The writings of St. Paul of the Cross

Afflicting yourself with penances is not what God is asking of you. Accept the crosses which God permits day by day. Oh, what great value lie in such penances. (St. Paul of the Cross)

Your desires to be holy are beautiful, but they must be carried out in your own state of life. A lay person is not able to live the life of a hermit or Capuchin, for example. You will become a saint by fulfilling the obligations of your married life without looking for anything extraordinary. (St. Paul of the Cross)

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