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A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows.
– Francis of Assisi
If a superior give any order to one who is under him which is against that man’s conscience, although he do not obey it yet he shall not be dismissed.
Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance.
Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart.
We should never desire to be over others. Instead, we ought to be servants who are submissive to every human being for God’s sake.
Where there is injury let me sow pardon.
The Father willed that his blessed and glorious Son, whom he gave to us and who was born for us, should through his own blood offer himself as a sacrificial victim on the altar of the cross. This was to be done not for himself through whom all things were made, but for our sins.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.
It is not fitting, when one is in God’s service, to have a gloomy face or a chilling look.
Pure, holy simplicity confounds all the wisdom of this world and the wisdom of the flesh.
If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.
Holy humility confounds pride and all the men of this world and all things that are in the world.
Holy wisdom confounds Satan and all his wickednesses.
If God can work through me, he can work through anyone.
Above all the grace and the gifts that Christ gives to his beloved is that of overcoming self.
Men lose all the material things they leave behind them in this world, but they carry with them the reward of their charity and the alms they give. For these, they will receive from the Lord the reward and recompense they deserve.
Great and glorious God, and Thou Lord Jesus, I pray you shed abroad your light in the darkness of my mind. Be found of me, Lord, so that in all things I may act only in accordance with Thy holy will.
Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
Lord, grant that I might not so much seek to be loved as to love.
Grant me the treasure of sublime poverty: permit the distinctive sign of our order to be that it does not possess anything of its own beneath the sun, for the glory of your name, and that it have no other patrimony than begging.
I am the herald of the Great King.
For it is in giving that we receive.
No one is to be called an enemy, all are your benefactors, and no one does you harm. You have no enemy except yourselves.
It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching.
We must not be wise and prudent according to the flesh. Rather, we must be simple, humble and pure.