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Rejoice Always!  Pray Constantly!   1 Thessalonians 5:16-17

Spiritual joy arises from purity of the heart and perseverance in prayer.  ~ St. Francis of Assisi

 It is essential to begin the practice of prayer with a firm resolution of persevering in it. ~ St. Teresa of Avila

 We should have frequent recourse to prayer, and persevere. God wishes to be solicited. He is not weary of hearing us. The treasure of His graces is infinite. We can do nothing more pleasing to him than to beg incessantly that He bestow them upon us.  ~ St. John Baptist de la Salle

 There is certainly nothing mare useful than prayer. ~ St. Vincent DePaul

 Prayer well made gives much pleasure to angels, and therefore it is much assisted by them; it gives great displeasure to the devils, and therefore is much persecuted and disturbed by them.  ~ St. John Chrysostom

 Prayer is the gate through which all the graces of God come to us.  ~ St. Teresa

 When we have to speak to others on spiritual matters, we ought first speak of them to God in prayer, and empty ourselves of our own spirit, that we may be filled with the Holy Spirit. ~ St. Vincent de Paul

 One should consider that he [when praying] stands in the presence of a God, and speaks with a Lord before whom the angels tremble from awe and fear.    ~ St. Mary Magdalen de' Pazzi

 If the soul chooses, she may remain always in prayer…realizing, in the midst of our occupations, that we are doing the will of God in each, and in rejoicing and being glad that it is so.   ~ St. Alphonsus Rodriguez

 God is a spring of living water which flows inceasing into the hearts of those who pray. ~ St. Louis de Montfort

Whoever is wakeful and prayerful in the night, in this visible darkness he is surrounded by an invisible light. ~ St. Ephraem of Syria

The more we pray, the more we wish to pray. Like a fish which at first swims on the surface of the water, and afterwards plunges down, and is always going deeper; the soul plunges, dives, and loses itself in the sweetness of conversing with God. ~ St. John Vianney

Don't give in to discouragement. If you are discouraged it is a sign of pride because it shows you trust in your own powers. ~ Saint Mother Teresa

 When we have once placed ourselves entirely in the hands of God, we need fear no evil. If adversity comes, He knows how to turn it to our advantage, by means which will in time be made clear to us. ~ St. Vincent de Paul

 We should not bear it with bad grace if the answer to our prayer is long delayed. Rather let us because of this show great patience and resignation. Whether, therefore, we receive what we ask for, or do not receive it, let us still continue steadfast in prayer. For to fail in obtaining the desires of our heart, when God so wills it, is not worse than to receive; for we know not as He does, what is profitable to us.  ~ St. John Chrysostom

If you want God to hear your prayers, hear the voice of the poor. If you wish God to anticipate your wants, provide those of the needy without waiting for them to ask you.  ~ St. Thomas of Villanova

 During the course of the day, recollect as often as you can that you stand in the presence of God. Consider what He does and what you are doing. You will find His eyes turned towards you and perpetually fixed on you with an incomparable love. ~ St. Francis de Sales

 You tell me you do not have the time to give two or three hours to prayer; who asks you to do so? No one can be excused from ejaculations because it can be made while coming and going about one's business. Recommend yourself to God the first thing in the morning, protest that you do not wish to offend Him, and then go about your affairs, resolved, nevertheless, to raise your spirit to God, even amidst company. ~ St. Francis de Sales

 There are many who say to the Lord, "I give myself wholly to Thee, without any reserve," but there are few who embrace the practice of this abandonment, which consists in receiving with a certain indifference every sort of event, as it happens in conformity with Divine Providence, as well afflictions as consolations, contempt and reproaches as honor and glory.  ~ St. Francis de Sales

Dismiss all anger and look into yourself a little. Remember that he of whom you are speaking is your brother, and, as he is in the way of salvation, God can make him a Saint, in spite of his present weakness. ~ St. Thomas of Villanova

 Help yourself during this troubled period by reading holy books. In prayer and meditation it is ourselves who speak to the Lord, while in holy reading it is God who speaks to us. ~ Saint Padres Pio

Nothing restrains anger, curbs pride, heals the wound of malice, bridles self-indulgence, quenches the passions, checks avarice and puts unclean thoughts to flight, as does the name of Jesus. ~ St. Bernard

 Visits to the Blessed Sacrament are powerful and indispensable means of overcoming attacks of the devil. Make frequent visits to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and the devil will be powerless against you. ~ St. John Bosco

A lamp is not lighted by itself, so the human soul does not give light to itself but calls out to God: " You indeed, O Lord, give light to my lamp." ~ St. Augustine

 He who prays most receives most. ~ St. Alphonsus Liguori

 How often I have failed in my duty to God, because I was not leaning on the strong pillar of prayer! ~ St. Theresa of Avila

 He who trusts in himself is lost. He who trusts in God can do all things.  ~ St. Alphonsus Liguori

 If He who was without sin prayed, how much more ought sinners to pray? ~ St. Cyprian

 Pray, hope, and don't worry. Worry is useless. God is merciful and will hear your prayer...Prayer is the best weapon we have; it is the key to God's heart. ~ Saint Padre Pio