Quotes of the Saints

Contributed by

Eugene Peter Koshenina


Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God - Hebrews 13:16

2011
When you feel the assaults of passion and anger, then is the time to be silent as Jesus was silent in the midst of His ignominies and sufferings.
-- St. Paul of the Cross
Take care not to meddle in things which do not concern you, nor even allow them to pass through your mind; for perhaps you will not then be able to fulfill your own task.
-- St. John of the Cross
It should be our principal business to conquer ourselves and, from day to day, to go on increasing in strength and perfection. Above all, however, it is necessary for us to strive to conquer our little temptations, such as fits of anger, suspicions, jealousies, envy, deceitfulness, vanity, attachments, and evil thoughts. For in this way we shall acquire strength to subdue greater ones.
-- St. Francis De Sales
My heart hath uttered a good word: I speak my words to the King.
-- Psalm xliv. 2
God is ascended with jubilee, and the Lord with the sound of trumpet.
-- Ps. xlvi. 6
Diligence in prayer is the perfection of the Gospel.
-- St. Aloysius Gonzaga
The saints have always been the source and origin of renewal in the most difficult moments in the Church's history.
-- Pope John Paul II
O Lord my soul is sick, I bring to you all my sins and misfortunes. All my salvation and joy are in You, O Crucified Christ, and in whatever state I happen to be, I shall never take my eyes away from Your Cross.
-- St Angela of Foligno
The grace of contemplation is granted only in response to a longing insistent desire.
-- St Bernard of Clairvaux
And of what should we be afraid? Our captain on this battlefield is Christ Jesus. We have discovered what we have to do. Christ has bound our enemies for us and weakened them that they cannot overcome us unless we so choose to let them. So we must fight courageously and mark ourselves with the sign of the most Holy Cross.
-- St Catherine of Siena
The Prayer of the sick person is his patience and his acceptance of his sickness for the love of Jesus Christ. Make sickness itself a prayer, for there is none more powerful, save martyrdom!
-- St Francis de Sales
The woman who stayed behind (at the tomb) to seek Christ was the only one who saw Him. For perseverance is essential to any good deed, as the Voice of Truth tells us: "Whoever perseveres to the end will be saved." [Matt: 10:22]
-- Pope St. Gregory the Great
Try to gather more frequently to celebrate God's Eucharist and to praise Him. For when you meet with frequency, Satan's powers are overthrown and his destructiveness is undone by the unanimity of your faith
-- St Ignatius of Loyola
We must understand then, that even though God doesn't always give us what we want, He always gives us what we need for our salvation.
-- St Augustine
If one yields ground on any single point of Catholic doctrine, one will later have to yield later in another, and again in another, and so on until such surrenders come to be something normal and acceptable. And when one gets used to rejecting dogma bit by bit, the final result will be the repudiation of it altogether.
- St Vincent of Lerins
If God causes you to suffer much, it is a sign that He has great designs for you, and that He certainly intends to make you a Saint.
-- St Ignatius Loyola
Anxiety proceeds from an ill-regulated desire to be delivered from the evil we experience, or to acquire the good to which we aspire; nevertheless, nothing aggravates evil and hinders good so much as anxiety and worry.
-- St Francis de Sales
Nothing is anything more to me; everything is nothing to me, but Jesus: neither things nor persons, neither ideas nor emotions, neither honor nor sufferings. Jesus is for me honor, delight, heart and soul.
-- St Bernadette
For the spirit of the wisdom hath filled the whole world
-- Wis. i. 7
And he fed them with the fat of wheat, and filled them with honey out of the rock.
-- Ps. lxxx. 17
O God, when thou didst go forth in the sight of thy people, when thou didst pass through the desert: The earth was moved, and the heavens dropped at the presence of the God of Sinai, at the presence of the God of Israel.
-- Ps. lxvii. 8,9
It is simply impossible to lead, without the aid of prayer and a virtuous life..
-- St John Chrysostom
The saints were so completely dead to themselves they cared very little whether others agreed with then or not!
-- St. John Vianney
Devils take great delight in fullness, and drunkeness, and bodily comfort. Fasting possesses great power and it works glorious things. To fast is to banquet with angels.
-- St. Athanasius
Understanding is the reward of faith. Therefore, don't seek to understand so that you may believe, but believe so that you may understand.
-- St. Augustine
Intimacy with the Lord is not a matter of physical kinship; rather, it is achieved by cheerful readiness to do the will of God.
-- St. Basil the Great
Consider God's generosity towards you rather than your own unworthiness in His sight, and live in His strength, rather than in the thoughts of your own weakness.
-- St. Vincent de Paul
There are two sides to every sin: the turning of the will toward fleeting satisfaction and the turning away from everlasting value. As regards to the first, the principle of all sins can be called lust--- lust in its most general sense, namely, the unbridled desire for one's own pleasure. As regards to the second, the principle is pride---pride in its general sense, the lack of submission to God.
-- St. Thomas Aquinas
Let God arise, and let His enemies be scattered: and let them that hate Him flee from before His face.
-- Ps. lxvii. 2
Let my mouth be filled with praise, that I may sing thy glory; thy greatness all the day long. My lips shall greatly rejoice, when I shall sing to thee; and my soul which thou hast redeemed.
-- Ps. lxx. 8,23
And hope confoundeth not: because the charity of God is poured forth in our hearts, by the Holy Ghost, who is given to us.
-- Romans v. 5
Bless ye the God of heaven, give glory to Him in the sight of all that live, because He hath shewn His mercy to you.
-- Tobias xii. 6
I ought to imagine to myself that there are no others in the world but God and myself.
-- St. Alphonsus Liguori
It is by the path of love, which is charity, that God draws near to man, and man to God. But where charity is not found, God cannot dwell. If, then, we possess charity, we possess God, for "God is Charity" (1 Jn 4:8)
-- St. Albert the Great
Those who are led by the Holy Spirit have true ideas. That's why so many ignorant people are wiser than the learned.
-- St. John Vianney
Pray always and don't doubt that God keeps you in His divine arms and that the time will come when He will teach you His most holy Will.
-- St. Paul of the Cross
You strayed from the way and did not return because you were ashamed. It would be more logical if you were ashamed not to return.
-- St Josemaria Escriva
So then, the great Mother of God, so mysteriously united to Jesus Christ from all eternity by the same decree of predestination, immaculately conceived, an intact virgin throughout her divine motherhood, a noble associate of our Redeemer as he defeated sin and its consequences, received, as it were, the final crowning privilege of being preserved from the corruption of the grave and, following her Son in his victory over death, was brought, body and soul, to the highest glory of heaven, to shine as Queen at the right hand of that same Son, the immortal King of Ages.
-- St. Pope Pius XII
It is impossible for a person who prays regularly to remain in serious sin; because the two are incompatible, one or the other will have to be given up.
-- St Teresa of Avila
Believe me, the writing of pious books, the composing of the sublimest poetry; all that does not equal the smallest act of self-denial
-- St Therese of Lisiuex
Let us meditate today on the condition of our soul. Are we making a sincere effort to rectify our intentions, to sanctify our daily responsibilities? There are things we fail to remember, not because we have short memories but because we are short of love. The person in love does not forget!
-- St Teresa of Avila
As iron is fashioned by the fire on an anvil, so in the fire of suffering and under the weight of trials, our souls receive the form that our Lord desires for them to have.
-- St. Madeleine Sophie Barat
Who is so strong as never to be overcome by temptation, except he who has the grace of the Lord for his helper?
-- St. Augustine
Satisfaction consists in the cutting off of the causes of the sin. Thus, fasting is the proper antidote to lust; prayer to pride, to envy, anger and sloth; alms to covetousness.
-- St. Richard of Chichester
He who wishes to love God does not truly love Him if he has not an ardent and constant desire to suffer for His sake.
-- St. Aloysius Gonzaga
Instead of which things, thou didst feed thy people with the food of angels, and gavest them bread from heaven, prepared without labour; having in it all that is delicious, and the sweetness of every taste. For thy sustenance shewed thy sweetness to thy children, and serving every man's will, it was turned to what every man liked.
-- Wis. xvi. 20,21
The highest perfection consists not in interior favors or in great raptures, but in the bringing of our wills so closely into conformity with the Will of God that, as soon as we realize that he wills anything, we desire it ourselves with all our might.
-- St. Teresa of Avila
Give ear, ye islands, and hearken, ye people from afar. The Lord hath called me from the womb, from the bowels of my mother he hath been mindful of my name. And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword: in the shadow of his hand he hath protected me, and hath made me as a chosen arrow: in his quiver he hath hidden me.
-- Isaiah xlix. 1,2
God is more anxious to bestow His blessings on us than we are to receive them. For it is not God's way that great blessings should descend without the sacrifice first of great sufferings.
-- St. Augustine
Love tends to union with the object loved. Now Jesus Christ loves a soul that is in a state of grace with an immense love; He ardently desires to unite Himself with it. This is what Holy Communion does.
-- St. Alphonsus Liguori
A revelation is religious doctrine viewed on its illuminated side; a mystery is the selfsame doctrine viewed on the side illuminated.
-- John Henry Cardinal Newman
To harbor no envy, no anger, no resentment against an offender is still not to have charity for him. It is possible, without any charity, to avoid rendering evil for evil. But to render, spontaneously, good for evil -- such belongs to a perfect spiritual love.
-- St Maximus the Confessor
God is always almighty; He can at all times work miracles, and He would work them now as in the days of old were it not that faith is lacking!
-- St John Vianney
Don't say you have a chaste mind if you have unchaste eyes, because an unchaste eye is the messenger of an unchaste heart.
-- St. Augustine
If we have any natural defect, either in mind or body, let us not grieve and feel sorry for ourselves. Who can tell whether, if we had been given a larger share of ability or stronger health, or greater wealth, we would have possessed them to the destruction of our soul!
-- St. Alphonsus Liguori
We should love and feel compassion for those who unjustly oppose us, since they harm themselves and do us good, for they adorn us with crowns of everlasting glory.
-- St Anthony Mary Zaccaria
God overthrows the thrones of those who are disobedient to His law. My political views are those of the Our Father.
-- St. Avitus of Vienna
When you feel the assaults of passion and anger, then is the time to be silent as Jesus was silent in the midst of His ignominies and sufferings.
-- St. Paul of the Cross
Take care not to meddle in things which do not concern you, nor even allow them to pass through your mind; for perhaps you will not then be able to fulfill your own task.
-- St. John of the Cross
It should be our principal business to conquer ourselves and, from day to day, to go on increasing in strength and perfection. Above all, however, it is necessary for us to strive to conquer our little temptations, such as fits of anger, suspicions, jealousies, envy, deceitfulness, vanity, attachments, and evil thoughts. For in this way we shall acquire strength to subdue greater ones.
-- St. Francis De Sales
My heart hath uttered a good word: I speak my words to the King.
-- Psalm xliv. 2
God is ascended with jubilee, and the Lord with the sound of trumpet.
-- Ps. xlvi. 6
Diligence in prayer is the perfection of the Gospel.
-- St. Aloysius Gonzaga
The saints have always been the source and origin of renewal in the most difficult moments in the Church's history.
-- Pope John Paul II
O Lord my soul is sick, I bring to you all my sins and misfortunes. All my salvation and joy are in You, O Crucified Christ, and in whatever state I happen to be, I shall never take my eyes away from Your Cross.
-- St Angela of Foligno
The grace of contemplation is granted only in response to a longing insistent desire.
-- St Bernard of Clairvaux
And of what should we be afraid? Our captain on this battlefield is Christ Jesus. We have discovered what we have to do. Christ has bound our enemies for us and weakened them that they cannot overcome us unless we so choose to let them. So we must fight courageously and mark ourselves with the sign of the most Holy Cross.
-- St Catherine of Siena
The Prayer of the sick person is his patience and his acceptance of his sickness for the love of Jesus Christ. Make sickness itself a prayer, for there is none more powerful, save martyrdom!
-- St Francis de Sales
The woman who stayed behind (at the tomb) to seek Christ was the only one who saw Him. For perseverance is essential to any good deed, as the Voice of Truth tells us: "Whoever perseveres to the end will be saved." [Matt: 10:22]
-- Pope St. Gregory the Great
Try to gather more frequently to celebrate God's Eucharist and to praise Him. For when you meet with frequency, Satan's powers are overthrown and his destructiveness is undone by the unanimity of your faith
-- St Ignatius of Loyola
We must understand then, that even though God doesn't always give us what we want, He always gives us what we need for our salvation.
-- St Augustine
You respond clearly, but not everyone hears clearly. All ask what they wish, but do not always hear the answer they wish. Your best servant is he who is intent not so much on hearing his petition answered, as rather on willing whatever he hears from you, Lord.
-- St. Augustine
Those who wage war against the truth are powerless to win; rather, they wound themselves, like those who kick against spikes.
-- St. John Chrysostom
Consider seriously how quickly people change, and how little trust is to be had in them; and hold fast to God, who does not change.
-- St. Teresa of Avila
In my affliction, I called upon the Lord, and I cried to my God: And He heard my voice from His holy temple: and my cry before Him came into His ears.
-- Ps. xvii. 7
People hate the truth for the sake of whatever it is they love more than the truth. They love truth when it shines warmly on them, and hate it when it rebukes them.
-- St. Augustine
What does it profit you to give God one thing if He asks you for another? Consider what it is that God wants, and then do it.
-- St. John of the Cross
Don't say you have a chaste mind if you have unchaste eyes, because an unchaste eye is the messenger of an unchaste heart.
-- St. Augustine
If we have any natural defect, either in mind or body, let us not grieve and feel sorry for ourselves. Who can tell whether, if we had been given a larger share of ability or stronger health, or greater wealth, we would have possessed them to the destruction of our soul!
-- St. Alphonsus Liguori
We should love and feel compassion for those who unjustly oppose us, since they harm themselves and do us good, for they adorn us with crowns of everlasting glory.
-- St Anthony Mary Zaccaria
God overthrows the thrones of those who are disobedient to His law. My political views are those of the Our Father.
