-- Saint Anthony of Padua
Sunday, October 31, 2010
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.
-- Saint Anthony of Padua
Saturday, October 30, 2010
To those who wish to stand in God's grace, neither the guardianship of saints nor the defenses of angels are wanting.
-- Saint Hilary of Poitiers
Friday, October 29, 2010
Eating and drinking don't make friendships - such friendship even robbers and murderers have. But if we are friends, if we truly care for one another, let's help one another spritually....Let's hinder those things that lead our friends away to hell.
-- Saint John Chrysostom
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
I have lived for Christ; I want to die for Christ.
-- Blessed Maria Restituta Kafka her last words before being guillotined by the Nazi's
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
But you, my dearly beloved, be mindful of the words which have been spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who told you, that in the last time there should come mockers, walking according to their own desires in ungodlinesses. These are they, who separate themselves, sensual men, having not the Spirit. But you, my beloved, building yourselves upon your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, unto life everlasting.
-- Saint Jude Thaddeus (The Epistle of Jude 1: 17 - 21)
Sunday, October 24, 2010
One of the articles on Father Z's blog has to do with a priest reader of the blog making a suggestion for a poll regarding the wearing of Halloween costumes at Mass next Sunday. Please take a moment to read the article and vote in his poll. You may also take part in the discussion. Go to the article and the poll by clicking here.
Saturday, October 23, 2010
We glorify God in the masterpiece of His power and love...it is the Son whom we honour in the person of His Mother.
-- Saint Eugene de Mazenod
Friday, October 22, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Even though knowledge is true, it is still not firmly established if unaccompanied by works. For everything is established by being put into practice.
-- Saint Mark the Ascetic
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
In the trials, annoyances and anxieties we daily experience, may we ever recognise that loving Fatherly Hand that only seeks to draw us closer to himself by giving us opportunities to suffer something for him.
-- Saint Mary MacKillop
Sunday, October 17, 2010
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.
-- Saint Peter of Alcantara
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Let us trust in him who has placed this burden upon us. What we ourselves cannot bear let us bear with the help of Christ. For he is all-powerful, and he tells us: "My yoke is easy, and my burden light."
-- Saint Boniface
Friday, October 15, 2010
The prince of this world is determined to lay hold of me and to undermine my will which is intent on God. Let none of you here help him; instead show yourselves on my side, which is also God's side. Believe instead what I am now writing to you. For though I am alive as I write to you, still my real desire is to die. My love of this life has been crucified, and there is no yearning in me for any earthly thing. Rather within me is the living water which says deep inside me: "Come to the Father." I no longer take pleasure in perishable food or in the delights of this world I want only God's bread, which is the flesh of Jesus Christ, formed from the seed of David, and for drink I crave his blood, which is love that cannot perish.
-- Saint Ignatius of Antioch
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Would we wish that our own hidden sins should be divulged? We ought, then, to be silent regarding those of others.
-- Saint John Baptist de la Salle
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
All blessings come to us through our Lord. He will teach us, for in beholding His life we find that He is the best example.
-- Saint Teresa of Avila
Monday, October 11, 2010
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
Sunday, October 10, 2010
As to what pertains to the case of infants: You [Fidus] said that they ought not to be baptized within the second or third day after their birth, that the old law of circumcision must be taken into consideration, and that you did not think that one should be baptized and sanctified within the eighth day after his birth. In our council it seemed to us far otherwise. No one agreed to the course which you thought should be taken. Rather, we all judge that the mercy and grace of God ought to be denied to no man born.
-- Saint Cyprian of Carthage
The missionaries will have to understand that they are stones hid under the earth, which will perhaps never come to light, but which will become part of the foundations of a vast, new building.
-- Saint Daniel Comboni
Friday, October 08, 2010
Whoever wishes to carry the cross for his sake must take up the proper weapons for the contest, especially those mentioned here. First, diligence; second, distrust of self; third, confidence in God; fourth, remembrance of Passion; fifth, mindfulness of one's own death; sixth, remembrance of God's glory; seventh, the injunctions of Sacred Scripture following the example of Jesus Christ in the desert.
-- Saint Catherine of Bologna
Thursday, October 07, 2010
Wednesday, October 06, 2010
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
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
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
Monday, October 04, 2010
Sunday, October 03, 2010
Let us also love our neighbors as ourselves. Let us have charity and humility. Let us give alms because these cleanse our souls from the stains of sin. Men lose all the material things they leave behind them in this world, but they carry with them the reward of their charity and the alms they give. For these they will receive from the Lord the reward and recompense they deserve. We must not be wise according to the flesh. Rather we must be simple, humble and pure. We should never desire to be over others. Instead, we ought to be servants who are submissive to every human being for God's sake. The Spirit of the Lord will rest on all who live in this way and persevere in it to the end. He will permanently dwell in them. They will be the Father's children who do his work.
-- Saint Francis of Assisi from a letter to all the faithful
Saturday, October 02, 2010
An action of small value performed with much love of God is far more excellent than one of a higher virtue, done with less love of God.
-- Saint Francis de Sales
Friday, October 01, 2010
God's universal providence works through secondary causes . . . The world of pure spirits stretches between the Divine Nature and the world of human beings; because Divine Wisdom has ordained that the higher should look after the lower, Angels execute the Divine plan for human salvation: they are our Guardians, who free us when hindered and help to bring us home.
-- Saint Thomas Aquinas