Contemplation, which is an act of the intellect, is not what chiefly constitutes perfection… Perfection lies in union with God through charity. The loving contemplation of God is, so to speak, a means conjoined to this end; it disposes us immediately to union with God. The end toward which we must tend is not contemplation, but God himself to be loved above all.
Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange OP (1877–1964)
He has made Himself the Bread of Life to satisfy my hunger for Him. And then He made Himself the hungry one for the Word of God, that I may satisfy His love for me. So, He’s a hungry one also, just as we are hungry for Him. And so this [love of neighbour and love of the Eucharist] will fulfill the hunger of God for us and our hunger for God.
Blessed Teresa of Calcutta (1910–1997)
There is nothing truly enjoyable without a friend.
Saint Augustine of Hippo
A beautiful story for anyone who has ever been there or ever will:
“And You sent Your hand from above… my mother, Your faithful one, weeping to You for me, more than mothers weep for the bodily deaths of their children… You heard her, O Lord; You heard her, and despised not her tears, when streaming down, they watered the ground under her eyes in every place where she prayed; yea, You heard her…” (Saint Augustine, Confessions 3)
Prayer and comfortable living are incompatible.
Saint Teresa of Jesus
That is what He wants to do in you: at every moment, He wants you to go out of yourself, to leave all preoccupations, in order to withdraw into the solitude He has chosen for Himself in the depths of your heart. He is always there, even though you don’t feel it; He is waiting for you.
Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity (1880–1906)