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“[Jesus]  loved the lilies of the field and the mustard seed that grew into a bush so large that the birds of the air could nest in its branches; he loved fish grilled over an open fire and good simple bread.

He said, “You have to be willing to endure awkwardness, uncertainty, and pain. You have to love God above all else. That’s the way the universe is ordered. That’s the only way your joy will be complete.”

—from the book Stumble: Virtue, Vice, and the Space Between

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“I am sent not only to love God but to make Him loved. It is not enough for me to love God, if my neighbor does not love Him.”

— St. Vincent de Paul

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“Even though we know that God’s will and commandments apply to everyone, we do not always have the strength to fulfill them. Now, every time we respond faithfully to a motion of the Spirit, out of desire to be docile to what God expects of us, even if it’s something almost insignificant of itself, that faithfulness draws grace and strength down on us. That strength can then be applied to other areas and may make us capable of one day practicing the commandments that up until then we had not been capable of fulfilling entirely.”

— Fr. Jacques Philippe

 

 

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