"There has been no greater secret of inner peace ever given than in the worlds of John the Baptist when he saw Our Lord coming: 'He must increase; I must decrease'." -Ven. Fulton Sheen
Ven. Fulton Sheen reminds us that humility is the key to inner peace. We must put Jesus first, and accept that He is greater than we are. As long as we maintain our pride, we cannot find peace. "There has been no greater secret of inner peace ever given than in the words of John [...]
"My child, I will teach you now the way of peace and true liberty. Seek, child, to do the will of others rather than your own. Always choose to have less rather than more. Look always for the last place and seek to be beneath all others. Always wish and pray that the will of [...]
"True peace of heart, then, is found resisting passions, not in satisfying them. There is no peace in the carnal man, in the man given to vain attractions, but there is peace in the fervent and spiritual man." Source: Thomas a’ Kempis, The Imitation of Christ, Dover Thrift Editions, 1940.
"If there is good in you, see more good in others, so that you may remain humble. It does no harm to esteem yourself less than anyone else, but it is very harmful to think yourself better than even one. The humble live in continuous peace, while in the hearts of the proud are envy [...]
"There is no other way to life and to true inward peace than the way of the holy cross and daily mortification." Source: Thomas a’ Kempis, The Imitation of Christ, Dover Thrift Editions, 1940.
"We often wonder why there is little peace on the inside of our hearts. The real answer is that there is no peace on the inside because we are not at war with ourselves; we are not at war with ourselves because we deny that there is an enemy within to be conquered." Source: [...]
"When you come to Adoration, to Communion, you should be, as it were, entirely fresh, so that nothing past should burden or occupy your mind, in order that you may be ready to receive whatever impression the good God wishes. You must have peace of mind, and for that end, you must be submissive to [...]
"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 [...]
"Now, all our peace in this miserable life is found in humbly enduring suffering rather than in being free from it. He who knows best how to suffer will enjoy the greater peace, because he is the conqueror of himself, the master of the world, a friend of Christ, and an heir of heaven." [...]