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By the death of martyrs…

By the death of martyrs religion has been defended, faith increased, the Church strengthened; the dead have conquered, the persecutors have been overcome.
–Saint Ambrose of Milan (339-397)

Attractive floor covering…

There is your brother, naked, crying, and you stand there confused over the choice of an attractive floor covering.
–Saint Ambrose of Milan (339-397)

Consider as an enemy…

Who, indeed, can still consider as an enemy him with whom he has uttered the same prayer to God?
–Saint Basil the Great (330-379)

Take on Mary’s view…

Let us renounce our own human views to take on Mary’s, and so be led by her Spirit in all things. Let us adopt her outlook, her thoughts in everything. Let us not allow our natural inclinations to creep in.
–Venerable Edel Quinn (1907-1944)

An idealist who does…

An idealist who does not try to put his ideals into practice, is not worth much.
–Venerable Edel Quinn (1907-1944)

Impossible for us…

What is impossible for us is possible for Him; take Him at His word.
–Venerable Edel Quinn (1907-1944)

Think of the Passion…

No one at all can humbly read or think of the passion of our Lord… without reaping from this exercise fruit most useful for salvation; just as no one could touch flour or balm, even with the tips of his fingers, without having his fingers whitened with flour and perfumed with the odor of balm. Even if the image of Jesus crucified be only piously glanced at, the look will not have been in vain.
–Saint Louis de Blois (1506-1566)

Marvels of the Passion…

Amongst all the marvels of the passion what we should most dwell upon is the unspeakable love with which Christ suffered for us, that we may love Him more and suffer with Him more sweetly. But chiefly that we may imitate Him, and be conformed to His image.
–Saint Louis de Blois (1506-1566)

Respect with silence…

Never question God’s dealings with you. Respect God’s work in your soul with silence.
–John Hardon (1914-2000)

Ask Mary to teach us…

If Our Lord spent thirty years in obedience and dependence on Mary, doing His Father’s Will, what better example have we? Unite ourselves to Him, and ask Mary to teach us how to love perfectly, how to fulfill daily God’s Will in all things.
–Venerable Edel Quinn (1907-1944)

To feel depressed sometimes…

Yes, it’s proper to our nature to feel depressed sometimes and then at other times to feel very joyful and strong enough for anything. Blessed be God. These changing feelings can help us to understand just how changeable this life of ours really is. These feelings can also help us to detach ourselves and focus our desires toward heaven.
–Blessed Luisitia Josefa   (1866-1937)

Take care body and soul…

Take good care of yourself, your soul and your body; try to keep them in good condition and strong so that you’ll be able to do whatever Our Lord requires of you.
–Blessed Luisitia Josefa   (1866-1937)

Blessed be God who permits…

Blessed be God who permits our age, sicknesses, and moral suffering to make us feel so useless and unable do anything.
–Blessed Luisitia Josefa   (1866-1937)

Don’t worry and drown yourself…

Don’t worry and don’t allow yourself to drown in a drop of water. You’re all right where you are.
–Blessed Luisitia Josefa   (1866-1937)

Make this detachment…

Jesus does not want us to be attached to possessions, to human honors, to creatures. He asks humility. But His love and His generosity make this detachment less difficult and less cruel to our nature. Nothing else matters to me anymore, nothing has any value for me but Jesus, no place, no thing, no person, no idea, no feeling, no honor, no suffering, nothing that can turn me away from Jesus. For me, Jesus Himself is my honor, my delight, my heart, my spirit, He whom I love, what I love, my home Heaven here on earth. Jesus is my treasure and my love and Jesus crucified is my only happiness.
–Saint Bernadette (1844-1879)

Observe the difference…

Observe the difference between the presence of the life-giving spirit and the presence of the spirit that deadens and destroys your soul. When there are good thoughts in your soul you feel happy and at ease; when peace and joy are in your heart, then the spirit of good, the Holy Spirit, is within you; whilst when evil thoughts or evil motions of the heart arise within you, you feel ill at ease and oppressed; when you are inwardly troubled, then the spirit of evil, the crafty spirit, is within you.
–Saint John of Kronstadt (1829-1908)

God hears each word…

Remember that not a single word is lost during prayer, if you say it from your heart; God hears each word, and weighs it in a balance. Sometimes it seems to us that our words only strike the air in vain, and sound as the voice of one crying in the wilderness. No, no; it is not so!…The Lord responds to every desire of the heart, expressed in words or unexpressed.
–Saint John of Kronstadt (1829-1908)

To draw near to God..

