"No one can be a disciple without first being a contemplative. The heart of Jesus' intention in choosing His followers is that they might be with Him: above all, Jesus wants to share His life with us, and this too--the longing to be with Jesus--should be the gravitational pull to which all our desires should hasten." ~ Erasmo Leiva-Merikakis from The Way of the Disciple

"There are a dozen views about everything until you know the answer. Then there's never more than one." ~ C. S. Lewis

"The birds are the saints, who fly to heaven on the wings of contemplation, who are so removed from the world that they have no business on earth. They do not labor, but by contemplation alone they already live in heaven." ~ St Anthony

"Do not be afraid to be saints. Follow Jesus Christ Who is the source of freedom and light. Be open to the Lord so that He might lighten all your ways.” ~ St John Paul II 

"The Holy Eucharist is the perfect expression of the love of Jesus Christ for man." ~ St Maria Goretti

"People are made for happiness. Rightly then you thirst for happiness. Christ has the answer to this desire of yours. But He asks you to trust Him." ~ St. John Paul II

"God sends us friends to be our firm support in the whirlpool of struggle. In the company of friends, we will find strength to attain our sublime ideal." ~ St Maximilian Kolbe

"The Cross is a treasure." ~ Fr. Willie Doyle

"Ask Jesus to make you a saint. After all, only He can do that. Go to confession regularly and to Holy Communion as often as you can." ~ St Dominic Savio

"Heroism is a virtue which has an attraction for every heart. It seems to lift us out of our petty selves and make us for a moment forget our own selfish interests. It appeals irresistibly to the noble-minded; even to the cowardly it is a powerful stimulus. Thus it is that in all times the saints have ever had such an attraction for men--they are heroes!" ~ Fr. Willie Doyle

"Christ the Lord is risen. Our joy that hath no end." ~ St John of Damascus

"Truly it is a blessed thing to love on earth as we hope to love in Heaven, and to begin that friendship here which is to endure forever there." ~ St Francis de Sales

"The dear tokens of His passion/
Still His dazzling body bears/
Cause of endless exultation/
To His ransomed worshippers/
With what rapture, with what rapture, with what rapture/
Gaze we on those glorious scars!" 
~ "Lo, He Comes with Clouds Descending"

"Eternity is the now that does not pass away." ~ St Augustine

"Many single acts of adoration constitute a life of adoration. A faithful prayer life leads one to a life of prayer." ~ Fr. Seitz

"Do not try to please everybody. Try to please God, the angels, and the saints. They are your public." ~ St John Vianney

"Don't waste your suffering." ~ St. John Paul II

"Lenten practices of giving up pleasures are good reminders that the purpose of life is not pleasure. The purpose of life is to attain to perfect life, all truth and undying ecstatic love, which is the definition of God. In pursuing that goal, we find happiness." ~ Ven. Fulton Sheen

"It is man's relationship with God--Love Itself--that decides if time is subjected to corruption or if every moment is a drop out of the sea of eternity in which he is able to share and that, in the end, he will find again when, after this existence on earth, he is surrounded by "the sea" on all sides. All time, every moment that is lived in love, is everlasting, is "eternal time." ~ Fr. Wilfrid Stinissen (from Eternity in the Midst of Time)

"He has transformed all suffering into love by taking upon Himself all suffering out of love." ~ Fr. Wilfrid Stinissen (from Eternity in the Midst of Time)

"Faith is like a bright ray of sunlight. It enables us to see God in all things as well as all things in God." ~ St Francis de Sales

"Patience is adjusting your time to God's time." ~ Mother Angelica

"Holiness does not consist in doing extraordinary things. It consists in accepting, with a smile, what Jesus sends us. It consists in accepting and following the will of God." ~ Mother Teresa

"Do not wish for everything to be done according to your determination, but wish that it is how it should be, and in this way, you will attain peace with everyone. And believe that everything that happens to us, even the most insignificant, occurs through God's Providence. Then you will be able to endure everything that comes upon you without any agitation." ~ St Dorotheus of Gaza

