Charity/Love/Peace

Peace is not just the absence of war. Like a cathedral, peace must be constructed patiently and with unshakable faith.

Pope John Paul II

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Anything done for another is done for oneself.

Pope John Paul II

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Let us go forward in peace, our eyes upon heaven, the only one goal of our labors.

St. Therese of Lisieux

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Without love, deeds, even the most brilliant, count as nothing.

St. Therese of Lisieux

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On the question of relating to our fellowman – our neighbor’s spiritual need transcends every commandment. Everything else we do is a means to an end. But love is an end already, since God is love.

St. Edith Stein

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In order to be an image of God, the spirit must turn to what is eternal, hold it in spirit, keep it in memory, and by loving it, embrace it in the will.

St. Edith Stein

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As for what concerns our relations with our fellow men, the anguish in our neighbor’s soul must break all precept. All that we do is a means to an end, but love is an end in itself, because God is love.

St. Edith Stein

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Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, my whole will, all I have and all I possess. You gave it all to me; to you, Lord, I return it. It is all yours: do with me entirely as you will. Give me your love and your grace: this is enough for me.

St. Ignatius of Loyola

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O Jesus, if I but considered attentively your immense solicitude for me, how greatly should I not excel in every virtue? Pardon me, O Jesus, so much carelessness, pardon such great ignorance. My God, Jesus my Love, Increated Goodness, what would have become of me if you had not drawn me to yourself? Open your heart to me, open to me your sacramental breast; I open mine to you.

St. Gemma Galgani

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This my goodness does to endow the souls of the just more fully with spiritual riches when for my love they are stripped of material goods because they have renounced the world and all its pleasures and even their own will. These are the ones who fatten their souls, enlarging them in the abyss of my charity. Then I become their spiritual provider. The Holy Spirit becomes their servant.

St. Catherine of Siena

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