This is why such a soul experiences excessive sadness and despair soon as signs of its own lack of integrity show up, with the consequence that it immediately feels unacceptable to God.  That’s why a sick soul is always hiding the truth from itself, the mechanism for which is endless self-justification. And why the correction of such a soul is always taken as rejection.
On Helping Souls That Are Being Tried
Do not lose your serenity on account of those who are being tried.  Pray for them; offer the sufferings of My Passion and some acts of self-denial, some self-imposed sufferings for them.”
Jesus to Sister Mary of the Holy Trinity
When souls are being tried, what they need from you is deeper love of Me—so that, through you, I may give them the grace they need.  So you see, you need your serenity even more at such times.  Do not try to buy peace for souls by losing your own!  Offer up your act of self-denial at such times, so that the soul who is suffering may get the grace to accept in joy what she cannot change—through your free offering of love.  You will see more and more how you are all instruments in the communication of My Love, for one another as for yourselves.  The more you will understand that, the more you will love one another.
On Feeling Unloved
Only the realization that I love you now, I, Jesus, who know all your misery, all your sins, the failure of your whole life, only the knowledge that I Who know how underserving you are of anyone‘s love, yet love you nevertheless with the Love of God Himself, can take away the pain and anxiety of feeling unloved by so many persons, and not undeservedly.
 The Age of St. Bernard’s is not like Ours.
St. Bernard, commenting on the Canticle (Song of Songs)

"Or perhaps, drawn away and seduced by his own concupiscence, he is still being dangerously tempted. Such a soul as this does not need a Bridegroom but a Physician, and for this reason receives, not kisses or caresses, surely, but only remedies for wounds in oil and ointments."

Yes, Bernard, in your time this was true — for the time had not yet come to force men willy-nilly from the highways and byways to the wedding feast. Men were still strong and able to overcome concupiscence with a help of the Physician less than the Kiss of His Mouth, less than the embrace of His intimacy. But now we are as children, impatient as we are weak, and needing, therefore, to be fondled and kissed by the Mother and her spouse, by Mary and Jesus.  0 Bernard, those of your age, who could help yourselves, needed the Physician only to supply the ointments of which you speak. But we need the Kiss of this Bridegroom who condescends to the weakness of little ones, like this little one who is too weak to help himself and therefore cries out:
"Let him kiss me with the kiss of his mouth, for thy breasts are better than wine.  For my justification now is not that I am healed by the ointments of the Physician, but that I am in the arms of His Mother, that it is her purity that makes me worthy of His embrace, not my virtue."
If Something Is Painful
It seems I always assume that if something is painful, it is evil and to be avoided. Then, when I am suffering, I begin to think, and I do not rest until I have discovered some truth which I hope will remove the pain. But I do not think I do this only because I want to avoid suffering: it is rather that I look upon suffering as a sign that I am wrong somehow, that God is displeased with me, and therefore something in me must be changed.

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I am the Being
I am the Being in whom you have your being. I am deep within you — so deep that unless you advert to Me you are not aware of My existence. The things you are aware of are only My effects. They are superficial, and yet you measure almost everything by them.
     You think of your life and of your existence as one thing, and of Me, Jesus, your God, as something apart from you.  Thus you do not realize that it is I Who sustain you in your existence, apart from whom you are absolutely nothing, that it is I, the God who sustains you in being Who am your Jesus Who am waiting, waiting at each moment to give Myself to you, to give you not only the fulfillment of your natural life, but the supernatural perfection of that life, My life.
     But I cannot give you My Life unless you become quiet within Me.

Your natural life is given to you without this recollection, but My Life is waiting to pour itself into you as, by your recollection, you become more and more open to Me. Form the habit, therefore, of slipping away from everything else, letting yourself fall, so to speak, into Me. Everything that happens to you is ordered to this end. I am the Truth, and all truth is in Me.  When you let yourself fall into Me, deep within you, you leave all the lies with which you are so incessantly preoccupied, lies by which you seek continuously, in one way or another, to justify your existence.

 The Love of a Father
The love of a father is the spiritual womb of the child. There it is formed spiritually, nourished by his loving wisdom as it is helpless in itself, just as the little embryo is nourished by its mother's blood in the intimacy of her warm body. This spiritual love of the father, forming his child to his spiritual likeness, is at once the most perfect manifestation of the Bosom of the heavenly Father, eternally bringing forth His beloved Son, and the essential bridge to that Father in heaven. It is the child who knows this selfless love of a human father who cries out with spontaneous affection: "Our Father who are in heaven!" O, if fathers only understood their responsibility, and their power in Me!

Interior Silence
Interior silence is the most eloquent testimony of faith, of a faith that knows it is loved, loved all the more in the very realization of its corruption, in the realization that is has nothing for which it deserves to be loved, a faith that knows that it is loved in the very manifestation of His Love which God chooses to give it at this moment, a faith that wants this and only this, that would choose nothing else, simply because it is God's will to give it this now, a faith that has no eyes for the future because it cannot bear to take its eyes from Jesus now, in a word, a faith that receives everything from the Father, with Jesus, in Mary, because it expects everything from the Father. Do you know why interior silence is the testimony of this faith? It is because that silence is the necessary effect of this faith.

My Just Man Falls Seven Times
"When I permit you to fall in one way or another, whether it be serious or light, I have only one objective — to draw you to Myself, that you may love Me with greater intensity, knowing what you are in yourself without Me. But in order for your fall to have this effect, two things are necessary: One, that you see your own misery, the other that you understand My Goodness, My Merciful Love. And those who do not meditate on My Love, therefore, do not have the strength and the rectitude to face what they are in themselves. Or if they do, it only serves to drive them to despair, as it did Judas, because they conclude that their evil is too much even for God Himself. But for My beloved ones, their falls only serve to strengthen the bond between Us.  I allow them to fall because I delight in their confidence to see them trusting in Me all the more as they see their own misery: I delight in giving them the grace to trust Me — only because I am Good. Ah, if you could know the joy they give Me then."

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