-- St. Avitus of Vienna
I do not really know if it is a gain to exchange the crown of martrydom with two or three years of life in freedom. But I leave the good Lord to decide.
-- Bl. Pavol Goidic
The envious man is cruel, proud, unfaithful, impatient, and quarrelsome; and, what is strange, when this vice gains the mastery, he is no longer master of himself, and he is unable to correct his many faults. If the bond of peace is broken, if the rights of fraternal charity are violated, if truth is altered or disguised, it is often envy that hurries him on to crime.
-- St Cyprian of Carthage
Greed will demand of you labor, danger, hardships, and troubles, and you will readily agree to its demands. And for what purpose? So you can have what will fill up your purse but empty out your peace of mind!.
-- St Augustine
Oh what remorse we shall feel at the end of our lives, when we look back upon the great number of instructions and examples afforded by God and the Saints for our perfection, and so carelessly received by us! If this end were to come to you today, how would you be pleased with the life you have led this year?
-- St. Francis DeSales
To me Thy friends, O God, are made exceedingly honourable: their principality is exceedingly strengthened.
-- Ps. cxxxviii. 17
It is on humble souls that God pours down His fullest light and grace. He teaches them what scholars cannot learn, and mysteries that the wisest cannot solve He can make plain to them.
-- St. Vincent de Paul
An evil thought defiles the soul when it is deliberate and consented to. Our Lord placed evil thoughts at the head of all crimes, because they are their principle and source.
-- St. John Baptist de la Salle
Man is the perfection of the Universe. The spirit is the perfection of man. Love is the perfection of the spirit, and charity that of love. Therefore, the love of God is the end, the perfection of the Universe.
-- St. Francis DeSales
Come forth out of Babylon, flee ye from the Chaldeans, declare it with the voice of joy: make this to be heard, and speak it out even to the ends of the earth. Say: The Lord hath redeemed His servant Jacob.
-- Isa. xlviii. 20
There is no doubt that through the reading of the Sacred Scriptures the soul is set aflame in God and becomes purified from all vices.
-- St. Jerome
In what does sanctity consist? It consists in the perfect fulfillment of the will of God. All the sins which bring souls to Hell proceed from self-will. Let us cease to do our own will; let us follow the will of God, and for us there shall be no Hell.
-- St. Alphonsus Liguori
It is impossible for a person who prays regularly to remain in serious sin; because the two are incompatible, one or the other will have to be given up.
-- St Teresa of Avila
Believe me, the writing of pious books, the composing of the sublimest poetry; all that does not equal the smallest act of self-denial
-- St Therese of Lisiuex
Let us meditate today on the condition of our soul. Are we making a sincere effort to rectify our intentions, to sanctify our daily responsibilities? There are things we fail to remember, not because we have short memories but because we are short of love. The person in love does not forget!
-- St Teresa of Avila
As iron is fashioned by the fire on an anvil, so in the fire of suffering and under the weight of trials, our souls receive the form that our Lord desires for them to have.
-- St. Madeleine Sophie Barat
A revelation is religious doctrine viewed on its illuminated side; a mystery is the selfsame doctrine viewed on the side illuminated.
-- John Henry Cardinal Newman
To harbor no envy, no anger, no resentment against an offender is still not to have charity for him. It is possible, without any charity, to avoid rendering evil for evil. But to render, spontaneously, good for evil -- such belongs to a perfect spiritual love.
-- St Maximus the Confessor
God is always almighty; He can at all times work miracles, and He would work them now as in the days of old were it not that faith is lacking!
-- St John Vianney
2010
God wishes us not to rest upon anything but His infinite Goodness. Do not let us expect anything but from Him, and let us put our trust and confidence in Him alone. *-St. Charles Borromeo
I make myself a leper with the lepers, to gain all for Jesus Christ. *-Bl. Damien Joseph de Veuster
Prayer is to our soul what rain is to the soil. Fertilize the soil ever so richly, it will remain barren unless fed by frequent rains. *-St. John Vianney
Who is so strong as never to be overcome by temptation, except he who has the grace of the Lord for his helper? *-St. Augustine
He who knows not how to command his desires, finds himself hurried away with them. *-St. Ambrose
This passage is one of four found only in the Gospel of St. Mark. This is how it is with the kingdom of God; it is as if a man were to scatter seed on the land and would sleep and rise night and day and the seed would sprout and grow, he knows not how. Of its own accord the land yields fruit, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. And when the grain is ripe, he wields the sickle at once, for the harvest has come. *-St. Mark (Mk 4:26-29)
If we are able to enter the church day and night and implore God to hear our prayers, how careful we should be to hear and grant the petitions of our neighbor in need. *-St. John the Almoner
The highest degree of meekness consists in seeing, serving, honoring, and treating amiably, on occasion, those who are not to our taste, and who show themselves unfriendly, ungrateful, and troublesome to us.
*-St. Francis de Sales
We should perform our penance overwhelmed with joy at being able to satisfy God, whom we have offended, and at finding such an easy means of effacing our sins which should have earned eternal sufferings for us. *-St John Vianney
When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled they were all in one place together. And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were. Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.
I make myself a leper with the lepers, to gain all for Jesus Christ. *-Bl. Damien Joseph de Veuster
We must also mortify our tongue, by abstaining from words of detraction, abuse, and obscenity. An impure word spoken in jest may prove a scandal to others, and sometimes a word of double meaning, said in a witty way, does more harm than a word openly impure. *-St. Alphonsus Liguori
Let us understand that God is a physician, and that suffering is a medicine for salvation, not a punishment for damnation. *-St. Augustine
The spirit flows to you and to all men from the heart of the God-man, Savior of the world, but certainly, no worker was ever more completely and profoundly penetrated by it than the foster father of Jesus, who lived with Him in closest intimacy and community of family life and work. Thus, if you wish to be close to Christ, we again today repeat, "Go to Joseph" (Gn 41:44) *-Pope Pius XII
In sorrow and suffering, go straight to God with confidence, and you will be strengthened, enlightened, and instructed. *-St. John of the Cross
It is entirely fitting, therefore, that one of those who was of our company while the Lord Jesus moved among us, from the baptism of John until the day he was taken up from us, should be named as witness with us to his resurrection." At that they nominated two, Joseph (called Barsabbas, also known as Justus) and Matthias.
Then they prayed: "O Lord, you read the hearts of men. Make known to us which of these two you choose for this apostolic ministry, replacing Judas, who deserted the cause and went the way he was destined to go." They then drew lots between the two men. The choice fell to Matthias, who was added to the eleven apostles. *-Acts 1: 20-26
True charity consists in putting up with all one's neighbor's faults, never being surprised by his weakness, and being inspired by the least of his virtues. *-St. Therese of Lisieux
When they had gathered together they asked him, "Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?" He answered them, "It is not for you to know the times or seasons that the Father has established by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." When he had said this, as they were looking on, he was lifted up and a cloud took him from their sight. While there were looking intently at the sky as he was going, suddenly two men dressed in white garments stood beside them. They said, "Men of Galilee, why are you standing there looking at the sky? This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven will return in the same way as you have seen him going into heaven." They returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day's journey away. *-Acts 1:6-12
He who walks along a precipice, although he may not fall over, yet he trembles and often falls through that very fear. Even so, he who flies not far from sin, but keeps near to it, lives in continual fear, and often falls. *-St. John Chrysostom
The Church in Mexico rejoices at relying on these intercessors in heaven, models of supreme charity who followed in the footsteps of Jesus Christ. They all dedicated their lives to God and their brethren through martyrdom or by generously serving the needy. The firmness of their faith and hope sustained them in the various trials they had to endure. They are a precious legacy, a fruit of the faith rooted in the lands of Mexico, a faith which, at the dawn of the third millennium of Christianity, must be preserved and revitalized so that you may continue to be faithful to Christ and to his Church as you were in the past. Mexico ever faithful! *-Excerpted from the homily of Pope John II upon the canonization of St. Christopher and his Companions.
Thomas said to him, "Master, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?" Jesus said to him, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, then you will also know my Father. From now on you do know him and have seen him." Philip said to him, "Master show us the Father, and that will be enough for us." Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you for so long a time and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, 'Show us the Father'? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on my own. The Father who dwells in me is doing his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else, believe because of the works themselves. Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes in me will do the greater ones than these, because I am going to the Father. And whatever you ask in my name, I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything of me in my name, I will do it. *-Jn 14:5-14
God is full of compassion, and never fails those who are afflicted and despised, if they trust in Him alone.
*-St. Teresa of Avila
No one will have any other desire in heaven than what God wills; and the desire of one will be he desire of all; and the desire of all and of each one will also be the desire of God. *-St. Anselm
No one should judge that he has greater perfection because he performs great penances and gives himself in excess to the staying of the body than he who does less, inasmuch as neither virtue nor merit consists therein; for otherwise he would be an evil case, who for some legitimate reason was unable to do actual penance. Merit consists in the virtue of love alone, flavored with the light of true discretion, without which the soul is worth nothing. *-St. Catherine of Siena
Believe me, the writing of pious books, the composing of the most sublime poetry; all that does not equal the smallest act of self-denial. No one will have any other desire in heaven than what God wills; and the desire of one will be the desire of all; and the desire of all and of each one will also be the desire of God. *-St. Anselm -St. Therese of Lisieux
You will not see anyone who is really striving after his advancement who is not given to spiritual reading. And as to him who neglects it, the fact will soon be observed by his progress. *-St. Athanasius
You ought to make every effort to free yourselves even from venial sin, and to do what is most perfect. *-St. Teresa of Avila
Be assured that he who shall always walk faithfully in God's presence, always ready to give Him an account of all his actions, shall never be separated from Him by consenting to sin. *-St. Thomas Aquinas

She seeks for those who approach her devoutly and with reverence, for she loves, nourishes, and adopts as her children. *-St. Bonaventure
If we have obtained the grace of God, none shall prevail against us, but we shall be stronger than all who oppose us. *-St. John Chrysostom
Since Christ Himself has said, "This is My Body" who shall dare to doubt that It is His Body?
*-St. Cyril of Jerusalem
Since Christ Himself has said, "This is My Body" who shall dare to doubt that It is His Body?
*-St. Cyril of Jerusalem
Holy Communion is the shortest and safest way to Heaven. *-Pope St. Pius X
Yet if it were a delusion (as you assert) which tells us that the soul is immortal, and that there is a judgment after death and a reward of virtue at the resurrection, and that God is the Judge, we would gladly be carried by such a lie as that, which has taught us to lead good lives awaiting the hope of the future even while suffering adversities. *-St. Apollonius
We should consider those moments spent before the Blessed Sacrament as the happiest of our lives.
*-St. John Vianney
O Sacrament of Love! O sign of Unity! O bond of Charity! He who would have Life finds here indeed a Life to live in and a Life to live by. *-St. Augustine
He loves, He hopes, He waits. If He came down on our altars on certain days only, some sinner, on being moved to repentance, might have to look for Him, and not finding Him, might have to wait. Our Lord prefers to wait Himself for the sinner for years rather than keep him waiting one instant.
*-St. Peter Julian Eymard
Christ made my soul beautiful with the jewels of grace and virtue. I belong to Him whom the angels serve.
*-St. Agnes
If we wish to keep peace with our neighbor, we should never remind anyone of his natural defects.
*-St. Philip Neri
There is no doubt that through the reading of the Sacred Scriptures the soul is set aflame in God and becomes purified from all vices. *-St. Jerome
It is on humble souls that God pours down His fullest light and grace. He teaches them what scholars cannot learn, and mysteries that the wisest cannot solve He can make plain to them. *-St. Vincent de Paul
It is necessary, too, that we shun the occasions which have been the cause of sin. We must have recourse to fervent prayer, receive frequently and worthily the sacraments. He who does this will be sure to persevere. *-St. John Vianney.
Never utter in your neighbor's absence what you would not say in their presence.
*-St. Mary Magdalen de Pazzi
God loves the poor, and consequently He loves those who have an affection for the poor. For when we love anyone very much, we also love his friends. *-St. Vincent de Paul
An evil thought defiles the soul when it is deliberate and consented to. Our Lord placed evil thoughts at the head of all crimes, because they are their principle and source. *-St. John Baptist de la Salle
What does it cost us to say: "My God, help me! Have mercy on me!" Is there anything easier than this? And this little will suffice to save us if we be diligent in doing it. *- St. Alphonsus Liguroi
Repentance is the renewal of Baptism and a contract with God for a second life. *-St. John Climacus
Enriched from the first instant of her conception with the splendor of an entirely unique holiness, the Virgin of Nazareth is hailed by the heralding angel, by divine command, as 'full of grace' *-(cf. Lk 1:28).
To the heavenly messenger she replies: 'Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done to me according to thy word' (Lk 1:38). Thus the daughter of Adam, Mary, consented to the word of God, became the Mother of Jesus. Committing herself wholeheartedly and impeded by no sin to the Lord, to the person and work of her Son, under and with him, serving the mystery of redemption, by the grace of Almighty God.
*-Constitution on the Church, 56
Throughout the world, the Second Sunday of Easter will receive the name Divine Mercy Sunday, a perennial invitation to the Christian world to face, with confidence in divine benevolence, the difficulties and trials that humankind will experience in years to come.
*- Decree of the Congregation for Divine Worship issued on 23 May, 2000 instituting Divine Mercy Sunday
When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi he asked his disciples, "Who do people say that the Son of Man is?" They relied, "Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets. He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" Simon Peter said in reply, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the Living God." Jesus said in reply, "Blessed are you Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father, and So I say to you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. *-Mt 16:13-18
So the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, "It is the Lord." When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he tucked in his garment, for he was lightly clad, and jumped into the sea. The other disciples came in the boat, for they were not far from the shore, only about a hundred yards, dragging the net with fish.
*-Jn 21:7-8
While they were still speaking about this, he stood in their midst and said to them, "Peace be with you." But they were startled and terrified and thought that they were seeing a ghost. Then he said to them, "Why are you troubled? And why do questions arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet, that is I myself. Touch me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you can see I have. And as he said this, he showed them his hands and his feet.
Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them what referred to him in all the scriptures. As they approached the village to which they were going, he gave the impression that he was going on farther. But they urged him, "Stay with us, for it is nearly evening and the day is almost over." So he went in to stay with them. And it happened that, while he was at table, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them. With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him, but he vanished from their sight. Then they said to each other, "Were not our hearts burning while he spoke to us on the way and opened the scriptures to us?" So they set out at once and returned to Jerusalem where they found gathered together the eleven and those with them who were saying, "The Lord has truly been raised and has appeared to Simon!" Then the two recounted what had taken place on the way and how he was made known to them in the breaking of the bread. *-Lk 24:27-35
Mary stayed outside the tomb weeping. And as she wept, she bent over into the tomb and saw two angels in white sitting there, one at the head and one at the feet where the body of Jesus had been. And they said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping?" She said to them, "They have taken my Lord, and I don't know where they laid him." When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus there, but did not know it was Jesus. *-Jn 20:11-14
Then the angel said to the women in reply, "Do not be afraid! I know that you are seeking Jesus the crucified. He is not here, for he has been raised just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, 'He has been raised from the dead, and he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him.' Behold, I have told you." *-Mt 28:6-7
Through the paschal mystery we have been buried with Christ in baptism, so that we may rise with him to a new life. Now that we have completed our lenten observance, let us renew the promises we made in baptism when we rejected Satan and all his works, and promised to serve God faithfully in His holy Catholic Church. *-Taken from prayers on Easter Sunday in the Sacramentary
It was now about noon and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon because of an eclipse of the sun. Then the veil of the temple was torn down the middle. Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Father, into your hands I commend my spirit"; and when he had said this he breathed his last. The centurion who witnessed what had happened glorified God and said, "This man was innocent beyond doubt." When all the people who had gathered for this spectacle saw what had happened, they returned home beating their breasts; but all his acquaintances stood at a distance, including the women who had followed him from Galilee and saw these events. *-Lk 24:44-49
In this dark vale of tears, I wish solely to feed upon this secret manna, this delicious substance.
*-St. Cajetan
Then one of the Twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, "What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?" They paid him thirty pieces of silver, and from that time on he looked for an opportunity to hand him over. *-Mt 26:14-16
He was chosen by the eternal Father as the trustworthy guardian and protector of his greatest treasures, namely, his divine Son and Mary, Joseph's wife. He carried out this vocation with complete fidelity until at last God called him, saying 'Good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of your Lord.'
*-St. Bernadine of Siena
For five weeks of Lent we have been preparing, by works of charity and self-sacrifice, for the celebration of our Lord's paschal mystery. Today we come together to begin this solemn celebration in union with the whole Church throughout the world. Christ entered in triumph into his own city, to complete his work as our Messiah: to suffer, to die, and to rise again. Let us remember with devotion this entry which began his saving work and follow him with a lively faith. United with him in his suffering on the cross, may we share his resurrection and new life. *-Taken from Palm Sunday in the Sacramentary
Nothing restrains anger, curbs pride, heals the wound of malice, bridles self-indulgence, quenches the passions, checks avarice and puts unclean thoughts to flight, as does the name of Jesus *-St. Bernard
Take the holy crucifix in your hands, kiss its wounds with great love, and ask Him to preach you a sermon. Listen to the thorns, the nails, and that Divine Blood say to you Oh! What a sermon.
*-St. Paul of the Cross
It is not only among us, who are marked with the name of Christ, that the dignity of faith is great; all the business of the world, even of those outside the Church, is accomplished by faith. By faith, marriage laws join in union persons who were strangers to one another. By faith, agriculture is sustained; for a man does not endure the toil involved unless he believes he will reap a harvest. By faith, seafaring men, entrusting themselves to a tiny wooden craft, exchange the solid element of the land for the unstable motion of the waves. Not only among us does this hold true but also, as I have said, among those outside the fold. For though they do not accept the Scriptures but advance certain doctrines of their own, yet even these they receive on faith. *-St. Cyril of Jerusalem (Catechesis V)
Christ shield me this day:
Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every person who thinks of me, Christ in every eye that sees me, Christ in the ear that hears me *-St. Patrick (from his breastplate)
Believe me, vices which have been cut down sprout forth anew. When driven away, they return. When extinguished, they are again enkindled. When lulled to sleep, they wake up afresh. *-St. Bernard
However great the work that God may achieve by an individual, he must not indulge in self-satisfaction. He ought rather to be all the more humbled, seeing himself merely as a tool which God has made use of.
*-St. Vincent de Paul
Confession heals, confession justifies, confession grants pardon of sin. All hope consists in confession. In confession there is a chance for mercy. Believe it firmly. Do not doubt, do not hesitate, never despair of the mercy of God. Hope and have confidence in confession. *-St. Isidore of Seville
Alms are an inheritance and a justice which is due to the poor and which Jesus has levied upon us.
*-St. Francis of Assisi
I trust in Christ that he will enable me to undergo, in defense of his cause, the sharpest tortures you can inflict on my weak body. *-St. Theophanes
Run from places of sin as from the plague. *-St. John Climacus
To know whom to avoid is a great means of saving our souls. *-St. Thomas Aquinas
Let us avoid evil companions, lest by their company we may be drawn to a communion of vice.
*-St. Augustine
The Most Blessed Sacrament is Christ made visible. The poor sick person is Christ again made visible.
*-St. Gerard Majella
We must show charity towards the sick, who are in greater need of help. Let us take them some small gift if they are poor, or, at least, let us go and wait on them and comfort them. *-St. Alphonsus Liguori
Run from places of sin as from the plague. *-St. John Climacus
Do not imitate those who deceive themselves by saying: "I will sin and then go to confession." How do you know that you will have time to make your confession? Is it not madness to wound oneself, in the hope that a doctor will be found who will heal the wound? *-St. John Bosco
The patient and humble endurance of the Cross - whatever nature it may be - is the highest work we have to do. *-St. Katherine Drexel
Take care not to meddle in things which do not concern you, nor even allow them to pass through your mind; for perhaps you will not then be able to fulfill your own task. *-St. John of the Cross
The first step to be taken by one who wishes to follow Christ is, according to Our Lord's own words, that of renouncing himself - that is, his own senses, his own passions, his own will, his own judgment, and all the movements of nature, making to God a sacrifice of all these things, and of all their acts, which are surely sacrifices very acceptable to the Lord. And we must never grow weary of this; for if anyone having, so to speak, one foot already in Heaven, should abandon this exercise, when the time should come for him to put the other there, he would run much risk of being lost. *-St. Vincent de Paul
Love Mary!... She is loveable, faithful, constant. She will never let herself be outdone in love, but will ever remain supreme. If you are in danger, she will hasten to free you. If you are troubled, she will console you. If you are sick, she will bring you relief. If you are in need, she will help you. She does not look to see what kind of person you have been. She simply comes to a heart that wants to love her. She comes quickly and opens her merciful heart to you, embraces you and consoles and serves you. She will even be at hand to accompany you on the trip to eternity. *-St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother.
All our religion is but a false religion, and all our virtues are mere illusions and we ourselves are only hypocrites in the sight of God, if we have not that universal charity for everyone - for the good, and for the bad, for the poor and for the rich, and for all those who do us harm as much as those who do us good.
*-St. John Vianney
Those who are pure are temples of the Holy Spirit. *-St. Lucy
If you commit any sin, repent of it at once and resolve to amend. If it is a grievous sin, confess it as soon as possible. *-St. Alphonsus Liguori
We ought to respect the image of God in everyone. *-Bl. Raphaela Mary
Stand fast, therefore, in this conduct and follow the example of the Lord, 'firm and unchangeable in faith, lovers of the brotherhood, loving each other, united in truth,' helping each other with the mildness of the Lord, despising no man. *-St. Polycarp (Letter to Philippians)
When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord, you now that I love you." He said to him, "Feed my lambs." He then said to him a second time, "Simon son of John, do you love me?" He said to him, "Yes Lord, you know that I love you." He said to him, "Tend my sheep." He said to him a third time, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" Peter was distressed that he said to him a third time "Do you love me?" and he said to him, "Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you." Jesus said to him, "Feed my sheep. Amen, amen, I say to you, when you were younger, you used to dress yourself and go where you wanted; but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go." He said this signifying by what kind of death he would glorify God. And when he had said this, he said to him, "Follow me." *-Jn 21:15-19
Let us faithfully transmit to posterity the example of virtue which we have received from our forefathers.
*-St. Peter Damian
We must love our neighbor as being made in the image of God and as an object of His love.
*-St. Vincent de Paul
The body dies when the soul departs; but the soul dies when God departs. *-St. Augustine
Your life consists in drawing nearer to God. To do this, you must endeavor to detach yourself from visible things and remember that in a short time they will be taken from you. *-Bl. John of Avila
Idleness begets a life of discontent. It develops self-love, which is the cause of all our miseries, and renders us unworthy to receive the favors of divine love. *-St. Ignatius Loyola
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Go to Jesus. He loves you and is waiting for you to give you many graces. He is on the altar surrounded by angles adoring and praying. Let them make some room for you and join them in doing what they do.
*-St. Mary Joseph Rossello
But since all your satisfactions and penances are too small and deficient to atone for so many sins, unite them to those of you Savior Jesus lifted upon the Cross. Receive his Divine Blood as it flows from His wounds, and offer It up to appease Divine justice. Unite your reparation to that of the most Blessed Virgin at the foot of the Cross and from the love of Jesus for His Mother, you will obtain everything.
*-St. Peter Julian Eymard
Of all divine things, the most godlike is to co-operate with God in the conversion of sinners. *-St. Denis
A truly obedient man does not discriminate between one thing and another, since his only aim is to execute faithfully whatever may be assigned to him. *-St. Bernard
We must love our neighbor as being made in the image of God and as an object of His love.
*-St. Vincent de Paul
God in his omnipotence could not give more, in His wisdom He knew not how to give more, in His riches He had not more to give, than the Eucharist. *-St. Augustine
That obedience may be complete, it must exist in three things: in execution, by doing promptly, cheerfully and exactly whatever the Superior orders; in will, by willing nothing but what the superior wills; in judgment, by being of the same opinion as the Superior. *-St. Ignatius Loyola
The saints are like the stars. In his providence Christ conceals them in a hidden place that they may not shine before others when they might wish to do so. Yet they are always ready to exchange the quiet of contemplation for the works of mercy as soon as they perceive in their heart the invitation of Christ.
*-St. Anthony of Padua
We can say that the mystery of the redemption took shape beneath the heart of the Virgin of Nazareth when she pronounced her "fiat." From then on, under the special influence of the Holy Spirit, this heart, the heart of both a virgin and a mother, has always followed the work of her Son and has gone out to all those whom Christ has embraced and continues to embrace with inexhaustible love. For that reason her heart must have the inexhaustibility of a mother.
*-Pope John Paul II (in his work "Redeemer of Man")
The hand of the Lord was with them and a great number who believed turned to the Lord. The news about them reached the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to go to Antioch. When he arrived and saw the grace of God, he rejoiced and encouraged them all to remain faithful to the Lord in firmness of hear, for he was a good man, filled with the Holy Spirit and faith. And a large number of people were added to the Lord. Then he went to Tarsus to look for Saul, and when he had found him he brought him to Antioch. For a whole year they met with the church and taught a large number of people, and it was in Antioch that the disciples were first called Christians. *-Acts 11:21-26
We should strive to keep our hearts open to the sufferings and wretchedness of other people, and pray continually that God may grant us that spirit of compassion which is truly the spirit of God.
*-St. Vincent de Paul
Lay me not with sweet spices,
For this honor avails me not,
Nor yet use incense and perfumes,
For the honor befits me not.
Burn yet the incense in the holy place;
As for me, escort me only with your prayers,
Give your incense to God,
And over me send up hymns.
Instead of perfumes and spices,
Be mindful of me in you intercessions. *-St. Ephrem
When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled they were all in one place together. And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were. Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.
There is more value in a little study of humility and in a single act of it than in all the knowledge in the world. *-St. Theresa of Avila.
O Priest! You are not yourself because you are God. You are not of yourself because you are the servant and minister of Christ. You are not you own because you are the spouse of the Church. You are not yourself because you are the mediator between God and man. You are not from yourself because you are nothing. What then are you? Nothing and everything. O Priest! Take care lest what was said to Christ on the cross be said to you: "He saved others, himself he cannot save!" *-St. Norbert
One just soul can attain pardon for a thousand sinners. *-St Margaret Mary Alacoque
"May the glory of the Lord endure forever; may the Lord rejoice in his works!" (Ps 103 [104]: 31). It is with these words of the psalmist that I wish to end our meditation on this solemn, long-awaited day, when the mature fruit of holiness--Fr. Damien de Veuster--receives the glory of the altars in his homeland. Brothers and sisters, be docile to the Holy Spirit, so that through your life men can discover the God from whom every perfect gift comes!
*-From Pope John Paul II address announcing the Beatification of Damien de Veuster
Labour without stopping; do all the good works you can while you still have the time. *-St. John of God
Let us avoid evil companions, lest by their company we may be drawn to a communion of vice.
*-St. Augustine
It is only by sacrifice and suffering, offered as penance, that you will be able, by the grace of God, to convert sinners. *-St. John Vianney
No sacrifice is more acceptable to God than zeal for souls. *-St. Gregory the Great
During those days Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, "Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled." * -Lk 1:39-45
The more we have denied ourselves during the day, the nearer are we each evening to the Heart of our Lord. *-St. Madeline Sophie Barat
"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle" *-Plato
"Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another." *~Jesus (John 13:34)
When they had gathered together they asked him, "Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?" He answered them, "It is not for you to know the times or seasons that the Father has established by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." When he had said this, as they were looking on, he was lifted up and a cloud took him from their sight. While there were looking intently at the sky as he was going, suddenly two men dressed in white garments stood beside them. They said, "Men of Galilee, why are you standing there looking at the sky? This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven will return in the same way as you have seen him going into heaven." They returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day's journey away. *-Acts 1:6-12
He presented himself alive to them by many proofs after he had
suffered, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. While meeting with them, he enjoined them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the "promise of the Father about which you have heard me speak; for John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit." *-Acts 1:3-5
He who would climb to a lofty height must go by steps, not leaps.
