30 November


My dear Mother, Mary, I wish I could give you some proof of gratitude I owe you for the countless benefits you did to me in the whole course of my life.

(St Leonard Murialdo, Writings VI, p. 281)

29 November

How I would be happy if I could raise within me and my brothers those two feelings of gratitude and confidence that both honor and glorify your goodness or Mother, and your power!

(St Leonard Murialdo, Writings VI, p. 281)

26 November

“The Christian’s programme —the programme of the Good Samaritan, the programme of Jesus—is “a heart which sees”. This heart sees where love is needed and acts accordingly.”

(Deus caritas est 31)

25 November

Our Congregation strives to do well and very well, but does not praise itself, nor let itself be praised by the mouth of other persons; not wanting more publicity than that which is essential to the works that must be done and the edification that charity toward others requires.

(Declarations, p. 7)

24 November

“Love—caritas—will always prove necessary, even in the most just society. There is no ordering of the State so just that it can eliminate the need for a service of love. Whoever wants to eliminate love is preparing to eliminate man as such.”

(Deus caritas est 28)

23 november

“Use evils to sanctify yourself: 1st your sins to humiliate yourself, mistrust you and trust in God; 2nd your mistakes, the setbacks and contradictions to practice love of God and neighbour, humility and patience. ”

(St Leonard Murialdo, Writings I, p. 187)

22 November

Without this form of evangelization through charity and without the witness of Christian poverty the proclamation of the Gospel, which is itself the prime form of charity, risks being misunderstood or submerged by the ocean of words which daily engulfs us in today’s society of mass communications.

(Novo millennio ineunte 50)