When you are with someone, you have to see a soul: a soul who has to be helped, who has to be understood, with whom you have to live in harmony, and who has to be saved. (The Forge, 573)
We are not good brothers to our fellow men if we are not ready to continue behaving correctly, even when those around us may interpret our actions badly or react in an unpleasant manner. (The Forge, 460)
When I speak to you of good example, I mean to tell you, too, that you have to understand and excuse, that you have to fill the world with peace and love. (The Forge, 560)
Our Lord says: 'I give you a new commandment: Love one another. By this love everyone will know that you are my disciples'. And Saint Paul: 'Carry each other's troubles and you fulfill the law of Christ'. I have nothing to add. (The Way, 385)
You fulfill a demanding plan of life: you rise early, you pray, you frequent the sacraments, you work or study a lot, you are sober and mortified, but you are aware that something is missing.
Loving souls for God's sake will make us love everyone: understanding, excusing, forgiving all. We should have a love that can cover the multitude of failings contrived by human wretchedness. We have to have a wonderful charity, veritatem facientes in caritate, defending the truth, without hurting anyone. (The Forge, 559)
“A man or a society that does not react to suffering and injustice and makes no effort to alleviate them is still distant from the love of Christ's heart” (Christ Is Passing By, 167).
Serenity. Why lose your temper if by doing so you offend God, annoy other people, upset yourself... and have to find it again in the end? (The Way, 8)
When a person really lives charity, there is no time left for self seeking. There is no room left for pride. We will not find occasion for anything but service! (The Forge, 683)
How very insistent the Apostle Saint John was in preaching the mandatum novum, the new commandment that we should love one another. I would fall on my knees, without putting on any act but this is what my heart dictates and ask you, for the love of God, to love one another, to help one another, to lend one another a hand, to know how to forgive one another. And so, reject all pride, be compassionate, show charity; help each other with prayer and sincere friendship. (The Forge, 454)
Care in little things requires constant mortification. It is a way to make life more agreeable for others. (Furrow, 991)
"These days'', you were saying, "have been the happiest in my life.'' And I answered you without hesitation: that is because you have lived with a little more self-giving than usual. (Furrow, 7)