THÉRÈSE OF THE CHILD JESUS AND THE HOLY FACE

And here is what strikes me as the most phenomenal thing about her. She became a saint, not by running away from the middle class, not by abjuring and despising and cursing the middle class or the environment in which she had grown up: on the contrary, she clung to it in so far as one could cling to such a thing and be a good Carmelite. She kept everything that was bourgeois about her and was still not incompatible with her vocation…And she not only became a saint, but the greatest saint there has been in the Church for three hundred years." - Thomas Merton

The Saints on Prayer

Mental prayer in my opinion is nothing else than an intimate sharing between friends; it means taking time frequently to be alone with Him who we know loves us.
– Teresa of Jesus (Avila)

Live in the world as if only God and your soul were in it; then your heart will never be made captive by any earthly thing.
– John of the Cross

In prayer, more is accomplished by listening than by talking.
– Jane de Chantal

Be a Catholic: When you kneel before an altar, do it in such a way that others may be able to recognize that you know before whom you kneel.
– Maximilian Kolbe

Acquire the habit of speaking to God as if you were alone with Him, familiarly and with confidence and love, as to the dearest and most loving of friends. Speak to Him often of your business, your plans, your troubles, your fears - of everything that concerns you. Converse with Him confidently and frankly; for God is not wont to speak to a soul that does not speak to Him.
– Alphonsus Liguori

Let go of your plans. The first hour of your morning belongs to God. Tackle the day's work that he charges you with, and he will give you the power to accomplish it.
– Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein)

Are you making no progress in prayer? Then you need only offer God the prayers which the Savior has poured out for us in the sacrament of the altar. Offer God his fervent love in reparation for your sluggishness. In the course of every activity pray as follows: "My God, I do this or I endure that in the heart of your Son and according to his holy counsels. I offer it to you in reparation for anything blameworthy or imperfect in my actions." Continue to do this in every circumstance of life.
– Margaret Mary Alacoque

For me prayer is a surge of the heart, it is a simple look towards Heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy.
– Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face (Lisieux)

Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.
– Thomas More

If you practice the holy exercise of Spiritual Communion a good many times each day, within a month you will see yourself completely changed.
– Leonard of Port Maurice

A man without prayer is an animal without the use of reason.
– Philip Neri
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