Saint Augustine says, that there is nothing more conducive to the
attainment of eternal salvation, than to think every day on the painswhich Jesus Christ has suffered for the love of us.
To begin with, virtue is not virtue unless it is lovable: where it is not, it is imperfect. And its imperfection is due to self-love and self-esteem. When humility has dried up these two sources of all our shortcomings and evil habits, then virtue reveals itself in all its loveliness, and men cannot help but pay it homage, even though they may not show it. For virtue causes us to render to others the feelings we entertain for ourselves, so that what would be unwarrantable self-love in our own case becomes praiseworthy charity when directed towards others. It leads us to do to others as we would be done by; to think and speak, and even suffer from them, as we would have them act in our regard. Certainly no one could refuse the tribute of his love for such a virtue when he sees it in others, and all men would love one another if they were virtuous.
Husband and wife have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and for their children. ‘Children are an heritage of the Lord’ (Psalms 127:3).
“Thanks so much for the books! I can read the text without my glasses! And I am now reading the gospel commentaries to my husband as bedtime stories!"
Mother Angelica said: “Where most men work for degrees after their names, we work for one before our name, Saint.”