Quotations

QUOTATIONS FROM MOTHER FRANCES STREITEL

“Humanity conceals two jewels in its midst and so seldom appreciates their value – they are the poor and the sick.”
–Mother Frances Streitel
Norms 1883, #107 (1)

“May the poor always enjoy the friendship of our Sisters.”
–Mother Frances Streitel
Norms 1883, #109 (2)

“Prayer and work must go hand in hand and like twin sisters, strive to remedy the spiritual and social misery of [humankind].”
–Mother Frances Streitel
Letter #39 (8) to Fr. John Francis Jordan, July 1883a

“God wants us entirely, and if He sees our determination in His service and our constancy in the good we have begun…He will equip us with extraordinary strength of grace.”
–Mother Frances Streitel
Letter #96 (4) to Fr. John Francis Jordan, April 10, 1884

“Let us stand under the cross with the Sorrowful Mother. Let us look up to the Crucified with trusting faith, and we will experience that in the cross is salvation.”
–Mother Frances Streitel
Letter #24 (2) to Heddwig Streitel, June 24, 1989

“Our life is an alternation of cares and work, joys and sorrows, and through it all there appears the adorable will of God.”
–Mother Frances Streitel

“The book from which I draw my spiritual exercise is the Cross. With, through, and in the same I shall learn what is so necessary for my dying to self…”
–Mother Frances Streitel
Letter #1 (3) to Msgr. Anton De Waal, March 30, 1885

“…[I] was approaching the Divine Heart, asking why I was called to Carmel, then I received the answer: “To unite the active life with the contemplative.”
–Mother Frances Streitel
Letter #28 (9) to Fr. John Francis Jordan, March 31, 1883

“One who is truly poor is also humble and obedient.”
–Mother Frances Streitel
Letter #2 (2) to Fr. John Francis Jordan, February 18. 1883

“The ways of the Lord are wonderful!”
–Mother Frances Streitel

“It is a grace to be able to be poor in will.”
–Mother Frances Streitel
Letter #44 (1) to Fr. John Francis Jordan, September 1883

“The older one gets, the clearer it becomes that our present existence can only be transitory, a time of trial or preparation for a better life.”
–Mother Frances Streitel

“Since I have learned to pray again like a child, I am at peace with myself and with my fellow Sisters.”
–Sr. M. Angela Streitel (Mother Frances Streitel)
Letter #3 (8) to Mother Salesia Ellersdorfer, March 5, 1879

“Only the power of grace could teach me to ask in order to receive.”
–Mother Frances Streitel
Letter #9 (2) to Fr. John Francis Jordan, February/March 1883