Both Holy Scriptures and personal experience testify that, in order to draw near to God, it is necessary for the sinner to suffer, weep, shed tears, and convert his deceitful heart:
–Saint John of Kronstadt (1829-1908)

Our apathy may…  

If the fervor of faith in our heart is not kept alight, then our apathy may entirely extinguish our faith. Christianity, with all its sacraments, will completely die for us.
–Saint John of Kronstadt (1829-1908)

Your soul must…

Your soul must hold fast to Him, you must follow after Him in your thoughts, you must tread His ways by faith, not in outward show.
–Saint Ambrose of Milan (339-397)

From the Spirit comes…

From the Spirit comes foreknowledge of the future, understanding of the mysteries of faith, insight into the hidden meaning of Scripture, and other special gifts. Through the Spirit we become citizens of heaven, we enter into eternal happiness, and abide in God. Through the Spirit we acquire a likeness to God; indeed, we attain what is beyond our most sublime aspirations – we become God.
–Saint Basil the Great (330-379)

The Spirit is…

The Spirit is the source of holiness, a spiritual light, and he offers his own light to every mind to help it in its search for truth. By nature the Spirit is beyond the reach of our mind, but we can know him by his goodness. The power of the Spirit fills the whole universe, but he gives himself only to those who are worthy, acting in each according to the measure of his faith.
–Saint Basil the Great (330-379)

If the hierarchy of the Church…

We should always be disposed to believe that that which appears white is really black, if the hierarchy of the Church so decides.
–Saint Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556)

God be with you…

Don’t think so much about who is for or against you, rather give all your care, that God be with you in everything you do.
–Thomas à Kempis (1380-1471)

Hope in mercy and grace….

In what can I hope, then, or in whom ought I trust, save only in the great mercy of God and the hope of heavenly grace?
–Thomas à Kempis (1380-1471)

Our only desire…

If God were our one and only desire we would not be so easily upset when our opinions do not find outside acceptance.
–Thomas à Kempis (1380-1471)

Those of our own household…

Among all those who are included under the title of neighbor, there are none who deserve it more, in one sense, than those of our own household. They are nearest of all to us, living under the same roof and eating the same bread. Therefore they ought to be one of the principal objects of our love, and we should practice in regard to them all the acts of a true charity, which ought to be founded not upon flesh and blood, or upon their good qualities, but altogether upon God.
–Saint Francis de Sales  (1567-1622)

Never slander anyone…

Never slander anyone either directly or indirectly. Beware of falsely imputing crimes and sins to your neighbor, revealing his secret sins, exaggerating those that are manifest, putting an evil interpretation on his good works, denying the good that you know belongs to someone or maliciously concealing it or lessening it by words. You would would offend God in all these ways but most of all by false accusations and denying the truth to your neighbor’s harm. It is a double sin to lie and harm your neighbor at the same time.
–Saint Francis de Sales (1567-1622)

Stir up your heart…

When you have received Him, stir up your heart to do Him homage; speak to Him about your spiritual life, gazing upon Him in your soul where He is present for your happiness; welcome Him as warmly as possible, and behave outwardly in such a way that your actions may give proof to all of His Presence.
–Saint Francis de Sales, (1567-1622)

Teach and pray…

Without pretending to want to teach them or win them over, gradually plant holy inspirations and reflections in their minds. In this way, especially if you pray about it too, you will do more good than you would in any other way.
–Saint Francis de Sales  (1567-1622)

When your mind does wander…

When your mind does wander during prayer, bring it back. When it wanders again, bring it back again. Each and every time that you read a prayer while your thoughts are wandering (and consequently you read it without attention and feeling,) then do not fail to read it again. Even if your mind wanders several times in the same place, read it again and again until you read it all the way through with understanding and feeling. In this way, you will overcome this difficulty so that the next time, perhaps, it will not come up again, or if it does return, it will be weaker.
–Saint Theophan the Recluse (1815-1894)

