Voice of a Saint: John Vianney

To content his love, God must give himself to us separately, one by one.

A pure soul is with God, as a child with its mother.  The child caresses and embraces her, and its mother returns all its endearments."

We have nothing of our own but our will.  It is the only thing that God has so placed in our own power that we can make an offering of it to him.

Our Lord takes pleasure in doing the will of those who love him.

You must accept your cross.  If you bear it courageously it will carry you to heaven.

The way to destroy bad habits is by watchfulness and by doing often those things that are the opposites to one's besetting sins.

God commands you to pray, but he forbids you to worry.

Prayer is the conversation of a child with is Father.  Of a subject with his King.  Of a servant with his Lord.  Of a friend with the Friend to whom he confides all his troubles and difficulties."

To approach God you should go straight to him, like a bullet from a gun."

The interior life is like a sea of love in which the soul is plunged and drowned.  Just as a mother holds her child's face in her hands to cover it with kisses, so does God hold the devout person.

- John Vianney (1786-1859) Voices of the Saints, Bert Ghezzi

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