*-Pope St. Gregory the Great (in a letter to St. Augustine of Canterbury)
O God, seeing you are so infinitely lovable, why have you given us but one heart to love you, and this so little and so narrow? *-St. Philip Neri
Know that the experience of pain is something so noble and precious that the Divine Word, who enjoyed the abundant riches of Paradise, yet, because He was not clothed with this ornament of sorrow, came down from Heaven to seek it upon the earth. *-St. Mary Magdalen de' Pazzi
Our Lord needs from us neither great deeds nor profound thoughts. Neither intelligence nor talents. He cherishes simplicity. *-St. Thérèse of Lisieux
Under the influence of fear, we bear the Cross of Christ with patience. Under the more inspiring influence of hope, we carry the Cross with a firm and valiant heart. But under the consuming power of love, we embrace the Cross with ardour. *-St. Bernard
He who trusts himself is lost. He who trusts in God can do all things. *-St. Alphonsus Liguori
You ought to make every effort to free yourselves even from venial sin, and to do what is most perfect.
*-St. Theresa of Avila.
If we are able to enter the church day and night and implore God to hear our prayers, how careful we should be to hear and grant the petitions of our neighbor in need. *-St. John the Almoner
The highest degree of meekness consists in seeing, serving, honoring, and treating amiably, on occasion, those who are not to our taste, and who show themselves unfriendly, ungrateful, and troublesome to us.
*-St. Francis de Sales
We must above all show charity to our enemies. By this you may know that a man is a true Christian, if he seeks to do good to those who wish him evil. * -St. Alphonsus Liguori
Life well employed consists in a faithful correspondence to grace and a good use of the talents given. There is no other religion than this, and the rule of life is the same for all. *-Blessed Théophane Vénard
Believe me, the writing of pious books, the composing of the most sublime poetry; all that does not equal the smallest act of self-denial. *-St. Therese of Lisieux
O Sacred Heart of Jesus! I fly to Thee, I unite myself with Thee, I enclose myself to Thee! Receive this, my call for help, O my Saviour, as a sign of my horror of all within me contrary to Thy Holy Love. Let me rather die a thousand times than consent! Be Thou my Strength, O God: defend me, protect me. I am thine, and desire forever to be Thine! *-St. Margaret Mary Alocoque
It is entirely fitting, therefore, that one of those who was of our company while the Lord Jesus moved among us, from the baptism of John until the day he was taken up from us, should be named as witness with us to his resurrection." At that they nominated two, Joseph (called Barsabbas, also known as Justus) and Matthias. Then they prayed: "O Lord, you read the hearts of men. Make known to us which of these two you choose for this apostolic ministry, replacing Judas, who deserted the cause and went the way he was destined to go." They then drew lots between the two men. The choice fell to Matthias, who was added to the eleven apostles. *- Acts 1: 20-26
She seeks for those who approach her devoutly and with reverence, for she loves, nourishes, and adopts as her children. *-St. Bonaventure
If we have obtained the grace of God, none shall prevail against us, but we shall be stronger than all who oppose us. *-St. John Chrysostom
True charity consists in putting up with all one's neighbor's faults, never being surprised by his weakness, and being inspired by the least of his virtues. *-St. Therese of Lisieux
I make myself a leper with the lepers, to gain all for Jesus Christ. *-Bl. Damien Joseph de Veuster
We must also mortify our tongue, by abstaining from words of detraction, abuse, and obscenity. An impure word spoken in jest may prove a scandal to others, and sometimes a word of double meaning, said in a witty way, does more harm than a word openly impure. *-St. Alphonsus Liguori
The air that we breathe, the bread that we eat, the heart which throbs in our bosoms, are not more necessary for man that he may live as a human being, than is prayer for the Christian that he may live as a Christian. *-St. John Eudes
In the first place, the eyes must be mortified. We must abstain from looking at any object that may give occasion to temptation. *-St. Alphonsus Liguori
Satisfaction consists in the cutting off of the causes of the sin. Thus, fasting is the proper antidote to lust; prayer to pride, to envy, anger and sloth; alms to covetousness. *-St. Richard of Chichester
Would we wish that our own hidden sins should be divulged? We ought, then, to be silent regarding those of others. *-St. John Baptist de la Salle
Prayer is to our soul what rain is to the soil. Fertilize the soil ever so richly, it will remain barren unless fed by frequent rains. *-St. John Vianney
Thomas said to him, "Master, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?" Jesus said to him, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, then you will also know my Father. From now on you do know him and have seen him." Philip said to him, "Master show us the Father, and that will be enough for us." Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you for so long a time and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, 'Show us the Father'? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on my own. The Father who dwells in me is doing his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else, believe because of the works themselves. Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes in me will do the greater ones than these, because I am going to the Father. And whatever you ask in my name, I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything of me in my name, I will do it. *-Jn 14:5-14
You will not see anyone who is really striving after his advancement who is not given to spiritual reading. And as to him who neglects it, the fact will soon be observed by his progress. *-St. Athanasius
The spirit flows to you and to all men from the heart of the God-man, Savior of the world, but certainly, no worker was ever more completely and profoundly penetrated by it than the foster father of Jesus, who lived with Him in closest intimacy and community of family life and work. Thus, if you wish to be close to Christ, we again today repeat, "Go to Joseph" (Gn 41:44) *-Pope Pius XII
Who is so strong as never to be overcome by temptation, except he who has the grace of the Lord for his helper? *-St. Augustine
No one should judge that he has greater perfection because he performs great penances and gives himself in excess to the staying of the body than he who does less, inasmuch as neither virtue or merit consists therein; for otherwise he would be an evil case, who for some legitimate reason was unable to do actual penance. Merit consists in the virtue of love alone, flavored with the light of true discretion, without which the soul is worth nothing. *-St. Catherine of Siena
Pray with great confidence, with confidence based upon the promises of Jesus Christ. God is a spring of living water which flows unceasingly into the hearts of those who pray. *-St. Louis de Montfort
Throughout the world, the Second Sunday of Easter will receive the name Divine Mercy Sunday, a perennial invitation to the Christian world to face, with confidence in divine benevolence, the difficulties and trials that humankind will experience in years to come.
*-Decree of the Congregation for Divine Worship issued on 23 May, 2000 instituting Divine Mercy Sunday
When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi he asked his disciples, "Who do people say that the Son of Man is?" They relied, "Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets. He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" Simon Peter said in reply, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the Living God." Jesus said in reply, "Blessed are you Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father, and So I say to you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. *-Mt 16:13-18
So the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, "It is the Lord." When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he tucked in his garment, for he was lightly clad, and jumped into the sea. The other disciples came in the boat, for they were not far from the shore, only about a hundred yards, dragging the net with fish.
*-Jn 21:7-8
While they were still speaking about this, he stood in their midst and said to them, "Peace be with you." But they were startled and terrified and thought that they were seeing a ghost. Then he said to them, "Why are you troubled? And why do questions arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet, that is I myself. Touch me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you can see I have. And as he said this, he showed them his hands and his feet.
Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them what referred to him in all the scriptures. As they approached the village to which they were going, he gave the impression that he was going on farther. But they urged him, "Stay with us, for it is nearly evening and the day is almost over." So he went in to stay with them. And it happened that, while he was at table, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them. With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him, but he vanished from their sight. Then they said to each other, "Were not our hearts burning while he spoke to us on the way and opened the scriptures to us?" So they set out at once and returned to Jerusalem where they found gathered together the eleven and those with them who were saying, "The Lord has truly been raised and has appeared to Simon!" Then the two recounted what had taken place on the way and how he was made known to them in the breaking of the bread. *-Lk 24:27-35
Mary stayed outside the tomb weeping. And as she wept, she bent over into the tomb and saw two angels in white sitting there, one at the head and one at the feet where the body of Jesus had been. And they said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping?" She said to them, "They have taken my Lord, and I don't know where they laid him." When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus there, but did not know it was Jesus. *-Jn 20:11-14
Then the angel said to the women in reply, "Do not be afraid! I know that you are seeking Jesus the crucified. He is not here, for he has been raised just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, 'He has been raised from the dead, and he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him.' Behold, I have told you." *-Mt 28:6-7
Through the paschal mystery we have been buried with Christ in baptism, so that we may rise with him to a new life. Now that we have completed our lenten observance, let us renew the promises we made in baptism when we rejected Satan and all his works, and promised to serve God faithfully in His holy Catholic Church. *-Taken from prayers on Easter Sunday in the Sacramentary
It was now about noon and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon because of an eclipse of the sun. Then the veil of the temple was torn down the middle. Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Father, into your hands I commend my spirit"; and when he had said this he breathed his last. The centurion who witnessed what had happened glorified God and said, "This man was innocent beyond doubt." When all the people who had gathered for this spectacle saw what had happened, they returned home beating their breasts; but all his acquaintances stood at a distance, including the women who had followed him from Galilee and saw these events. *-Lk 24:44-49
In this dark vale of tears, I wish solely to feed upon this secret manna, this delicious substance.
*-St. Cajetan
Then one of the Twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, "What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?" They paid him thirty pieces of silver, and from that time on he looked for an opportunity to hand him over. *-Mt 26:14-16
He loves, He hopes, He waits. If He came down on our altars on certain days only, some sinner, on being moved to repentance, might have to look for Him, and not finding Him, might have to wait. Our Lord prefers to wait Himself for the sinner for years rather than keep him waiting one instant.
*-St. Peter Julian Eymard
Prayer reveals to souls the vanity of earthly goods and pleasures. It fills them with light, strength and consolation; and gives them a foretaste of the calm bliss of our heavenly home. *-St. Rose of Viterbo
For five weeks of Lent we have been preparing, by works of charity and self-sacrifice, for the celebration of our Lord's paschal mystery. Today we come together to begin this solemn celebration in union with the whole Church throughout the world. Christ entered in triumph into his own city, to complete his work as our Messiah: to suffer, to die, and to rise again. Let us remember with devotion this entry which began his saving work and follow him with a lively faith. United with him in his suffering on the cross, may we share his resurrection and new life. *-Taken from Palm Sunday in the Sacramentary
Never utter in your neighbor's absence what you would not say in their presence.
*-St. Mary Magdalen de Pazzi
It is necessary, too, that we shun the occasions which have been the cause of sin. We must have recourse to fervent prayer, receive frequently and worthily the sacraments. He who does this will be sure to persevere. *-St. John Vianney.
It is on humble souls that God pours down His fullest light and grace. He teaches them what scholars cannot learn, and mysteries that the wisest cannot solve He can make plain to them. *- St. Vincent de Paul
There is no doubt that through the reading of the Sacred Scriptures the soul is set aflame in God and becomes purified from all vices. *-St. Jerome
God loves the poor, and consequently He loves those who have an affection for the poor. For when we love anyone very much, we also love his friends. *-St. Vincent de Paul
An evil thought defiles the soul when it is deliberate and consented to. Our Lord placed evil thoughts at the head of all crimes, because they are their principle and source. *-St. John Baptist de la Salle
What does it cost us to say: "My God, help me! Have mercy on me!" Is there anything easier than this? And this little will suffice to save us if we be diligent in doing it. *-St. Alphonsus Liguroi
Repentance is the renewal of Baptism and a contract with God for a second life. *-St. John Climacus
After confession, thank Almighty God for the pardon which you have received, and renew your good resolution never more to offend Him, and to avoid all occasions of sin; and pray to Jesus and Mary for perseverance. *-St. Alphonsus Liguori
God's mercy is like an unleashed torrent; it bears away all hearts in its flood. *-St. John Vianney
Why do you not use the time when you have nothing to do for reading or for prayer? Why do you not go and visit Christ our Lord and speak with Him and listen to Him? For when we pray we speak with God, and when we read, we listen to God. *-St. Ambrose
If it were given a man to see virtue's reward in the next world, he would occupy his intellect, memory and will in nothing but good works, careless of danger or fatigue. *-St. Catherine of Genoa
By the effective exercise of only one virtue, a person may attain to the height of all the rest.
*-St. Gregory Nazianzen
Do not condemn, even with your eyes, for they are often deceived. *-St. John Climacus
After this, Joseph of Arimathea, secretly a disciple of Jesus for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate if he could remove the body of Jesus. And Pilate permitted it. So he came and took his body. Nicodemus, the
one who had first come to him at night, also came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes weighing about one hundred pounds. They took the body of Jesus and bound it with burial cloths along wit the spices, according to the Jewish burial custom. *-Jn 19:38-40
Faith believes, hope prays, and charity begs in order to give to other. Humility of the heart forms the prayer, confidence speaks it, and perseverance triumphs over God Himself. *-St. Peter Julian Eymard
Take heed not to foster thy own judgment, for, without doubt, it will inebriate thee; as there is no difference between an intoxicated man and one full of his own opinion, and one is no more capable of reasoning than the other. *-St. Francis de Sales
Enriched from the first instant of her conception with the splendor of an entirely unique holiness, the Virgin of Nazareth is hailed by the heralding angel, by divine command, as 'full of grace' (cf. Lk 1:28). To the heavenly messenger she replies: 'Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done to me according to thy word'. *-(Lk 1:38).
Thus the daughter of Adam, Mary, consented to the word of God, became the Mother of Jesus. Committing herself wholeheartedly and impeded by no sin to the Lord, to the person and work of her Son, under and with him, serving the mystery of redemption, by the grace of Almighty God.
*-Constitution on the Church, 56
Take the holy crucifix in your hands, kiss its wounds with great love, and ask Him to preach you a sermon. Listen to the thorns, the nails, and that Divine Blood say to you Oh! What a sermon.
