Levity is an act; joy, a habit. Source: ÿVen. Fulton Sheen, These are the Sacraments
"O God, and what joy ought not we men to conceive, what hopes and what affections, in knowing that in the midst of our land, in our churches, near our houses, the Holy of holies, the true God, dwells and lives in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar!" Source: St. Alphonsus Liguori, Visits [...]
"My dryness increased. Both Heaven and earth denied me consolation; yet, though surrounded by the waters of tribulation which I sought so ardently, I was the happiest person in the world." Source: St. Therese of Lisieux, The Story of a Soul, Saint Benedict Press, 2010.
"It is impossible without humility to enjoy anything – even pride." Source: G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy, Moody Publishers, 2009.
"In the cross is salvation, in the cross is life, in the cross is protection from enemies, in the cross is infusion of heavenly sweetness, in the cross is strength of mind, in the cross is joy of spirit, in the cross is highest virtue, in the cross is perfect holiness. There is no salvation [...]
"The visit to the Blessed Sacrament is a source of so much sweetness because we have in the tabernacle, the same God who is the source of happiness for the elect in heaven. The Eucharist becomes thus an earthly paradise. One asked a saint if it were hard for him to remain so long in [...]
"Sometimes thinking yourselves so wicked may be humility and virtue and at other times a very great temptation. I have had experience of this, so I know it is true. Humility, however deep it be, neither disquiets nor troubles nor disturbs the soul; it is accompanied by peace, joy and tranquility." Source: Saint Teresa [...]
"Any great love… makes the lover indifferent to physical hardships and sordid surroundings. The hovel of a man and wife who love each other is a far more joyous place than the rich apartment of the couple who have lost their love. Love of God begets an even greater indifference to our environment: a saint [...]
"With her commandments and her prohibitions, does not the Church turn to bitterness the joy of eros, of being loved, which urges us toward the other person and wants to be realized in union? In the encyclical, I have tried to show that the deepest promise of eros can bear fruit only when do not [...]
"Ah! if in the world they knew what the religious life is, they would storm the convents, and no one would remain in it!" Source: St. Peter Julian Eymard, The Divine Eucharist St. Peter Julian Eymard was a priest and the founder of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament. This religious order is "a [...]