by one flesh. As Christ is indivisible, we are all one in Him. Therefore, He asked His Father ‘that they may all be One as We also are one.
What depths of mercy there are in God’s justice! For, in the judgments of men, he who confesses his fault is punished: and in the Judgment of God, he is pardoned.
A jewel demands a setting of gold, and a pearl should be only placed in precious necklaces. Be, then, the finest sort of gold! Be a precious necklace, so that the spiritual pearl can be set in you! For Christ the Lord is the pearl that the rich merchant in the gospel hastened to buy.
Dearest Lord, teach me to be generous, teach me to serve You as You deserve: to give and not count the cost, to fight and not heed the wound, to toil and not seek rest, to labor and not seek reward, save that of feeling that I do Your will.
I had to endure many difficult moments which I would not wish even on my worst enemies. Nevertheless, I consider my prison days as a higher education in humility. In prison, I learned a great many things, as how to be of service to others in their need.