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“If Lent makes us think of an austere, judgmental or frightening God, we need to recall the God of the Psalms who ‘delights’ in us, the God proclaimed by the prophet Zephaniah: ‘he will rejoice over you with happy song, he will renew you by his love, he will dance with shouts of joy for you, as on a day of festival.’ This is encouraging indeed.”
– James McCaffrey, OCD –
“When you look back over the day and see how fragmentary everything has been and how much you planned that has gone undone and all the reasons you have to be embarrassed and ashamed: just take everything exactly as it is, put it in God’s hands and leave it with Him.”
– St Edith Stein –
“Let us turn our gaze upon the Babe as one who shows us what God is like. He shows us the sort of heart the Father has. And what strikes us so wonderfully is that it is a vulnerable heart. A heart that offers itself to us unprotected.”
– Ruth Burrows –
“All are invited to go further, for God simply longs to pour himself into our emptied hearts and to catch us up into the radiant mystery of Trinitarian love.”
– Mary McCormack, OCD –
“However quietly we speak, God is so near that He will hear us. We need no wings to go in search of God, but have only to find a place where we can be alone and look upon Him present within us.”
– St Teresa of Avila –
“Will we ever understand how much we are loved? I think this is indeed the knowledge of the saints.”
– St Elizabeth of the Trinity –
“‘Facing’ the Crucified can reveal layers of self-identity, bringing home to us the truth that we are made in God’s image and loved wildly by this God on the cross.”
– Elizabeth A. Dreyer –
“When you set yourself down to pray, what do you want? If you want God to take possession of you then you are praying. That is all prayer is. There are no secrets, no short cuts.”
– Sister Wendy Beckett –
“We do not always have to be in church to be with God. We can make of our hearts a chapel where we can withdraw from time to time to converse with him there, gently, humbly, and lovingly.”
– Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection –
“In order that Love be fully satisfied, it is necessary that It lower Itself, and that it lower Itself to nothingness and transform this nothingness into fire.”
– St Therese of Lisieux –