“Hope can only be wanted when we despair sufficiently. Today we do not yet despair sufficiently – it is a half-way affair, clinging to an old faith like a fairy-tale. Only when we are honest enough to acknowledge our very patent loss of faith, can we recover it again through Hope and Love.” (1939)
“It is easy to love humanity—the trouble comes when we attempt to love our neighbor. Our neighbor is not a vague abstraction but the individual with whom we come in contact in our daily lives.” (c. 1931)
“It is hard to ‘love people’, because ‘people’ is an abstraction. Why not love a person or a family, something concrete.” (1956)
“Christianity in the first 500 years of its existence was known as ‘The Love’ in much the same way as it is known in our day as ‘The Faith.’ It died as love and resurrected as faith as it is dying today as faith and is resurrected as a hope.” (1941)
“Man is only happy in cooperating with his individual destiny. All men are destined to perfect virtue.
Some men are destined to achieve virtue before death.
Some are destined to achieve it after death.
It is a special mark of providence to have the opportunity of complete humility before death. The longer before death it is—the greater the mark of God’s love.”
(October 19, 1929)