Behold the sunlight which penetrates through the foliage and brightens the little room of the cottage.
The small oak table appears as if set with diamonds, the rude chair as if sprinkled with pearls, and the white curtain reflects on the ceiling rays of glittering gold.
Wait till the sun sets; pearls and diamonds suddenly vanish. The table appears darker, and the whole cottage sadder and more desolate than before.
Affection is the sunlight of the soul. When it burns and shines in a heart, it illumines and brightens everything about it!
If we but knew how to love and to be kind, we would bring happiness everywhere with us.
What are the results when God enters a soul? It has been sad, restless, and gloomy, but it becomes calm, cheerful, and sweetly resigned.
Oh! let us receive holy communion frequently. On such occasions we become, as it were, the centre of God, the Sun of justice; let us spread his brightness everywhere.
– From: Golden Grains, Eighth Edition, M. H. Gill and Son, Dublin, 1889