Jesus is your best friend and He wants to hear from you. Can you talk to Him?
Where do your energies go? Are they scattered and dissipated or are they channeled toward being who God calls you to be?
--St. Francis de Sales
Sr. Eleanor May Klaber, VHM
--St. Francis de Sales
The little, unattractive and hardly noticeable virtues which are required of us in our place of work, among friends,and in our homes anytime and all the time… these are the virtues for us.St. Francis continues:
The opportunities of acquiring good positions or large sums of money do not arise everyday. But it is possible to earn pennies daily. Those who care wisely for small gains become rich little by little.Thus charity regards the beauty of the heart and spreads itself over everyone without distinction.
For this we must have great confidence and trust in God's providence. We must provide for each day's manna and not more. We must not doubt that God will give us more tomorrow, in the future and all through the time of our pilgrimage.
...to live in the world and in this mortal life contrary to all the opinions and maxims of the world [the world's old wine] is not to live a merely human but rather a super-human life. This is not to live in ourselves, but out of ourselves and above ourselves. Since no one can in this way go above himself unless the eternal Father draw him, it follows that such a life is a continual rapture and a perpetual ecstasy of action and operation [caused by Christ's new wine, the new life He brings us].Blood of Christ inebriate me! [Anima Christi]
Persevere in thoroughly conquering yourself in the small daily contradictions you receive; know that God wishes nothing from you at present but that. Busy not yourself then in doing anything else: do not sow your desires in another’s garden, but cultivate well your own. Do not desire not to be what you are, but desire to be very well what you are. .. What is the use of building castles in Spain when we have to live in France? It is my old lesson and you know it well.And the sentences below are from a letter written to “a Young Married Lady”:
Be very gentle; do not live by humors and inclinations, but by reason and devotion. Love your husband tenderly, as having been given to you by the hand of our Lord. You must take great care to bring your spirit to peace and tranquility. If you could stir the deep part of your soul to love the practice of gentleness and true humility, you would be admirable; but it is necessary to often think about it.