Earnest Prayer


Jesus has chosen us to be souls of prayer. The value of our actions corresponds exactly to the value of our prayer. Our actions are fruitful only if they are the true expressions of earnest prayer.

-from Thirsting for God: Daily Meditations

Jesus Loves Me!


I can understand the greatness of God but I cannot understand his humility. It becomes so clear in him being in love with each one of us separately and completely. It is as if there is no one but me in the world. He loves me so much. Each one of us can say this with great conviction.

-from Thirsting for God: Daily Meditations 


A Meek and Humble Heart


Thoughtfulness and generosity come from a meek and humble heart. This is the contradiction of what the devil says: “I will not serve” and what Jesus says: “I have not come to be served, but to serve!”

-from Thirsting for God: Daily Meditations


A Helping Hand


The first to help you up are the ones who know what it’s like to fall down.

-from The First Gift

Strengthened From Within


Struggle can build character or wrestle it down a dark and dingy road, but I believe that faith and the warmth of good people around us…and good choice…strengthen the person within, the one God designed, the person he wants us to be.

-from The First Gift

Mystery of Love


“Oh, Jesus—my breath, my life—today, trembling, I raise you—in a mystery of love—may I be for the world with you—the Way, the truth, the life—and for you, may I be a holy priest—a perfect victim.”

 -from Padre Pio: A Personal Portrait


Communion With Others




This, to me, is what ministry and mission are all about. Ministry is entering with our human brokenness into communion with others and speaking a word of hope.


-from Henri Nouwen: His Life and Spirit


Jesus Is My Nourishment


How happy I am with Jesus! How gentle is His spirit! But I become confused, and can only cry and repeat: Jesus, my nourishment! What afflicts me most is the fact that so much love from Jesus is repaid with ingratitude.

 - from Padre Pio: A Personal Portrait



On Fire for Jesus


 My heart beats very fast whenever I am with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. It sometimes seems to me that it will leap out of my chest. Sometimes, at the altar, I feel as if my whole being were on fire; I cannot describe it to you. My face, especially, seems to want to go up in flames.

- from Padre Pio: A Personal Portrait


Removing Selfishness


Selfishness must be discovered and understood before it can be removed. It is powerless to remove itself, neither will it pass away of itself. Darkness ceases only when light is introduced; so ignorance can only be dispersed by love.
–James Allen

-from Beyond Me, My Selfie & I