"Everything has being through the love of God."
"The spiritual logic of a community of faith is that they can live a smaller but living version of what they seek for the larger world."
“Before God, our wounds are our glory,”
“A deeper enlightenment and wider experience than mine is necessary to explain the dark night through which a soul journeys toward that divine light of perfect union with God that is achieved, insofar as possible in this life, through love. The darknesses and trials, spiritual and temporal, that fortunate souls ordinarily undergo on their way to the high state of perfection are so numerous and profound that human science cannot understand them adequately. Nor does experience of them equip one to explain them. Only those who suffer them will know what this experience is like, but they won’t be able to describe it.”
"He is the foundation. He is the essence. He is the teaching and the teacher. He is the goal toward which every loving soul aspires, and he is our reward."
"Hope is a loan made to happiness."
("L'espérance est un emprunt fait au bonheur.")
"Never tell anyone that you're: writing a book, going on a diet, exercising, taking a course, or quitting smoking. They'll encourage you to death."
"A man may write at any time, if he will set himself doggedly to it."
"Of all wild beasts preserve me from a tyrant; and of all tame, a flatterer."
"Whether the succeeding generation is to be more virtuous than their predecessors I cannot say; but I am sure they will have more worldly wisdom, and enough, I hope, to know that honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom."