Our Dear Jesus Could Do Nothing More!

When you approach the sacred altar, let your greatest aim in doing so be that your souls may ever more and more be dissolved in his holy love.  Oh! dearest ones, I say nothing to you about preparation, for I think you do what you can.  Remember, it is a question of performing one of the holiest possible actions.  Our dear Jesus could do nothing more than to give himself to us as food.  Then let us love this dear Lover and be very devout toward the Blessed Sacrament (From a letter of St. Paul of the Cross to his brothers and sisters, February 21, 1722).

Listen to the Sermons of the Flowers

When you take your solitary walks, listen to the sermons of the flowers, the trees, the bushes, the heavens, the sun, and all the world.  You will find they preach of love and praise of God, and invite you to magnify the greatness of the Sovereign Artist, who gave them being.

(From a letter of Saint Paul of the Cross to Francis Appiani, July 16, 1738)

The Contemplative Passionist Life