Monday, October 15, 2012

St. Teresa of Jesus

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"As long as we are in this mortal life, nothing is more necessary for us than humility."

"Our works are of no value if they are not united to the merits of Jesus Christ."

"If we are very determined to mortify ourselves and not to be too
much occupied with our corporal health, we will soon, by the grace of God,
become masters of our bodies."

"In order to bear our afflictions with patience, it is very useful to
read the lives and legends of the saints who endured great torments for Jesus Christ."

"On the feasts of the saints consider their virtues, and beseech God to deign to adorn you with them."

"By denying our self love and our inclinations in little things, we gradually acquire mortification and victory over ourselves."

"It seems as if God granted to other saints to free us from some particular needfulness; but I know by experience that the glorious St. Joseph assists us generally in all our necessities."

"It often happens that when we take less care of our body, we have better health than when we bestow upon it too much care."

"He who at the hour of death finds himself protected by St. Joseph, will certainly experience great consolation."

"I have noticed that all persons who have true devotion to St. Joseph and tender him special honor, are very much advanced in virtue, for he takes great care of souls who recommend themselves to him; and I have never asked of him anything which he did not obtain for me."

"When we remember or hear that the enemies of the Church burn and destroy God's temples, we should grieve therefore; but we should also rejoice much when we see new ones built, and we should cooperate in their erection as much as we possibly can."

"Whoever would follow Jesus Christ, must walk in His footsteps , if he would not go astray."

"It is a great folly to be willing to violate the friendship of God, rather than the law of human friendship."

"Unite all your works to the merits of Jesus Christ, and then offer them up to the eternal Father if you desire to make them pleasing to Him."

"Prayer is the only channel through which God's great graces and favors may flow into the soul; and if this be once closed, I know no other way He can communicate them."

"The devotions we practise in honor of the glorious Virgin Mary, however trifling the be, are very pleasing to her divine Son; and He rewards them with eternal glory."

"There is nothing which is more profitable and more consoling to the mind than to frequently remember the Blessed Virgin."

"Let us consider what the glorious Virgin endured, and what the holy apostles suffered, and we shall find that they who were nearest to Jesus Christ were the most afflicted."

"To assure our salvation it does not suffice to call ourselves children of Mary, therefore let us always have the fear of god."

"Men can use no better arms to drive away the devil, than prayer and the sign of the cross."

"There is no affliction, trial, or labor difficult to endure, when we consider the torments and sufferings which Our Lord Jesus Christ endured for us."

"Death is welcome to one who has always feared God and faithfully served Him."

"There is more security in self-denial, mortification, and other like virtues, than in an abundance of tears."

"If we would advance in virtue, we must not neglect little things, for they pave the way to greater."

"He who truly loves his neighbor and can not efficaciously assist him, should strive at least to relieve and help him by his prayers."

"We should blush for shame to show so much resentment at what is done or said against us, knowing that so many injuries and affronts have been offered to our Redeemer and the saints."

"The reason why so many souls who apply themselves to prayer are not inflamed with God's love is, that they neglect to carefully prepare themselves for it."

"No one should think or say anything of another which he would not wish thought or said of himself."

"The life of a true Christian should be such that he fears neither death nor any event of his life, but endures and submits to all things with a good heart."

"Regulate and direct all your actions to God, offering them to Him and beseeching Him to grant that they be for His honor and glory."

"To advance in the way of perfection it does not suffice to say a number of weak prayers; our principal care should be to acquire solid virtues."

"It will be a great consolation for us at the hour of death to know that we are to be judged by Him whom we have loved above all things during life."

"Remember that men change easily, and that you cannot place your trust in them; therefore attach yourself to God alone."

"If we secretly feel a desire to appear greater or better than others, we must repress it at once."

"Be gentle and kind with every one, and sever with yourself."

"He who keeps steadily on without pausing, will reach the end of his path and the summit of perfection.

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