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Let us be afraid of one thing only, not to love Jesus enough.
Every Christian must be an apostle, this is not a counsel, it is a commandment. My apostolate must be an apostolate of goodness. On seeing me people should say to themselves, since this man is so good, his religion must be good. And if I am asked why I am so gentle and good I must reply, because I am the servant of the One whose goodness is still greater. If only you knew how good my Master Jesus is!read more »
If I were able, but I am not, to do otherwise than to loose myself totally in union with God’s divine will, I would want to choose for myself complete lack of success and perpetual solitude and failure in everything. This is the path of union with the lowliness and the cross of our Beloved God, which has always seemed to me desirable above all other ways.read more »
To become a martyr means to become like Jesus, it means to become his brother, his little brother, to the very end, following him hand in hand, even to Calvary, and giving him the greatest proof of love: 'A person can have no greater love than to lay down their life for their friends'.read more »
To be rich and live in comfort among my possessions when you were poor, deprived, living in misery and burdened by heavy labour - I could not do it, O God, I could not love like that.read more »
My Lord Jesus, how quickly someone will become poor who, loving you with all their heart, cannot accept to be richer than their Beloved. How quickly they will become poor who accepts with faith your words: If you wish to be perfect, go and sell all you own and give the money to the poor. Blessed are the poor.read more »
The weakness of human means is a source of strength. Jesus is the Master of the Impossible.
Jesus says to those who share his hidden life, make others holy by bringing me among them. Bring them the Gospel not by your words but by your example, not by proclaiming it but by living it. Make the salvation of all the one work of your life until Jesus Saviour, which signifies perfectly what I am, expressed perfectly what you are too. How to do that? Be all things to all people with a single desire at heart, to give them Jesus.read more »
They will strive continually to become more and more like our Lord Jesus, taking for their model His life at Nazareth, which provides examples for all callings.read more »
The means Jesus used at his birth in the Manger, at Nazareth and on the Cross are these: poverty, utter lowliness, humiliation, rejection, persecution, suffering, the cross. These are our arms, the ones used by our divine Bridegroom, who asks us to let him continue his life in us. Let us follow him as our sole model and we are sure to do much good, for in that case it will not be we who live but he who lives in us. Our acts will no longer be our own, human and frail, but his divinely efficacious acts.read more »
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