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“Prayer does not end but continues progressing toward greater integration and deeper intimacy with the divine. Like dancing, the more frequently prayer is practiced, the more graceful and integrated its movement and rhythm become.

The intimacy and the love shared between the lover and the beloved, radiating from each and every moment of the dance, illuminate the relationship in its beauty. Such a beauty in turn inspires, attracts, and draws others to join in the dance. Therefore, prayer proceeding from the individual naturally flows out to touch and to enliven the community.”

–from the book Prayer in the Catholic Tradition

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“Friendship is the source of the greatest pleasures, and without friends even the most agreeable pursuits become tedious.”

— St. Thomas Aquinas

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“I saw my Guardian Angel, who ordered me to follow him. In a moment I was in a misty place full of fire in which there was a great crowd of suffering souls. They were praying fervently, but without effect for themselves; only we can come to their aid. The flames which were burning them do not touch me at all. My Guardian Angel did not leave me for an instant. I asked these souls what their greatest suffering was. They answered me in one voice that their greatest torment was longing for God . . . [I heard an interior voice] which said, My mercy does not want this, but justice demands it.

— St. Maria Faustina Kowalska

 

 

 

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