" I have always
wanted to become a saint. Unfortunately when I have compared myself
with the saints, I have always found that there is the same difference
between the saints and me as there is between a mountain whose
summit is lost in the clouds and a humble grain of sand trodden
underfoot by passers-by. Instead of being discouraged, I told
myself: God would not make me wish for something impossible and
so, in spite of my littleness, I can aim at being a saint. It
is impossible for me to grow bigger, so I put up with myself as
I am, with all my countless faults. But I will look for some means
of going to heaven by a little way which is very short and very
straight, a little way that is quite new.
" We live in an age of inventions. We need no longer climb
laboriously up flights of stairs; in well-to-do houses there are
lifts. And I was determined to find a lift to carry me to Jesus,
for I was far too small to climb the steep stairs of perfection.
So I sought in holy Scripture some idea of what this life I wanted
would be, and I read these words: "Whosoever is a little
one, come to me." It is your arms, Jesus, that are the lift
to carry me to heaven. And so there is no need for me to grow
up: I must stay little and become less and less." -- Therese
"God does not insist or desire that we should mourn in agony
of heart; rather, it is His wish that out of love for Him we should
rejoice with laughter in our soul. Take away sin and tears become
superfluous; where there is no bruise, no ointment is required.
Before the fall Adam shed no tears, and in the same way there
will be no more tears after the resurrection from the dead when
sin has been destroyed. For pain, sorrow, and lamentation will
then have fled away."
"Birds which are too heavy cannot fly very high. The same
is true of those who mistreat their bodies." --John
"Whatever you do, think not of yourselves but of God."
"O Lord our God,
grant us grace to desire Thee with our whole heart;
that, so desiring, we may seek,
and, seeking, find Thee;
and so finding Thee, may love Thee;
and loving Thee, may hate those sins
from which Thou hast redeemed. Amen."
"It is very much better for you to be one among a crowd
of a thousand people and to possess a very little humility, than
to be a man living in the cave of a hyena in pride." --Pachomius
"To you, O Master, who loves all mankind
I hasten on rising from sleep.
By your mercy I go out to do your work
and I make my prayer to you.
Help me at all times and in all things.
Deliver me from every evil thing of this world
and from pursuit by the devil.
Save me and bring me to your eternal kingdom,
For you are my Creator,
You inspire all good thoughts in me.
In you is all my hope and to you I give glory,
now and forever." --Saint
"In an instant many are pardoned for their mistakes,
but no one, in a moment's time, acquires calmness of the soul
which requires much time, much trouble and a great deal of
help from God." --John
"Thanks be to Thee, my Lord Jesus Christ
For all the benefits Thou hast given me,
For all the pains and insults
Which Thou has borne for me.
O most merciful Redeemer, Friend, and Brother,
May I know Thee more clearly,
Love Thee more dearly,
Follow Thee more nearly,
Day by day. Amen."
Richard of Chichester.
O Lord Jesus Christ,
give us a measure of Thy spirit
that we may be enabled to obey
Thy teaching to pacify anger,
to take part in pity,
to moderate desire,
to increase love,
to put away sorrow,
to cast away vain-glory,
not to be vindictive,
not to fear death,
ever entrusting our spirit to immortal God,
who with Thee and the Holy Ghost
liveth and reigneth world without end."
Apollonius (from part of his defense before Perennis)"
Labor in piety in the most excellent work of
all. The kingdom of heaven in granted to him who directs study,
him who studies, and him who supports the student." --Saint