I am more and more convinced that one can never do too much, and one can scarcely do enough to express gratitude, consideration, regard, and, even in a way, affection. ...not gushing affection, but the affection of quiet and deep friendship and spiritual kinship, which we all have.
Devotedness for souls in a spirit of zeal, forms the second half of our vocation; it is not a secondary thing, but essential to our vocation.
God is the pleasantness of our life in time as well as in eternity. He is everything to us, isn’t He? Love Him and trust Him as much as you can, for so many disappoint Him and He loves to be loved, so as to be able to give the more.
Some seek perfection in the contemplative life only, others are more inclined to the active life, but in our vocation we must combine the two.
Remember that whatever happens….you must say to yourself, according to circumstances, joyfully and thankfully or humbly and submissively or bravely or if need be, defiantly to the troubles within, this is part of the story and the story of God's love for you and yours for him.
Our thoughts are very important. Do we make enough effort to lift our minds out of the little groove of daily difficulties?
We should take our souls as our first and favorite pupil give it every advantage we can...Make it stand on its feet, make it elastic, make it adaptable to circumstances, free in its movements...not held down to a groove, and not holding to anything.
We could not do better than look at our Mother Foundress's zeal, for she possessed it in rare perfection. As we have already seen, our vocation consists in the spirit of prayer and the spirit of zeal.
One good lesson to learn is never to think you will be of no use of any line at all. Courage mon ame, we all have to go through it in one way or another, and it is little for God.
No one who has the good of children at heart, and the training of their characters, can leave the subject without some grave thoughts on the formation of their own character, which is the first order of importance, and in the order of time must go before, and accompany their work to the very end.
Every fruit tree goes through its stages when there is nothing to look at, the blossoms gone, the fruit not come - only hard green promise of apples, scarcely visible, yet it is a good stage further on than the blossoms.
Do all that your will can do, and we can do a great deal by determining to be self-possessed and calm. That, often without any treatment, makes one well, for the body is so dependent on the mind, and the mind on the spiritual life. So it comes back to steadying oneself on the view of the last end, and God’s wonderful love for us.
You have to grasp the Cross of the day as bravely as you can with your eyes fixed on our Lord, but when you feel that it is almost too much for you, do not think that you displease Him.
If you keep your heart steady at its centre, loving and choosing God’s Will whatever it may be, and then in the little details of life that are counted by the thousands, set your own will aside, and try to do it as if you liked it, that will be a great victory, and a perfect preparation for anything that God may have in store for you later on.
Our vigilance must be from love. The standard given to us is that of a mother, and her care is proverbial; even God takes it as an illustration.
We are very apt in the stress of everyday life, in the details of everyday life, in the dust of our faults, the accumulation of small things which we have to attend to and which make our perfection, to lose sight of the extraordinary greatness of our origin and our destiny - that we come from God and go to God - and we should never forget either the one or the other.
To give the message that God has entrusted to one, to accomplish one's mission and to do one's workk, it is essential to be oneself. We must never become copies of the other.
It is always a great and solemn moment when one turns the page of a New Year. It must be the best we have ever spent, since it adds one more year to our experiences of God and subtracts one from the way that is yet to be walked before we reach Jerusalem.
God, Who lovest all Thy creatures
All our hearts are known to Thee
Lead us through the land of shadows
To Thy blest eternity!
And God, through all failure, weariness and disappointment with ourselves, is working out His harmonies for the future. We can only shut our eyes and do what lies in us and trust Him. Dominus regit me. May He bless you always.