It is not by change of place that we can come nearer to Him who is in every place, but by the cultivation of pure desires and virtuous habits.
Since you cannot do good to all, you are to pay special attention to those who, by the accidents of time, or place, or circumstances, are brought into closer connection with you.
The world is a great book, of which they that never stir from home read only a page.
My mind withdrew its thoughts from experience, extracting itself from the contradictory throng of sensuous images, that it might find out what that light was wherein it was bathed.. And thus, with the flash of one hurried glance, it attained to the vision of That Which Is.
The words printed here are concepts. You must go through the experiences.
He who created us without our help will not save us without our consent.
O Lord, help me to be pure, but not yet.
Don't you believe that there is in man a deep so profound as to be hidden even to him in whom it is?
Passion is the evil in adultery. If a man has no opportunity of living with another man's wife, but if it is obvious for some reason that he would like to do so, and would do so if he could, he is no less guilty than if he was caught in the act.
Who can map out the various forces at play in one soul? Man is a great depth, O Lord. The hairs of his head are easier by far to count than his feeling, the movements of his heart.
When the Head and members are despised, then the whole Christ is despised, for the whole Christ, Head and body, is that just man against whom deceitful lips speak iniquity (Ps. 30: 19). (p. 425).
We are He, since we are His body and since He was made man in order to be our Head. (p. 432).
In this one man, the whole Church has been assumed by the Word. (p. 434).
Come, brethren, if you wish to be engrafted in the vine. It grieves us to see you thus lie cut off. Number the priests in the very chair of Peter, And see in that order of fathers who succeeded the other. This is the rock which the proud gates of hell overcome not.
The true servants of God are not solicitous that He should order them to do what they desire to do, but that they may desire to do what He orders them to do.