“Take every opportunity you can to sing the Psalms in your heart and to understand them with your mind. And if your mind wanders as you read, do not give up; hurry back and apply your mind to the words once more. Realized above all that you are in God’s presence, and stand there with the attitude of one who stands before the emperor. Empty yourself completely and sit waiting, content with the grace of God, like the chick who tastes nothing and eats nothing but what his mother brings him.”
~ St. Romuald
“A preacher must be prepared in his soul to speak the truth, both in denouncing and correcting shortcomings and in praising virtue, to such a point that he is willing in that cause even to face death.”
~ St. John of Sahagun
“Let us be neither dogs that do not bard nor silent onlookers nor paid servants who run away before the wolf. Instead let us be careful shepherds watching over Christ’s flock. Let us preach the whole of God’s plan to the powerful and to the humble, to rich and to poort, to men of every rank and age, as far as God gives us the strength, in season and out of season.”
~ St. Boniface
“Don’t search for Jesus in far lands — he is not there. He is close to you; he is with you. Just keep the lamp burning and you will always see him. Keep on filling the lamp with all these little drops of love, and you will see how sweet is the Lord you love.”
~ Saint Theresa of Calcutta
- Have I gone searching for love in all the wrong places?
- When have I sensed that Jesus has been close to me? In what ways?
- What activities in my life serve as the “burning lamp” that helps me to see Jesus?
- What “little drops of love” do I practice on a daily basis?
The Mode of Life of Priests
That priests, through the modesty and humility of their lives, commit themselves actively to a solidarity with those who are most poor.