*-St. Paul of the Cross
Christ said, 'I am the Truth'; he did not say 'I am the custom.' *-St. Toribio
"Who will praise the blessed Lea as she deserves? She renounced painting her face and adorning her head with shining pearls. She exchanged her rich attire for sackcloth and ceased to command others in order to obey all. She dwelt in a corner with a few bits of furniture; she spent her nights in prayer and instructed her companions through her example rather than through protests and speeches. And she looked forward to her arrival in heaven in order to receive her recompense for the virtues which she practiced on earth.
"So it is that thenceforth she enjoyed perfect happiness. From Abraham's bosom, where she resides with Lazarus, she sees our consul who was once decked out in purple now vested in a shameful robe, vainly begging for a drop of water to quench his thirst. Although he went up to the capital to the plaudits of the people, and his death occasioned widespread grief, it is futile for the wife to assert that he has gone to heaven and possesses a great mansion there. The fact is that he is plunged into the darkness outside Whereas Lea who was willing to be considered a fool on earth has been received into the house of the Father, at the wedding feast of the Lamb.
"Hence, I tearfully beg you to refrain from seeking the favors of the world and to renounce all that is carnal. It is impossible to follow both the world and Jesus. Let us live a life of renunciation, for our bodies will soon be dust and nothing else will last any longer." *-St. Jerome
Nothing restrains anger, curbs pride, heals the wound of malice, bridles self-indulgence, quenches the passions, checks avarice and puts unclean thoughts to flight, as does the name of Jesus. *-St. Bernard
God is full of compassion, and never fails those who are afflicted and despised, if they trust in Him alone.
*-St. Teresa of Avila
He was chosen by the eternal Father as the trustworthy guardian and protector of his greatest treasures, namely, his divine Son and Mary, Joseph's spouse. He carried out this vocation with complete fidelity until at last God called him, saying 'Good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of your Lord.'
*-St. Bernadine of Siena
It is not only among us, who are marked with the name of Christ, that the dignity of faith is great; all the business of the world, even of those outside the Church, is accomplished by faith. By faith, marriage laws join in union persons who were strangers to one another. By faith, agriculture is sustained; for a man does not endure the toil involved unless he believes he will reap a harvest. By faith, seafaring men, entrusting themselves to a tiny wooden craft, exchange the solid element of the land for the unstable motion of the waves. Not only among us does this hold true but also, as I have said, among those outside the fold. For though they do not accept the Scriptures but advance certain doctrines of their own, yet even these they receive on faith. *-St. Cyril of Jerusalem (Catechesis V)
Christ shield me this day:
Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every person who thinks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in the ear that hears me
*-St. Patrick (from his breastplate)
When you feel the assaults of passion and anger, then is the time to be silent as Jesus was silent in the midst of His ignominies and sufferings. -St. Paul of the Cross
However great the work that God may achieve by an individual, he must not indulge in self-satisfaction. He ought rather to be all the more humbled, seeing himself merely as a tool which God has made use of.
*-St. Vincent de Paul
Alms are an inheritance and a justice which is due to the poor and which Jesus has levied upon us.
*-St. Francis of Assisi
I trust in Christ that he will enable me to undergo, in defense of his cause, the sharpest tortures you can inflict on my weak body. *-St. Theophanes
We must give alms. Charity wins souls and draws them to virtue. *-St. Angela Merici
Run from places of sin as from the plague. *-St. John Climacus
To know whom to avoid is a great means of saving our souls. *-St. Thomas Aquinas
All our religion is but a false religion, and all our virtues are mere illusions and we ourselves are only hypocrites in the sight of God, if we have not that universal charity for everyone - for the good, and for the bad, for the poor and for the rich, and for all those who do us harm as much as those who do us good.
*-St. John Vianney
If you commit any sin, repent of it at once and resolve to amend. If it is a grievous sin, confess it as soon as possible. *-St. Alphonsus Liguori
We ought to respect the image of God in everyone. *-Bl. Raphaela Mary
Stand fast, therefore, in this conduct and follow the example of the Lord, 'firm and unchangeable in faith, lovers of the brotherhood, loving each other, united in truth,' helping each other with the mildness of the Lord, despising no man. *-St. Polycarp (Letter to Philippians)
We must love our neighbor as being made in the image of God and as an object of His love.
*-St. Vincent de Paul
The body dies when the soul departs; but the soul dies when God departs. *-St. Augustine
Your life consists in drawing nearer to God. To do this, you must endeavor to detach yourself from visible things and remember that in a short time they will be taken from you. *-Bl. John of Avila
Idleness begets a life of discontent. It develops self-love, which is the cause of all our miseries, and renders us unworthy to receive the favors of divine love. *-St. Ignatius Loyola
Therefore, although I have the full right in Christ to order you to do what is proper, I rather urge you out of love, being as I am, Paul, an old man, and now also a prisoner for Christ Jesus. I urge you on behalf of my child Onesimus, whose father I have become in my imprisonment, who was once useless to you but is now useful to both you and me. I am sending him, that is, my own heart, back to you. I should have liked to retain him for myself so that he might serve me on your behalf in my imprisonment for the gospel, but I did not want to do anything without your consent, so that the good you do might not be forced but voluntary.
*-Phlm 1:8-14
In order to avoid discord, never contradict anyone except in case of sin or some danger to a neighbor; and when necessary to contradict others, do it with tact and not with temper. *-King St. Louis
Let it be assured that to do no wrong is really superhuman and belongs to God alone.
*-St. Gregory Nazianzen
I will not live an instant that I do not live in love. Whoever loves does all things without suffering, or, suffering, loves his suffering. *-St. Augustine
Consider the shortness of time, the length of eternity, and reflect how everything her below comes to an end and passes by. Of what use is it to lean upon that which cannot give support? *-St. Gerard Majella
I am the Immaculate Conception. *-Revelation of the Virgin Mary to St. Bernadette at Lourdes.
She could do more because she loved more. *-St. Gregory the Great (speaking of Scholastica)
We must show charity towards the sick, who are in greater need of help. Let us take them some small gift if they are poor, or, at least let us go and wait on them and comfort them. *-St. Alphonsus Liguori
Go down into the abyss, you evil appetites! I will drown you lest I myself be drowned! *-St. Jerome
Charity is the form, mover, mother and root of all the virtues. *-St. Thomas Aquinas
The only reason for my being killed is that I have taught the doctrine of Christ. I thank God it is for this reason that I die. I believe that I am telling the truth before I die. I know you believe me and I want to say to you all once again: Ask Christ to help you become happy. I obey Christ. After Christ's example, I forgive my persecutors. I do not hate them. I ask God to have pity on all, and I hope my blood will fall on my fellow men as a fruitful rain. *-St. Paul Miki
Jesus Christ, Lord of all things! You see my heart, you know my desires. Possess all that I am - you alone. I am your sheep; make me worthy to overcome the devil. *-St. Agatha
Think well. Speak well. Do well. These three things, through the mercy of God, will make a man go to Heaven. *-St. Camillus de Lellis
If I were worthy of such a favor from my God, I would ask that he grant me this one miracle: that by His grace He would make of me a good man. *-St. Ansga
Now, Master, you may let your servant go in peace, according to your word, for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you prepared in sight of all the peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and glory for your people Israel. *-Simeon at the presentation of Jesus (Lk 2:29-32)
Fly from bad companions as from the bite of a poisonous snake. If you keep good companions, I can assure you that you will one day rejoice with the blessed in Heaven; whereas if you keep with those who are bad, you will become bad yourself, and you will be in danger of losing your soul. *-St. John Bosco
Charity is the sweet and holy bond which links the soul with its Creator: it binds God with man and man with God. *-St. Catherine of Sienna
That hope is deceitful which hopes to be saved amid the occasions of sin. *-St. Augustine
Love God, serve God: everything is in that. *-St. Clare of Assisi
Hence we must say that for the knowledge of any truth whatsoever man needs divine help, that the intellect may be moved by God to its act. But he does not need a new light added to his natural light, in order to know the truth in all things, but only in some that surpasses his natural knowledge. *-St. Thomas Aquinas
If according to times and needs you should be obliged to make fresh rules and change current things, do it with prudence and good advice. *-St. Angela Merici
I remind you to stir into flame the gift of God that you have through the imposition of my hands. For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control. So do not be ashamed of your testimony to our Lord, nor of me, a prisoner for his sake; but bear your share of the hardship for the gospel with the strength that comes from God. *-St. Paul in his second letter to Timothy (2 Tim 1:6-8)
Now Saul, still breathing murderous threats against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, that, if he should find any men or women who belonged to the Way, he might bring them back to Jerusalem in chains. On his journey, as he was nearing Damascus, a light from the sky suddenly flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul why are you persecuting me?" He said, "Who are you, sir?" The reply came, "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. Now get up and go into the city and you will be told what you must do." The men who were traveling with him stood speechless for they heard the voice but could see no one. Saul got up from the ground but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing; so they led him by the hand and brought him to Damascus. For three days he was unable to see, and he neither ate nor drank.
*-Acts 9:1-9
To be pleased at correction and reproofs shows that one loves the virtues which are contrary to those faults for which he is corrected and reproved. And, therefore, it is a great sign of advancement in perfection.
*-St. Francis de Sales
Give yourself in earnest to the acquisition of virtue; otherwise, you will remain always a dwarf in it. Never believe that you have acquired a virtue, if you have not made proof of it in resisting its contrary vice, and unless you practice it faithfully on suitable occasions which, for this reason, ought never to be avoided, but rather desired, sought, and embraced with eagerness. *-St. Teresa
As God recognized each of us before we were born, and called us by name, so too may we recognize the value of each human life and pledge ourselves to continue to defend and nurture God's greatest gift to us.
*-NCCB 1992 Respect Life Manual
This is a virgin's birthday; let us follow the example of her chastity. It is a martyr's birthday; let us offer sacrifices; it is the birthday of holy Agnes: let men be filled with wonder, little ones with hope, married woman with awe, and the unmarried with emulation. It seems to me that this child, holy beyond her years and courageous beyond human nature, received the name of Agnes (Greek: pure) not as an earthly designation but as a revelation from God of what she was to be. *-St. Augustine
The devil strains every nerve to secure the souls which belong to Christ. We should not grudge our toil in wresting them from Satan and giving them back to God. *-St. Sebastian
The tempter, ever on the watch, wages war most violently against those whom he sees most careful to avoid sin. *-Pope St. Leo the Great
The soul who is in love with God is a gentle, humble and patient soul *-St. John of the Cross
Cast down upon us a glance of mercy, O most glorious Queen: graciously receive our petitions. Through thy immaculate purity of body and mind, which rendered thee so pleasing to God, inspire us with a love of innocence and purity. *-St. Paschasius
O Mary, I wash always to be thy child. I give thee my heart; keep it thine for ever. *-St. Dominic Savio
Christ, the Master of humility, manifests His Truth only to the humble and hides Himself from the proud.
*-St. Vincent Ferrer
Humility is so precious that it obtains the things that are to high to be taught. It attains and possesses what words do not attain. *-Bl. John Ruysbroeck
When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord, you now that I love you." He said to him, "Feed my lambs." He then said to him a second time, "Simon son of John, do you love me?" He said to him, "Yes Lord, you know that I love you." He said to him, "Tend my sheep." He said to him a third time, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" Peter was distressed that he said to him a third time "Do you love me?" and he said to him, "Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you." Jesus said to him, "Feed my sheep. Amen, amen, I say to you, when you were younger, you used to dress yourself and go where you wanted; but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go." He said this signifying by what kind of death he would glorify God. And when he had said this, he said to him, "Follow me." *-Jn 21:15-19
If there be a true way that leads to the Everlasting Kingdom, it is most certainly that of suffering, patiently endured. *-St. Colette
This is my beloved Son with whom I am well pleased. *-Mt 3:17
The devil only tempts those souls that wish to abandon sin and those that are in a state of grace. The others belong to him: he has no need to tempt them. *-St. John Vianney
The principal trap which the devil sets for the young people is idleness. This is the fatal source of all evil.
*-St. John Bosco
O how long since would the world have been destroyed had not Mary sustained it by her powerful intercession. *- St. Fulgentius
He who prays most receives most. *-St. Alphonsus Liguori
Under the influence of fear, we bear the Cross of Christ with patience. Under the more inspiring influence of home, we carry the Cross with a firm and valiant heart. But under the consuming power of love, we embrace the Cross with ardor. *-St. Bernard
Humility is the safeguard of chastity. In the matter of purity, there is no greater danger than not fearing danger. *-St. Philip Neri
When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of King Herod, behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, "Where is the new born king of the Jews? We saw his star at its rising and have come to do him homage." When Herod heard this, he was greatly troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. Assembling all the chief priests and the scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They said to him, "In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it has been written through the prophet: 'And you Bethlehem, land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; since from you shall come a ruler, who is to shepherd my people Israel.'"
Then Herod called the magi secretly and ascertained from them the time of the star's appearance. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, "Go and search diligently for the child. When you have found him, bring me word, that I too may go and do him homage." After their audience with the king, they set out. And behold, the star they had seen at its rising preceded them, until it came and stopped over the place where the child was. They were overjoyed at seeing the star, and on entering the house they saw the child with Mary his mother. They prostrated themselves and did him homage. Then they opened their treasures and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed for their country by another way. *-Mt. 2:1-12
The first end I propose in our daily work is to do the will of God; secondly, to do it in the manner he wills it; and thirdly to do it because it is his will. *-St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
Purity is the special reward of being humble. *-St. John Bosco
The bread which you use is the bread of the hungry; the garment hanging in your wardrobe is the garment of him who is naked; the shoes you do not wear are the shoes of the one who is barefoot; the acts of charity that you do not perform are so many injustices that you commit. *-St. Basil
Mary was raised to the dignity of Mother of God rather for sinners than for the just, since Jesus Christ declares that he came to call not the just, but sinners. *-St. Anselm
Oh what remorse we shall feel at the end of our lives, when we look back upon the great number of instructions and examples afforded by God and the Saints for our perfection, and so carelessly received by us! If this end were to come to you today, how would you be pleased with the life you have led this year?
