“We lost a paradise by sin, and have gained a heaven by the cross.”
“We should see no charms in sin that may not be overcome by that ravishing love which bubbles up in every drop of the Redeemer’s blood.”
Let your cares drive you to God. I shall not mind if you have many of them if each one leads you to prayer. If every fret makes you lean more on the Beloved, it will be a benefit.
“If thou wouldst ascend and come up to thy Lord God, thou must climb up by the wounds of his blessed humanity . . . and when thou art got up there, thou wouldst rather suffer death than willingly commit any sin.”
“It is true, religion in the souls of men is the immediate work of God, and all our natural endeavours can neither produce it alone, nor merit those supernatural aids by which it must be wrought: the Holy Ghost must come upon us, and the power of the Highest must overshadow us, before that holy thing can be begotten, and Christ be formed in us.”
“I am persuaded, O God, I am persuaded that I can never be happy, till my carnal and corrupt affections be mortified, and the pride and vanity of my spirit be subdued, and till I come seriously to despise the world, and think nothing of myself.”