Endless Love

There is no secret moral command for knowing or pleasing God, or what some call “salvation,” beyond becoming a loving person in mind, heart, body, and soul yourself. Then you will see what you need to see. This teaching is so central: we all must be very eager to love—every day.

-from Eager to Love

Total Surrender

 

Loving trust and total surrender made Our Lady say yes to the message of the angel. And cheerfulness made her run in haste to serve her cousin Elizabeth. That is so much our life: saying yes to Jesus and running in haste to serve him in the poorest of the poor. Let us keep very close to Our Lady and she will make that same spirit grow in each one of us.

—St. Theresa of Calcutta

-from Thirsting for God: Daily Meditations

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