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For Ive realized more and more with each year Ive lived: There is no worthier work for the person who has been geared with the ability to see even a small part of Gods mercy than to serve Him and to keep vigil and to pray for those people whose sight is still clouded by the shadow of worldly matters.
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All my days I have longed equally to travel the right road and to take my own errant path.

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And when we give each other Christmas gifts in His name, let us remember that He has given us the sun and the moon and the stars, and the earth with its forests and mountains and oceans
and all that lives and move upon them. He has given us all green things and everything that blossoms and bears fruit and all that we quarrel about and all that we have misused
and to save us from our foolishness, from all our sins, He came down to earth and gave us Himself.

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Many a man is given what is intended for another, but no man is given another's fate.

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No one and nothing can harm us, child, except what we fear and love.

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But I didn't realize then that the consequence of sin is that you have to trample on other people.

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You mustn't believe, Kristin, that there has ever been a priest who has not had to guard himself against the Fiend at the same time as he tried to protect the lambs from the wolf.

— Sigrid Undset

For I've realized more and more with each year I've lived: There is no worthier work for the person who has been geared with the ability to see even a small part of God's mercy than to serve Him and to keep vigil and to pray for those people whose sight is still clouded by the shadow of worldly matters.

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The world is just as harsh a taskmaster as any other lord, and in the end it's a lord without mercy.

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I'm not as good a man as you are. I can't so easily forgive those I have wronged.

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She had finally come so far that she seemed to be seeing her own life from the uppermost summit of a mountain pass. Now her path led down into the darkening valley, but first she had been allowed to see that in the solitude of the cloister and in the doorway of death someone was waiting for her who had always seen the lives of people the way villages look from a mountain crest. He had seen sin and sorrow, love and hatred in their hearts, the way the wealthy estates and poor hovels, the bountiful acres and the abandoned wastelands are all borne by the same earth. And he had come down among them, his feet had wandered among the lands, stood in the castles and in huts, gathering the sorrows and sins of the rich and the poor, and lifting them high up with him on the cross. (1081)

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But man proposes, God disposes.

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Saint Olav turned her eyes toward Christ on the cross-see, Kristin: God's love.

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She [Catherine of Siena] compares Christ, too, with a knight who has ridden out to fight for us; for our sake He came down from Heaven to fight and triumph over the devil. The crown of thorns is His helmet, his flayed flesh His mail, the nails in His Hands and Feet, His gauntlet and spurs. So we should follow our Knight and take new courage in our trials and difficulties.

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She [Catherine of Siena] found a place of refuge in a lonely wood, where some hermits lived. It is generally thought that this brotherhood was the community of hermits in Vallombrosa, founded by St. John Gualbert, the man who had spared the life of his deadly enemy because it was Good Friday, and later rushed into the nearest church and fell before the feet of the crucified Christ, as though drunk with this adventure - the adventure of forgiveness. And the Saviour leaned down from the cross and kissed the boy.

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Prayers, fasts, everything he had practiced because he had been taught to do so, suddenly seemed new to him-weapons in a glorious war for which he longed. Perhaps he would become a monk-or a priest

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Catherine [of Siena] sent the Pope five oranges which she had candied and covered with gold leaf ... She develops the theme of the difference between the bitter and the sweet pain, and gives the Pope a recipe for making candied oranges.

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I went to work in an office and learned, among other lessons, to do things I did not care for, and to do them well. Before I left this office, two of my books had already been published.

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In all the years when I did not know what to believe in and therefore preferred to leave all beliefs alone, whenever I came to a place where living water welled up, blessedly cold and sweet and pure, from the earth's dark bosom, I felt that after all it must be wrong not to believe in anything.

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All things that a man owns hold him far more than he holds them.

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Easy for them to keep their youth who will never learn a lesson ...

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I am not so foolish as to murmur, if now, since I have drunk up my wine and beer, I have to put up with skimmed milk and sour.

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