“Thoughtfulness and generosity come from a meek and humble heart. This is the contradiction of what the devil says: “I will not serve” and what Jesus says: “I have not come to be served, but to serve!”

-from Thirsting for God: Daily Meditations

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“By accepting the sufferings ‘offered’ by life and allowed by God for our progress and purification, we spare ourselves much harder ones. We need to develop this kind of realism and, once and for all, stop dreaming of a life without suffering or conflict. That is the life of heaven, not earth. We must take up our cross and follow Christ courageously every day; the bitterness of that cross will sooner or later be transformed into sweetness.”

— Fr. Jacques Philippe

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