Conquering Suffering

Christ Jesus conquered suffering by love. Because we are joined to him, our own suffering takes on redemptive value.

-from When You Suffer

Lily of Purity

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

Connecting With God

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.

-from Answers

Always Praying

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.

-from Thirsting for God: Daily Meditations

Peace of Mind

Father, grant me the grace to take Jesus seriously and trust him to always be by my side and in my heart when I am beset by disturbing problems that threaten to destroy my peace of mind and spirit. I ask this grace in Jesus's name, Amen.

-from Stories of Jesus

Eternal Possession

We must not give in to weariness: we must spend every minute in loving God. God alone, the maker of heaven and earth, must be our rest and our consolation. The love of God is the only thing we can possess forever: everything else will pass away. –Saint Joaquina de Vedruna
-from Sisterhood of Saints

The Greater Love

When love occurs, it appears to be something happening only between two people. But thinking of it in that way makes love very small and ordinary. When you truly love, it is the beautiful Being you are seeing and loving, even though your eyes may be looking at another person. If you let love lead you, it will carry you to the greater Love. And your eyes will be opened to many beautiful things.

-from The Divine Spark

Half the Battle

It is critical to the Christian life to accept the fact that whatever happens in your life is God's will. It's half the battle. The other half is learning to embrace suffering and uncomfortable situations as they arise.
-from Faith, Hope & Clarity

Beyond Comprehension

God is not an idea or a concept for you to grasp. God is not something to be studied or something to define. No definition would be wide enough. God can never be fully contained by words or be understood by the human mind. You cannot define God but you can be with God. You can know God.

-from The Divine Spark

Salvation of Sinners

Jesus showed us the ultimate mercy on the cross when he suffered and died to forgive our sins and welcome us into heaven, as Saint Paul says, “while we were still sinners” (Romans 5:8). Jesus didn’t wait for us to become saints before he made this consummate act of love.
-from The Church Is Our Mother