Food for The Journey

Something a friend shared with me today, so I thought I would pass it along to you!


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If God causes you to suffer much, it is a sign that He has great designs for you, and that He certainly intends to make you a saint. And if you wish to become a great saint, entreat Him yourself to give you much opportunity for suffering; for there is no wood better to kindle the fire of holy love than the wood of the cross, which Christ used for His own great sacrifice of boundless charity.

St. Ignatius of Loyola (Priest, 1491-1556)


On earth, we are wayfarers, always on the go. This means that we have to keep on moving forward. Therefore be always unhappy about what you are if you want to reach what you are not. If you are pleased with what you are, you have stopped already. If you say; “It is enough,” you are lost. Keep on walking, moving forward, trying for the goal. Don’t try to stop on the way, or to go back, or to deviate from it.

St. Augustine of Hippo, Bishop


It is important that you choose your career with care, so that you may really follow the vocation that God has destined for you. No day should pass without some prayer to this end. Often repeat with St. Paul: “Lord, what will you have me do?”

St. John Bosco, Priest

Visits to the Blessed Sacrament are powerful and indispensable means of overcoming attacks of the devil. Make frequent visits to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and the devil will be powerless against you.

St. John Bosco


Those who are led by the Holy Spirit have true ideas. That is why there are so many ignorant people who know far more than the learned.

– St. John Vianney, Patron Saint of Priests


O Gentle Jesus, Saint James was one of Your first apostles, but he started out as a very impulsive, self-centered man. He dared to ask You for a place of honor in Your kingdom, and he wanted You to destroy the villages that had rejected You, but eventually he developed a true understanding of holiness. I ask him to pray that my humility grows stronger than my pride, that I submit my will to Your will, and that when I speak, my words reveal Your gentleness and love. Restrain me when I want to rush ahead, and give me a broader perspective when I’m seeing things through a narrow, limited view. Saint James, pray for me. Amen.

– A prayer for the Feast of Saint James, Apostle, from Terry Modica’s book “Daily Prayers with the Saints for the New Millennium“, Queenship Publishing; http://gnm.org/books.htm


Does your mind desire the strength to gain the mastery over your passions? Let it submit to a greater power, and it will conquer all beneath it. And peace will be in you — true, sure, most ordered peace. What is that order? God as ruler of the mind; the mind as ruler of the body. Nothing could be more orderly.

St. Augustine of Hippo, Bishop

When we have once placed ourselves entirely in the hands of God, we need fear no evil. If adversity comes, he knows how to turn it to our advantage by means which will in time be made clear to us.

St. Vincent de Paul, Priest

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