Edited by Carol Kelly-Gangi and re-produced here selectively:
Call to Serve
When you look at the inner workings of electrical things, you often see small and big wires, new and old, cheap and expensive, all lined up. Until the current passes through them there will be no light. That wire is you and me. The current is god. We have the power to let the current pass through us, use us, produce the light of the world. Or we can refuse to be used and allow darkness to spread.
Love must be as normal as living and breathing
We have to love until it hurts. It’s not enough to say, “I love”. We must put that love into a living action. And how do we do that? by giving until it hurts.
Love is fruit, in season at all times and within the reach of every hand. Anyone may gather it and no limit is set. Everyone can reach this love through meditation, the spirit if prayer and sacrifice.
Charity for poor is like a living flame; the drier the fuel, the brighter it burns. In your service to the poor do not give only your hands but also your hearts. Charity to be fruitful must cost us. Give until it hurts. To love, it is necessary to give; to give it is necessary to be free from selfishness
The Poor and Poverty:
When I pick up a hungry person from the street, I give a plate of rice, a piece of bread. But a person who is shut out, who feels unwanted, unloved, terrified, the person who has been thrown out of society – that spiritual poverty is much harder to overcome.
In west you have another kind of poverty, spiritual poverty. This is far worse. People do not believe in God, do not pray, do not care for each other. You have poverty of people who are dissatisfied with what they have, who do not know how to suffer, who give in despair. This poverty of heart is often more difficult to relive than to defeat.
Poverty makes us free. We need to experience the oy of poverty. We chose to have things, unlike the poorest of poor who are forced to be poor
To parents: Its very important that children learn from their fathers and mothers how to love one another – not in school, not from the teacher, but from you. It is very important that you share with your children the joy of that smile. There will be misunderstandings; every family has its cross, its sufferings. Always be the first t forgive with smile. Be cheerful, be happy.
Try to put your hearts of your children a love for home. Make them long to be with their families. So much sin could be avoided if our people really loved their homes.
Everybody seems to be in such terrible rush, anxious for greater development and greater riches, so that our children have very little time for their parents. And parents have very little time for their children and for each other. So the breakdown of peace in the world begins at home.
Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God. at his disposition, and listening to his voice in the depths of our hearts.
Holiness grows fast where there is kindness.
Each one of us is merely a small instrument; all of us, after accomplishing our missions, will disappear.
If you are humble, nothing will touch you, neither praise nor disgrace, because you know what you are. If you are blamed, won’t be discouraged; If anyone calls you a saint, you won’t put yourself in pedestal.
Joy is very infectious. We will never know just how much good a simple smile can do. Be faithful in little things. Smile at one another. We must live beautifully.
What a woman can give, no man can give. That is why they are created separately. Woman is created to be the heart of the family, the heart of love. If we miss that, we miss everything. They give that love in the family or they give it in service, that is what their creation is for.