79     You have become younger! You notice, in fact, that getting to know God better has made you regain in a short time the simple and happy age of your youth, including the security and joy - without any childishness - of spiritual childhood... You look around, and you realise that the same thing has happened to others: the years since they met with the Lord have gone by and, having reached maturity, they are strengthened with a permanent youth and happiness. Although they are no longer young, they are youthful and happy!

          This reality of the interior life, attracts, confirms and wins over souls. Give thanks for it daily “ad Deum qui laetificat iuventutem” - to God who fills your youth with joy.


145  I advise you to try to return sometime... to the beginning of your “first conversion”, which, if it is not becoming like children, is very much like it. In the spiritual life you have to let yourself be led with complete trust, single-mindedly and without fear. You have to speak with absolute clarity about what you have in your mind and in your soul.


270  Go to spiritual direction with greater humility each time. And go punctually, for that is also humility.

          See yourself - and you will not be mistaken, because God speaks to you there - as a very sincere little child who is being taught to speak, to read, to know the names of flowers and birds, to experience joys and sorrows, to notice the ground he is treading on.


473  Acquire the habit of saying vocal prayers in the morning, while you are dressing, like little children. You will have greater presence of God later during the day.


474  For those who use their intelligence and their study as a weapon, the Rosary is most effective. Because that apparently monotonous way of beseeching Our Lady as children do their Mother, can destroy every seed of vainglory and pride.