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By the alternations of interior union and desertion, God sometimes makes us feel what He is, and sometimes gives us to perceive what we are. He does the latter to make us hate and die to ourselves, but the former to make us love Him, and to exalt us into union.

    Topics: Humility

To take and receive all things not in ourselves, but in God, is the true and excellent way of dying to ourselves and living only to God.

    Topics: Humility, Excellence

O monster justly abhorred of God and man! after being humiliated in so many ways, I cannot become humble, and I am so pampered with pride, that when I most endeavor to be humble, I set about my own praises!

    Topics: Humility

The harmlessness of the dove consists in not judging another; the wisdom of the serpent in distrusting ourselves.

    Topics: Humility, Judging

While our abandonment blesses or spares us, we shall find many to advise it; but let it bring us into trouble, and the most spiritually-minded will exclaim against it.

    Topics: Hypocrisy

Whenever we endeavor to bring about our own perfection, or that of others, by our own efforts, the result is simply imperfection.

    Topics: Ignorance

God is infinitely more honored by the sacrifices of death than by those of life; by the latter we honor Him as a great Sovereign, but by the former, as God, losing all things for his glory.

    Topics: Life, Death, Sacrifice

How are we directed in the law to love ourselves? In God with the same love that we bear to God; because as our true selves are in Him, our love must be there also.

    Topics: Love

In our solemn feasts, some strive to do something for Thee, O my God! and others, that Thou mayest do something for them; but neither of these is permitted to us. Love forbids the one and cannot suffer the other.

    Topics: Love, Struggles

All consolation that does not come from God is but desolation; when the soul has learned to receive no comfort but in God only, it has passed beyond the reach of desolation.

    Topics: Peace, Comfort

Self-seeking is the gate by which a soul departs from peace; and total abandonment to the will of God, that by which it returns.

    Topics: Peace

God causes us to promise in time of peace what He exacts from us in time of war; He enables us to make our abandonments in joy, but He requires the fulfilment of them in the midst of much bitterness.

    Topics: Perseverance, Bitterness, Peace

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