“Be courageous, do not be cast down. Trust in God and hope that He will grant you every grace. Do not rely on yourself, but rather on the Lord, and if you imagine that all is calm, then be assured that the enemy is quite near. Do not put too much confidence in peace, for in the midst of rest war may break out.”
~ St. Gerard of Majella
“Do not be afraid any longer, little flock, for your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your belongings and give alms. Provide money bags for yourselves that do not wear out, and inexhaustible treasure in heaven that no thief can reach nor moth destroy.”
~ St. John Leonardi
“Make an effort to radiate joy, which is the fruit of the Spirit and a characteristic mark of the kingdom of God. God is joy. We have no reason to be unhappy. Christ, wanting to share his joy with the disciples, prayed that ‘my joy may be in you and your joy be complete.’ Jesus must have radiated joy and you should do the same, in your eyes, attitude, the way you walk, the way you listen, and your whole being.”
~ Saint Theresa of Calcutta
- Would others say you are joyful? Would you?
- In what specific ways do I radiate joy?
- When I speak of my relationship with Christ, can people sense the joy you have in loving him?
“So valuable to heaven is the dignity of the human soul that ever member of the human race has a guardian angel from the moment the person begins to be.”
~ St. Jerome
“That very day, the first day of the week, two of Jesus’ disciples were going to a village seven miles from Jerusalem called Emmaus…one of them, named Cleopas.”
~ Luke 24: 13-25
“Pray to God, “You are the Spirit, and I am only the trumpet, and without your breath I can give no sound.”
~ St. Joseph of Cupertino
“I do not know what awaits me in the journey that lies ahead of me, without a doubt the cross, which is the daily bread of the missionary. What can we hope for better, going to preach a crucified God?”
~ St. John Gabriel Perboyre, letter written at the gateway to China.
“I, Rosalia, daughter of Sinibald, Lord of Roses and Quisquina, have taken the resolution to live in this cave for the love of my Lord, Jesus Christ.”
~ St. Rosalia, words she scrawled into the cave where she lived as a hermit.
“The joy of the Lord is our strength. Therefore, each of us will accept a life of poverty in cheerful trust. We will offer cheerful obedience from our inward joy. We will minister to Christ in the distressing disguise of the poor with cheerful devotion. If our work is done with joy, we will have no reason to be unhappy.”
~ Saint Theresa of Calcutta
- Have I allowed myself to perform works of mercy begrudgingly?
- Do I see Christ in others, especially the poor and marginalized of our society?
- Have I offered cheerful obedience to God, joyfully performing good works out of love of God and love of neighbor, and ever been unhappy doing so?