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.
Topics: Purpose, Advice, Feelings
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 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.
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.
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.
If each of us would only sweep our own doorstep, the whole world would be clean.
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.
Never travel faster than your guardian angel can fly.
Yesterday is gone.
Tomorrow has not yet come.
We have only today. Let us begin.
If you give what you do not need, it isn’t giving.
No matter who says what,
you should accept it with a smile and do your own work.
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.
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.
The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty.
If a rose represents love,
and love is everlasting,
then why does a rose wither and die?
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 that we could use.
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.
Topics: Greed, Love
Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.
Life is luck, make it.
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.
- 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
- Thomas Aquinas Italian Catholic Priest
- Bernard of Clairvaux French Catholic Religious Leader
- Henri Nouwen Dutch Catholic Priest