Whispers From The Sanctuary
" When you have received Him, stir up your heart to do Him homage; speak to Him about your spiritual life, gazing upon Him in your soul where He is present for your happiness; welcome Him as warmly as possible, and behave outwardly in such a way that your actions may give proof to all of His Presence."
"Place your heart gently in Our Lord’s wounds. Have great confidence in His mercy for He will never abandon you."
"There exists in our heart an interior land where we are alone, to which no one finds his way but God. This innermost, unfrequented chamber of our heart is really there – the only question is whether we ourselves avoid it foolishly… because no one and no familiar things of this earth can accompany us if we enter it."
"At all times God caresses the hearts of all the people with His love, but we are not aware of it because our hearts have gathered a crust. When man has cleansed his heart, he is deeply moved and madly excited, because he can then see the benefactions, the blessings of God, Who loves all people in the same way. For those who are suffering, God is pained; for those who are living a spiritual life, He rejoices."
"There is something in humility which strangely exalts the heart."
"For a heart to be perfectly ready it has to be perfectly empty. In this condition it has attained its maximum capacity."
"A heart which is free from thoughts and affections alien to God is like a temple consecrated to the Lord, in which we can contemplate him even in this world."
"Upright of heart is he whose thought does not turn away either to excess or to lack, but is directed only to the mean of virtue."
"If I look at things from an earthly standpoint I see loneliness and even emptiness, for I cannot say that my heart has not suffered; but if I keep my eyes fixed upon Him, my shining Star, then all the rest vanishes and I lose myself as a drop of water in the ocean. All is calm, all is soothed and all is so good; it is the peace of God of which St Paul speaks, the peace that ‘surpasseth all understanding.’ (Phil. 4:7)
"God says to each of us: “Give me your heart, that is, your will.” We, in turn, cannot offer anything more precious than to say: “Lord, take possession of us; we give our whole will to you; make us understand what it is that you desire of us, and we will perform it.”
"The worst prison would be a closed heart."
"Never forget that spiritual and religious ideas are connected less with the head than with the heart, which is the temple of God, and when the heart is filled with the presence of God the head also is enlightened. For the mind and the eyes of the understanding are useless without the true light, as the natural eyes are without daylight."
"Retire into the secrecy of your own heart, and open it to receive what is wont to come from so powerful a Light. Beseech the same Lord that, as He has deigned to place Himself within your hands, He will give you the further grace to esteem and venerate and love Him as you should."
The indifferent heart is like a ball of wax in "God’s hands, ready to receive all the impressions of his eternal good pleasure. It is a heart without preference, equally ready for all things and having no other object for its will except the will of God."
"Our hearts must be changed; they must be purified as gold from which the dross is melted by fire before it comes from the crucible bright and glittering."
"A joyful heart is the inevitable result of a heart burning with love."
"Live as though only God and yourself were in this world, so that your heart may not be attached to anything else."
"Give not your heart to that which does not satisfy your heart."
"Stay in the solitude of your own heart before God, and keep three lamps burning before the altar– faith, hope, and love — before the presence of God in your heart."
"In prayerful silence you must look into your own heart. No one can tell you better than yourself what comes between you and God. Ask yourself. Then listen!" ,
"God wants nothing from you but the gift of a peaceful heart."
"God does not fit in an occupied heart."