Christians constantly remember…

Just as people do not enter war in order to enjoy war, but in order to be saved from war, so we do not enter this world in order to enjoy this world, but in order to be saved from it. People go to wars for something greater than war. So we also enter this temporal life for the sake of something greater: for eternal life. And as soldiers think with joy about returning home, so also Christians constantly remember the end of their lives and their return to their heavenly fatherland..
–Saint Theophan the Recluse (1815-1894)

In time of temptation…

If some temptation arises in the place where you dwell in the desert, do not leave that place in time of temptation. For if you leave it then, no matter where you go, you will find the same temptation waiting for you.
–Theophan the Recluse (1815-1894)

Morning prayer is to…  

The essence of morning prayer is to thank God for sleep, rest and regained strength and to pray that He will help us do everything to His glory. Express this to Him with your mind and with your whole heart.
–Saint Theophan the Recluse (1815-1894)

His will is accomplished…

Affliction or consolation, health or sickness, is all one to a heart that loves. Since we wish only to please God, it should be enough for us that His Will is accomplished.
–Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690)

Little daily acts…..

Little daily acts of charity, a headache, toothache or cold, the ill humor of a husband or wife, this contempt or that scorn, the loss of a pair of gloves, a ring or a handkerchief, the little inconveniences incurred by going to bed early and getting up early to pray or attend Mass, the little feelings of self-consciousness that comes with performing good deeds in public – in short, all such little things as these when accepted and embraced with love are highly pleasing to God’s mercy. For a single cup of water God has promised to his faithful people a sea of endless bliss.
–Saint Francis de Sales (1567-1622)

Virtue and vice…

When God intends to grant a man any particular virtue, it is His way to let him be tempted to the opposite vice.
–Saint Philip Neri (1515-1595)

Patience is necessary…

Patience is necessary for the servant of God, and we must not be distressed at trouble, but wait for consolation.
–Saint Philip Neri (1515-1595)

God does everything well…

We must always remember that God does everything well, although we may not see the reason of what He does.
–Saint Philip Neri (1515-1595)

Ten truly detached men…

Give me ten truly detached men. and I will convert the world with them.
–Saint Philip Neri (1515-1595)

Great is the mercy of God…

If we stop to think how great is the mercy of God, we would never cease doing all the good we can, for while we on our side, for love of him, give to the poor what he gives us he promises us a hundred fold in Heavenly glory.
–Saint John of God (1495-1550)

To receive God’s mercy…  

If we look forward to receiving God’s mercy, we can never fail to do good so long as we have the strength. For if we share with the poor, out of love for God, whatever he has given to us, we shall receive according to his promise a hundredfold in eternal happiness. What a fine profit, what a blessed reward! With outstretched arms he begs us to turn toward him, to weep for our sins, and to become the servants of love, first for ourselves, then for our neighbors.
–Saint John of the Cross (1542-1591)

Suffer and endure…

Dear souls that seek to walk in security and comfort in spiritual things: If you knew just how necessary it is to suffer and to endure in order to reach such a lofty state of security and consolation… then you would in no way seek consolation, either from God or from creatures, but would rather bear the cross and, having embraced it, would desire to drink pure vinegar and gall, and would count this a great happiness.
–Saint John of the Cross (1542-1591)

Our own need for God…  

Out of this grows the love of our neighbors, for we now esteem them, and no longer judge them as we used to do, when we looked upon ourselves as exceedingly fervent, and upon others as not. Now we see nothing but our own need for God, which we keep so constantly before our eyes that we can look upon nothing else.
— Saint John of the Cross (1542-1591)

Have love for trials…

Have great love for trials and think of them as but a small way of pleasing your Bridegroom, who did not hesitate to die for you.
 — Saint John of the Cross (1542-1591)

Love Jesus above everything….

Love our Lord, Jesus Christ, above everything in the world, because the more you love Him, the more He will love you. Have charity always, for where charity is not found God is not there, even though he is everywhere.
–Saint John of God (1495-1550)

Charity quenches sin…

Have charity, first for our own souls, then with the neighbor. For, as water quenches fire, so charity quenches sin.
–Saint John of God (1495-1550)

One who knows God…

He who knows God knows how to raise his mind immediately to God’s love, not only when he beholds the starry heavens, but even on considering a blade of grass, or the smallest thing of any kind.
–Saint Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556)

The splendor of heaven….

