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

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Saint Quote : Saint John Bosco



My sons, in my long experience very often I had to be convinced of this great truth. It is easier to become angry than to restrain oneself, and to threaten a boy than to persuade him. Yes, indeed, it is more fitting to be persistent in punishing our own impatience and pride than to correct the boys. We must be firm but kind, and be patient with them.

See that no one finds you motivated by impetuosity or willfulness. It is difficult to keep calm when administering punishment, but this must be done if we are to keep ourselves from showing off our authority or spilling out our anger.

Let us regard those boys over whom we have some authority as our own sons. Let us place ourselves in their service. Let us be ashamed to assume an attitude of superiority. Let us not rule over them except for the purpose of serving them better.

This was the method that Jesus used with the apostles. He put up with their ignorance and roughness and even their infidelity. He treated sinners with a kindness and affection that caused some to be shocked, others to be scandalized and still others to hope for God's mercy. And so he bade us to be gentle and humble of heart.

-- Saint John Bosco from a letter

Saint Quote : Saint John of the Cross

 
 
Live in the world as if only God and your soul were in it; then your heart will never be made captive by any earthly thing.

-- Saint John of the Cross

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Saint Quote : Saint Thomas Aquinas




Most loving Lord, grant me a steadfast heart which no unworthy desire may drag downards; an unconquered heart which no hardship may wear out; an upright heart which no worthless purpose may ensnare. Impart to me also, O God, the understanding to know you, the diligence to seek you, a way of life to please you, and a faithfulness that may embrace you, through Jesus Christ, my Lord. Amen.

--Saint Thomas Aquinas

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Saint Quote : Saint Angela Merici








Disorder in society is the result of disorder in the family.

--Saint Angela Merici 

Note: She lived from 1474 - 1540. I wonder what she'd think today!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Saint Quote : Saint Marie Victoire Therese Couderc


 
 
What does it matter if my feet, bare and torn, fill my wooden shoes with blood? I would willingly begin the journey all over again, for I have indeed found the good God!

--Saint Marie Victoire Therese Couderc

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Saint Quote : Venerable John Henry Cardinal Newman


 
 
Whatever, wherever I am, I can never be thrown away. If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him; If I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him....He does nothing in vain; He may prolong my life, He may shorten it; He knows what He is about. He may take away my friends, He may throw me to strangers, He may make me feel desolate, make my spirits sink, hide the future from me; still He knows what He is about.

-- Venerable John Henry Cardinal Newman

Saint Quote : Saint Francis de Sales


 
 
There are many who say to the Lord, "I give myself wholly to Thee, without any reserve," but there are few who embrace the practice of this abandonment, which consists in receiving with a certain indifference every sort of event, as it happens in conformity with Divine Providence, as well afflictions as consolations, contempt and reproaches as honor and glory.

-- Saint Francis de Sales

Friday, January 22, 2010

Saint Quote : Saint John the Almsgiver


 
 
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.

--Saint John the Almsgiver

Saint Quote : Saint Vincent Pallotti


 
 
Eternal Father, it is your will that all should be saved. Great is your mercy. Your Son, Jesus Christ died for all. Teach all people to recognize you and love you. With deep faith in Christ's death and resurrection we pray: Send Forth, O Lord, laborers into your vineyard and spare your people. Eternal Word, Redeemer of all creation, convert all souls to you. You have been obedient for all, even to death on the cross. Look upon the merits of your Mother and of all the angels and saints who intercede for us. Send forth, O Lord, laborers into your vineyard and spare you people. O Holy Spirit, through the infinite merits of our Lord, Jesus Christ, enkindle in all hearts your ardent love that can do all things, that all may be one fold and one shepherd, and that all may arrive in heaven to sing your divine mercy. Queen of Apostles and all the angels and saints, pray to the Lord of the harvest: Send forth, O Lord, laborers into your vineyard and spare your people, that united with you, and the Father and the Holy Spirit, we may all rejoice forever. Amen.

-- Saint Vincent Pallotti, his Apostolic Prayer

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Saint Quote : Saint Agnes of Rome


 
 
Christ made my soul beautiful with the jewels of grace and virtue. I belong to Him whom the angels serve.

--Saint Agnes of Rome

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Saint Quote : Saint Peter Julian Eymard


 
 
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.

 --Saint Peter Julian Eymard

Saint Quote : Saint Vincent de Paul


 
 
 It is our duty to prefer the service of the poor to everything else and to offer such service as quickly as possible. If a needy person requires medicine or other help during prayer time, do whatever has to be done with peace of mind. Offer the deed to God as your prayer.... Charity is certainly greater than any rule. Moreover, all rules must lead to charity.

-- Saint Vincent de Paul

Monday, January 18, 2010

Time Is Of The Essence




We are seeing and hearing more and more of the desperate plight of the people in Haiti after the devastating earthquake.

The people of Haiti desperately need our aid and support. You may begin by going to the site for Catholic Relief Services, and making a donation now. If you are not comfortable making a donation online, you may donate to Catholic Relief Services by phone, by calling 1-800-736-3467 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (U.S. and Canada), or you may send a check by mail to: Catholic Relief Services, P.O. Box 17090, Baltimore, MD 21203-7090


You may also go to The Hunger Site, and click on the banner entitled “Earthquake in Haiti - PLEASE HELP NOW”.

This is so important, that this same post is going to be placed on all of the Faith of the Fathers blogs.

Let’s all do what we can. No matter how little it seems, all donations help.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Saint Quote : Saint Jaime Hilario Barbal


 
 
The day you learn to surrender yourself totally to God, you will discover a new world, just as I am experiencing. You will enjoy a peace and a calm unknown, surpassing even the happiest days of your life.

