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

Monday, December 30, 2013

Saint Quote of the Day: Saint Vincent de Paul

Saint Vincent de Paul

We must love our neighbor as being made in the image of God and as an object of His love.


-- Saint Vincent de Paul

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Saint Quote of the Day: Saint Peter Damian

Saint Peter Damian

Let us faithfully transmit to posterity the example of virtue which we have received from our forefathers.


-- Saint Peter Damian


Saint Quote: Saint Josemaria Escriva

Saint Josemaria Escriva

Love Saint Joseph a lot. Love him with all your soul, because he, together with Jesus, is the person who has most loved our Blessed Lady and been closest to God. He is the person who has most loved God, after our Mother. He deserves your affection, and it will do you good to get to know him, because he is the Master of the interior life, and has great power before the Lord and before the Mother of God.


-- Saint Josemaria Escriva

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Saint Quote: Saint Quodvultdeus (From A Sermon On The Holy Innocents)


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 you 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.


- Saint Quodvultdeus from a sermon

Friday, December 27, 2013

Saint Quote: Saint John the Apostle

Saint John the Apostle
"Saint John the Apostle" -- by James Tissot
And this is His commandment, that we should believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ: and love one another, as He hath given commandment unto us.


- Saint John the Apostle from 1 John 3:23

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Saint Quote: Saint Fulgentius of Ruspe

Saint Fulgentius of Ruspe

Yesterday we celebrated the birth in time of our eternal King. Today we celebrate the triumphant suffering of his soldier. Yesterday our king, clothed in his robe of flesh, left his place in the virgin’s womb and graciously visited the world. Today his soldier leaves the tabernacle of his body and goes triumphantly to heaven.


- Saint Fulgentius of Ruspe from a sermon

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Saint Quote: Saint Romanos the Melodist

Saint Romanos the Melodist

The Virgin today brings into the world the Eternal
And the earth offers a cave to the Inaccessible.
The angels and shepherds praise him
And the magi advance with the star,
For you are born for us, Little Child, God eternal!


- Kontakion of Saint Romanos the Melodist

Monday, December 23, 2013

Saint Quote: Saint John Vianney

Saint John Vianney

Prayer never leaves us without sweetness. It is honey that flows into the souls and makes all things sweet. When we pray properly, sorrows disappear like snow before the sun.


- Saint John Vianney

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Saint Quote: Saint Augustine of Hippo


John appears as the boundary between the two testaments, the old and the new. That he is a sort of boundary the Lord himself bears witness, when he speaks of “the law and the prophets up until John the Baptist.” Thus he represents times past and is the herald of the new era to come. As a representative of the past, he is born of aged parents; as a herald of the new era, he is declared to be a prophet while still in his mother’s womb. For when yet unborn, he leapt in his mother’s womb at the arrival of blessed Mary. In that womb he had already been designated a prophet, even before he was born; it was revealed that he was to be Christ’s precursor, before they ever saw one another. These are divine happenings, going beyond the limits of our human frailty.

-- Saint Augustine of Hippo on the birth of John the Baptist

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Saint Quote: Saint Bernardine of Siena (On Saint Joseph)

Saint Bernardine of Siena

There is a general rule concerning all special graces granted to any human being. Whenever the divine favor chooses someone to receive a special grace, or to accept a lofty vocation, God adorns the person chosen with all the gifts of the Spirit needed to fulfill the task at hand. This general rule is especially verified in the case of Saint Joseph, the foster-father of our Lord, and the husband of the Queen of our world, enthroned above the angels. He was chosen by the eternal Father as the trustworthy guardian and protector of his greatest treasures, namely, his divine Son and Mary, Joseph’s wife. He carried out this vocation with complete fidelity until at last God called him, saying “Good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of your Lord.” Remember us, Saint Joseph, and plead for us to your foster child. Ask your most holy bride, the Virgin Mary, to look kindly upon us, since she is the mother of him who with the Father and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns eternally. Amen.


- Saint Bernardine of Siena from a sermon

Friday, December 20, 2013

Saint Quote: Saint Ambrose of Milan

Saint Ambrose of Milan

The child leaps in the womb; the mother is filled with the Holy Spirit, but not before her son. Once the son has been filled with the Holy Spirit, he fills his mother with the same Spirit. John leaps for joy, and the spirit of Mary rejoices in her turn. When John leaps for joy Elizabeth is filled with the Holy Spirit, but we know that though Mary’s spirit rejoices, she does not need to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Her son, who is beyond our understanding, is active in his mother in a way beyond our understanding. Elizabeth is filled with the Holly Spirit after conceiving John, while Mary is filled with the Holy Spirit before conceiving the Lord. Elizabeth says: Blessed are you because you have believed.

You also are blessed because you have heard and believed. A soul that believes both conceives and brings forth the Word of God and acknowledges his works.


- Saint Ambrose of Milan from his commentary on Luke

Saint Quote: Saint Cyril of Alexandria

Saint Cyril of Alexandria

That anyone could doubt the right of the holy Virgin to be called the Mother of God fills with astonishment. Surely she must be the Mother of God if our Lord Jesus Christ is God, and she gave birth to him! Our Lord's disciples may not have used those exact words, but they delivered to us the belief those words enshrine, and this has also been taught us by the holy fathers.


