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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Friday, September 29, 2006

Saint Quote: Saint Francis of Assisi

You should never praise anyone until you see how how it turns out in the end.

--St. Francis of Assisi

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Saint Quote: Saint Remigius Isoré

I have heard that it is very difficult to convert Chinese, and so I had never, ever, wanted to go to China. A kind of resentment had slipped into my heart at the very word, China. But the Provincial enlightened me. I understood that it was the will of God that I should go to China. Joy and gratitude then filled my heart.

--Saint Remigius Isoré

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Saint Quote: Saint Vincent de Paul

Read some chapter of a devout book....It is very easy and most necessary, for just as you speak to God when at prayer, God speaks to you when you read.

-- St. Vincent de Paul

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Saint Quote: Blessed Louis Tezza

God’s invitation to become saints is for all, not just a few. Sanctity therefore must be accessible to all. In what does it consist? In a lot of activity? No. In doing extraordinary things? No, this could not be for everybody and at all times. Therefore, sanctity consists in doing good, and in doing this good in whatever condition and place God has placed us. Nothing more, nothing outside of this.

--Blessed Louis Tezza

Monday, September 25, 2006

Saint Quote: Saint Teresa of Avila

I do not fear Satan half so much as I fear those who fear him.

--Saint Teresa of Avila

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Saint Quote: Saint John Vianney

Prayer is the inner bath of love into which the soul plunges itself.

--Saint John Vianney

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Saint Quote: Blessed Émilie Tavernier

Humility, simplicity, charity, but above all charity.

--Blessed Emilie's dying words

Friday, September 22, 2006

Saint Quote: Saint Augustine of Hippo

What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.

--Saint Augustine of Hippo

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Saint Quote: Saint John Chrysostom

Poor human reason, when it trusts in itself, substitutes the strangest absurdities for the highest divine concepts.

--Saint John Chrysostom

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Saint Quote: Saint Alphonsus Rodriguez

With those who are perfect and walk with simplicity, there is nothing small and contemptible, if it be a thing that pleases God; for the pleasure of God is the object at which alone they aim, and which is the reason, the measure, and the reward of all their occupations, actions, and plans; and so, in whatever they find this, it is for them a great and important thing.

-- Saint Alphonsus Rodriguez

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Saint Quote: Saint Agatha

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.

--Saint Agatha

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Saint Quote: Saint Robert Bellarmine

"Sweet Lord, you are meek and merciful." Who would not give himself wholeheartedly to your service, if he began to taste even a little of your fatherly rule? What command, Lord, do you give your servants? "Take my yoke upon you," you say. And what is this yoke of yours like? "My yoke," you say, "is easy and my burden light." Who would not be glad to bear a yoke that does no press hard but caresses? Who would not be glad for a burden that does not weigh heavy but refreshes? And so you were right to add: "And you will find rest for your souls." And what is this yoke of yours that does not weary, but gives rest? It is, of course, that first and greatest commandment: "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart." What is easier, sweeter, more pleasant, than to love goodness, beauty, and love, the fullness of which you are, O Lord, my God?"

Is it not true that you promise those who keep your commandments a reward more desirable than great wealth and sweeter than honey? You promise a most abundant reward, for as your apostle James says: "The Lord has prepared a crown of life for those who love him." What is this crown of life? It is surely a greater good than we can conceive of or desire, as Saint Paul says, quoting Isaiah: "Eye has not seen, ear has not heard, nor has it so much as dawned on man what God has prepared for those who love him."

--from On the Ascent of the Mind to God by Saint Robert Bellarmine

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Saint Quote: Saint Cyprian of Carthage

You who are envious, let me tell you that however often you may seek for the opportunity of injuring him whom you hate, you will never be able to do him so much harm as you do harm to yourselves.

He whom you would punish through the malice of your envy, may probably escape, but you will never be able to fly from yourselves. Wherever you may be your adversary is with you, your sin rankles within. It must be a self-willed evil to persecute a person whom God has taken under the protection of His grace; it becomes an irremedial sin to hate a man whom God wishes to make happy.

Envy is as prolific as it is hurtful; it is the root of all evil, the source of endless disorder and misery, the cause of most sins that are committed. Envy gives birth to hatred and animosity. From it avarice is begotten, for it sees with an evil eye honors and emoluments heaped upon a stranger, and thinks that such honors should have been, by right, bestowed upon himself. From envy comes contempt of God, and of the salutary precepts of our Savior.

