The Sacrament of the Eucharist, the greatest gift and mystery given to us throughout the ages, was instituted in a quiet moment between Jesus and those dearest to him. And that history continues in our day. It is as if each one of us were sitting with the twelve apostles every time we celebrate the Eucharist.
In the face of so many wounds that hurt us and could harden our hearts, we are called to dive into the sea of prayer, which is the sea of God’s boundless love, to taste his tenderness.
-from The Hope of Lent
Jesus said to St. Paul: “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” not “Why do you persecute the Christians?” This clarifies that we serve Christ in the poorest of the poor: “Whatsoever you do to the least of my brethren, you do to me.”
Humility is the guardian and ornament of all virtues. If the spiritual building does not rest on it, it will fall into ruin.
–Thomas of Celano
-from Peace and Good
As Mother Teresa said, I’m very happy if you can see Jesus in me, because I can see Jesus in you. But holiness is not just for a few people. It’s for everyone, including you…. Holiness is the greatest gift that God can give us because for that reason He created us.
Christ Jesus conquered suffering by love. Because we are joined to him, our own suffering takes on redemptive value.
-from When You Suffer
I am determined to be a violet of humility, a rose of charity, and a lily of purity for Jesus.
–Blessed Marie-Céline of the Presentation
-from Sisterhood of Saints
Human nature is the same for all people, and so all people experience, even in this fallen world, a yearning to reconnect with God, to live in communion with God. And this is why all people also experience the difficulty, the challenge, the obstacles involved in that search: Our human nature is fallen, and we need a savior.
Jesus wants us to be more childlike, more humble, more grateful in prayer. And we do not pray alone but with the knowledge that we belong to the mystical body of Christ, which is always praying. There is no such thing as isolated prayer but instead Jesus is praying in me and Jesus is praying with me. The body of Christ is always praying.