Dom Eugene Boylan, O.C.R.
"We have our own plans for our happiness, and too often we look upon God as someone who will help us to carry them out. The true state of affairs is invariably the reverse of this. God has his own perfect plans for our happiness, and is waiting for us to help Him carry them out. And let it be clear that we can in no way improve on God's plans."
(From This Tremendous Lover)
"We cannot keep ourselves on the road to perfection and prevent ourselves from failing except by efforts to climb higher. As soon as we begin to stop, we regress, with the result that, if we do not wish to fall back , we have to run ahead always, without slowing down."
(From Instructions for Novices by Blessed Hyaacinthe-Marie Cormier, O.P.)
St. Josemaria Escriva
"It looks as if the whole world is coming down on top of you. Whichever way you turn you find no way out. This time, it is impossible to overcome the difficulties. But have you forgotten that God is your father? All-powerful, infinitely wise, full of mercy. He would never send you anything that is evil. That thing that is worrying you, it's good for you, even though those earthbound eyes of yours may not be able to see it now. 'Omnia in bonum!' Lord, once again and always, may your most wise Will be done."
(From The Way of the Cross)