*-St. Francis de Sales
God must be loved first, in order that one's neighbor, too, may be loved in God. *-St. Bernard
For the LORD sets a father in honor over his children; a mother's authority he confirms over her sons. He who honors his father atones for sins; he stores up riches who reveres his mother. He who honors his father is gladdened by children, and when he prays he is heard. He who reveres his father will live a long life; he obeys the LORD who brings comfort to his mother. *-Sirach 3:2-6
When Herod realized that he had been deceived by the Magi, he became furious. He ordered the massacre of all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity two years old and younger, in accordance with the time he had ascertained from the magi. Then was fulfilled what had been said through Jeremiah the prophet: "A voice was heard in Ramah, sobbing and loud lamentation; Rachel weeping for her children, and she would not be consoled, since there were no more." *-Mt 2:16-18
He walked along a little farther and saw James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They too were in a boat mending their nets. Then he called them. So they left their father Zebedee in the boat along with the hired men and followed him. *-Mk 1:19-20
Into your hands Lord I commend my Spirit. *-St. Stephen (Acts 7)
The angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were struck with great fear. The angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is the Messiah and Lord. *-Lk 2:9-11
In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole world should be enrolled. This was the first enrollment, when Quirinius was the governor of Syria. So All went to be enrolled, each to his own town. And Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the city of David that is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. While they were there, the time came for her to have her child and she gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. *-Lk 2:1-7
Dear Lord, you know my weakness. Each morning I resolve to be humble, and in the evening I recognize that I have often been guilty of pride. The sight of these faults tempts me to discouragement. Yet I know that discouragement itself is a form of pride. I wish, therefore, O my God, to build all my trust upon You. As You can do all things, deign to implant in my soul this virtue which I desire. *-St. Therese of Lisieux
No matter how good food is, if poison is mixed with it, it may cause the death of him who eats it. So it is with conversation. A single bad word, an evil action, an unbecoming joke, is often enough to harm one or more young listeners, and may later cause them to lose God's grace. *-St. John Bosco
If you have too much to do, with God's help you will find time to do it all. *-St. Peter Canisius
Visits to the Blessed Sacrament are powerful and indispensable means of overcoming attacks of the devil. Make frequent visits to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and the devil will be powerless against you.
*-St. John Bosco
Prayer is the bulwark of chastity. *-St. Gregory the Great
How beautiful it is to behold a person destitute of all attachment, ready for any act of virtue or charity, gentle to all, indifferent as to any employment, serene in consolations and tribulations, and wholly content if only the will of God is done! *-St. Francis de Sales
Jesus is the teacher of holiness. I go to Him because I want Him to teach me how to become a saint. Of what use to me is all I learn In school if I do not become holy? *-St. Francis de Sales
There is something in humility that strangely exalts the heart. *-St. Augustine
Vigilance and prayer are the safeguards of chastity. You should pray often and fervently to be preserved from temptations against purity, and for the grace to overcome them. *-St. John Baptist de la Salle
Just as we can never separate asceticism from mysticism, so in St. John of the Cross we find darkness and light, suffering and joy, sacrifice and love united together so closely that they seem at times to be identified. *-Thomas Merton
Those whose hearts are pure are temples of the Holy Spirit. *-St. Lucy
When shall it be that we shall taste the sweetness of the Divine Will in all that happens to us, considering in everything only His good pleasure, by whom it is certain that adversity is sent with as much love as prosperity, and as much for our good? When shall we cast ourselves undeservedly into the arms of our most loving Father in Heaven, leaving to Him the care of ourselves and of our affairs, and reserving only the desire of pleasing Him, and of serving Him well in all that we can? *-St. Jane Frances de Chantal
He who walking on the sea could calm the bitter waves, who gives life to the dying seeds of the earth; he who was able to loose the mortal chains of death, and after three days' darkness could bring again to the upper world the brother for his sister Martha: he, I believe, will make Damasus rise again from the dust.
*-St. Damasus (from an epitaph written for himself)
You ask me a method of attaining perfection. I know of love - and only love. Love can do all things.
*-St. Therese of Lisieux
Present sorrow and suffering is the way to glory, the way to the kingdom. *-St. Bernard
Mary gave to the world the Life that renews all things and she was enriched by God with gifts appropriate to such a role. It is no wonder, then, that the usage prevailed among the holy Fathers whereby they called the mother of God entirely holy and free from all stain of sin, fashioned by the Holy Spirit into a kind of new substance and new creature. Adorned from the first instant of her conception with the splendors of an entirely unique holiness, the Virgin of Nazareth is, on God's command, greeted by an angel messenger as "full of grace". To the heavenly messenger she replies: "Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it done to me according to thy word." *-Constitution on the Church, (56)
Our own evil inclinations are far more dangerous than any external enemies. *-St. Ambrose
The greatest honor God can do a soul is not to give it much, but to ask much of it.*-St. Therese of Lisieux
To love God is something greater than to know Him. *-St. Thomas Aquinas
The saints must be honored as friends of Christ and children and heirs of God. Let us carefully observe the manner of life of all the apostles, martyrs, ascetics, and just men who announced the coming of the Lord. And let us emulate their faith, charity, hope, zeal, life, patience under suffering, and perseverance unto death so that we may also share their crowns of glory. *-St. John Damascus
It is not the actual physical exertion that counts toward a man's progress, nor the nature of the task, but the spirit of faith with which it is undertaken. *-St. Francis Xavier
All the wealth in the world cannot be compared with the happiness of living together happily united.
*-Bl. Margaret d'Youville
It is important that you choose your career with care, so that you may really follow the vocation that God has destined for you. No day should pass without some prayer to this end. Often repeat with St. Paul: "Lord, what will you have me do?" *-St. John Bosco
As he was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and his brother, Andrew, casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen. He said to them, "Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men." At once they left their nets and followed him. *-Mt 4:18-20
See what love does, when it is true. If we loved God truly, we should do as much for all our neighbors who are sons of God, and resemble him much -St. Francis de Sales
O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.
* -Words on the Miraculous Medal revealed to Catherine Laboure
Love consumes us only in the measure of our self-surrender. *-St. Therese of Lisieux
No one really wants to sin against God, even though we do all sin without being forced to do so.
*-St. John Climacus
You must ask God to give you power to fight against the sin of pride which is your greatest enemy - the root of all that is evil, and the failure of all that is good. For God resists the proud. *-St. Vincent de Paul
Go to your adoration as one would go to Heaven, to the divine banquet. Tell yourself, "in four hours, in two hours, in one hour our Lord will give me an audience of grace and love. He has invited me; He is waiting for me; He is longing for me." *-St. Peter Julian Eymard
Charity unites us to God... There is nothing mean in charity, nothing arrogant. Charity knows no schism, does not rebel, does all things in concord. In charity all the elect of God have been made perfect.
*-Pope St. Clement I
Pride makes us forgetful of our eternal interests. It causes us to neglect totally the care of our soul.
*-St. John Baptist de la Salle
2008
To acquire perfection in general and all the virtues in particular, even to attaining union with God, it is necessary to set before ourselves an example which may serve as a guide for all our actions and all our progress. Now, it is certain that we can find no safer or grander example than that which God Himself has offered us in the person of His Divine Son, and happy is he shall make the best copy of it. This, then, should be our book and our mirror, in which we ought to look, whatever circumstances may occur, that is, we should consider in what manner Our Lord behaved in similar cases and what instruction He has left us in regard to them, and then follow generously His sentiments and example. *-St. Vincent de Paul
The principal safeguard is a prudent reserve, and not allowing liberties to be taken with you. Purity is a precious jewel, and the owner of a precious stone would never dream of making a display of his riches in the presence of thieves. *-St. John Bosco
For the LORD sets a father in honor over his children; a mother's authority he confirms over her sons. He who honors his father atones for sins; he stores up riches who reveres his mother. He who honors his father is gladdened by children, and when he prays he is heard. He who reveres his father will live a long life; he obeys the LORD who brings comfort to his mother. *-Sirach 3:2-6
In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole world should be enrolled. This was the first enrollment, when Quirinius was the governor of Syria. So All went to be enrolled, each to his own town. And Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the city of David that is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. While they were there, the time came for her to have her child and she gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. *-Lk 2:1-7
Dear Lord, you know my weakness. Each morning I resolve to be humble, and in the evening I recognize that I have often been guilty of pride. The sight of these faults tempts me to discouragement. Yet I know that discouragement itself is a form of pride. I wish, therefore, O my God, to build all my trust upon You. As You can do all things, deign to implant in my soul this virtue which I desire. *-St. Therese of Lisieux
If you have too much to do, with God's help you will find time to do it all. *-St. Peter Canisius
Visits to the Blessed Sacrament are powerful and indispensable means of overcoming attacks of the devil. Make frequent visits to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and the devil will be powerless against you.
*-St. John Bosco
Prayer is the bulwark of chastity. *-St. Gregory the Great
It is by humility that the Lord allows Himself to be conquered, so that He will do all we ask of Him.
*-St. Teresa of Avila
In this holy abandonment springs up that beautiful freedom of spirit which the perfect possess, and in which there is found all the happiness that can be desired in this life; for in fearing nothing, and seeking and desiring nothing of all things of the world, they possess all. *-St. Teresa
If God causes you to suffer much, it is a sign that He has great designs for you, and that He certainly intends to make you a Saint. *-St. Ignatius Loyola
As iron is fashioned by fire and on the anvil, so in the fire of suffering and under the weight of trials, our souls receive that form which our Lord desires them to have. *-St. Madeline Sophie Barat
Just as we can never separate asceticism from mysticism, so in St. John of the Cross we find darkness and light, suffering and joy, sacrifice and love united together so closely that they seem at times to be identified. *-Thomas Merton
Those whose hearts are pure are temples of the Holy Spirit. *-St. Lucy
When shall it be that we shall taste the sweetness of the Divine Will in all that happens to us, considering in everything only His good pleasure, by whom it is certain that adversity is sent with as much love as prosperity, and as much for our good? When shall we cast ourselves undeservedly into the arms of our most loving Father in Heaven, leaving to Him the care of ourselves and of our affairs, and reserving only the desire of pleasing Him, and of serving Him well in all that we can? *-St. Jane Frances de Chantal
He who walking on the sea could calm the bitter waves, who gives life to the dying seeds of the earth; he who was able to loose the mortal chains of death, and after three days' darkness could bring again to the upper world the brother for his sister Martha: he, I believe, will make Damasus rise again from the dust.
*-St. Damasus (from an epitaph written for himself)
You ask me a method of attaining perfection. I know of love - and only love. Love can do all things.
*-St. Therese of Lisieux
Present sorrow and suffering is the way to glory, the way to the kingdom. *-St. Bernard
Mary gave to the wold the Life that renews all things and she was enriched by God with gifts appropriate to such a role. It is no wonder, then, that the usage prevailed among the holy Fathers whereby they called the mother of God entirely holy and free from all stain of sin, fashioned by the Holy Spirit into a kind of new substance and new creature. Adorned from the first instant of her conception with the splendors of an entirely unique holiness, the Virgin of Nazareth is, on God's command, greeted by an angel messenger as "full of grace". To the heavenly messenger she replies: "Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it done to me according to thy word." *-Constitution on the Church, (56)
Our own evil inclinations are far more dangerous than any external enemies. *-St. Ambrose
The greatest honor God can do a soul is not to give it much, but to ask much of it. *-St. Therese of Lisieux
To love God is something greater than to know Him. -St. Thomas Aquinas
The saints must be honored as friends of Christ and children and heirs of God. Let us carefully observe the manner of life of all the apostles, martyrs, ascetics, and just men who announced the coming of the Lord. And let us emulate their faith, charity, hope, zeal, life, patience under suffering, and perseverance unto death so that we may also share their crowns of glory. *-St. John Damascus
It is not the actual physical exertion that counts toward a man's progress, nor the nature of the task, but the spirit of faith with which it is undertaken. *-St. Francis Xavier
A great help to you always be a great love for, and unlimited confidence in, Our Blessed Lady, Help of Christians, Mother of God, and your Mother also. She says to you: "Whoever is little, let him come to me." If you will love her, she will shower on you many graces in this life, and be an assurance to you of Heaven hereafter. *-St. John Bosco
It is important that you choose your career with care, so that you may really follow the vocation that God has destined for you. No day should pass without some prayer to this end. Often repeat with St. Paul: "Lord, what will you have me do?" *-St. John Bosco
As he was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and his brother, Andrew, casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen. He said to them, "Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men." At once they left their nets and followed him. *-Mt 4:18-20
No matter how good food is, if poison is mixed with it, it may cause the death of him who eats it. So it is with conversation. A single bad word, an evil action, an unbecoming joke, is often enough to harm one or more young listeners, and may later cause them to lose God's grace. *-St. John Bosco
O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.
*-Words on the Miraculous Medal revealed to Catherine Laboure
Love consumes us only in the measure of our self-surrender. *-St. Therese of Lisieux
No one really wants to sin against God, even though we do all sin without being forced to do so.
*-St. John Climacus
You must ask God to give you power to fight against the sin of pride which is your greatest enemy - the root of all that is evil, and the failure of all that is good. For God resists the proud. *-St. Vincent de Paul
The Church in Vietnam is alive and vigorous, blessed with strong and faithful bishops, dedicated religious, and courageous and committed lay people... The Church in Vietnam is living out the gospel in a difficult and complex situation with remarkable persistence and strength.
*-Statement of three U.S. archbishops returning from Vietnam in January 1989
Go to your adoration as one would go to Heaven, to the divine banquet. Tell yourself, "in four hours, in two hours, in one hour our Lord will give me an audience of grace and love. He has invited me; He is waiting for me; He is longing for me." *-St. Peter Julian Eymard
Pride makes us forgetful of our eternal interests. It causes us to neglect totally the care of our soul.
