The birth of Christ is without regard to man; the birth of John the Baptist is without regard to age! ‘Nothing is impossible with God.’
All around me people are laboring in this world, they are studying, they are exhausting themselves, they are wearing themselves out till they can do no more but they labor for the mud and dirt of this world, for empty, useless folly, while I labor for God and for His glory!
Listen, then, my son, and give me your ear. Break off all ties which bind and entangle you in this world. Change your secular service into something better, start being a soldier for the eternal King.
There is no more evident sign that anyone is a saint and of the number of the elect, than to see him leading a good life and at the same time a prey to desolation, suffering, and trials.
It is better to put one’s heart into reciting a single psalm than singing one hundred psalms with the voice!
Let us never dare to equate the Sacrifice of the Mass with earthly things.
The saints are like the stars. In his providence Christ conceals them in a hidden place that they may not shine before others when they might wish to do so. Yet they are always ready to exchange the quiet of contemplation for the works of mercy as soon as they perceive in their heart the invitation of Christ.
A person must be prepared in his soul to speak the truth, both in denouncing and correcting shortcomings and in praising virtue, to such a point that he is willing in that cause even to face death.
In the sweet name of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His true life and in His loving words by which He accomplished our eternal salvation on earth, in the holy acts of charity worked so mercifully for us and in the strong love consummated for our salvation; through all these may this beginning work be completed with the inner goodness of perfect grace.
Our Lord wills that you cling to Him alone! If your faith were greater, how much more peaceful you would be even when great trials surround and oppress you?