Set free from human judgment, we should count as true only what God sees in us, what he knows, and what he judges. God does not judge as man does. Man sees only the countenance, only the exterior. God penetrates to the depths of our hearts. God does not change as man does. His judgment is in no way inconstant. He is the only one upon whom we should rely.
How happy we are then, and how peaceful! We are no longer dazzled by appearances, or stirred up by opinions; we are united to the truth and depend upon it alone.
Don’t worry about being effective. Just concentrate on being faithful to the truth. (Dorothy Day)
Jesus did not come to explain away suffering or remove it.
He came to fill it with His Presence.
Even if a unity of faith is not possible, a unity of love is.
(Hans Urs von Balthasar)
Nothing would be done at all if one waited until one could do it so well
that no one could find fault with it. (John Henry Newman)
And in the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God into a city of Galilee, called Nazareth, (Luke 1:26)
To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. (Luke 1:27)
And the angel being come in, said unto her: Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. (Luke 1:28)
Who having heard, was troubled at his saying, and thought with herself what manner of salutation this should be. (Luke 1:29)
And the angel said to her: Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found grace with God. (Luke 1:30)
Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and shalt bring forth a son; and thou shalt call his name Jesus. (Luke 1:31)
Mary said to the angel: How shall this be done, because I know not man? (Luke 1:34)
And the angel answering, said to her: The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the most High shall overshadow thee. And therefore also the Holy which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. (Luke 1:35)
And behold thy cousin Elizabeth, she also hath conceived a son in her old age; and this is the sixth month with her that is called barren: Because no word shall be impossible with God. (Luke 1:36-37)
And Mary said: Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done to me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her. (Luke 1:38)
SPIRITUAL FRUIT : HUMILITY