For God so loved the world, as to give his only begotten Son; that whosoever believeth in him, may not perish, but may have life everlasting. Saint John the Apostle

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Monday, October 31, 2005

Saint Quote : Saint Maria Mazarello


Make up your mind to become a saint.

-- St. Maria Mazarello

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Saint Quote : Blessed Maria Restituta Kafka


I have lived for Christ; I want to die for Christ.

-- Blessed Maria Restituta Kafka's last recorded words

Friday, October 28, 2005

Saint Quote : Saint Peter Canisius


Before he set out for Germany, Saint Peter Canisius underwent a profound spiritual experience. He describes it:

"It was as if you opened to me the heart in your most sacred body. I seemed to see it directly before my eyes. You told me to drink from this fountain, inviting me, that is, to draw the waters of my salvation from your wellsprings, my Savior. I was most eager that streams of faith, hope, and love should flow into me from that source. I was thirsting for poverty, chastity, obedience. I asked to be made wholly clean by you, to be clothed by you, to be made resplendent by you.
So, after daring to approach your most loving heart, and to plunge my thirst into it, I received a promise from you of a garment made of three parts: these were to cover my soul in its nakedness, and to belong especially to my religious profession. They were peace, love, and perseverance. Protected by this garment of salvation, I was confident that I would lack nothing but all would succeed and give you glory."

-- Saint Peter Canisius

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Saint Quote : Saint Ignatius of Antioch


Mary's viginity and giving birth, and even the Lord's death escaped the notice of the prince of this world; these three mysteries worthy of proclamation were accomplished in God's silence.

-- St. Ignatius of Antioch

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Saint Quote: Saint Quodvultdeus


A tiny child is born, who is a great king. Wise men are led to him from afar. They come to adore one who lies in a manger and yet reigns in heaven and on earth. When they tell of one who is born a king, Herod is disturbed. To save his kingdom he resolves to kill him, though if he would have faith in the child, he himself would reign in peace in this life and for ever in the life to come.

Why are you afraid, Herod, when you hear of the birth of a king? He does not come to drive you out, but to conquer the devil. But because you do not understand this you are disturbed and in a rage. To destroy one child whom you seek, you show your cruelty in the death of so many children.

You are not restrained by the love of weeping mothers and fathers mourning the deaths of their sons, nor by the cries and sobs of the children. You destroy those who are tiny in body because fear is destroying your heart. You imagine that if you accomplish your desire you can prolong your own life, though you are seeking to kill Life himself.

The children die for Christ, though they do not know it. The parents mourn for the death of martyrs. The Christ child makes of those as yet unable to speak fit witnesses to himself. But you, Herod, do not know this and are disturbed and furious. While you vent your fury against the child, you are already paying him homage, and do not know it.

To what merits of their own do the children owe this kind of victory? They cannot speak, yet they bear witness to Christ. They cannot use their limbs to engage in battle, yet already they bear off the palm of victory.

--from a sermon by Bishop Saint Quodvultdeus about the Holy Innocents

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Saint Quote: Saint Edmund Campion


As to the treasons which have been laid to my charge, and for which I come here to suffer, I desire you all to bear witness with me that I am thereto altogether innocent. I am a Catholic man and a priest; in that Faith I have lived, and in that Faith do I intend to die. If you esteem my Religion treason, then I am guilty; as for the other treason, I never committed any, God is my judge.

-- Saint Edmund Campion

Monday, October 24, 2005

Saint Quote : Saint Cyril of Alexander


By nature, each one of us is enclosed in his own personality, but supernaturally, we are all one. We are made one body in Christ, because we are nourished by one flesh. As Christ is indivisible, we are all one in him. Therefore, He asked His Father "that they may all be One as We also are one."

-- Saint Cyril of Alexandria

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Saint Quote : Saint Philip Neri


Humility is the safeguard of chastity. In the matter of purity, there is no greater danger than not fearing danger. When a person puts himself in an occasion of sin, saying, " I shall not fall", it is almost an infallible sign that he will fall, and with great injury to his soul. We must specifically and regularly pray for God's assistance and not rely on our own strength.