The man who gazes on heaven with a clear eye will see all the better the darkness of earthly things: for though these emit a certain kind of brilliance, the splendor of heaven darkens all their light.
–Saint Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556)

The Catholic Church is….

The Catholic Church is but one; for as the Bridegroom is one, the Bride must be one also. Between the Bridegroom and the Bride there is one and the same spirit.
–Saint Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556)

Show gratitude to God…

When a man is freed from a temptation or any other distress, let him take great care to show fitting gratitude to God for the benefit he has received.
–Saint Philip Neri (1515-1595)

History converges on Christ…

All things, all history converges in Christ. A man of sorrow and hope, he knows us and loves us. As our friend he stays by us throughout our lives; at the end of time he will come to be our judge; but we also know that he will be the complete fulfilment of our lives and our great happiness for all eternity. I can never cease to speak of Christ for he is our truth and our light; he is the way, the truth and the life. He is our bread, our source of living water who allays our hunger and satisfies our thirst. He is our shepherd, our leader, our ideal, our comforter and our brother.
–Blessed Paul VI (1897-1978)

The source of all grace…

The source of all grace is God’s love for us, and he has revealed this not just in words but also in deeds.
–Saint Josemaría Escrivá (1902-1975)

Holiness grows where…

Holiness grows so fast where there is kindness. The world is lost for want of sweetness and kindness. Do not forget we need each other.
–Saint Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997)

Simplicity and gentleness…

Simplicity and gentleness are a very saintly mode of spiritual life, but you cannot learn this in an external way. It must suffuse itself mystically within you so that your soul embraces this mode of life through the grace of God.
–Saint Porphyrios (1906-1991)

Leave all things to the will of God…

We shouldn’t continue relentlessly in order to acquire what we want; rather we should leave all things to the will of God… These always increase and we are never satisfied with what we have. The more we chase after these wants the more elusive they become… In our prayer we should ask only for the salvation of our soul.
–Saint Porphyrios (1906-1991)

To become a saint…  

I have always wanted to become a saint. Unfortunately, when I have compared myself with the saints, I have always found that there is the same difference between the saints and me as there is between a mountain whose summit is lost in the clouds and a humble grain of sand trodden underfoot by passers-by.
–Saint Therese of Lisieux  (1873-1897)

Jesus is my judge…

And it is the Lord, it is Jesus, Who is my judge. Therefore I will try always to think leniently of others, that He may judge me leniently, or rather not at all, since He says: ‘Judge not, and ye shall not be judged.’
–Saint Therese of Lisieux (1873-1897)

To bear our crosses…  

You are right – it costs us dear to give Him what He asks. But what a joy that it does cost! It is happiness to bear our crosses, and to feel our weakness in doing so.
–Saint Therese of Lisieux  (1873-1897)

When angry, find peace…

When you are angry with someone, the way to find peace is to pray for that person and ask God to reward him or her for making you suffer.
–Saint Therese of Lisieux  (1873-1897)

Serene in tribulations…

My beloved child, let us praise God in everything because all that happens is for our own good. Try to fulfill your duties the best you can and for God alone and always remain happy and serene in all the tribulations of life. As for me, I have placed all in the hands of God and I have been successful. We have to learn to detach ourselves a little, trust in God alone, and do God’s holy will with joy. How beautiful it is to be in the Hands of God, searching His Divine Gaze in readiness to do whatever He wishes.

–Blessed Luisitia Josefa   (1866-1937)

Saints challenge us….

When all is said and done, the saints challenge us to become holy.  Our discomfort with the saints is proof of our discomfort with our calling to live authentic lives.  We have banished the saints from our modern practice of Catholicism because when they are present it is impossible to forget that we are called to holiness.
–Matthew Kelly (1973-

Hope is a good thing…

Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things. Hope is one of those things that you can’t buy, but that will be freely given to you if you ask. Hope is the one thing people cannot live without. Hope is a thing of beauty.
–Matthew Kelly (1973-

Be bold.  Be Catholic…  

Be bold. Be Catholic. When the Catholic faith is actually lived it is incredible potent.
–Matthew Kelly (1973-

