The call of God is not just for a select few but for everyone. Whether I hear God’s call or not depends on the condition of my ears, and exactly what I hear depends upon my spiritual attitude.
The cure of an evil tongue must be done at the heart. The weights and wheels are there, and the clock strikes according to their motion. A guileful heart makes a guileful tongue and lips. It is the work-house where is the forge of deceits and slanders; and the tongue is only the outer shop where they are vended, and the door of it. Such ware as is made within, such, and no other, can come out.
We do not have to talk very much in order to pray well. We know that God is there in His holy tabernacle; let us open our hearts to Him; let us rejoice in His Presence: This is the best prayer.
Changing the human heart and changing human society are not separate tasks, but are as interconnected as the two beams of the cross.
If the heart is devoted to the mirage of the world, to the creature instead of the Creator, the disciple is lost…However urgently Jesus may call us, His call fails to find access to our hearts. Our hearts are closed, for they have already been given to another.
It is Jesus who moves us to pray. He knocks. Thereby He makes known His desire to come to us. Our prayers are always the result of Jesus’ knocking at our hearts’ doors.
He sees the inside of all; and what men are there, that they are to him. He sees not as we see, but ponders the hidden man of the heart. No humble, broken, contrite soul, shall lose one sigh or groan after him, and communion with him; no pant of love or desire is hid from him…
The heart is rich when it is content, and it is always content when its desires are fixed on God.
If you have sinned, do not go to sleep without repentance; for the lack of repentance after one has sinned makes the heart yet harder and harder.