"He will provide the way and the means, such as you could never have imagined. Leave it all to Him, let go of yourself, lose yourself on the Cross, and you will find yourself entirely."
St Catherine of Siena, Letter T316
‘You find it written with a strange beauty when you gaze at Jesus your Saviour stretched out like a sheet of parchment on the cross inscribed with wounds, illustrated with his own loving blood. Where else I ask you, is there a comparable book of love to read from?...So fix your mind’s attention there…turn this book over, open it, read it’.
Blessed Jordan of Saxony.
For St Francis, it was Jesus fastened on the cross that melted his soul so that ‘whenever Christ’s crucifixion came to his mind, he could scarcely contain his tears and sighs’
St Bonaventure, The Life of St Francis, 1, 5.
‘Nowhere other than looking at himself in the mirror of the cross can man better understand how much he is worth’
St Anthony of Padua.
'Believe that at those times he is hollowing out in your soul capacities to receive him, capacities that are, in a way, as infinite as he himself. Try then to will to be wholly joyful under the hand that crucifies you’.
St Elizabeth of the Trinity, Letter 249.