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.

What happiness can such a man enjoy in this world? To be envious or jealous of another, because such a one is virtuous and happy, is to hate in him the graces and blessings God has showered down upon him.

Does he not punish himself when he sees the success and welfare of others? Does he not draw down upon himself tortures from which there is no respite? Are not his thoughts, his mind, constantly on the rack?

He pitilessly punishes himself, and, in his heart, performs the same cruel office which Divine Justice reserves for the chastisement of the greatest criminal.

--Saint Cyprian

Friday, September 15, 2006

Saint Quote: Blessed Paolo Manna

Let us work in such a way that the whole Church, all Christian people, led by their bishops and clergy, truly feel the apostolic duty that is incumbent upon them to promote the propagation of the faith with every means. Let us work in such a way that the missionaries, the most direct instruments for the conversion of souls, are saints, and non-Christians will not be slow to be converted.

--Blessed Paolo Manna

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Saint Quote: Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina

Be firm in your resolutions; stay in the ship in which I placed you and let the storm come. Long live Jesus. You will not perish. Walk the way of the Lord in simplicity; do not torment your spirit. Say the truth, always the truth.

--Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Saint Quote: Saint John Chrysostom

If the Lord should give you power to raise the dead, He would give much less than He does when he bestows suffering. By miracles you would make yourself debtor to Him, while by suffering He may become debtor to you. And even if sufferings had no other reward than being able to bear something for that God who loves you, is not this a great reward and a sufficient remuneration? Whoever loves, understands what I say.

--Saint John Chrysostom

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Saint Quote: Saint Justin Martyr

As by the Word of God, Jesus our Savior was made Flesh and had both Flesh and Blood for our salvation, so also the food which has been blessed by the word of prayer instituted by Him is both the Flesh and Blood of Jesus Incarnate.

--Saint Justin Martyr

Monday, September 11, 2006

Saint Quote: Saint John Gabriel Perboyre

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 Saint Paul,
"I live - now not I - But Christ lives in me.

--Saint John Gabriel Perboyre

Friday, September 8, 2006

Saint Quote: Saint Elizabeth

Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. And how have I deserved that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, the moment that the sound of thy greeting came to my ears, the babe in my womb leapt for joy. And blessed is she who has believed, because the things promised her by the Lord shall be accomplished.

--Saint Elixabeth's reply to the salutation of the Virgin Mary Luke 1:42-45

Thursday, September 7, 2006

Saint Quote: Blessed Alojzije Stepinac

We were always accentuating in our public life the principles of eternal life of God, regardless to whether Croats, Serbs, Jews, Gypses, Catholics, Pravoslavs were in question, or anybody else. Catholic Church knows for races and peoples as creations of God, and its respect goes more to those with noble heart, than to those having powerful fist.

--Blessed Alojzije Stepinac

Wednesday, September 6, 2006

Saint Quote: Saint Maximilian Kolbe

Every man has an aim in life. For most men it is to return home to their wives and families, or to their mothers. For my part, I give my life for the good of all men.

--Saint Maximilian Kolbe

Tuesday, September 5, 2006

Saint Quote: Saint Thomas More

Whoever bids other folks to do right, but gives an evil example by acting the opposite way, is like a foolish weaver who weaves quickly with one hand and unravels the cloth just as quickly with the other.

-- St. Thomas More

Monday, September 4, 2006

Saint Quote: Saint Rosalina of Palermo (La Santuzza)

I, Rosalia, daughter of Sinibald, Lord of Roses, and Quisquina, have taken the resolution to live in this cave for the love of my Lord, Jesus Christ.

--Inscription on the cave wall of Saint Rosalina of Palermo

Sunday, September 3, 2006

Saint Quote: Pope Saint Gregory the Great

The Holy Bible is like a mirror before our mind's eye. In it we see our inner face. From the Scriptures we can learn our spiritual deformities and beauties. And there too we discover the progress we are making and how far we are from perfection.

--Pope Saint Gregory the Great

Saturday, September 2, 2006

Saint Quote: St. Dorotheos of Gaza

No wickedness, no heresy, not even the Devil himself can deceive anyone without counterfeiting virtue.

--St. Dorotheos of Gaza

Friday, September 1, 2006

Saint Quote: Saint John Chrysostom

When one is required to preside over the Church, and be entrusted with the care of so many souls, the whole female sex must retire before the magnitude of the task, and the majority of men also.

--Saint John Chrysostom


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