from Through the Year With Mary, January 12:
"I force myself in vain to meditate on the mysteries of the Rosary; I don't succeed in fixing my mind on them. For a long time I was desolate about this lack of devotion which astonished me, for I love the Blessed Virgin so much that it should be easy for me to recite in her honor prayers which are so pleasing to her. Now I am less desolate; I think that the Queen of heaven, since she is my Mother, must see my good will and she is satisfied with it."
~~ St. Therese of Lisieux
A great saint admitted her struggles with prayer; pray for me to humbly persevere, Mary, just as the Little Flower did.
From Charlotte's Web (which I'm reading aloud with Ramona), on Wilbur's plans for the day:
"From three to four, he planned to stand perfectly still, and think of what it was like to be alive, and to wait for Fern."