- Saint Cyril of Alexandria

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Saint Quote: Saint Aloysius Gonzaga


Saint Aloysius Gonzaga


Take care above all things, most honored lady, not to insult God's boundless loving kindness; you would certainly do this if you mourned as dead one living face to face with God, one whose prayers can bring you in your troubles more powerful aid than they ever could on earth. And our parting will not be for long; we shall see each other again in heaven; we shall be united with our Savior; there we shall praise him with heart and soul, sing of his mercies for ever, and enjoy eternal happiness.


- Saint Aloysius Gonzaga from a letter to his mother

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Monday, December 16, 2013

Saint Quote: Saint Augustine of Hippo


God is more anxious to bestow His blessings on us than we are to receive them. For it is not God's way that great blessings should descend without the sacrifice first of great sufferings.


- Saint Augustine of Hippo

Saint Quote: Saint Vincent de Paul

Saint Vincent de Paul

The Church teaches us that mercy belongs to God. Let us implore Him to bestow on us the spirit of mercy and compassion, so that we are filled with it and may never lose it. Only consider how much we ourselves are in need of mercy.


- Saint Vincent de Paul

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Saint Quote: Saint Alphonsus Liguori


I ought to imagine to myself that there are no others in the world but God and myself.


- Saint Alphonsus Liguori

Saint Quote: Saint John of the Cross

Saint John of the Cross

In giving us His Son, His only Word, He spoke everything to us at once in this sole Word -- and He has no more to say...because what he spoke before to the prophets in parts, he has now spoken all at once by giving us the All Who is His Son.


- Saint John of the Cross

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Saint Lucy of Syracuse



No one's body is polluted so as to endanger the soul if it has not pleased the mind. If you were to lift my hand to your idol and so make me offer against my will, I would still be guiltless in the sight of the true God, who judges according to the will and knows all things. If now, against my will, you cause me to be polluted, a twofold purity will be gloriously imputed to me. You cannot bend my will to your purpose; whatever you do to my body, that cannot happen to me.

-- Saint Lucy of Syracuse

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Saint Quote: Our Lady of Guadalupe


Hear me and understand well, my son the least, that nothing should frighten or grieve you. Let not your heart be disturbed. Do not fear that sickness, nor any other sickness or anguish. Am I not here, who is your Mother? Are you not under my protection? Am I not your health? Are you not happily within my fold? What else do you wish? Do not grieve nor be disturbed by anything. Do not be afflicted by the illness of your uncle, who will not die now of it. be assured that he is now cured.


- Our Lady of Guadalupe to Saint Juan Diego

Sunday, December 08, 2013

Saint Quote: Pope Blessed Pius IX

Pope Blessed Pius IX

And indeed it was wholly fitting that so wonderful a mother should be ever resplendent with the glory of most sublime holiness and so completely free from all taint of original sin that she would triumph utterly over the ancient serpent. To her did the Father will to give his only-begotten Son – the Son whom, equal to the Father and begotten by him, the Father loves from his heart – and to give this Son in such a way that he would be the one and the same common Son of God the Father and of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It was she whom the Son himself chose to make his Mother and it was from her that the Holy Spirit willed and brought it about that he should be conceived and born from whom he himself proceeds.


- Pope Blessed Pius IX from "Ineffabilis Deus – The Immaculate Conception"


Saturday, December 07, 2013

Saint Quote: Saint Augustine of Hippo

Saint Augustine of Hippo

God is more anxious to bestow His blessings on us than we are to receive them. For it is not God's way that great blessings should descend without the sacrifice first of great sufferings.


- Saint Augustine of Hippo

Saint Quote: Saint Ambrose of Milan


There is a stream which flows down on God’s saints like a torrent. There is also a rushing river giving joy to the heart that is at peace and makes for peace.


- Saint Ambrose of Milan from a letter

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Saint Quote: Saint Francis de Sales

 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.


-- Saint Francis de Sales

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Saint Quote: Saint John Damascene

Saint John Damascene


Even though your most holy and blessed soul was separated from your most happy and immaculate body, according to the usual course of nature, and even though it was carried to a proper burial place, nevertheless it did not remain under the dominion of death, nor was it destroyed by corruption. Indeed, just as her virginity remained intact when she gave birth, so her body, even after death, was preserved from decay and transferred to a better and more divine dwelling place. There it is no longer subject to death but abides for all ages.


- Saint John Damascene

Monday, December 02, 2013

Saint Quote: Saint Francis Xavier

Saint Francis Xavier


I have not stopped since the day I arrived. I conscientiously made the rounds of the villages. I bathed in the sacred waters all the children who had not yet been baptized. This means that I have purified a very large number of children so young that, as the saying goes, they could not tell their right hand from their left. The older children would not let me say my Office or eat or sleep until I taught them one prayer or another. Then I began to understand: "The kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."


- Saint Francis Xavier

Sunday, December 01, 2013

Saint Quote: Saint Edmund Campion

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

Saint Quote: Saint Irenaeus of Lyons

Saint Irenaeus of Lyons

Being obedient she became the cause of salvation for herself and for the whole human race. The knot of Eve's disobedience was untied by Mary's obedience: what Eve bound through her disbelief, the Virgin Mary loosened by her faith.


- Saint Irenaeus of Lyons

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