I always repeat that we Missionaries of Charity are not social workers. We may be doing social work, but we are really contemplatives right at the heart of the world. We are with Jesus twenty-four hours a day. We do everything for Jesus. We do it to Jesus.
Make the least of all that goes and the most of all that comes. Don’t regret what is past. Cherish what you have. Look forward to all that is to come. And most important of all, rely moment by moment on Jesus Christ.
Gigi Graham Tchividjian
Jesus Christ was born into this world, not from it.
When we are powerless to do a thing, it is a great joy that we can come and step inside the ability of Jesus.
Corrie ten Boom
Do little things as though they were great, because of the majesty of Jesus Christ who does them in us, and who lives our life. Likewise, do the greatest things as though they were little and easy, because of His omnipotence.
Nothing but the name of Jesus can restrain the impulse of anger, repress the swelling of pride, cure the world of envy, bridle the onslaught of luxury, extinguish the flame of carnal desire- can temper avarice, and put to flight impure and ignoble thoughts. Bernard of Clairvaux
If Christ were coming again tomorrow, I would plant a tree today.
Jesus Christ is the center of everything,
And he that does not know Him
Knows nothing of nature,
And nothing of himself.
The love of Christ becomes the mightiest force in the world to the man who is yielded to it.
E. W. Kenyon
And he departed from our sight that we might return to our heart, and there find Him. For He departed, and behold, He is here.
How different is the epitaph on the tomb of Jesus! It is neither written in gold nor cut in stone. It is spoken by the mouth of an angel and is the exact reverse of what is put on all other tombs: “He is not here; for he is risen, as he said.” (Matthew 28:6)
Dost thou understand me, sinful soul? He wrestled with justice, that thou mightest have rest; He wept and mourned, that thou mightest laugh and rejoice; He was betrayed, that thou mightest go free; was apprehended, that thou mightest escape; He was condemned, that thou mightest be justified; and was killed, that thou mightest live; He wore a crown of thorns, that thou mightest wear a crown of glory; and was nailed to the cross, with His arms wide open, to show with what freeness all His merits shall be bestowed on the coming soul; and how heartily He will receive it into His bosom?
A very learned man once said to a little child who believed in the Lord Jesus, “My poor little girl, you don’t know whom you believe in. There have been many christs. In which of them do you believe?” “I know which one I believe in,” replied the child. “I believe in the Christ who rose from the dead.”
I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.
If we demonstrate unconditional love, daily prayer, persistent faith, and adherence to God’s laws, we give our children a gift. If we teach them that good deeds and kind words are expressions of the Spirit, we are on track toward living more like Jesus.
When you meet a man or woman who puts Jesus Christ first, knit that one to your soul.
Jesus is the yes to every promise of God.
Spread abroad the name of Jesus in humility and with a meek heart; show him your feebleness, and he will become your strength.
The destiny of every human being depends on his relationship to Jesus Christ. It is not on his relationship to life, or on his service or his usefulness, but simply and a solely on his relationship to Jesus Christ.
I do not know of a denomination or local church in existence that has as its goal to teach its people to do everything Jesus said.
If you look at the world, you’ll be distressed.
If you look within, you’ll be depressed.
But if you look at Christ, you’ll be at rest.
Corrie Ten Boom
Happiness depends on happenings, but joy depends on Jesus.
What kind of place is heaven? First, heaven is home. The Bible takes the word “home,” with all its tender associations and with all of its sacred memories and tells us that heaven is home. Second, heaven is a home which is permanent. We have the promise of a home where Christ’s followers will remain forever. Third, the Bible teaches that heaven is a home which is beautiful beyond every imagination. Heaven could not help but be so, because God is a God of beauty. Fourth, the Bible teaches that heaven will be a home which is happy, because there will be nothing to make it sad. In heaven, families and friends will be reunited. God’s house will be a happy home because Christ will be there. He will be the center of heaven. To Him all hearts will turn, and upon Him as eyes will rest.
The holy child is waiting to be born in every instant, not just once a year.
God grant you the light in Christmas, which is faith; the warmth of Christmas, which is love; the radiance of Christmas, which is purity.
God grant you the righteousness of Christmas, which is justice; the belief in Christmas, which is truth; the all of Christmas, which is Christ.
The time draws near the birth of Christ:
The moon is hid; the night is still;
The Christmas bells from hill to hill
Answer each other in the mist.
The blessedness of Christmas is all wrapped up in the person of Jesus. Our relationship determines the measure of the blessing.
For Jesus, prayer was a vital element in making God’s power available to people in need.
To follow Jesus doesn’t remove us from the stuff of life. It is not resolution. It is tension and journey.
The problem with spending your life climbing up the ladder is that you will go right past Jesus, for he’s coming down.