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

Thirsting for Fullness



It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness; He is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you; He is the beauty to which you are so attracted; it is He who provoked you with that thirst for fullness that will not let you settle for compromise; it is He who urges you to shed the masks of a false life; it is He who reads in your heart your most genuine choices, the choices that others try to stifle.  
–St. John Paul II

 -from Beyond Me, My Selfie & I


Seek First God's Kingdom


 We’re called to seek first God’s kingdom. Jesus, once again, continually reminds us that if we want to save our life we must lay it down and put others first. As followers of Christ, we believe we are in the world but not of the world; we like to think that we have our priorities in order.

-from Beyond Me, My Selfie & I