“The Lord did not create suffering. Pain and death came into the world with the fall of man. But after man had chosen suffering in preference to the joys of union with God, the Lord turned suffering itself into a way by which man could come to the perfect knowledge of God.” – Thomas Merton
I am alone in bearing the weight of everyone. And the thought of not being able to give some spiritual relief to those that Jesus sends to me, the thought of seeing so many souls who want to justify their sins and thus spite their highest good – afflicts me, tortures me, makes me a martyr. It wears me out, wracks my brain, and breaks my heart. – Padre Pio
We are humbled when we rely upon our own righteousness and then our righteousness becomes as nothing when we receive that kind of a grace that goes beyond our strictest yet futile efforts to comply with what is right.
“True happiness is not found in any other reward than that of being united with God. If I seek some other reward besides God Himself, I may get my reward but I cannot be happy.” – Thomas Merton
Sometimes, we first have to be so disgusted with ourselves and with the life we have made before we can surrender everything to God and receive the life He has in store for us.