Distractions are normal…  

Distractions are one of the more common difficulties in prayer. They are absolutely normal and should neither surprise nor sadden us. When we realize that we have become distracted from our prayer and our thoughts are wandering, rather than getting discouraged or angry, we should simply, peacefully and gently bring our minds back to God.
–Jacques Philippe (1947-

Regrets and worries…

One of the wisest sayings in the Gospel is “Let the day’s own trouble be sufficient for the day.” Let us absorb this lesson Jesus teaches. We often complain about how much we are suffering, without realizing that it’s our fault. As if today’s suffering weren’t enough, we add regrets about the past and worries for the future!
–Jacques Philippe (1947-

Meditation on Scripture…  

Meditation on Scripture is the foundation of any authentic Christian prayer life. God speaks to us and awakens a response from us through meditation. Here is how dialogue in prayer begins.
–Jacques Philippe (1947-

Faith is the door…  

Faith is the door to the full inner life of the Church, a life which includes not only access to an authoritative teaching but above all to a deep personal experience which is at once unique and yet shared by the whole Body of Christ, in the Spirit of Christ.
–Thomas Merton (1915-1968)

God never leaves us…

God, Who is everywhere, never leaves us. Yet He seems sometimes to be present, sometimes to be absent. If we do not know Him well, we do not realize that He may be more present to us when He is absent than when He is present.
–Thomas Merton (1915-1968)

The depths of our being…

We are warmed by fire, not by the smoke of the fire. We are carried over the sea by a ship, not by the wake of a ship. So too, what we are is to be sought in the invisible depths of our own being, not in our outward reflection in our acts.
–Thomas Merton (1915-1968)

Actions fix character…  

Whether we know it or not, the actions of our daily life are fixing our character for good or for evil. The things you do, the thoughts you think, the words you say are turning you either into a saint or a devil, to be placed at either the right or the left side of the Divine Judge.
–Blessed Fulton Sheen (1895-1979)

The Holy Hour becomes…

The Holy Hour becomes like an oxygen tank to revive the breath of the Holy Spirit in the midst of the foul and fetid atmosphere of the world.
–Blessed Fulton Sheen  (1895-1979)

Mary is our mother…    

The title of Mary as our mother is not merely symbolic.  Mary is our mother in the most real and lofty sense, a sense which surpasses that of earthly maternity.  She begot our life of grace for us because she offered up her entire being, body and soul, as the Mother of God.  That is why an intimate bond exists between Mary & ourselves.  She loves us, she knows us, she exerts herself to bring each one of us into the closest possible relationship with the Lord – that which we are above all supposed to be.
–Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (1891-1942)

In need of divine life…    

And the Word became flesh‘. That truth became a reality in the manger at Bethlehem. But it was to be fulfilled in yet another form: ‘Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood, has eternal life.’ The Savior, who knows that we are human beings and will remain human beings who have to struggle daily with weaknesses, comes to our assistance in a truly divine manner. Just as the human body is in need of daily bread, so also does the divine life in us require constant nourishment.
–Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross  (1891-1942)

Detachment is…    

Detachment is designated as a night through which the soul must pass. It is this in a threefold sense: in regard to the point of departure, the path, and the goal.
–Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (1891-1942)

The door of His heart open…

The Lord our King will hold the door of His heart open for anyone who wants to enter for an audience at any time.
–Saint Pio (1887-1968)

Place your heart gently…

Place your heart gently in Our Lord’s wounds. Have great confidence in His mercy for He will never abandon you.
–Saint Pio (1887-1968)

Temptations are from the devil…

Your temptations are from the devil and from Hell; but your sufferings and afflictions are from God and Heaven.
–Saint Pio (1887-1968)

The cross will not crush…

The Cross will not crush you; if its weight makes you stagger, its power will also sustain you.
–Saint Pio (1887-1968)

Progress in slow steps…  

Be content to progress in slow steps until you have legs to run and wings with which to fly.
–Saint Pio (1887-1968)

Become not attached…

God doesn’t ask that we succeed in everything, but that we are faithful. However beautiful our work may be, let us not become attached to it. Always remain prepared to give it up, without losing your peace.

