“Lord, I long to see you. With my own eyes, I want to see you myself, see you for who you really are. Not through another’s eyes.

I’ve heard so much about you. How much is opinion? How much is hearsay? How much is truth? I want to know for myself. I want to hear with my own ears. Please come near, Lord, as you pass by today.

I am out on a limb, waiting for you, out of my comfort zone. And as you come, overwhelm me with the wonder that it is not I who seek you, nearly so much as it is you who seeks me.”

—from the book Ignite: Read the Bible Like Never Before

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“Whenever anything disagreeable or displeasing happens to you, remember Christ crucified and be silent.”

— St. John of the Cross

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“When we fail to practice penance, very soon a love of luxury creeps into our hearts. We start to make excuses for ourselves and become less generous as the spirit of penance relaxes. Through penance, we expiate our faults, make the body more submissive to the will, and obtain abundant graces. The saints did many great penances. We are not called to the extraordinary ones but to the small daily ones that draw the soul to God and God to the soul.”

— Bl. Mother Theresa of Calcutta