"We should trust not in ourselves, but in God." 2 Cor. 1:9

"We should live in an habitual disposition of desire for God." ~ Fr. Jacques Philippe

"Open wide your door to the One Who comes. Open your soul, throw open the depths of your heart to see the riches of simplicity, the treasures of peace, the sweetness of grace. Open your heart and run to meet the Sun of eternal Light." ~ St Ambrose

"Pray to be ever ready for God's will, even if it takes you by surprise." ~ St. Mary MacKillop

"Life is passing. Eternity draws nigh. Soon we shall live the very life of God." ~ St Therese

"If you learn everything except Christ, you learn nothing. If you learn nothing except Christ, you learn everything." ~ St Bonaventure

"Give your heart completely to Mary and beg her to make it like the heart of her Divine Son." ~ St John Eudes

"The more I contemplate God, the more God looks on me. The more I pray to Him, the more He thinks of me too." ~ St Bernard of Clairvaux

"I shall do everything for Heaven, my true home." ~ St Bernadette Soubirous

"Our business is to gain heaven; everything else is a sheer waste of time." ~ St Vincent de Paul

"Lay all your cares about the future trustingly in God's hands, and let yourself be guided by the Lord just like a little child." ~ St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

A person makes progress only by imitating Christ, Who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life . . . I should not consider any spirituality worthwhile that would walk in sweetness and ease and run from the imitation of Christ." ~ St John of the Cross

"Each of us is the result of a thought of God. Each of us is willed, each of us is loved, each of us is necessary." ~ Pope Benedict XVI

"The saints were saints because they were cheerful when it was difficult to be cheerful, patient when it was difficult to be patient, silent when they wanted to speak, and agreeable when they felt the urge to scream. They pushed forward when they wanted to stand still." ~ Fr. Lawrence Lovasik

"Don't worry to the point of losing your inner peace. Pray with perseverance, with faith, with calmness and serenity." ~ Padre Pio

"A good life with contentment is itself a great wealth. For we brought nothing with us into this world, and we can take nothing out of it. So if we have enough of what we need, let us be content with that." ~ St Timothy

"You aim at a devout life, dear child, because as a Christian, you know that such devotion is most acceptable to God's Divine Majesty." ~ St Francis de Sales

"Courage! God asks of us only our good will; His grace does the rest. What I am most afraid of, is lest you should be discouraged. The Christian motto is Hope! Hope on! Hope ever!" ~ St Theophane Venard

"The loveliest masterpiece of the heart of God is the heart of a mother." ~ St Therese

"When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude." ~ G.K. Chesterton 

"There is so little distance between heaven and earth that God always hears us. Nothing but a thin veils separates us from God." ~ St Andre Bessette 

 "Always place your confidence in Divine Providence and be assured that sooner heaven and earth shall pass away than that the Lord neglect to protect you." ~ St Padre Pio

"May the Sacred Heart of Jesus accomplish in us all His designs and be Himself our strength and stay, so as to enable us to bear courageously the weight of our responsibilities.—To him who serves God truly, every trouble and infirmity turns into consolations, and through all kinds of trouble he has a paradise within himself even in this world."

"How often have I thought that I may owe all the graces I've received to the prayers of a person who begged them from God for me, and whom I shall know only in Heaven." ~ St Therese

"Let us then strive so to live that our prayers may help the servants of God...if we can prevail with God to grant this help to His Church, though we are enclosed in this house, we are fighting for Him." ~ St Teresa of Avila

"Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset." ~ St Francis de Sales

"All saints give testimony to the truth that without real effort, no one ever wins the crown." ~ St Thomas Becket

"We need to find God, and He cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature -- trees, flowers, grass -- grow in silence; see the stars, the moon, and the sun, how they move in silence. We need silence to be able to touch souls." ~ St Teresa of Calcutta