Let us understand that God is a physician, and that suffering is a medicine for salvation, not a punishment for damnation. — St Augustine (via wherewisdombegins)
When I feel nothing, when I am incapable of praying or practicing virtue, then is the moment to look for small occasions, nothings that give Jesus pleasure…a smile or a friendly word, when I would much prefer to say nothing at all.
-St. Therese of Lisieux
We ought always to devote at least a quarter of an hour to preparing ourselves to hear Mass well; we ought to annihilate ourselves before God, after the example of His profound annihilation in the Sacrament of the Eucharist; and we should make our examination of conscience, for we must be in a state of grace to be able to assist properly at Mass.
Whether our life be that of Nazareth, the Public Life or the Desert… it should cry the Gospel…
-Charles de Foucauld