Like the two criminals on either side of Jesus, our choice is between what we want and what is needed, between the will of our own desires and the will of God. To follow Christ means a willingness to surrender all, even to the point of losing one’s life for God’s sake.

-from The Last Words of Jesus

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“No one, however weak, is denied a share in the victory of the cross. No one is beyond the help of the prayer of Christ.”

— St. Leo the Great

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“But when you keep night vigils, pray, read, and sing psalms and hymns in honor of God and His saints, or when you fast and abstain from wrong-doing, assist your neighbor, lament, mourn, and weep over your sins, confessing them and asking for forgiveness, then you perform works of the Holy Spirit. It is then that you are faithful to the rules of the religious life and walk in its spirit. It is then that you are much like the holy angels in heaven, who continually praise and bless God in song and never turn their faces from Him.”

— Thomas À Kempis

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