–Blessed Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997)

Love must cost…

Love to be real, it must cost— it must hurt— it must empty us of self.
–Saint Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997)

To give ourselves fully…

To give ourselves fully to God is a means of receiving God himself.
–Saint Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997)

Words that do not…

Words that do not give the light of Christ increase the darkness.
–Saint Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997)

Things to share…

God gives us things to share, God doesn’t give us things to hold.
–Saint Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997)

Our availability for prayer…  

Our availability for prayer presupposes, not only faith in the importance of prayer, but also a real effort of interior detachment, which must be accepted in principle as being deep and without limit, in the very measure of our love.
–René Voillaume (1905 – 2003)

Paradox of divine love…

By a beautiful paradox of Divine love, God makes His Cross the very means of our salvation and our life. We have slain Him; we have nailed Him there and crucified Him; but the Love in His eternal heart could not be extinguished. He willed to give us the very life we slew; to give us the very Food we destroyed; to nourish us with the very Bread we buried, and the very Blood we poured forth. He made our very crime into a happy fault; He turned a Crucifixion into a Redemption; a Consecration into a Communion; a death into Life Everlasting
–Blessed Fulton Sheen  (1895-1979)

Acquiescence to evil…  

The refusal to take sides on great moral issues is itself a decision. It is a silent acquiescence to evil. The Tragedy of our time is that those who still believe in honesty lack fire and conviction, while those who believe in dishonesty are full of passionate conviction.
–Blessed Fulton Sheen  (1895-1979)

To grow in faith…

It is an error to think that faith is so entirely a gift of God that it is not in our power to increase and strengthen it. Some… admire faith in the saints as a purely gratuitous grace; they persuade themselves that they can do nothing to increase their own faith and that the only thing to do is to remain passive until God grants them that favor; they will make no effort to grow in faith, saying that to do so is quite useless… We must get rid of these ideas, see why it is our faith is so weak, and acknowledge that it is our own fault and that, whatever we may say, the truth is that we do not believe because we do not wish to believe.
–Saint Claude de la Colombiere (1641-1682)

A fit of sadness…

If ever you have a fit of sadness or trouble, remember that it is because you are still attached to life, or health, or some comfort, or person, or thing that you ought to forget and despise that you may desire Jesus Christ only.
–Saint Claude de la Colombiere (1641-1682)

Renounced the world…

Every Christian has renounced the world and its pomps at bap­tism. This vow does not oblige you to live like a hermit, but it cer­tainly obliges you to something. It is not an empty promise.
–Saint Claude de la Colombiere (1641-1682)

Difficulties at prayer…

However we do mental prayer, we can be sure of encountering difficulties. Some have already been mentioned: dryness, distaste, a sense of our own worthlessness, the feeling the effort to pray is useless. The first thing to say about such difficulties is that they should not come as a surprise or cause us to worry or be upset. Not only are they inevitable, they are actually good for us. They purify our love for God and strengthen our faith.
–Jacques Philippe (1947-

Discerning divine inspiration…

The most important criterion for discerning divine inspirations is the one that Jesus himself gives us in the Gospel: “A tree is known by its fruit.” An inspiration from God, if we follow it, will produce sound fruit: the fruits of peace, joy, charity, communion, and humility. An inspiration that comes from our flesh or from the devil will be sterile or even bear the negative fruits of sadness, bitterness, pride, and the like.
–Jacques Philippe (1947-

The presence of God…

Now God is not the God of the dead but of the living, and his presence, being the presence of the living God, is active, life-giving, healing, and sanctifying. One can’t stand in front of a fire without being warmed, or stay in the sun without being tanned, and in remaining in God’s presence and letting him act in the depths of our being, we are doing what really counts.
–Jacques Philippe (1947-

Gift of solitude…

Today, more than ever, we need to recognize that the gift of solitude is not ordered to the acquisition of strange contemplative powers, but, first of all, to the recovery of one’s deep self, and to the renewal of an authenticity which is presently twisted out of shape by the pretentious routines of a disordered togetherness.
–Thomas Merton (1915-1968)

We stumble and fall…

We stumble and fall constantly even when we are most enlightened. But when we are in true spiritual darkness, we do not even know that we have fallen.
–Thomas Merton (1915-1968)

Ladder of success…

People may spend their whole lives climbing the ladder of success only to find, once they reach the top, that the ladder is leaning against the wrong wall.
–Thomas Merton (1915-1968)

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