MAN is his own star; and the soul that can
Render an honest and a perfect man,
Commands all light, all influence, all fate;
Nothing to him falls early or too late.
Our acts our angels are, or good or ill,
Our fatal shadows that walk by us still.
Beaumont and Fletcher
HE, therefore, is the devout man, who lives no longer to his own will, or the way and spirit of the world, but to the sole will of God; who considers God in everything, who serves God in everything, who makes all the parts of his common life parts of piety, by doing everything in the Name of God, and under such rules as are conformable to His glory.
THEN will it appear that he was wise in this world, who had learned to be a fool and despised for Christ’s sake. Then shall every affliction patiently undergone delight us, when the mouth of all iniquity shall be stopped. Then shall all the devout rejoice, and all the profane mourn. Then shall he more rejoice that hath beat down his own flesh, than he that hath abounded in all pleasure and delight. Then shall the poor attire shine gloriously, and the precious robes seem vile and contemptible. Then the poor cottage shall be more commended than the gilded palace. Then will constant patience more avail us, than all earthly power. Then simple obedience shall be exalted above all worldly wisdom.
Thomas à Kempis