Abide in Him

He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. — Jesus Christ (John 6:56)

“[Those] Who possesses God’s love, finds so much joy that every bitterness transforms itself into sweetness, and that every great weight becomes light. One must not be astonished because living in charity you live in God:
‘God is love, and he who abides in love, abides in God, and God abides in him’ (1 John 4:16)
Thus, living in God you can have no bitterness because God is delight, gentleness and never-ending joy!
This is why God’s friends are always happy! Even if we are sick, poor, grieved, troubled, persecuted, we are always joyful.”
St. Catherine of Sienna: Embrace Jesus on the Cross, loving and beloved From the “Letters” of St Catherine of Sienna (1347-1380) (letter no. 165 to Bartolomea, wife of Salviato of Lucca).

Those who preserve their integrity remain unshaken by the storms of daily life. They do not stir like leaves on a tree or follow the herd where it runs. In their mind remains the ideal attitude and conduct of living. This is not something given to them by others. It is their roots… it is a strength that exists deep within them — Sun Tzu

O inestimable Love! You enlighten us with your wisdom so that we may know your truth and the subtle deceptions of the devil.
With the fire of your love, set our hearts alight with desire to love you and to follow you in the truth.
You alone are Love, alone worthy of being loved!
(St Catherine of Sienna)

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