Faith is necessary to good works, and good works are necessary to faith. Works make faith the source of salvation, and faith makes the works worthy of merit. Without good works faith is unproductive, without faith good works are ineffective. The stronger the faith, the more copious the good works … plenty of good works increase the vitality of faith.
The greatest kindness one can render to any man consists in leading him from error to truth.
Remember that the Christian life is one of action; not of speech and daydreams. Let there be few words and many deeds, and let them be done well.
In order to avoid all serious errors in life, we must avoid acting precipitously. We can keep this principle by placing ourselves in the presence of God, and organizing and performing our task with Him. If we do so, neither success nor failure will disturb us.
May the God of love and peace set your hearts at rest and speed you on your journey; may He meanwhile shelter you from disturbance by others in the hidden recesses of His love, until He brings you at last into that place of complete plenitude where you will repose for ever in the vision of peace, in the security of trust, and in the restful enjoyment of His riches.
Render us pleasing to Him, so that we may enjoy happiness with Him, seeing thee resplendent with thy Son’s glory, rejoicing forever, keeping feast in the Church with those who worthily celebrate Him Who worked our salvation through thee: Christ, the Son of God, and our God. To Him be glory and majesty, with the uncreated Father and the all-holy and life-giving Spirit, now and forever, through the endless ages of eternity. Amen.
Your (Mary’s) lips were fashioned only to praise Jesus Christ and to be pressed against His. Your pure and immaculate Heart is always turned towards your beloved, and is applied only to contemplate Him, to desire Him, to seek Him and to aspire after Him.
Peacefully do at each moment what at that moment ought to be done. If we do what each moment requires, we will eventually complete God’s plan, whatever it is. We can trust God to take care of the master plan when we take care of the details.
How do you (Mary, Mother of Mercy) appease the anger of our Judge when He is on the point of punishing us for our offenses! All the treasures of the mercy of God are in your hands. Ah, may it never happen that you should cease from doing us good: you seek but the occasion of saving all sinners, and of bestowing mercy upon them.
For me the tabernacle has always been a Bethany, a quiet and pleasant place where Christ resides. A place where we can tell him about our worries, our sufferings, our desires, our joys, with the same sort of simplicity and naturalness as Martha, Mary and Lazarus.