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

Friday, June 30, 2006

Saint Quote: Pope St. Leo the Great


The faith of those who live their faith is a serene faith. What you long for will be given you; what you love will be yours for ever. Since it is by giving alms that everything is pure for you, you will also receive that blessing which is promised next by the Lord: the Godhead that no man has been able to see. In the inexpressible joy of this eternal vision, human nature will possess what eye has not seen or ear heard, what man's heart has never conceived.

-- Pope St. Leo the Great









Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Saint Quote: Saint Peter and Saint Paul


But even if you should suffer because of righteousness, blessed are you. Do not be afraid or terrified with fear of them,but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope,but do it with gentleness and reverence, keeping your conscience clear, so that, when you are maligned, those who defame your good conduct in Christ may themselves be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that be the will of God, than for doing evil.

--Saint Peter in the Third Chapter of his First Epistle

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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.

--Saint Paul in his second letter to Saint Timothy











Saint Quote: Saint Irenaeus of Lyons


Now it is within the power of anyone who cares to find out the truth, to know the tradition of the Apostles, professed throughout the world in every church. We can name those too who were appointed bishops by the Apostles in the churches and their successors down to our own time.... But inasmuch as it would be very tedious in a book like this to rehearse the lines of succession in every church, we will put to confusion all those who, either from waywardness or conceit or blindness or obstinacy combine together against the truth, by pointing to the tradition, derived from the Apostles, of that great and illustrious Church founded and organized at Rome by the two glorious Apostles, Peter and Paul, and to the faith declared to mankind and handed down to our own time through its bishops in their succession. For with this Church, because of its more powerful leadership, every church, that is to say, the faithful from everywhere, must needs agree, and in it the tradition that springs from the Apostles has been continuously preserved by men from everywhere....

--Saint Irenaeus of Lyons









Saint Quote: Saint Philip Neri


Do not grieve over the temptations you suffer. When the Lord intends to bestow a particular virtue on us, He often permits us first to be tempted by the opposite vice. Therefore, look upon every temptation as an invitation to grow in a particular virtue and a promise by God that you will be successful, if only you stand fast.

-- St. Philip Neri









Monday, June 26, 2006

Saint Quote: Saint Jose Maria Escriva de Balaguer


We live poverty by filling the hours of the day usefully, doing everything as well as we can, and living little details of order, punctuality and good humor.

-- St. Jose Maria Escriva de Balaguer








Sunday, June 25, 2006

Saint Quote: Saint Maximus of Turin


All the martyrs are to be honored by us, but especially those whose relics we possess. They assist us by their prayers; they preserve us as to our bodies in this life, and receive us when we depart hence.

--Saint Maximus of Turin








Saturday, June 24, 2006

Saint Quote: Saint Vincent de Paul


Free your mind from all that troubles you, God will take care of things. You will be unable to make haste in this (choice) without, so to speak, grieving the heart of God, because He sees that you do not honor Him sufficiently with holy trust. Trust in Him, I beg you, and you will have the fulfillment of what your heart desires.

-- St Vincent de Paul







Friday, June 23, 2006

Saint Quote: Saint Basil the Great


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.

--Saint Basil the Great








Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Saint Quote: Saint Alban


How can it concern you to know of what stock I am? If you want to know my religion, I will tell you--I am a Christian, and am bound by Christian obligations. I am called Alban by my parents, and I worship and adore the true and living God, who created all things.

--Saint Alban








Sunday, June 18, 2006

Saint Quote: Saint Richard of Chichester


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








Saturday, June 17, 2006

Saint Quote: Saint Peter Julian Eymard


Every time we come into the presence of the Eucharist we may say: This precious Testament cost Jesus Christ His life. For the Eucharist is a testament, a legacy which becomes valid only at the death of the testator. Our Lord thereby shows us His boundless love, for He Himself said there is no greater proof of love than to lay down one's life for one's friends.

--Saint Peter Julian Eymard








Friday, June 16, 2006

Saint Quote: Saint John Francis Regis


Brother, I see our Lord and our Lady opening the gates of Paradise for me. Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

--Saint John Francis Regis on his deathbed


Thursday, June 15, 2006

Saint Quote: Saint Albert the Great


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

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Saint Quote: Saint Thomas Aquinas


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.

