IF WE ATTEMPT to comprehend God, the God we think we understand is not God. … God's presence and activity are beyond our ability to comprehend. We can accept them with faith. We can be deeply thankful for them. But there is no way we can grasp them, describe them, and explain them. … The closer we are to God, the less we know about God.

Pseudo-Macarius, Homilies

WHEN THE END comes and we are taken for judgment above, we will then clearly understand in God the mysteries that puzzle us now. Not one of us will think to say, "Lord, if it had been some other way, all would be well."

Julian of Norwich, Showings

IT IS POSSIBLE to learn all about the mysteries of the Bible and never be affected by it in one's soul. Great knowledge is not enough.

John Bunyan, The Pilgrim's Progress

IT IS a serious waste to let a day go by without allowing God to change us.

Richard Rolle, The Fire of Love

GOD has granted you the morning, but he does not promise the evening. Spend each day as if it were your last.

Lawrence Scupoli, The Spiritual Combat

OUR BODIES have one fault: The more we cater to them, the more things they want. … This is not a trifling matter. God will help us to gain mastery of our bodies.

Teresa of Avila, The Way of Perfection

GOD ALLOWS himself to be seen in ordinary things, even when they are darkened by shadows.

Jean-Pierre de Caussade, Abandonment to Divine Providence

IF YOU put up with yourself, why not put up with everyone else?

Guigo I, Meditations

FIRE TESTS IRON; temptation tests an honest person. Sometimes we don't know what we can do until temptation shows us what we are.

Thomas à Kempis, The Imitation of Christ

THE BEST TEACHERS are trouble and affliction. These alone give us understanding.

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