"Our wretchedness and our greatness"“We shall be speaking about humility, for this is the virtue which helps us to recognise, at one and the same time, both our wretchedness and our greatness” (Friends of God, 94)..
"Something great and new: Love""Let me stress this point: it is in the simplicity of your ordinary work, in the monotonous details of each day, that you have to find the secret, which is hidden from so many, of something great and new: Love." (Furrow, 489).
"The great secret of sanctity""The great secret of sanctity comes down to becoming more and more like Him, the only and most lovable Model." (The Forge, 752).
"Be faithful in the service of God""When I ask you always to be faithful in the service of God and souls, it is not an easy enthusiasm I am looking for. It is the enthusiasm you can acquire in the world when you see how much there is to be done everywhere." (Furrow, 298).
"Personal sanctity is a remedy for everything""Personal sanctity is a remedy for everything. That is why the saints have been full of peace, of fortitude, of joy, of security." (Furrow, 653).
“We have to toil away each day with Jesus”How happy when they die must be those who have lived heroically every minute of their life! I can assure you it is so, because I have seen the joy of those who have prepared themselves for many years, with calm impatience, for this encounter. (Furrow, 893).
“All our fortitude is on loan”Tender, soft, flabby...: that's not the way I want you. It's about time you got rid of that peculiar pity you feel for yourself. (The Way, 193).
“This is the Will of God: your sanctification”It would not be worth giving oneself unless it were to build up a great work which is very much for God - your own sanctity. That is why the Church when canonizing saints proclaims the heroism of their lives. (Furrow, 611).
“God is continuously leading us forward”As long as there is struggle, ascetical struggle, there is interior life. That is what Our Lord is asking of us: the will to want to love him with deeds, in the little things of every day. If you have conquered in little things, you will conquer in big ones. (The Way of the Cross, Third Station, 2).
“Do you really want to be a saint?”Do you really want to be a saint? Carry out the little duty of each moment: do what you ought and concentrate on what you are doing. (The Way, 815).