Whispers From The Sanctuary
"You know what you have to do. Correspond faithfully, joyfully and willingly to the lights He gives you."
"Go on joyfully and with your heart as open and widely trustful as possible; and if you cannot always be joyful at least be brave and confident."
"A joyful heart is the inevitable result of a heart burning with love."
"Do not look for rest in any pleasure, because you were not created for pleasure: you were created for joy. And if you do not know the difference between pleasure and joy you have not yet begun to live."
"Joy is the unmistakable evidence of the presence of God."
"No one truly has joy unless he lives in love."
"Study always to have joy, for it befits not the servant of God to show before his brother or another sadness or a troubled face."
"Be humble, be simple, bring joy to others."
"Each day holds a surprise. But only if we expect it can we see, hear, or feel it when it comes to us. Let’s not be afraid to receive each day’s surprise, whether it comes to us as sorrow or as joy. It will open a new place in our hearts, a place where we can welcome new friends and celebrate more fully our shared humanity."
"You will know your vocation by the joy that it brings you. You will know. You will know when it’s right."
"Although, at times, they will have troubles or anxieties, nevertheless, this will soon pass away and be turned into gladness and joy. And, then, the suffering of this world is nothing in comparison with the blessings which are in Paradise."
"The purest suffering brings with it the purest and most intimate knowledge [of God], and consequently the purest and highest joy."
"Time is but a shadow, a dream; already God sees us in Glory and takes joy in our eternal beatitude. How this thought helps my soul. I understand then why he lets us suffer."
"Help someone in distress and you lighten your own burden; the very joy of alleviating the sorrow of another is the lessening of one’s own."
"The love of God, unutterable and perfect, flows into a pure soul the way light rushes into a transparent object. The more love that it finds, the more it gives itself: so that, as we grow clear and open, the more complete the joy of heaven is. And the more souls who resonate together, the greater the intensity of their love, and, mirror-like, each soul reflects the other."
"The seeking, with faith, hope and love, pleases our Lord, and the finding pleases the soul and fills it with joy."
"God dwells within. Our soul is God’s palace! Conversation with him is without bounds or limits. As long as we will enter within ourselves, and as long a time as we will remain, we may enjoy this heavenly conversation in perfect liberty."
"We should highly rejoice that God dwells in our soul and still more highly should we rejoice that our soul dwells in God. Our soul is made to be God’s dwelling place, and the dwelling place of our soul is God who was never made."
"God is not accustomed to refusing a good gift to those who ask for one. Since God is good, and especially to those who are faithful to him, let us hold fast to him with all our soul, our heart, our strength, and so enjoy his light and see his glory and possess the grace of supernatural joy."
"God, whose love and joy are present everywhere, can’t come to visit you unless you aren’t there."