Saint John of the Cross on Suffering and the Love of God

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And I saw a river over which every soul must pass to reach the Kingdom of Heaven, and the name of that river was suffering … and then I saw a boat which carried souls across the river, and the name of that boat was Love.

Saint John of the Cross

St. Augustine of Hippo on Loving God Late

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Late have I loved You. O Beauty ever ancient, ever new, late have I loved you! You were within me but I was outside, and it was there that I searched for you. In my unloveliness I plunged into the lovely things which you created. You were with me, but I was not with you. Created things kept me from you; yet if they had not been in you they would have not been at all. You called, you shouted, and you broke through my deafness. You flashed, you shone, and you dispelled my blindness. You breathed your fragrance on me; I drew in breath and now I pant for you. I have tasted you, now I hunger and thirst for more. You touched me, and I burned for your peace.

– St. Augustine of Hippo

St. Bernadette Soubirous on Loving

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I shall spend every moment loving. One who loves does not notice her trials; or perhaps more accurately, she is able to love them. I shall do everything for Heaven, my true home. There I shall find my Mother in all the splendor of her glory. I shall delight with her in the joy of Jesus himself in perfect safety.

St. Bernadette Soubirous

St John of the Cross on Silent Love of God

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What we need most in order to make progress is to be silent before this great God with our appetite and with our tongue, for the language he best hears is silent love.

St John of the Cross

G.K. Chesterton on Fighting for what is Loved

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You cannot love a thing without wanting to fight for it.

G.K. Chesterton

St. Irenaeus on Man’s Freedom and God’s Glory

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The glory of God is a human being fully alive.

St. Irenaeus

Fr. Henri J. M. Nouwen on the Freedom of the Beloved of the Lord

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But you have to pray. You have to listen to the voice who calls you the beloved, because otherwise you will run around begging for affirmation, for praise, for success. And then you’re not free.

Fr. Henri J. M. Nouwen