graceandlove

Go forth in peace, for you have followed the good road. Go forth without fear, for he who created you has made you holy, has always protected you, and loves you as a mother. Blessed be you, my God, for having created me.- Saint Clare of Assisi

There is no need to be dismayed if love sometimes follows torturous ways. Grace has the power to make straight the paths of human love. – Pope John Paul II

God loves each of us as if there were only one of us. – Augustine

“Take God for your spouse and friend and walk with him continually, and you will not sin and will learn to love, and the things you must do will work out prosperously for you.” -St. John of the Cross

O guiding night!
O night more lovely than the dawn!
O night that has united
the Lover with his beloved,
transforming the beloved in her Lover…
I abandoned and forgot myself,
laying my face on my Beloved;
all things ceased; I went out from myself,
leaving my cares
forgotten among the lilies.
-St. John of the Cross

…an instant of pure love is more precious in the eyes of God and the soul, and more profitable to the Church, than all other good works together, though it may seem as if nothing were done. -St. John of the Cross

“But the man who is not afraid to admit everything that he sees to be wrong with himself, and yet recognizes that he may be the object of God’s love precisely because of his shortcomings, can begin to be sincere. His sincerity is based on confidence, not in his own illusions about himself, but in the endless, unfailing mercy of God.” – Thomas Merton

We have come to believe in God’s love: in these words the Christian can express the fundamental decision of his life. Being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction. – Pope Benedict XVI

You know that the foundation of the world is love, so that even when no human being can or will help you, you may go on, trusting in the One who loves you. – Joseph Ratzinger, Jesus of Nazareth

It seems to me that if everyone were to receive such favours God would be feared by none, but loved to excess; that no one would ever commit the least willful fault—and this through love, not fear. – St. Therese of Lisieux

It is not because I have been preserved from mortal sin that I lift up my heart to God in trust and love. I feel that even had I on my conscience every crime one could commit, I should lose nothing of my confidence: my heart broken with sorrow, I would throw myself into the Arms of my Saviour. I know that He loves the Prodigal Son, I have heard His words to St. Mary Magdalen, to the woman taken in adultery, and to the woman of Samaria. No one could frighten me, for I know what to believe concerning His Mercy and His Love. And I know that all that multitude of sins would disappear in an instant, even as a drop of water cast into a flaming furnace. – St. Therese of Lisieux

The glory of heaven consists in seeing and loving God face-to-face… She shall see that all the tribulations, the poverty, infirmities, and persecutions, which she regards as misfortunes, have all proceeded from love, and have been the means employed by divine providence to bring her to glory. – St. Alphonsus

I only know Divine unconditional, radical and reckless love for me when I dare to approach God just as I am. The more I have the courage to meet God in this place of weakness, the more I will know myself to be truly and deeply loved by God. – David G. Benner, The Gift of Being Yourself

Man is, of all creatures, beloved of God. God created man, and before creating him He thought of him, loved him. This is our treasure: God has loved us, He has created us in love, and because He loves us He wants to draw us back to Himself. – Marie-Eugene of the Child Jesus, OCD (Where the Spirit Breathes)

How did Jesus love us? He became living bread that you and I might eat, that we might live. He became so small and so weak in order to meet our hunger for God. Bread, just bread, the simplest of all food to the point that even a child can eat it and understand it. – Mother Teresa, Heart of Joy

I am thirsty, said Jesus on the cross… His thirst was not for water but for love. – Mother Teresa, Heart of Joy

No person is ever so weak or poor in the eyes of men that he could ever be without value in the eyes of God. – Jocelyn Soriano

Who except God can give you peace? Has the world ever been able to satisfy the heart?-Saint Gerard Majella

God loves those to whom he can give more, those who expect more from him, those who are open, those who sense their need and rely on him for everything. Our works are just an expression of the growth of God’s love in us. – Mother Teresa, Heart of Joy

Before His gaze all falsehood melts away. This encounter with Him, as it burns us, transforms and frees us, allowing us to become truly ourselves… His gaze, the touch of His heart heals us through an undeniably painful transformation “as through fire”. But it is a blessed pain, in which the holy power of His love sears through us like a flame, enabling us to become totally ourselves and thus totally of God.- Pope Benedict XVI, Spe Salvi

“If all were to know how beautiful Jesus is and how loving He is! They would all die of love. And yet, how is it that He is so little loved?” – St. Gemma Galgani

When I contemplate upon my love for a family or a friend, I realize how I would really want to make them happy. I also realize that try as I may, my own love for them cannot suffice. Only God’s love could ever be enough,and that’s what I desire for them with all my heart and soul. – Jocelyn Soriano

How dear your soul is to Me! I have inscribed your name upon My hand; you are engraved as a deep wound in My Heart. – Jesus to St. Faustina, Diary of Divine Mercy

“Because God has made us for Himself, our hearts are restless until they rest in Him.” -Augustine of Hippo

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