I must die to myself continually and accept trials without complaining. I work, I suffer and I love with no other witness than his heart. Anyone who is not prepared to suffer all for the Beloved and to do his will in all things is not worthy of the sweet name of Friend, for here below, Love without suffering does not exist.
~St. Bernadette Soubirous
Kindness drives gloom and darkness from souls and puts hope into fainting hearts. It sweetens sorrow and lessens pain. It discovers unsuspected beauties of human character and calls forth a response from all that is best in souls. Kindness purifies, glorifies, and ennobles all that it touches. It opens the floodgates of children’s laughter and gathers the tears of repentant love. It lightens the burden of weariness. Kindness stops the torrent of angry passion, takes the sting from failure, and kindles courageous ambition. It lifts up the unfortunate, leads back the wayward, and walks in the steps of our Savor.
~Lawrence G. Lovasik