From Within and Beyond by Gabriel Calvo

"Almost all of us look for happiness outside of ourselves - mainly through the possession of material goods, things that can be touched and seen. Whereas real happiness lies not outside ourselves, but rather within each one of us."

"I already know the secret. If I concentrate and ask myself honestly and courageously, I will find the answer within myself. I must ask myself what my views are on life and death, good and evil, pleasure and pain."

"One's self-esteem is a positive love of oneself that is healthy and mature. It is a peaceful feeling of respect and trust in oneself."

"It is true that serving others is our common vocation in life. But I need to find my own way of realizing my fundamental vocation."

"God is not something to possess, but someone to receive. When we receive someone, we sit and listen."

"The Bible is not a code to judge others but a mirror to see ourselves. In the Bible, we are all reflected, portrayed, prophesied, called, invited"

"For the past 2000 years untold millions of men and women of all ages, races, civilizations and social conditions, with varying degrees of curiosity, have asked and still ask themselves: "Who is Jesus Christ?"

"The most profound need of human beings is expressed in the existential wish that we all have of loving and being loved."

"In the beginning of a life of Prayer, and especially when there is no habit of living in the presence of God, we need internal silence."

"When trying to understand the meaning of prayer, I consider it to be the most loving and free relationship in my life."

"I should not become absorbed in praying in a particular fashion that values the method over the reason for the prayer itself. I will recognize authentic prayer it by its fruits of peace, good deeds, strength and fidelity in its belief."

"In the afternoon you will be tested on love"
(Saint John of the Cross)



"God created man and woman to give meaning, life and love to the universe. He created marriage "to His image and likeness", and God is not a circle. He is the spiraling foundation of Life and Love.

The quest for happiness in marriage demands that you expand your vision and perspective beyond your marital relationships. You are challenged by today's society to stop being a selfish and isolated married couple. And you are called by the Creator to depart from your conjugal and family love, and go towards the universal love.

You, as a married couple, have been born to become a loving spiral of love!"

Gabriel Calvo

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