-- St. Phillip Neri

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Saint Quote : Saint Bernard of Clairvaux


In dangers, in doubts, in difficulties, think of Mary, call upon Mary. Let not her name depart from your lips, never suffer it to leave your heart. And that you may obtain the assistance of her prayer, neglect not to walk in her footsteps. With her for guide, you shall never go astray; while invoking her, you shall never lose heart; so long as she is in your mind, you are safe from deception; while she holds your hand, you cannot fall; under her protection you have nothing to fear; if she walks before you, you shall not grow weary; if she shows you favor, you shall reach the goal.

-- Saint Bernard of Clairvaux

Friday, October 21, 2005

Saint Quote : Saint John Eudes



The crosses with which our path through life is strewn associate us with Jesus in the mystery of His crucifixion.

-- St. John Eudes

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Saint Quote : Saint Ansgar


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.

--Saint Ansgar

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Saint Quote : Saint John Bosco


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

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Saint Quote: Saint Margaret Mary Alocoque


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

Monday, October 17, 2005

Saint Quote: Saint John Neumann


Since every man of whatever race is endowed with the dignity of a person, he has an inalienable right to an education corresponding to his proper destiny and suited to his native talents, his cultural background, and his ancestral heritage. At the same time, this education should pave the way to brotherly association with other peoples, so that genuine unity and peace on earth may be promoted. For a true education aims at the formation of the human person with respect to the good of those societies of which, as a man, he is a member, and in whose responsibilities, as an adult, he will share.

- Saint John Neumann

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Saint Quote: Saint Rose of Lima


Apart from the cross there is no other ladder by which we may get to heaven.

--Saint Rose of Lima

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Saint Quote : Blessed Ursula Ledochowska


[It] is not enough to pray, Thy kingdom come, but to work, so that the Kingdom of God will exist among us today.

--Blessed Ursula

Friday, October 14, 2005

Saint Quote: Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity


I think that in Heaven my mission will be to draw souls by helping them to go out of themselves in order to cling to God by a wholly simple and loving movement, and to keep them in this great silence within which will allow God to communicate Himself to them and to transform them into Himself.

--Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Saint Quote: Saint Gregory Nazianzen


Let us not esteem worldly prosperity or adversity as things real or of any moment, but let us live elsewhere, and raise all our attention to Heaven; esteeming sin as the only true evil, and nothing truly good, but virtue which unites us to God.

--Saint Gregory Nazianzen

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Saint Quote: Saint Pope Damasus I


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)

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Saint Quote: Saint Irenaeus of Lyons


As long as any one has the means of doing good to his neighbours, and does not do so, he shall be reckoned a stranger to the love of the Lord.

--Saint Irenaeus of Lyons

Monday, October 10, 2005

Saint Quote : Blessed Mary MacKillop


Whatever troubles may be before you, accept them bravely, remembering Whom you are trying to follow. Do not be afraid. Love one another, bear with one another, and let charity guide you all your life. God will reward you as only He can.

--Blessed Mary MacKillop

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Saint Quote: Saint Katherine Drexel


The patient and humble endurance of the cross whatever nature it may be is the highest work we have to do.

--Saint Katherine Drexel

Friday, October 07, 2005

Saint Quote: Saint Anthony Mary Claret


The man who burns with the fire of divine love is a son of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and wherever he goes, he enkindles that flame; he desires and works with all his strength to inflame all men with the fire of God's love. Nothing deters him: he rejoices in poverty; he labours strenuously; he welcomes hardships; he laughs off false accusations; he rejoices in anguish. He thinks only of how he might follow Jesus Christ and imitate him by his prayers, his labours, his sufferings, and by caring always and only for the glory of God and the salvation of souls.

-- St Anthony Mary Claret

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Saint Quote: Saint Frances Salesia


Let us establish a permanent Spring season in our heart through ‘yes’ often repeated to all of God’s permissions and wills.

-- Saint Frances Salesia

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Saint Quote: Saint Louis IX


In prosperity, give thanks to God with humility and fear lest by pride you abuse God's benefits and so offend him.

--Saint Louis IX

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Saint Quote: Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton


We must pray without ceasing, in every occurrence and employment of our lives - that prayer which is rather a habit of lifting up the heart to God as in a constant communication with Him.

--Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Saint Quote: Blessed Charles de Foucauld


As soon as I believed there was a God, I understood I could do nothing else but live for him, my religious vocation dates from the same moment as my faith: God is so great. There is such a difference between God and everything that is not.

--Blessed Charles de Foucauld

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