"To live without Faith, without a patrimony to defend, without a steady struggle for Truth, that is not living but existing"
"With all the strength of my soul I urge you young people to approach the Communion table as often as you can. Feed on this bread of the angels whence you will draw all the energy you need to fight inner battles. (...) Having fortified our spirit, we will start our apostleship. And here we are speaking about three apostleships.
First by example, then by charity going amongst those who are grieved and comforting them, because the Catholic religion is based on charity, which is nothing else than perfect love. St. Paul says:'The charity of Christ urges us'. Without such fire, which day by day has to destroy our personality and blaze only for other people's suffering, we would not be Christian's, let alone Catholics.
Finally the apostleship of persuasion, which is the most beautiful and necessary. Go to your work-mates, who are estranged from the Church and who spend their free time in unhealthy pursuit, persuade them to follow God's paths, so full of thorns but so full of roses as well". (from a speech to Catholic Youth of Pollone, 29.VI.1923)
"You ask me whether I am in good spirits. How could I not be, so long as my trust in God gives me strength. We must always be cheerful. Sadness should be banished from all Christian souls. For suffering is a far different thing from sadness, which is the worst disease of all. It is almost always caused by lack of Faith. But the purpose for which we have been created shows us the path along which we should go, perhaps strewn with many thorns, but not a sad path. Even in the midst of intense suffering it is one of joy". (to his sister, 14.II.1925)
The Faith given to me in baptism suggests to me surely: by yourself you will do nothing, but if you have God as the centre of all your action, then you will reach the goal". (to I.Bonini, 15.I.1925)
"In this trying time that our country is going through, we Catholics, and especially we students, have a serious duty to fulfil: our self-formation.
We, who by the Grace of God are Catholics, (...) must steel ourselves for the battle we shall certainly have to fight to fulfil our programme and give our country, in the not too distant future, happier days and a morally healthy society. But to achieve this we need constant prayer to obtain from God the grace without which all our powers are useless; organisation and discipline to be ready for action at the right time; and finally, the sacrifice of our passion and of ourselves, because without that we cannot achieve our aim".( from a speech to the Catholic Youth of the Millets Marie circle, 30.X.1922)
PRAYER AND CONTEMPLATION, SILENCE AND RECEPTION OF THE SACRAMENTS GIVE TONE AND SUBSTANCE TO HIS VARIED APOSTLESHIPS; AND HIS LIFE, ENLIVENED BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD, IS TRANSFORMED INTO A WONDERFUL ADVENTURE.
John Paul II, - Rome , 20.V.1990