Care for the Poor
"I felt the misery and suffering of others, and it seemed to me that I could not love Jesus, or even expect heaven if I were concerned only about myself...not suffering any inconvenience, but simply living in comfort."
"Very often, I felt drawn to greater sacrifice for others. Consequently, I was constantly occupied with the thought of how I could be of service to the needy and the poor."
"We continued working to attain the goal for which we had banded together."
"After Father Barzynski gave me his blessing, he attempted to encourage me by saying that the money I might receive by begging would be meant for St. Joseph home. Any rudeness or reproaches I might receive, I was to accept for myself. I was heartened by this advice."
"I'd been thinking for some time in what way better comfort and lodging could be given to poor girls, widows, and to the sick."
Love of God
"Despite all cares and worries, I never felt weary. My greatest joy was kneeling to say the evening prayers and rosary with the residents. I rejoiced when I saw how fervently and willingly they prayed."
"At times, I felt such a great yearning for Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament that I was ready to run to church at any time, even late in the evening".
"We were very happy at the thought of beginning our postulancy on December 8. I, in particular, was so overjoyed that I began to plan in what way I could most solemnly honor the feast of the Immaculate Conception since this was the feast I loved best in the whole year. "
"I could not contain my joy at the thought that from this day forward, we would have the Blessed Sacrament in our small chapel."
"I reassured myself with the thought that whatever I did, I would do for the greater glory of God... As long as I loved, I would try as much as my strength allowed."
Faith in God
"I wondered how we could live as a Community since we had no permanent home. No doubt, in this instance, we would be following the example of our Holy Father Francis, who also had no permanent home. This thought consoled me and brought me peace of mind."
"It seemed to me that with the help of God I would be equal to any task with which I was confronted."
"The thought that I had freely agreed up on this undertaking (the founding of the Congregation) for the love of Jesus Christ sustained me."
"When it was necessary to sacrifice myself in order to bring about peace, I did not hesitate; I trusted in God and He came to my aid."
"In spite of any adversity, I maintained my happy disposition since I saw the Will of God in all life's events."
"I realized that it is safest to put all hope in God alone; therefore, in all difficulties, I went to Him for help."
"I was overcome with a kind of misgiving, thinking that it would not be an easy task to teach myself and others as well to be good religious. I had not spiritual training and my education was limited. I submitted to God's Will with this thought: I would allow Him to do with me as He pleased."
"It is always so: God allows sadness in our lives, but He also consoles us. As much as I was able to, I reassured myself with the thought that whatever I did, I would do it for the greater glory of God."
"You must have a spirit of prayer, or you will find it hard to persevere. Pray with great faith in God, and God will take care of everything".
"My doubts (concerning my unpreparedness for First Profession) disappeared after I submitted myself to the Will of God."