THOUGHTS OF BROTHER ALBERT

Prayer and union with God

As our prayer is, so our degree of perfection, as our prayer is, so is our whole day. In vain do we strive to move forward by other means, other practices, or another path. Prayer is the condition for the conversion of souls. Without prayer, perseverance in one’s vocation is impossible.

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We must live in the presence of Jesus. One glance of the soul upon Him, one word, even a momentary thought suffices, and this already is prayer.

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We should always pray. Not just to ask for things – but not to possess anything.

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Before praying, we must be calm, casting out thoughts of self and all created things.

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Prayer does not depend on feelings or on tears, but on strength of will in carrying out the will of God.

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In thoughts of God and future realities, I have found that happiness and peace which I sought for in vain in life.

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Daily work in accord with the duties of one’s state in life can have the value of prayer, virtue, and good example combined, if we work because God wants us to work for the bread which He gives us

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We must preserve our hearts only for God, or bid farewell to the hope of arriving at our goal and end for which He created us. Even one freely willed imperfection impedes the transformation of the soul into union with God.

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To attain union with God, one must offer everything..

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Our salvation may depend on whether I can take a risk in even a slight matter.

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May the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus impart to us the flame of holy charity. We will offer ourselves in sacrifice in toil and labor, and in suffering, for we are ready to accept the Cross for the honor of the Most Sacred Heart of Our Lord.

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If the Lord Jesus says A, then He wants us to say B, C,.. to the very end, the whole alphabet. And what is the end? The end is holy charity and holy unity, in which God gives all that is His and Himself, and the soul does the same.

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The Mother of God

I choose the Blessed Mother as my special guardian in all my difficulties. I wish to honor Her with my personal piety throughout the whole course of my life and through all eternity.

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This Mother of God, Our Lady of Czêstochowa, is your Foundress. Keep this in mind. It is She who has guided me through my whole life.
(Words uttered by St. Brother Albert to the Albertine Brothers and Sisters just before his death.)

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Trusting in Divine Providence

Let us not permit ourselves to be troubled, for we have a gracious Lord, who holds in His hand all that is, down to the smallest details.

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Excessive preoccupation is something inappropriate. It would be better to say a „Hail Mary” for this intention.

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There is nothing to worry about, just commend everything to God..

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A servant of God should always be happy and content, for he knows that God is watching over him.

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Accepting everything that happens and embracing it as God’s will – these are the means to salvation.

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God does not desire any lack of peace, nor that we equal His own perfection, for in the end – if you desire something truly good and yet are not able to achieve it, God will reward this desire as much as the deed.

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Excessive worry is an imperfection and a temptation. One should only pray and hope that God will cope with every difficulty in the way known only to Him. Divine Providence take into account even the smallest details.

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Always go forward, even after the most bitter disappointments and the most tempestuous waves of the ocean, since God watches over us, while for our part, we must not draw back but be ready for everything, if God should require it from us.

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The Lord Jesus will manage to turn everything for our good. Turn everything over to the Lord Jesus. Nothing happens without God willing it.

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God reveals Himself equally in the smallest blade of grass as in the immensity of the heavens.

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We have a gracious Lord, who holds everything in His hands, down to the smallest details.

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God’s Will, and only His will, is before all things.

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Striving for perfection

It is a good thing not to have special gifts, for then you are shielded from pride.

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Not to advance by constantly conquering over oneself means to retreat.

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That person is good who wishes to be good.

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The King asks from us the work of the spirit and sacrifice. What have I given? How do I struggle, how do I devote myself, how do I work ?

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May the task of becoming perfect be, from this moment on, my only task.

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God Himself is the perfection of virtue. To desire evangelical perfection is to desire Christ, which is to love Him with our whole heart, soul, and mind.
To achieve it means to be faithful to this love.

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To become discouraged means not to trust in the Lord Jesus and to make Him offended.

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We should never be discouraged, for after the storm comes the calm, and after winter the freshness of spring.

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To desire evangelical perfection is to desire Christ the Lord, which is to love Him with our whole heart, soul, and mind. To achieve it is to be faithful in this love.

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To conquer in the noble battle of the spirit is to attain the kingdom and its throne for yourself and for others for all eternity. With the grace received from God, we can free our intellect from the violence of base and common instincts, and then the intellect will be free to submit to Love, that is, to God, which is the supreme task of people and of entire nations: this means building up the Kingdom of Heaven within ourselves, so that all else will be granted to us besides.

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The Church is an uninterrupted succession of saints: people, actions and principles, which bind together into a single whole the multitude of men who have lived in the world in times past with those living today, those who are in heaven and purgatory with those on earth, so that all are joined in one spirit, help each other, and communicate with each other. This is the Catholic Church, a sacred body, although there are in it many sick and deceased members.

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With the Suffering Christ – Love for the Cross

May the Five Wounds of Christ strengthen me. I offer myself in soul and body to the Most Holy Divine Majesty, and place myself at His disposal. AMEN.

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Can I refuse anything to the Lord Jesus, who suffered the Passion and was crucified for me? Can I refuse the cup of suffering for His sake and the Cross, if by His grace and most Holy Will I should have to suffer and be able to? Would I even desire to suffer, if in this the glory of God would be made manifest? In this and in everything „Your Will be done.”
Would I be able to refuse anything, to show gratitude to the Lord Jesus for his Passion and Death for my sake, of which I knew for certain that He so desired it? Would I be able to refuse the Lord Jesus in the Eucharist anything to show gratitude for His Body and Blood, which I partake?

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The Cross is a mystery, it demands faith. The Cross is the light which enlightens the understanding; happy is the one who offers his heart to it and thereby attains the grace to love it.

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We should give thanks for everything, even the heaviest tribulations.

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We have been redeemed by the Precious Blood; can we be saved without drawing from it?

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We should thank God for sickness and for the type of death which he sends us.

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When the Lord Jesus gives us even a little cross, we must accept it and thank Him for it, for all this flows from the love of the Lord Jesus for our soul.

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The truth is, that the soul suffers, but only because it is and has to be crucified on this earth, as its Beloved was crucified for its sake.

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The most effective way of giving glory to God is to suffer for His sake.

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A spouse of the Crucified Lord Jesus must suffer in soul and body; she must help her Beloved carry His cross, for such is the Law of Love.

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Love of neighbor

We should be good like bread: we should be like bread, which is set on the table for all, from which each can cut off a slice for himself and be nourished, if he is hungry.

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I look on Jesus in His Eucharist: could His love have devised something more beautiful? Since He is bread, let us also be bread. The one who is not like Him is stingy. Let us give of our very selves.

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Without love, the penny we give is worthless, the meal we serve is tasteless, and the best of care is unpleasant.

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The more one is abandoned, the greater the love with which we must serve him, for it is the suffering Lord Jesus Himself whom we shelter in the person of the poor.

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If you are called to the aid of a poor man, go to him immediately, even if you are in a state of ecstasy at prayer, since you are leaving Christ for the sake of Christ.

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Treating the poor harshly can offend the Lord Jesus.

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Grace cannot dwell in the heart of a person together with lack of feeling for the poverty of our neighbor, or with indifference to the general needs of the Church and the common good of the public.

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