By desiring heaven we exercise the powers of our soul. Now this exercise will be effective only to the extent that we free ourselves from desires leading to infatuation with this world. – St. Augustine

Complain as little as possible of the wrongs which are done to you; for it is certain that ordinarily he who complains sins, because self-love ever makes us think the injuries greater than they really are – St. Francis de Sales 

We should be jealous, but not worshippers of our good name: and as we should not offend the eyes of the good, so also we should not wish to satisfy the eyes of the wicked. – St. Francis de Sales 

He is poor in spirit that has no riches in his spirit, nor his spirit in his riches. – St. Frances de Sales

Few persons comprehend what God would affect in their souls if they gave themselves up entirely into his hands and allowed his grace to act within them. – St. Ignatius of Loyola

Yes, indeed, it is more fitting to be persistent in punishing our own impatience and pride than to correct the [children]. – St. John Bosco 

At the close of life you will be examined as to your love: learn then to love God as he wishes to be loved, and give up all that is your own. – St. John of the Cross

If you are to give him yourself you are never without the means of giving. – St. Peter Chrysologus 


Your life is not about you. It is indeed your life, but your life has been given by another and exists, finally, for God’s purpose. – Bishop Barron 

Christian sacrifice does not consist in a giving of what God would not have without us, but in our becoming totally receptive and letting ourselves be completely taken over by him.- Joseph Ratzinger 

He reveals his secrets to a humble man and in his kindness invitingly draws that man to himself. When a humble man is brought to confusion, he experiences peace, because he stands firm in God and not in this world. Do not think that you have made any progress unless you feel that you are the lowest of all men. – Thomas à Kempis 

Do not care much who is with you and who is against you; but make it your greatest care that God is with you in everything you do. – Thomas à Kempis 

Life is not life unless it conforms to this law which is the will of God. – Thomas Merton