When we are weighed down by poverty, and grief makes us sad; when bodily pain makes us restless, and exile despondent; or when any other grievance afflicts us, if there be good people at hand who understand the art of rejoicing with the joyful and weeping with the sorrowful, who know how to speak a cheerful word and uplift us, then bitterness is mitigated, worries are alleviated, and our troubles are overcome.
- Letter 130, 2
Prayer. Lord, whether prosperity smile or adversity frown, let Thy praise be ever in my mouth.
- Commentary on Psalm 138, 16
"The inner life of another that is known to God alone becomes to a much less degree open to us through friendship. It partially fills the desire of our incomplete, lonely hearts for completeness in another. Friendship brings out the best in a person through forgetfulness of self." - St. Thomas Aquinas