“The Cross is the way to Paradise, but only when it is borne willingly.”

— St. Paul of the Cross

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“There was much in the Magdalen that she had never used, perhaps never dreamed of, until she came to our Lord. He revealed to her the secret of true self-development, which is another word for sanctity. And she found under His guidance that everything in her had henceforth to be used, and used in a fuller and richer way than she had ever imagined possible. It was in no narrow school of self-limitation, in no morbid school of false asceticism, that this poor sinner was educated in the principles of sanctity, but in the large and merciful school of Him who has been ever since the hope of the hopeless, the friend of publicans and sinners; who knows full well that what men need is not to crush and kill their powers, but to find their true use and to use them; that holiness is not the emptying of life, but the filling; that despair has wrapped its dark cloud around many a soul because it found itself in possession of powers that it abused and could not destroy and did not know how to use. Christ taught them the great and inspiriting doctrine ‘I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.'”

— Fr. Basil W. Maturin

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“Father, there are ways in which I have grown quiet. Some hopes and dreams in my heart are too long-awaited, too sacred to be the stuff of idle chatter. Lord, I trust your faithfulness and your goodness and your love. I offer these dreams back to you and entrust them to your care.”

-from Who Does He Say You Are?

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