Duty

“How necessary it is to cultivate a spirit of joy.  It is a psychological truth that the physical acts of reverence and devotion make one feel devout.  The courteous gesture increases one’s respect for others.  To act lovingly is to begin to feel loving, and certainly to act joyfully brings joy to others which in turn makes one feel joyful.  I believe we are called to the duty of delight.” ~ Dorothy Day

“God can be served in everything.  His yoke is easy.” ~ St. Teresa of Avila

Detachment

“How many things we own that we do not give away because we feel so attached to them.  It is better to have less in order to give it all to Jesus.” ~ Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

Faith

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, on your own intelligence do not rely; in all your ways be mindful of Him, and He will make straight your paths ~ Proverbs 3:5-6

Hope

Let us hold unwaveringly to our confession that gives us hope, for He who made the promise is trustworthy ~ Hebrew 10:23

Love

God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him ~ 1 John 4:16

Light

Jesus cried out and said: “Whoever believes in me believes not only in me but also in the one who sent me, and whoever sees me sees the one who sent me.  I came into the world as light, so that everyone who believes in me might not remain in darkness.” ~ John 12:44-46

Compassion

Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest ~ Matthew 11:28

Humility

“Humility is to the various virtues what the chain is to a rosary.  Take away the chain and the beads are scattered; remove humility, and all virtues vanish.” ~ St. John Vianney

“Consider all others better than oneself so as not to judge and desire to fix or to teach others.” ~ St. Teresa of Avila

“Do nothing from selfishness or conceit, but in humility count others better than yourselves.  Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” ~ Philipians 2: 3-4

Gentleness

“Nothing is so strong as gentleness – nothing so loving and gentle as strength.”
~ St. Francis de Sales

Surrender

“Remember the simplicity of Jesus’ command:  ‘Take up your cross and follow me.’  Return to these thoughts of complete surrender when prayer life and life in general seem complex and confusing, when we are tempted to desire spiritual consolations and gifts.  Surrender is all that is necessary.”   ~ St. Teresa of Avila

Peacefulness

“Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, make your requests known to God.  Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” ~ Philipians 4:6-8

“God…speaks only when we are at peace within ourselves. His first word to us is always Pax vobiscum — Peace be with you.” ~ From the Mystical Doctrine of St. John of the Cross.

Happiness

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

“One who is content with what he has and who accepts the fact that he inevitably misses very much in life is far better off than the one who has much more but who worries about all he might be missing. For we can not make the best of what we are if our hearts are always divided between what we are and what we are not. We cannot be happy if we expect to live all the time at the highest peak of intensity. Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance and order and rhythm and harmony. Let us therefore learn to pass from one imperfect activity to another without worrying too much about what we are missing.” ~ Thomas Merton

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