“Dear children! At this time, in a special way I call you: 'pray with the heart'. Little children, you speak much and pray little. Read and meditate on Sacred Scripture, and may the words written in it be life for you. I encourage and love you, so that in God you may find your peace and the joy of living. Thank you for having responded to my call. ”
"Listening intently to the Word of God will cause you to meditate on words, which shall be engraved deeply into your heart." (The Gift of Faith, pg. 187)
"Poverty means to be stripped of your own desires so that the infinite will of God might reign in you. Only God's will can fulfill the longings of the human heart, which is lost, saturated, and wounded by its harmful desires."
(Open Wide the Door to Christ, pg. 92
"We must pray literally without ceasing—without ceasing—in every occurrence and employment of our lives . . . that prayer of the heart which is independent of place or situation, or which is rather a habit of lifting up the heart to God as in a constant communication with Him." -Elizabeth Ann Seton.
Elizabeth Seton told her sisters, “The first end I propose in our daily work is to do the will of God; secondly, to do it in the manner he wills it; and thirdly, to do it because it is his will.”
"Let Mary's soul be in us to glorify the Lord; let her spirit be in us that we may rejoice in God our Savior." St. Anselm
My soul magnifies the Lord
And my spirit rejoices in God my Savior;
Because he has regarded the lowliness of his handmaid;
For behold, henceforth all generations shall call me blessed;
Because he who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his name;
And his mercy is from generation to generation
on those who fear him.
He has shown might with his arm,
He has scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart.
He has put down the mighty from their thrones,
and has exalted the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has given help to Israel, his servant, mindful of his mercy
Even as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his children forever.
"The humility of Mary and her trustful awaiting everything from God is like a road sign for us who are traveling on the path to holiness or following a program of interior life. The gestures of empty hands and a gaze looking toward heaven portray the attitude of the poor and humble Handmaid of the Lord. It is recommended that everyone imitate this attitude." (Open Wide the Door to Christ, pg. 145
“Dear children! May this time be for you a time of prayer and silence. Rest your body and spirit, may they be in God’s love. Permit me, little children, to lead you, open your hearts to the Holy Spirit so that all the good that is in you may blossom and bear fruit one hundred fold. Begin and end the day with prayer with the heart. Thank you for having responded to my call."