The Church Speaks : Catholic Mindfulness Quotes
St. Jeanne de Chantal
"Hold your eyes on God and leave the doing to Him. That is all the doing you have to worry about."
St. Francis de Sales
If the heart wanders or is distracted, bring it back to the point quite gently and replace it tenderly in its Master's presence. And even if you did nothing during the whole of your hour but bring your heart back and place it again in our Lord's presence, though it went away every time you brought it back, your hour will be very well employed.
St. Elizabeth of the Trinity:
"He wants to be my peace so that nothing can distract me or draw me out of the invincible fortress of holy recollection. It is there that He will give me access to the Father and will keep me as still and as peaceful in His presence as if my soul were already in eternity."
“If I did not simply live from one moment to the next, it would be impossible for me to keep my patience. I can see only the present, I forget the past and I take good care not to think about the future. We get discouraged and feel despair because we brood about the past and the future. It is such folly to pass one’s time fretting, instead of resting quietly on the heart of Jesus.”
St. Teresa of Avila:
"Let nothing disturb you. Let nothing make you afraid. All things are passing. God alone never changes. Patience gains all things. If you have God, you will want for nothing. God alone suffices."
"When you waste time, you disdain God's gift - the present - which He, in His infinite goodness, relinquishes to your love and to your generosity."
"Let us come forth and treasure the fleeting moment which alone is ours. Let us not waste time, from one moment to another, because the latter is not yet ours."
St. John Climacus, Ladder of Divine Ascent:
"Fear is a rehearsing of danger beforehand; or again, fear is a trembling sensation of the heart, alarmed and troubled by unknown misfortunes. Fear is a loss of assurance."
St. Francis de Sales:
"Anxiety is the greatest evil that can befall a soul, except sin. God commands you to pray, but He forbids you to worry."
"Don't be afraid to waste time with your children!"
"[To be able to love one another] means cultivating an inner silence that makes it possible to listen to the other person without mental or emotional distractions." (Amoris Laetitia, 137)
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit to his span of life? 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O men of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek all these things; and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.
34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day’s own trouble be sufficient for the day.
4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5 Let all men know your forbearance. The Lord is at hand. 6 Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Jesus to St. Faustina:
"Your duty will be to trust completely in My goodness, and My duty will be to give you all that you need. I am making Myself dependent upon your trust. If your trust is great, then My generosity will be without limit." Divine Mercy Diary #548
"For a while the hobbits continued to talk and think of the past journey and of the perils that lay ahead; but such was the virtue of the land of Rivendell that soon all fear and anxiety was lifted from their minds. The future, good or ill, was not forgotten, but ceased to have any power over the present. Health and hope grew strong in them, and they were content with each good day as it came, taking pleasure in every meal, and in every word and song."