Nothing is better able to correct our defects of character, give us a keen desire to resemble our Lord, lead us to imitate Him in everything, and arouse the highest virtues in us. Some characters will succeed in reforming themselves only by the loving contemplation of the divine Master; for we imitate those whom we love, without being conscious of doing so.
Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange OP (1877–1964)
Little Jesus keeps on sleeping. He hasn’t woken yet, and since a long time, he has given me no joyful news. But, not wanting to interrupt his sleep, I let him sleep in peace in my heart. Even though I feel solitude in heart, I cannot forget my Beloved who rests in such peace. I keep memory of him constantly, continually conversing with him, even if there is no response, no sign that makes me take note that he is listening. I have certainty that he knows all; because, even when he sleeps, his heart keeps vigil always.
Little Brother Marcel Văn CSsR (1928–1959)
The content of faith delivers the material for meditation. In meditation the soul occupies its faculties with that which we have accepted in faith, which we represent to ourselves in images, in intellectual reflection, and about which we have decided opinions. A habitual condition of loving knowledge is won as the fruit of meditation.
Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross
It is not a spiritual work in the sense used by many modern texts, but rather a transformation of the flesh itself. It shares in the elevation of the other human faculties and rejoices with them in communion with God, and indeed becomes the place where God dwells… Thus the whole man becomes spirit. This supposes a constant memory of God.
Marie-Joseph Le Guillou OP (1920–1990)
We must strive to embrace the crosses which God sends us with a willing, even joyful, heart.
Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos (1819–1867)
Retire into the secrecy of your own heart, and open it to receive what is wont to come from so powerful a Light. Beseech the same Lord that, as He has deigned to place Himself within your hands, He will give you the further grace to esteem and venerate and love Him as you should.
Saint John of Ávila
Then the soul, so divested of its every wish and clothed with the will of God, is very pleasing to God. Like an unbridled horse, it runs most swiftly from grace to grace, from virtue to virtue; for it has no bridle that holds or prevents it from running, since it has severed from itself every inordinate appetite and impulse of its self-will, which are bands and bridles that do not allow the souls of spiritual men to run.
Saint Catherine of Siena