-- Saint Jaime Hilario Barbal

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Saint Quote : Saint John Eudes


 
 
We must continue to accomplish in ourselves the stages of Jesus' life and his mysteries and often to beg him to perfect and realize them in us and in his whole Church. . . . For it is the plan of the Son of God to make us and the whole Church partake in his mysteries and to extend them to and continue them in us and in his whole Church. This is his plan for fulfilling his mysteries in us.

--Saint John Eudes

Friday, January 15, 2010

Saint Quote : Saint Teresa of Avila




Whenever we think of Christ we should recall the love that led him to bestow on us so many graces and favors, and also the great love God showed in giving us in Christ a pledge of his love; for love calls for love in return. Let us strive to keep this always before our eyes and to rouse ourselves to love him. For if at some time the Lord should grant us the grace of impressing his love on our hearts, all will become easy for us and we shall accomplish great things quickly and without effort.

--Saint Teresa of Avila

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Saint Quote : Saint Irenaeus of Lyons


 
 
For this is why the Word became man, and the Son of God became the Son of man: so that man, by entering into communion with the Word and thus receiving divine sonship, might become a son of God.

-- Saint Irenaeus of Lyons

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Saint Quote : Pope Saint Pius X




Truly we are passing through disastrous times, when we may well make our own the lamentation of the Prophet: "There is no truth, and there is no mercy, and there is no knowledge of God in the land” (Hosea 4:1). Yet in the midst of this tide of evil, the Virgin Most Merciful rises before our eyes like a rainbow, as the arbiter of peace between God and man.

-- Pope Saint Pius X

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Saint Quote : Saint Peter Claver


 
 
To love God as He ought to be loved, we must be detached from all temporal love. We must love nothing but Him, or if we love anything else, we must love it only for His sake.

-- Saint Peter Claver

Monday, January 11, 2010

Saint Quote : Saint Hilary of Poitiers




For one to attempt to speak of God in terms more precise than He Himself has used: -- to undertake such a thing is to embark upon the boundless, to dare the incomprehensible. He fixed the names of His nature: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Whatever is sought over and above this is beyond the meaning of words, beyond the limits of perception, beyond the embrace of understanding.


--Saint Hilary of Poitiers on the Holy Trinity

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Saint Quote : Saint Margaret Bourgeoys


 
Our Lady's love is like a stream that has its source in the Eternal Fountains, quenches the thirst of all, can never be drained, and ever flows back to its Source.

-- Saint Margaret Bourgeoys 

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Saint Quote : Saint Vitalis of Gaza


 
 
Judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the heart.

-- Saint Vitalis of Gaza

Friday, January 08, 2010

Saint Quote : Saint Josephine Bakhita




O Lord, if I could fly to my people and tell them of your Goodness at the top of my voice: oh, how many souls would be won!

-- Saint Josephine Bakhita

Saint Quote : Saint Theophilus of Antioch


 
 
If God had drawn the world from preexistent matter, what would be so extraordinary in that? A human artisan makes from a given material whatever he wants, while God shows His power  by starting from nothing to make all He wants.

-- Saint Theophilus of Antioch

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Saint Quote : Saint Apollinaris of Hierapolis


 
 
We therefore grossly deceive ourselves in not allotting more time to the study of divine truths. It is not enough barely to believe them, and let our thoughts now and then glance upon them: that knowledge which shows us heaven, will not bring us to the possession of it, and will deserve punishments, not rewards, if it remain slight, weak, and superficial.

-- Saint Apollinaris of Hierapolis

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Saint Quote : Saint Raymond of Penyafort


May the God of love and peace set your hearts at rest and speed you on your journey; may he meanwhile shelter you from disturbance by others in the hidden recesses of his love, until he brings you at last into that place of complete plenitude where you will repose for ever in the vision of peace, in the security of trust, and in the restful enjoyment of his riches.

-- Saint Raymond of Penyafort from a letter

Saint Quote : Saint Justin Martyr


 
An explanation of how repentant sinners are to be freed from their sins is given through the prophet Isaiah in the words: Wash yourselves and be clean. Remove the evil from your souls; learn to do what is right. Be just to the orphan, vindicate the widow. Come, let us reason together, says the Lord. If your sins are like scarlet, I will make them white as wool; if they are like crimson, I will make them white as snow.

-- Saint Justin Martyr

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Saint Quote : Saint John Nepomucene Neumann


 
A man must always be ready, for death comes when and where God wills it.

-- Saint John Nepomucene Neumann

Saint Quote : Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton


 
 
What was the first rule of our dear Savior's life? You know it was to do his Father's will. Well, then, the first purpose of our daily work is to do the will of God; secondly, to do it in the manner he wills; and thirdly, to do it because it is his will.

We know certainly that our God calls us to a holy life. We know that he gives us every grace, every abundant grace; and though we are so weak of ourselves, this grace is able to carry us through every obstacle and difficulty.

--Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton from her writings

Friday, January 01, 2010

Saint Quote : Saint Basil the Great



O sinner, be not discouraged, but have recourse to Mary in all your necessities. Call her to your assistance, for such is the divine Will that she should help in every kind of necessity.

-- Saint Basil the Great

Saint Quote : Saint Gregory Nazianzen



God accepts our desires as though they were of great value. He longs ardently for us to desire and love him. He accepts our petitions for benefits as though we were doing him a favor. His joy in giving is greater than ours in receiving. So let us not be apathetic in our asking, nor set too narrow bounds to our requests; nor ask for frivolous things unworthy of God's greatness.

-- Saint Gregory Nazianzen

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