Quote of the day, 10 September: Père Jacques de Jésus

Quote of the day, 10 September: Père Jacques devoted his Friday evening retreat conference at the Carmel of Pontoise to the Cross and suffering. Paraphrasing St Teresa, he said, “Life without suffering is a waste of time. Every hour not united to God's will is an hour squandered.”

Quote of the day, 8 September: Père Jacques de Jésus

For the feast day of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary on 8 September 1943, Père Jacques spoke of the Mary’s virginity that “wins her new graces, which enable her ever more consciously to realize her role as a total virgin.” This quote is Père Jacques at his best.

Quote of the day, 7 September: Père Jacques de Jésus

On the morning of the second day of his retreat in Pontoise, Père Jacques stresses this point: “we must truly see Christ.” He continues that our knowledge of the Lord must be vital, not verbal: “we must strive to love Christ passionately and prepare to see him face to face, when we die.”

Quote of the day, 15 August: Père Jacques de Jésus

In his retreat for the Carmel of Pontoise in 1943, the Servant of God Père Jacques de Jésus, OCD offered a meditation on The Divine Preparation in Mary and in Us. His essential point was this: "Divine preparations are always and above all spiritual rather than material."

Quote of the day, 2 June: Père Jacques de Jésus

We share excerpts from Père Jacques' 1943 retreat conference on Hope and Abandonment: "When we sin against against hope, we effectively say to God: "I reject. You are wicked and heartless. I have no confidence whatsoever in you goodness"..." Père Jacques gives us the antidote and a beautiful prayer that is pleasing and powerful in the eyes of God.

Quote of the day, 26 March: Père Jacques de Jésus

Those who aim to amass great fortunes are responding to that basic instinct of wanting something noteworthy and enduring. However, they are clearly mistaken in thinking that material possessions will satisfy their souls. Ultimately, the only source of inner peace and the actual attainment of the heart’s deepest desires is increased participation in God’s infinity.

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