If a rose represents love,|and love is everlasting,|then why does a rose wither and die?
The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty.
Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat. We must find each other.
Smile at each other,
smile at your wife, smile at your husband,
smile at your children, smile at each other
— it doesn’t matter who it is —
and that will help you to grow up
in greater love for each other.
If you give what you do not need, it isn’t giving.
Give the world the best you have,
and the best will come back to you.
When I was crossing into Gaza,
I was asked at the checkpost whether I was carrying any weapons.
I replied: Oh yes, my prayer books.
There must be a reason why some people can afford to live well. They must have worked for it. I only feel angry when I see waste. When I see people throwing away things we could see.
Kind words can be short and easy to
speak, but their echoes are endless.
The biggest disease today is not leprosy or cancer or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted, uncared for, deserted by everybody. The greatest evil is the lack of love and charity, the terrible indifference towards one’s neighbor.
Yesterday is gone.
Tomorrow has not yet come.
We have only today. Let us begin.
If love was an ocean, but you were afraid of the water,|would you stand in the sand and look at it waiting|to feel the mists or the waves or would you take the chance,|dive right in and not think about it.
People throughout the world may look different or have a different religion, education, or position, but they are all the same. They are the people to be loved. They are all hungry for love.
There is much suffering in the world—physical, material, mental. The suffering of some can be blamed on the greed of others. The material and physical suffering is suffering from hunger, from homelessness, from all kinds of diseases. But the greatest suffering is being lonely, feeling unloved, having no one. I have come more and more to realize that it is being unwanted that is the worst disease that any human being can ever experience.
Prayer enlarges the heart until it is capable of containing God’s gift to himself.
Life is luck, make it.
It is not how much we do,
but how much love we put into doing it.
It is not how much we give,
but how much love we put into giving.
No matter who says what,|you should accept it with a smile and do your own work.
We can do no great things,
only small things with great love.
If you judge people, you have no time to love them.
All our young lives we search for someone to love.
Someone who makes us complete. We chose partners.
We change partners. We dance to a song of heartbreak and hope.
All the while wondering if there is someone,
somewhere who might be searching for us?
Keep in mind that our community is not composed of those who are already saints, but of those who are trying to become saints. Therefore let us be extremely patient with each other’s faults and failures.
I am not sure exactly what heaven will be like, but I know that when we die and it comes time for God to judge us, he will not ask, ‘How many good things have you done in your life?’ rather he will ask, ‘How much love did you put into what you did?’
If each of us would only sweep our own doorstep, the whole world would be clean.
- Francis de Sales French Catholic Saint
- Wilfred Grenfell Canadian Humanitarian
- Pope John XXIII Italian Catholic Religious Leader
- Nelson Mandela South African Political leader
- Theodore Hesburgh American Catholic Educator
- John Henry Newman British Catholic Clergyman
- Vincent de Paul French Catholic Saint
- Henri Nouwen Dutch Catholic Priest, Writer
- Blaise Pascal French Catholic Mathematician
- Bernard of Clairvaux French Catholic Religious Leader