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June 23: Quote For the Day From Abbot Christian

“Maybe it will only be at the end of our life that we will begin to appreciate that searching for happiness and pleasure apart from God leads only to misery.”

Trappist monk Father Michael Casey

June 22nd: Quote For the Day From Abbot Christian 

“The Spirit comes to the help of our weakness. We do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit makes intercession for us with wordless sighs.”
Saint Paul’s Letter to the Romans (8.26)

June 21st: Quote For the Day From Abbot Christian 

“Neither be crushed by adversity nor lose discipline through too much joy. It is by this means that joys are more appreciated and difficulties more readily endured. Blessed be God forever.”
Cistercian abbot Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, +1153

June 19th: Quote For the Day From Abbot Christian

“When it all starts, monastic life feels like a thousand swords wounding you at once. Later, you discover that the wounds were there in the first place, and being a monk has healed them.”

Camaldolese Benedictine monk Anselmo Giabbani

June 16th: Quote For the Day From Abbot Christian 

“Do not anticipate the mishaps of life by worrying about them beforehand; instead, prepare for them by perfect hope that as they occur, God to whom you belong, will deliver you from them.”
Bishop Saint Francis de Sales, +1622

June 14th: Quote For the Day From Abbot Christian

“I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons. God has not created me for naught. I shall do good, I shall do God’s work. I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place while not intending it–if I do but keep God’s commandments.”

Saint John Henry Newman, +1890

June 12th: Quote For the Day From Abbot Christian

“An old man said: ‘One man is thought to be silent, and yet his heart judges and condemns others, and the one who acts thus speaks continually. Another man speaks from morning till evening and yet keeps silence, that is to say, he speaks nothing which is not helpful.'”

A saying from the desert fathers and mothers

June 11: Quote For the Day From Abbot Christian 

“Out in society, life is marked by multiplicity, desire for variation. The liturgy, on the other hand, is characterized by simple repetition of the same words and gestures. In the world, everything is in movement, everything is changing, and time flies by. The Church is at home with simplicity and repetition. There time stands still.”
Discalsed Carmelite friar Father Wilfrid Stinissen

June 10th: Quote For the Day From Abbot Christian

“It is often in times of great trial that the Lord presents us with the greatest opportunity for holiness. The question for each of us, then, is whether we will recognize the Lord as he ‘closely passes us by’ and respond, by his grace, with simple acts of faith, hope and charity.”

COLUMBIA magazine editor Alton J. Pelowski

June 9th: Quote For the Day From Abbot Christian 

“I sometimes think communities only survive because most of us amble along from day to day in a bovine fashion and don’t turn every step of the road into an intellectual or spiritual crisis.”
British historian and theologian Donald Nicholl, +1997

June 8th: Quote For the Day From Abbot Christian 

“Monasteries tend to be good communities capable of lasting for centuries whilst hotels are non-communities which spring up and vanish like mushrooms. Monasteries examine carefully the trustworthiness of those wishing to enter, whereas hotels only ask for your credit card.”
British historian and theologian Donald Nicholl, +1997

June 7th: Quote For the Day From Abbot Christian

“Did it ever occur to you that it was Christ who humanized infinitude, so to speak? When God became man He made you and me and the rest of us pretty important people. He not only redeemed us. He saved us from the terrible burden of infinity.”

Myles Connolly, in his novel, “Mr. Blue.”

June 4th: Quote For the Day From Abbot Christian 

“As believers we live our time in an awareness of eternal time and must align our entire behavior to the eternal time that has been revealed to us through the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.”
Barbara Albrecht

"Let everyone that comes be received as Christ."

— The Rule of St. Benedict

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