“Despite all of the skills we bring to challenging times in our lives, we never operate through them in a vacuum. We always come in contact with, need, and benefit from other people. Some of these men and women are familiar, perhaps even family members. Others are complete strangers. All can be our “angels on earth,” true treasure in our lives—if we recognize them for who they are, the gifts they bring, and nurture the ties, however slight, that we share with them.”

–from the book Don’t Panic: How to Keep Going When the Going Gets Tough


“At the end of our life we shall be judged by charity.”

— St. Paul of the Cross


“How great is the sweetness which a soul experiences, when, in the time of prayer, God, by a ray of his own light, shows to her his goodness and his mercies towards her, and particularly the love which Jesus Christ has borne to her in his passion! She feels her heart melting, and, as it were, dissolved through love. But in this life we do not see God as he really is: we see him, as it were, in the dark. ‘We see now through a glass in a dark manner, but then face to face’ (1 Cor. 13:12). Here below God is hidden from our view; we can see him only with the eyes of faith: how great shall be our happiness when the veil shall be raised, and we shall be permitted to behold God face to face! We shall then see his beauty, his greatness, his perfection, his amiableness, and his immense love for our souls.”

— St. Alphonsus Liguori