*-St. John Baptist de la Salle
Our Lord needs from us neither great deeds nor profound thoughts. Neither intelligence nor talents. He cherishes simplicity. *-St. Therese of Lisieux
When I am worried, I go to my confessor, who shows me what is God's Will. -St. Dominic Savio
We cultivate a very small field for Christ, but we love it, knowing that God does not require great achievements but a heart that holds back nothing for self. *-St. Rose Philippine Duchesne
He who trusts in himself is lost. He who trusts in God can do all things. *-St. Alphonsus Liguori
O Sacred Heart of Jesus! Living and life-giving Fountain of eternal life, infinite treasure of the Divinity, glowing furnace of Love! You are my refuge and my sanctuary. Oh my adorable and lovely Savior, consume my heart with that burning fire with which You are inflamed. Pour down on my soul those graces which flow from Your Love, and let my heart be so united with Yours, that our wills may be one, and mine in all things conformed to Yours. May Your Will be the rule alike of my desires and all my actions. Amen *-St. Gertrude the Great

The greater and more persistent you confidence in God, the more abundantly you will receive all that you ask. *-St. Albert the Great
You people of Vitebsk want to put me to death. You make ambushes for me everywhere, in the streets, on the bridges, on the highways, and in the marketplace. I am here among you as a shepherd and you ought to know that I should be happy to give my life for you. I am ready to die for the holy union, fir the supremacy of St. Peter and of his successor the Supreme Pontiff. *-St. Josaphat
Christ, the Master of humility, manifests His Truth only to the humble and hides Himself from the proud.
* -St. Vincent Ferrer
What could be more out of keeping with our holy religion then impure language? It outrages God. It scandalizes our neighbor. Can a Christian really afford to occupy his mind with such horrible images?
*-St. John Vianney
Virtue is nothing without the trial of temptation, for there is no conflict without an enemy, no victory without strife. *-Pope St. Leo the Great
It is better to be the child of God than king of the whole world. *-St. Aloysius Gonzaga
Grant, O Lord, that my heart may neither desire nor seek anything but what is necessary for the fulfillment of Your Holy Will.May health or sickness, riches or poverty, honors or contempt, humiliations, leave my soul in that state of perfect detachment to which I desire to attain for Your greater honor and Your greater glory. Amen *-St. Ignatius Loyola
I feel a longing and a need to be a Saint. I did not know it was so easy to be one, but now I see that one can be holy and happy too. I feel I simply must be a Saint. *-St. Dominic Savio
Certainly nothing can so effectually humble us before the mercy of God as the multitude of his benefits. Nor can anything so much humble us before His justices as the enormity of our innumerable offences. Let us consider what He has done for us and what we have done against Him. *-St. Francis de Sales
It is better to be the child of God than king of the whole world. *-St. Aloysius Gonzaga
I can no longer live without Jesus. How soon shall I receive Him again?
*-St. Maria Goretti (upon the occasion of her First Communion)
However great the work that God may achieve by an individual, he must not indulge in self-satisfaction. He ought rather to be all the more humbled, seeing himself merely as a tool which God has made use of.
*-St. Vincent de Paul
Let us help commemorate them. If Job's sons were purified by their father's sacrifice, why would we doubt that our offerings for the dead bring them some consolation? Let us not hesitate to help those who have died and to offer our prayers for them *-St. John Chrysostom
That man is truly humble who converts humiliation into humility. *-St. Bernard
Jesus is the teacher of holiness. I go to Him because I want Him to teach me how to become a Saint. Of what use to me is all I learn in school if I do not become holy? *-St. Francis de Sales
Prayer is necessary for salvation; and therefore God, who desires that we should be saved, has enjoined it as a precept. *-St. Alphonsus Liguori
If we wish to see any improvement in the state community or the family, the family must, in common with the Church, educate the children in Christianity. *-St. John Vianney
In those days he departed to the mountain to pray, and he spent the night in prayer to God. When day came, he called his disciples to himself, and from them he chose Twelve, whom he also named apostles: Simon, whom he named Peter, and his brother Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the Son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called a Zealot and Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor. *-Lk 6:12-16
The home must be in accord with the Church, that all harmful influences be withheld from the souls of children. Where there is true piety in the home, purity of morals reigns supreme. *-St. John Vianney
Disorder in society is the result of disorder in the family. -St. Angela Merici Occupy your minds with good thoughts, or the enemy will fill them with bad ones. Unoccupied, they cannot be. *-St. Thomas More
If we possessed ever virtue but lacked humility, those virtues would be without root and would not last.
* -St. Vincent de Paul
A pure soul is like a fine pearl. As long as it is hidden in the shell at the bottom of the sea, no one thinks of admiring it. But if you bring it into the sunshine, this pearl will shine and attract all eyes. Thus, the pure soul which is hidden from the eyes of the world, will one day shine before the angels in the sunshine of eternity. -St. John Vianney
In detachment, the spirit finds quiet and repose for coveting nothing. Nothing wearies it by elation, and nothing oppresses it by dejection, because it stands in the center of its own humility.
*-St. John of the Cross
When anyone reposes all his confidence in God, God continually exercises a special protection over him, and in this state of things he can be assured that no evil will happen to him. *-St. Vincent de Paul
Humility is the only that no devil can imitate. If pride made demons out of angels, there is no doubt that humility could make angels out of demons. *-St. John Climacus
My confidence is placed in God who does not need our help for accomplishing his designs. Our single endeavor should be to give ourselves to the work and to be faithful to him, and not to spoil his
work by our shortcomings. *-St. Isaac Jogues
Luke is the only one with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is helpful to me in the ministry.
*-2 Tm 4:11
I greet you from Smyrna together with the Churches of God present here with me. They comfort me in every way, both in body and soul. My chains, which I carry about on me for Jesus Christ, begging that I may happily make my way to God, exhort you: persevere in you concord and in you community prayers.
*-St. Ignatius of Antioch
Behold this Heart which has so loved men that it has spared nothing, even to exhausting and consuming itself, in order to testify its love. In return, I receive from the greater part only ingratitude, by their irreverence and sacrileges, and by the coldness and contempt they have for me in this Sacrament of love... I come into the heart I have given you in order that through your fervor you may atone for the offenses which I have received from lukewarm and slothful hearts that dishonor me in the Blessed Sacrament.
*-Third apparition of Jesus to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque
Unless you strive after virtues and practice them, you will never grow to be more than dwarfs.
*-St. Theresa of Avila
He who truly desires Love, seeks it truly. And he who truly seeks it, surely finds it. And he who finds it has found the Fountain of Life. *-St. Francis de Sales.
Almighty God! In Thee we place all our confidence, not trusting in our own strength. Look down benignly upon these pastors of Thy Church. May the light of Thy supernal grace aid us in taking decisions and in making laws. Graciously hear the prayers which we pour forth to Thee in unanimity of faith, of voice, and of mind. *-Bl. Pope John XXIII in his speech opening the Second Vatican Council
God is so good and merciful, that to obtain Heaven it is sufficient to ask it of Him from our hearts.
*-St. Benedict Joseph Labre
Mystagogy is the experience of the mystery of Christ, especially through participation in the Liturgy and the Sacraments. This term is often used to refer to the experience of faith that a newly baptized person, especially an adult, has as they continue their journey of faith after their initiation into the Church.
Religious pictures of themselves will not make a family good. Only when they are contemplated upon, are they a practical way to help true Christian sentiment, and to a true Christian way of living in the family.
*-St. John Vianney
Whoever manages his affairs with artifices and subterfuges offends the providence of God and renders himself unworthy of his parental care. *-St. Vincent de Paul
Tell the children about God and His Saints. During the holy time of Lent, speak to them of their suffering Savior. During Paschal time, of His glorious Resurrection. During Christmas time, of His Birth. You will see what a profound impression it will make on the minds of your children. *-St. John Vianney
When we hear people talk of riches, honors and amusements of the world, let us remember that all things have an end, and let us then say: "My God, I wish for You alone and nothing more."
*-St. Alphonsus Liguori
Never will anyone who says his Rosary every day be led astray. This is a statement that I would gladly sign with my blood. *-St. Louis de Montfort
Do not imitate those persons who, after having spent a few months as a postulant or novice in a community, dress differently, even ludicrously. You are returning to the secular state. My advice is,
follow the styles of the day, but from afar, as it were.
*- Marie-Rose Durocher (giving advice to a novice leaving the religious life)
Apostle of My mercy, proclaim to the whole world My unfathomable mercy. *-Revelation to St. Faustina
We adore you and we bless you, Lord Jesus Christ, here and in all the churches which are in the whole world, because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world. *-St. Francis of Assisi
During the course of the day, recollect as often as you can that you stand in the presence of God. Consider what He does and what you are doing. You will find His eyes turned towards you and perpetually fixed on you with an incomparable love. *-St. Francis de Sales
May the angels lead you into paradise: May the martyrs come to welcome you and take you to the holy city the new and eternal Jerusalem." *-Taken from the Rite for Christian Burial
You know well enough that Our Lord does not look so much at the greatness of our actions, nor even at their difficulty, but at the love with which we do them *-St. Therese
In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin's name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, "Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you." But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. Then the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom their will be no end." *-Lk 1:26-34
Fathers and mothers owe four things to their children: maintenance, instruction, correction, and good example. *-St. John Baptist de la Salle
If we possessed every virtue, but lacked humility, those virtues would be without root and would not last.
*-St. Vincent de Paul
The family is the most ancient institution which God founded in Paradise, when He called the first pair of human beings into existence. The first blessing which God gave was for the wellbeing of the family. With family life, the history of the world commences. *-St. John Vianney
No man can attain to the knowledge of God but by humility. The way to mount high is to descend.
*-Bl. Giles of Assisi
Make up your mind to become a saint. *-St. Mary Mazarello
"Look what fame he had, what a worldwide following gathered around him! But why? Perhaps because he was a philosopher? Because he was wise? Because he had resources at his disposal? Because he said Mass humbly, heard confessions from dawn to dusk and was-it is not easy to say it-one who bore the wounds of our Lord. He was a man of prayer and suffering".
*-Pope Paul VI (21 Feb. 1971) commenting on the life of Padre Pio.
Nothing seems tiresome or painful when you are working for a Master who pays well; who rewards even a cup of cold water given for love of Him. *-St. Dominic Savio
After this he went out and saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at the customs named Levi sitting at the customs post. He said to him "Follow me." And leaving everything behind, he got up and followed him.
*-Lk 5:27-28
The Korean Church is unique because it was founded entirely by lay people. This fledgling Church, so young and yet so strong in faith, withstood wave after wave of fierce persecution. Thus, in less than a century, it could boast of 10,000 martyrs. The death of these many martyrs became the leaven of the Church and led to today's splendid flowering of the Church in Korea. Even today their undying spirit sustains the Christians of the Church of Silence in the north of this tragically divided land.
*-Pope John Paul II, speaking at the canonization in 1984
Chastity, or cleanness of heart, holds a glorious and distinguished place among the virtues, because she alone enables man to see God; hence Truth Itself said: "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." *-St. Augustine
There is more value in a little study of humility and in a single act of it than in all the knowledge in the world. *-St. Theresa of Avila
Charity is that with which no man is lost, and without which no man is saved. *-St. Robert Bellarmine
We always find that those who walked closest to Christ were those who had to bear the greatest trials.
*-St. Teresa of Avila
Prayer ought to be humble, fervent, resigned, persevering, and accompanied with great reverence. One should consider that he stands in the presence of a God, and speaks with a Lord before whom the angels tremble from awe and fear. *-St. Mary Magdalen de Pazzi
This is the wood of the Cross on which hung the Savior of the world. R. Come let us adore.
*-From the Good Friday Liturgy
What prayer could be more true before God the Father than that (The Our Father) which the Son, who is Truth, uttered with His own lips? *-St. John Chrysostom
JESUS is the WORD---to be spoken
JESUS is the TRUTH---to be told
JESUS is the WAY--- to be walked
JESUS is the LIGHT---to be lit
JESUS is the LIFE---to be lived
*- Mother Teresa
Labor without stopping; do all the good works you can while you still have the time. *-St. John of God
O my Divine Savior,
Transform me into Yourself.
May my hands be the hands of Jesus.
Grant that every faculty of my body
May serve only to glorify You.
Above all,
Transform my soul and all its powers
So that my memory, will and affection
May be the memory, will and affections
Of Jesus.
I pray You
To destroy in me all that is not of You.
Grant that I may live but in You, by You and for You,
So that I may truly say, with St. Paul,
"I live - now not I - But Christ lives in me.
*-St. John Gabriel
Consider the shortness of time, the length of eternity and reflect how everything here below comes to an end and passes by. Of what use is it to lean upon that which cannot give support? *-St. Gerard Majella
We must speak to them with our hands before we speak to them with our lips. *-St. Peter Claver
If our life were not under Mary's protection, we might tremble for our perseverance and salvation.
