From a letter by St. John of the Cross to Sr. Leonor de San Gabriel

The more he wants to give, the more he makes us desire, til he leaves us empty so as to fill us with blessings … God’s immense blessings can only fit into a heart that is empty. They come in that kind of solitude. For this reason, the Lord would love to see you, since heContinue reading “From a letter by St. John of the Cross to Sr. Leonor de San Gabriel”

From a homily written in the second century

As for myself, I am only a sinner, not yet beyond the reach of temptation; but even amidst all the devil’s machinations, I still strive to make progress and hope to attain at least some virtue, for I fear the judgment that awaits me. Futile desires becloud our minds. We need to pull ourselves up,Continue reading “From a homily written in the second century”

From a letter by Fr. Almire Pichon to St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus

“You speak to me of the weight of years and you are twenty years old! Twenty, oh! I want sixty more years for you, filled with good sacrifices, all perfumed with myrrh and incense to console the Heart of your divine Spouse at your own expense.” “May Jesus always keep for you this ideal ofContinue reading “From a letter by Fr. Almire Pichon to St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus”

From “The Prayer of the Church” by St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

The work of salvation takes place in obscurity and stillness. In the heart’s quiet dialogue with God the living building blocks out of which the kingdom of God grows are prepared, the chosen instruments for the construction forged. The mystical stream that flows through all centuries is no spurious tributary that has strayed from theContinue reading “From “The Prayer of the Church” by St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross”

From the spiritual dialogues of Gabrielle Bossis

August 10—Lourdes. At the procession of the Blessed Sacrament, I was thinking of a proud answer I had just given. (With tender pity.) “How your littleness makes you suffer!” And I remembered what He had told me once before from the monstrance in the same place, surrounded by cardinals and archbishops in rich vestments: “YouContinue reading “From the spiritual dialogues of Gabrielle Bossis”