- Venerable Giuseppe Maria Pignatelli -
O my God, I know not what must come to me to-day; but I am certain that nothing can happen to me which Thou hast not foreseen, decreed and ordained from all eternity; this is sufficient for me.
- Venerable Giuseppe Maria Pignatelli -
Let all thy care be to possess thy soul in peace and tranquillity. Let no accident be to thee a cause of ill humor.
- St. Vincent Ferrer -
It is God alone that your heart needs. Do not seek for compensation in the affection of creatures.
- Venerable Mother Barat -
"Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God. Yea the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore, you are of more value than many sparrows."
-Luke 12:6, 7-
Welcome then time's threshing pain,
And the furrows where each grain
Like a Samson, blossom shorn
Waits the resurrection morn.
- Father Tabb -
O my Jesus, give me to understand how full of Thy love is every day of my life. How every breath that buffets me, every creature that hurts me, every pang that troubles me, is only a messenger of Thine to make me lift my heart up out of the mists of worldly existence to Thee who art my all.
- Bishop Hedley -
Let us never ask of God precisely our own ease by delivery from our tribulation, but pray for his aid and comfort by which ways Himself shall best like.
-Blessed Thomas More-
I try my best to carry without much complaining and in a practical way, for my poor soul's sanctification, the long foreseen miseries of the disease, which, after all, is a providential agent to detach the heart from all earthly affection and prompts much the desire of a Christian soul to be united — the sooner the better — with Him who is her only life.
- Father Damien (in one of his last letters) -
My God! I believe so firmly that Thou watchest over all who hope in Thee and that we can want for nothing when we rely upon Thee in all things, that I am resolved for the future to have no anxieties, and to cast all my cares upon Thee.
- Father de la Colombiere -
But if doing well, you suffer patiently this is thanksworthy before God. For unto this are you called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving you an example that you should follow His steps.
- Saint Peter -
What is resignation? It is placing God between ourselves and pain.
- Madame Swetchine -
Look up towards Christ and stretch yourself out, defenceless, upon the Cross on which He died and on which you must sacrifice yourself with Him.
- Pere Didon, O.P. -
There is nothing to do here but lovingly to endure all that God sends us; blindly to accept in advance all that it may please Him to send in future.
-Father Ramiere, S.J.-
So sorry, I inadvertently put February's Quotes for the 18, 19 and 20th instead of January's. So here are the correct ones.
The more we fear crosses the more reason we have to think we stand in need of them. Let us not therefore be dejected when the hand of God layeth heavy ones upon us.
I do not ask, O Lord, that life may be
A pleasant road;
I do not ask that Thou wouldst take from me
Aught of its load.
I do not ask my cross to understand,
My way to see;
Better in darkness just to feel Thy hand,
And follow Thee.
O Jesus! Thou hast suffered so much for me, let me therefore suffer for Thee!
Learn to suffer and to be silent if you wish to live in peace and to attain to great virtue.
- St. John of the Cross -
What is death? It is but the leap of a child springing into his Father's arms.
~ Father Tesnieres, SSS., D.D. ~
When we feel us too faint, remember Christ's strength. In our fear, let us remember Christ's painful agony that Himself would (for our comfort) suffer before His passion, to the intent that no fear should make us despair.
- Blessed Thomas More -
So tired! so tired!
A cry of half despair;
Look! at your side --
And see Who standeth there!
Your Father! Hush!
A heart beats in His breast
Now rise and rush
Within His arms — and rest.
~ Father Ryan ~
The greater is our suffering and the less it is known to others, the more it makes Thee smile, O my God!
~ Soeur Therese -
As soon as any affliction befalls you, say, "O God! how good you are to help me and enrich me for heaven; I should not like when death comes to be quite without some little merit to offer you."
~ St. Francis de Sales -
The great characteristic of sanctity is love of suffering, as its peculiar seal is spiritual joy; one produces the other.
~ Pere de Ravignan ~
Think often of eternity and remember that the humblest, the poorest, the most despised on earth will be the most glorified in Heaven.
~ St. John of the Cross ~
Every sorrow which separates us from this world brings us nearer to God.
~ Mgr. Henry Bolo ~
Thorns give forth balm, and the Cross sweetness, but we must squeeze the thorns and press the Cross to our hearts to make them distil the fragrance which is within them.
Help me, oh, my God, and I will not fear how much soever I may be oppressed.
Holy Mother Church dedicates the month of September to the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary
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