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“Totally love Him, Who gave Himself totally for your love.”
— St. Clare of Assisi
“When we make a good resolution, we merely consider the beauty and excellence of virtue, which attracts even the most vapid minds, but we never consider the difficulties of attaining it. Consequently, cowardly souls are dismayed at the first sign of trouble and they hurriedly abandon their project. For this reason, it would be better for you to consider the difficulties which occur in acquiring virtue, rather than the virtues themselves, and to prepare yourself accordingly. You may rest assured that the greater courage you show in conquering yourself or defeating your enemies, the sooner will your difficulties diminish, and they will gradually vanish.”
— Dom Lorenzo Scupoli
“Thank you, Lord, for giving me a voice and a hope and a purpose, as well as blessings to proclaim. Thank you for the whisper and the shout and the simple, obedient statement, all of which are mine to sound out and are designed by your hand.”
-from Who Does He Say You Are?