"Our Primitive Rule tells us to pray without ceasing. Provided we do this with all possible care (and it is the most important thing of all) we shall not fail to observe the fasts, disciplines and periods of silence which the Order commands; for, as you know, if prayer is to be genuine it must [...]
"Among the five virtues the first is celestial love, which consists in a person knowing and loving God above all things. Then the person, because of his faith, is bound by the law God above all things. Then the person, because of his faith, is bound by the law of discipline; and from there he [...]
"Someone who had asked me once about stillness told me that talkativeness invariably results from one of the following causes: from a bad or relaxed life-style ('the tongue,' he said, 'is a member of the body, like the rest, and therefore needs to be trained in its habits'); or it comes from vainglory, a particular [...]
"The most intense and lasting joys come only to those who are willing to practice a certain self-restraint, to undergo the boredom of the preliminary discipline." Source: Ven. Fulton J. Sheen, Way to Happiness, St. Pauls, 1998.
"If you wish to make progress in virtue, live in the fear of the Lord, do not look for too much freedom, disciple your senses, and shun inane silliness. Sorrow opens the door to many a blessing which dissoluteness usually destroys." Source: Thomas a’ Kempis, The Imitation of Christ, Dover Thrift Editions, 1940. [...]