Above all the grace and the gifts that Christ gives to his beloved is that of overcoming self.
All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.
Be praised, my Lord, through Brother Fire, through whom you brighten the night. He is beautiful and cheerful, and powerful and strong.
Be praised, my Lord, through those who forgive for love of you; through those who endure sickness and trial. Happy those who endure in peace, for by you, Most High, they will be crowned.
For it is in giving that we receive.
Grant me the treasure of sublime poverty: permit the distinctive sign of our order to be that it does not possess anything of its own beneath the sun, for the glory of your name, and that it have no other patrimony than begging.
I have been all things unholy. If God can work through me, he can work through anyone.
If a superior give any order to one who is under him which is against that man’s conscience, although he do not obey it yet he shall not be dismissed.
If God can work through me, he can work through anyone.
If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.
It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching.
It is not fitting, when one is in God’s service, to have a gloomy face or a chilling look.
Lord, grant that I might not so much seek to be loved as to love.
Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
No one is to be called an enemy, all are your benefactors, and no one does you harm. You have no enemy except yourselves.
Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.
Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance. Where there is patience and humility, there is neither anger nor vexation. Where there is poverty and joy, there is neither greed nor avarice. Where there is peace and meditation, there is neither anxiety nor doubt.
Where there is injury let me sow pardon.
While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart.