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There exists only the present instant... a Now which always and without end is itself new. There is no yesterday nor any tomorrow, but only Now, as it was a thousand years ago and as it will be a thousand years hence.
 

There never was a pain that befell a man, no frustration or discouragement, however insignificant, that, transferred to God, did not affect God endlessly more than man and was not infinitely more contrary to Him. So, if God puts up with it for the sake of some good He foresees for you, and if you are willing to suffer what God suffers, and to take what comes to you through Him, then whatever it is, it becomes divine in itself; shame becomes honor, bitterness becomes sweet, and gross darkness, clear light. Everything takes its savor from God and becomes divine; everything that happens betrays God when a man's mind works that way. Things have all this one taste; and therefore God is the same to this man alike in life's bitterest moments and sweetest pleasures.
 

This is why it is written, Love is as strong as death, as hard as hell.
 

This much is certain: when a man is happy, happy to the core and root of beatitude, he is no longer conscious of himself or anything else.
 

To be full of things is to be empty of God. To be empty of things is to be full of God.
 

To seek God by rituals is to get the ritual and lose God in the process, for he hides behind it.
 

Truly, it is in darkness that one finds the light, so when we are in sorrow, then this light is nearest of all to us.
 

Truth is something so noble that if God could turn aside from it, I could keep the truth and let God go.
 

We are all meant to be mothers of God, for God is always needing to be born.
 

We are celebrating the feast of the Eternal Birth which God the Father has borne and never ceases to bear in all eternity.... But if it takes not place in me, what avails it? Everything lies in this, that it should take place in me.
 

We need not destroy any little good in ourselves for the sake of a better, but we should strive to grasp every truth in its highest meaning, for no one good contradicts another.
 

We shall find God in everything alike, and find God always alike in everything.
 

What a man takes in by contemplation, that he pours out in love.
 

What we plant in the soil of contemplation, we shall reap in the harvest of action.
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When God has sent his angel to me, then I know of a surety. ... When God sends his angel to the soul it becomes the one who knows for sure. Not for nothing did God give the keys into St. Peter's keeping, for Peter stands for knowledge, and knowledge is the key that unlocks the door, presses forward and breaks in, to discover God as he is.
 

When you are thwarted, it is your own attitude that is out of order.
 

Words derive their power from the original word.
 

You may call God love, you may call God goodness. But the best name for God is compassion.
 


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