Friday, April 24, 2015

Even In the Midst

'We cannot go to Jesus in the Tabernacle at every moment of the day, but we can turn inward to the Triune God at any moment, even in the midst of our day's worst difficulties.' (The Living Pyx of Jesus, Pelligrini, 1941, p. 27)

'To be with God it is not necessary to be always in church. We may make a chapel of our heart, whereto to escape from time to time to talk with Him quietly, humbly and lovingly.... Begin then; perhaps He is waiting for a single generous resolution.' (Brother Lawrence) 

'May the God who is all love be your unchanging dwelling place, your cell, and your cloister in the midst of the world.'  (Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity)   

'May nothing distract me from You, neither noise nor diversions. O my Master, I would so love to live with You in silence. But what I love above all is to do Your will, and since You want me still to remain in the world, I submit with all my heart for love of You.' (Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity)  

'A strong, resolute soul can live in the world without being affected by any of its moods, find springs of piety amid its salty waves, and fly through the flames of earthly lusts without burning the wings of its holy desires for a devout life.' (St. Francis de Sales)
'Your convent will be the house of the sick; your cell, a hired room; your chapel, the parish church; your cloister, the city streets... your enclosure, obedience; your grating, the fear of God; your veil, holy modesty.' (St. Vincent de Paul)


  1. Oh to be that strong, resolute soul de Sales speaks of . . . I'm afraid I'm not there.

    These are beautiful quotes Nancy.

    1. I'm not there either, Deborah. But St. Francis de Sales encourages me to keep trying!

      Thanks so much.

  2. I especially enjoyed the quotations from Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity. We are to be in the world, as a light to the world, but not of the world. I enjoyed these words.


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