“Natural suffering necessarily requires rest; supernatural suffering, even when rest is willfully neglected, will multiply one’s strength for the glory of God, a glory which will someday delight the spirit of the suffering person. From childhood, Padre Pio had the special grace of understanding that life is pain, so he transformed it by exalting pain. He said to a spiritual son, in the confessional, “My son, life is primarily suffering and pain; we must love and appreciate it, especially because our Lord has given it to us.”

from the book: Padre Pio: A Personal Portrait

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“Do not be anxious: go straight on, forgetful of self, letting the spirit of God act instead of your own.”

— St. Julie Billiart

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“As St. Paul points out, Christ never meant that we were to remain children in intelligence: on the contrary. He told us to be not only ‘as harmless as doves’, but also ‘as wise as serpents’. He wants a child’s heart, but a grown-up’s head. He wants us to be simple, single-minded, affectionate, and teachable, as good children are; but He also wants every bit of intelligence we have to be alert at its job, and in first-class fighting trim.”

—C.S. Lewis

 

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