*-St. Peter Julian Eymard
Never will anyone who says his Rosary every day be led astray. This is a statement that I would gladly sign with my blood. *-St. Louis de Montfort
Labor without stopping; do all the good works you can while you still have the time. *-St. John of God
The Holy Rosary is the storehouse of countless blessings. *-Bl. Alan de la Roche
No tongue can express the greatness of the love which Jesus Christ bears to our souls. He did not wish that between Him and His servants there should be any other pledge than Himself, to keep alive the remembrance of Him. *-St. Peter of Alcantara
The proof of love is in the works. Where love exists, it works great things. But when it ceases to act, it ceases to exist. *-Pope St. Gregory the Great
As for us, we hold to what we believed ten and twenty years ago; to what our forefathers believed one hundred years ago, and one thousand years ago, and to that which the whole Catholic world has always believed. *-Brother Solomon Le Clerq
Earthly riches are like the reed. Its roots are sunk in the swamp, and its exterior is fair to behold; but inside it is hollow. If a man leans on such a reed, it will snap off and pierce his soul. *-St. Anthony of Padua
Remember that the Christian life is one of action; not of speech and daydreams. Let there be few words and many deeds, and let them be done well. *-St. Vincent Pallotti
Little Sisters, take good care for the aged, for in them you are caring for Christ Himself. *-Bl. Jeanne Jugan
Herodias harbored a grudge against him and wanted to kill him but was unable to do so. Herod feared John, knowing him to be a righteous and holy man, and kept him in custody. When he heard him speak he was very much perplexed, yet he liked to listen to him. She had an opportunity one day when Herod, on his birthday, gave a banquet for his courtiers, his military officers and the leading men of Galilee. Herodias's own daughter came in and performed a dance that delighted Herod and his guests. The king said to the girl, "Ask of me whatever you wish and I will grant it to you." She went out and said to her mother, "What shall I ask for?" She replied, "The head of John the Baptist." The Girl hurried back to the king's presence and made her request, "I want you to give me at once on a platter the head of John the Baptist." The king was deeply distressed, but because of his oaths and the guests he did not wish to break his word to her. So he promptly dispatched an executioner with orders to bring back his head. He went off and beheaded him in the prison. He brought in the head on a platter and gave it to the girl. The girl in turn gave it to her mother. When his disciples heard about it, they came and took his body and laid it in a tomb.* -Mk 6:19-29
He who faithfully prays to God for the necessaries of this life is both mercifully heard, and mercifully not heard. For the physician knows better than the sick man what is good for the disease. *-St. Augustine
Son, nothing in this world now affords me delight. I do not know what there is now for me to do or why I am still here, all my hopes in this world being now fulfilled. *-St. Monica about the conversion of Augustine
Remember that the Christian life is one of action; not of speech and daydreams. Let there be few words and many deeds, and let them be done will. *-St. Vincent Pallotti
In order to avoid discord, never contradict anyone except in case of sin or some danger to a neighbor; and when necessary to contradict others, do it with tact and not with temper. *-St. Louis IX
Philip found Nathaniel and told him, "We have found the one about whom Moses wrote in the law, and also the prophets, Jesus, son of Joseph, from Nazareth." But Nathaniel said to him, "Can anything good come from Nazareth?" Philip said to him, "Come and see." Jesus saw Nathaniel coming toward him and said of him, "Here is a true Israelite. There is no duplicity in him." Nathaniel said to him, "How do you know me?" Jesus answered and said to hi, "Before Philip called you, I saw you under the fig tree." Nathaniel answered him, "Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel." *-Jn 1:45-50
No tongue can express the greatness of the love which Jesus Christ
bears to our soul. He did not wish that between Him and His
servants there should be any other pledge than Himself, to keep
alive the remembrance of Him. *-St. Peter of Alcantara
Having confidence in you, O Mother of God, I shall be saved. Being under your protection, I shall fear nothing. With you help I shall give battle to my enemies and put them to flight; for devotion to you is an arm of salvation. *-St. John Damascene
Holy Communion is the shortest and safest way to Heaven. There are others: Innocence, for instance, but that is for little children. Penance, but we are afraid of it. Generous endurance of the trials of life, but when they come we weep and ask to be spared. The surest, easiest, shortest way is by the Eucharist. *-Pope St. Pius X
As every mandate of grace that is sent by a king passes through the palace gates, so does every grace that comes from Heaven to the world pass through the hands of Mary. *-St. Bernard
The crosses with which our path through life is strewn associate us with Jesus in the mystery of His crucifixion. *-St. John Eudes
Prayer should be accomplished by grace and not by artifice. *-St. Jane Frances de Chantal
This very moment I may, if I desire, become the friend of God. *-St. Augustine
Do not fear that the occupations imposed by obedience will draw you away from union with God: for when they are performed for His glory they have, instead, great power to unite us closely to Him. For how can those things separate us from God, which unite our will to his? The whole mistake arises from the failure to distinguish between being drawn away from God, and being drawn away from the sweetness found in the interior perception of God. It is true that in occupation this sweetness is not always enjoyed (though it is sometimes in the highest degree); but in depriving ourselves of this for the love of God, we gain in stead of losing, while we leave the weak for the strong. While to quit or abandon our work to unite ourselves to God by prayer, reading, or recollection, by solitude and contemplation, would be to withdraw from God and unite ourselves to ourselves and to our own self-love. *-St. Francis de Sales
O Holy Mary! My Mother; into your blessed trust and special custody, and into the bosom of your mercy, I this day, and every day, and in the hour of my death, commend my soul and my body. To you I commit all my anxieties and sorrows, my life and the end of my life, that by your mot holy intercession, and my your merits, all my actions may be directed and governed by your will and that of your Son. Amen.
*-St. Aloysius Gonzaga
Courage, my sons, don't you see that we are leaving on a mission? They pay our fare in the bargain. What a piece of good luck! The thing to do now is to pray well in order to win as many souls as possible. Let us, then, tell the Blessed Virgin that we are content, and that she can do with us anything she wishes.
*-St. Maximilian Kolbe
Christ, like a skillful physician, understands the weakness of men. He loves to teach the ignorant and the erring he turns again to his own true way. He is easily found by those who live by faith and to those of pure eye and holy heart, who desire to knock at the door, he opens immediately.
*-St. Hyppolytus (Treatise on Christ and Antichrist)
This is our daily Bread; take It daily, that It may profit thee daily. Live, as to deserve to receive It daily. *-St. Augustine
Go forth in peace, for you have followed the good road. Go forth without fear, for he who created you has made you holy, has always protected you, and loves you as a mother. Blessed be you, my God, for having created me. *-St. Clare
Whereas in the Lord's Prayer, we are bidden to ask for 'our daily bread,' the Holy Fathers of the Church all but unanimously teach that by these words must be understood, not so much that material bread which is the support of the body, as the Eucharistic bread, which ought to be our daily food. *-Pope St. Pius X
Whatever did not fit in with my plan did lie within the plan of God. I have an ever deeper and firmer belief that nothing is merely an accident when seen in the light of God, that my whole life down to the smallest details has been marked out for me in the plan of Divine Providence and has a completely coherent meaning in God's all-seeing eyes. And so I am beginning to rejoice in the light of glory wherein this meaning will be unveiled to me. *-St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross
A man who governs his passions is master of the world. We must either command them, or be enslaved by them. It is better to be a hammer than an anvil. *-St. Dominic
In this dark vale of tears, I wish solely to feed upon this secret manna, this delicious substance.
*-St. Cajetan
After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no fuller on earth could bleach them. Then Elijah appeared to them along with Moses, and they were conversing with Jesus. Then Peter said to Jesus in reply, "Rabbi, it is good that we are here! Let us make three tents: one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah." He hardly knew what to say, they were so terrified. Then a cloud came, casting a shadow over them; then from the cloud came a voice, "This is my beloved Son. Listen to him." Suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone but Jesus alone with them. *-Mk 9:2-8
Mary was raised to the dignity of Mother of God rather for sinners than for the just, since Jesus Christ declares that he came to call not the just, but sinners. *-St. Anselm
When our hands have touched spices, they give fragrance to all they handle. Let us make our prayers pass through the hands of the Blessed Virgin. She will make them fragrant. *-St. John Vianney
We set sail from Troas, making a straight run for Samothrace, and on the next day to Neapolis, and from there to Philippi, a leading city in that district of Macedonia and a Roman colony. We spent some time in that city. On the Sabbath we went outside the city gate along the river where we thought there would be a place of prayer. We sat and spoke with the women who had gathered there. One of them, a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth, from the city of Thyatira, a worshiper of God, listened and the Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what Paul was saying. After she and her household had been baptized, she offered us an invitation, "If you consider me a believer in the Lord, come and stay at my home," and she prevailed on us. *-Acts 16:11-15
Our Lord gives to souls of prayer a deep understanding of Himself. He never deceives them.
*-St. Peter Julian Eymard
It often happens that we pray God to deliver us from some dangerous temptation, and yet God does not hear us but permits the temptation to continue troubling us. In such a case, let us understand that God permits even this for our greater good. When a soul in temptation recommends itself to God, and by His aid resists, O how it then advances in perfection. *-St. Alphonsus Liguori
Receive Lord, all my liberty, my memory, my understanding and my whole will. You have given me all that I have, all that I am, and I surrender all to your divine will, that you dispose of me. Give me only your love and your grace. With this I am rich enough, and I have no more to ask. *-St. Ignatius Loyola
The poor stretch out the hand, but God receives what is offered. *-St. Peter Chrysologus
And many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them about their brother. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him: but Mary sat at home. Martha said to Jesus, "Lord, if you had been her, my brother would not have died. Even now I know that whatever you ask of God, God will give you." Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise." Martha said to him, "I know he will rise, in the resurrection on the last day." Jesus told her, "I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?" She said to him, "Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world. *-Jn 11:19-27
You cannot please both God and the world at the same time, They are utterly opposed to each other in their thoughts, their desires, and their actions. *-St. John Vianney
He is generous even to exhaustion; and what is most wonderful is, that He gives Himself thus entirely, not once only, but every day, if we wish it. Every fresh Communion is a new gift which Jesus Christ makes of Himself. *-St. Ignatius Loyola
Let us adore His power, exhausting itself in this act of love. *-St. Peter Julian Eymard
He walked along from there and saw two other brothers, James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They were in a boat, with their father Zebedee, mending their nets. He called them, and immediately they left their boat and their father and followed him. *-Mt 4:21-22
Think well. Speak well. Do well. These three things, through the mercy of God, will make a man go to Heaven. *-St. Camillus de Lellis
The Lord measures our perfection neither by the multitude nor the magnitude of our deeds, but by the manner in which we perform them. *-St. John of the Cross
Ahab came to meet Elijah and when he saw Elijah, said to him, "Is it you, you disturber of Israel?" "It is not I who disturb Israel," he answered, "but you and your family, by forsaking the commands of the Lord and following the Baals. Now summon all Israel to me on Mount Carmel, as well as the four hundred and fifty prophets of Asherah who eat at Jezebel's table." So Ahab set to all the Israelites and had the prophets assemble on Mount Carmel. *-1 Kgs 18:16-20
Think well. Speak well. Do well. These three things, through the mercy of God, will make a man go to Heaven. *-St. Camillus de Lellis
A soul can do nothing that is more pleasing to God than to communicate in a state of grace.
*-St. Alphonsus Liguori
Our actions have a tongue of their own; they have an eloquence of their own, even when the tongue is silent. For deeds prove the lover more than words. *-St. Cyril of Jerusalem
The first step of humility is unhesitating obedience, which comes naturally to those who cherish Christ above all. *-St. Benedict (Rule of St. Benedict 5:1-2)
If we wish to make any progress in the service of God we must begin every day of our life with new eagerness. We must keep ourselves in the presence of God as much as possible and have no other view or end in all our actions but the divine honor. *-St. Charles Borromeo
All of us can attain to Christian virtue and holiness, no matter in what condition of life we live and no matter what our life work may be. *-St. Francis de Sales
This is the business of our life. By labor and prayer to advance in the grace of God, till we come to that height of perfection in which, with clean hearts, we may behold God. *-St. Augustine
In all He did from the Incarnation to the Cross, the end Jesus Christ had in mind was the gift of the Eucharist, his personal and corporal union with each Christian through Communion. He saw in It the means of communicating to us all the treasures of His Passion, all the virtues of His Sacred Humanity, and all the merits of His Life. *-St. Peter Julian Eymard
I can no longer live without Jesus. How soon shall I receive Him again? *-St. Maria Goretti
The state of marriage is one that requires more virtue and constancy than any other: it is a perpetual exercise of mortification. *-St. Francis de Sales
I turn to you, dear parents, and implore you to imitate the Holy Family of Nazareth. *-St. John Vianney
Thomas, called Didymus, one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples said to him, "We have seen the Lord." But he said to them, "Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger into the nail marks and put my hand into his side, I will not believe." Now a week later his disciples were again inside and Thomas was with them. Jesus came, although the doors were locked, and stood in their midst and said, "Peace be with you." Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here and see my hands, and bring your hand and put it into my side, and do not be unbelieving, but believe." Thomas answered and said to him, "My Lord and my God!" Jesus said to him, "Have you come to believe because you have not seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed." *-Jn 20:24-29
Whoever does not love does not know God. Why? Because God is Love. What more can be said, my Brothers? If one did not find one word in praise of love through this epistle, nor the least word through out all the other pages of Scripture, and we heard only this one word from the voice of the Spirit of God: Because 'God is Love,' we should seek for nothing more.
*-St. Augustine from his commentary on the First Epistle of St. John.
With supernatural intuition, Blessed Josemaria untiringly preached the universal call to holiness and apostolate. Christ calls everyone to become holy in the realities of everyday life. Hence work too is a means of personal holiness and apostolate, when it is done in union with Jesus Christ.
*-Pope John Paul II at the beatification of Josemaria Escriva
No tongue can express the greatness of the love which Jesus Christ bears to our souls. He did not wish that between Him and His servants there should be any other pledge than Himself, to keep alive the remembrance of Him. *-St. Peter of Alcantara
When the time arrived for Elizabeth to have her child she gave birth to a son. Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown his great mercy toward her, and they rejoiced with her. When they came on the eighth day to circumcise the child, they were going to call him Zechariah after his father, but his mother said in reply, "No. He will be called John." But they answered her, "There is no one among your relatives who has this name." So they made signs, asking his father what he wished him to be called. He asked for a tablet and wrote, "John is his name," and all were amazed. Immediately his mouth was opened, his tongue freed, and he spoke blessing God. Then fear came upon all their neighbors, and all these matters were discussed throughout the hill country of Judea. All who heard these things took them to heart, saying, "What, then, will this child be?" For surely the hand of the Lord was with him. *-Lk 1:57-66
No sacrifice is more acceptable to God than zeal for souls. *-St. Gregory the Great
The Blessed Sacrament is the first and supreme object of our worship. We must preserve in the depths of our heats a constant and uninterrupted, profound adoration of this precious pledge of Divine Love.
*-St. Mary Euphrasia Pelletier
It is better to be the child of God than king of the whole world. *-St. Aloysius Gonzaga