--Saint Thomas Aquinas








Saint Quote: Pope Saint Clement I


The wise man should show his wisdom not by his eloquence but by good works; the humble man should not proclaim his own humility, but leave others to do so and recognize that the abilty to control their desires has been given them by another. To Him be glory for ever and ever.

--Pope St. Clement I








Monday, June 12, 2006

Saint Quote: Saint Bernadette Soubirous


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.

-- Saint Bernadette Soubirous








Sunday, June 11, 2006

Saint Quote: Saint Paula Frassinetti


Our Lord wills that you cling to Him alone! If your faith were greater how much more peaceful you would be even when great trials surround and oppress you.

--Saint Paula Frassinetti








Saturday, June 10, 2006

Saint Quote: Blessed Edward Joannes Maria Poppe


According to the divine plan, action must be fed with prayer. The interior life is the wellspring of the apostolate. Do not believe in the slogan, 'The priest is sanctified in sanctifying others' - it's an illusion. The real formula is, 'Sanctify yourself so as to sanctify others.'

--Blessed Edward Joannes Maria Poppe








Friday, June 09, 2006

Saint Ephrem of Syria


You victorious martyrs who endured torments gladly for the sake of the God and Savior, you who have boldness of speech toward the Lord himself, you saints, intercede for us who are timid and sinful men, full of sloth, that the grace of Christ may come upon us, and enlighten the hearts of all of us that so we may love him.

--Saint Ephrem of Syria: Commentary on Mark, 370AD








Thursday, June 08, 2006

Saint Quote: Saint Ignatius of Loyola


Do not let any occasion of gaining merit pass without taking care to draw some spiritual profit from it; as, for example, from a sharp word which someone may say to you; from an act of obedience imposed against your will; from an opportunity which may occur to humble yourself, or to practice charity, sweetness, and patience. All of these occasions are gain for you, and you should seek to procure them; and at the close of that day, when the greatest number of them have come to you, you should go to rest most cheerful and pleased, as the merchant does on the day when he had had most chance for making money; for on that day business has prospered with him.

--Saint Ignatius Loyola








Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Saint Quote: Saint Marcelino Champagnat


If it were only a question of teaching human knowledge to the children, there would be no need for Brothers, since lay teachers can do this work. If we are to give only religious instruction, we would be content to be simply catechists, and to bring the children together for only one hour a day. But we want to do more than this - we want to educate the children, that is, to give them an integrated education... To do this, we must be educators, we must live with the children, and they must spend a lot of time with us.

--Saint Marcelino Champagnat








Sunday, June 04, 2006

Saint Quote: Saint Boniface


To all his most reverend colleagues in the episcopate, to the venerable priests, deacons, canons, clerics, abbots and abbesses of communities, to the lowly monks who obey for Christ's sake, to the consecrated and devout virgins and all professed nuns of Christ, indeed to all those Catholics of the English race who fear God, Boniface, a native of the same race, legate of the Universal Church in Germany and servant of the Apostolic See, formerly called Wynfrith, but now, through no deserts of his own, archbishop: greetings in the humble communion and sincere love of Christ.

With humble prayer, we beseech you, brethren, of your charity to remember our lowly selves in your prayers, that we may escape the cunning snares of the devil and the buffetings of evil men, that the word of the Lord may prosper and be glorified. We beg you to be instant in prayer that God and our Lord Jesus Christ, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth, may convert the hearts of the pagan Saxons to the faith, may make them repent of the devilish errors in which they are entangled and unite them to the children of Mother Church. Have pity on them, because their repeated cry is: " We are of one and the same blood and bone." Remember that we go the way of all flesh and in hell no man praises the Lord nor can death honour Him.

Be it known that in this undertaking I have the agreement and support and blessing of two Pontiffs of the Roman See. Act, then, on this prayer of mine, that your reward among the angels of heaven may be manifest and enlarged.


May the Almighty Creator keep your unity and common bond of love in force for evermore.


--Saint Boniface writing to the English Asking for Prayers for the Conversion of the Saxons (738)








Saint Quote: Saint Francis de Sales


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








Saturday, June 03, 2006

Saint Quote: Saint Basil the Great


The reason why sometimes you have asked and not received, is because you have asked amiss, either inconsistently, or lightly, or because you have asked for what was not good for you, or because you have ceased asking.

--Saint Basil the Great










Friday, June 02, 2006

Saint Quote: Saint Vincent of Lerins


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








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