One cannot go towards things other than in looking beyond them. That is the only way to make way towards the things that are bitter, just as it is the only way to make way towards those that are sweet.
Charles Cardinal Journet (1891–1975)
It is wonderful to be alive inasmuch as our true life is the life beyond; otherwise who could bear the burden of this life, if there were not a prize for suffering, an eternal joy; how could one explain the admirable resignation of so many por creatures who struggle with life and often die in the breach if it weren’t for the certainty of God’s Justice.
Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati (1901–1925)
O my Beloved, how shall I show my love, since love proves itself by deeds? I have no other means of proving my love than to strew flowers, and these flowers will be each word and look, each little daily sacrifice. I wish to make profit out of the smallest actions and to do them all for Love. For Love’s sake I wish to suffer and to rejoice: so shall I strew my flowers… Should my roses be gathered from amid thorns, I will nevertheless sing; and the longer and sharper the thorns, the sweeter will grow my song.
Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face
He refuses to force our will. He takes what we give him but does not ive himself to us wholly until he sees that we are giving ourselves wholly to him.
Saint Teresa of Jesus
A heart which is free from thoughts and affections alien to God is like a temple consecrated to the Lord, in which we can contemplate him even in this world.
Saint Thomas Aquinas