It is so good to be poor, to have nothing, to depend on God for everything.
Because we are human, we are not strong. Because we are not strong, we pray.
If God wanted you to perish, He would take you away when you were sinning. Since you have sinned so much and still live, you are invited to repentance.
The proud person is like a grain of wheat thrown into water: it swells, it gets big. Expose that grain to the fire: it dries up, it burns. The humble soul is like a grain of wheat thrown into the earth: it descends, it hides itself, it disappears, it dies but to revive in heaven.
In order to avoid discord, never contradict anyone except in case of sin or some danger to a neighbor. And when necessary to contradict others, do it with tact and not with temper.
Let all, therefore, try to approach with greater trust the throne of grace and mercy of our Queen and Mother and beg for strength in adversity, light in darkness, consolation in sorrow. Above all let them strive to free themselves from the slavery of sin and offer an unceasing homage, filled with filial loyalty, to their Queenly Mother.
No one would complain about the cross or about hardships coming seemingly by chance upon him, if he realized in what balance they are weighed before being distributed to men.
There is no holiness without the grace of God. And this grace can be obtained by our prayers.
Anyone who wishes to pray must choose not only the right place but also the right time. A time of leisure is best and most convenient. The deep silence when others are asleep is particularly suitable, for prayer will then be freer and purer.
A civilized age is more exposed to subtle sins than a rude age. Why? For this simple reason, because it is more fertile in excuses and evasions. It can defend error, and hence can blind the eyes of those who have not very careful consciences. It can make error plausible, it can make vice look like virtue.