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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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Saint Quote of the Day: Saint Ignatius Loyola


If God causes you to suffer much, it is a sign that He has great designs for you, and that He certainly intends to make you a saint. And if you wish to become a great saint, entreat Him yourself to give you much opportunity for suffering; for there is no wood better to kindle the fire of holy love than the wood of the cross, which Christ used for His own great sacrifice of boundless charity. 

-- Saint Ignatius Loyola

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Saint Quote of the Day: Saint Augustine of Hippo


Martha and Mary were sisters, related not only by blood but also by religious aspirations. They stayed close to our Lord and both served him harmoniously when he was among them. Martha welcomed him as travelers are welcomed. But in her case, the maidservant received her Lord, the creature her Creator, to serve him bodily food while she was to be fed by the Spirit. No one of you should say, “Blessed are they who have deserved to receive Christ into their homes!” Do not grieve or complain that you were born in a time when you can no longer see God in the flesh. He did not in fact take this privilege from you. As he says, “Whatever you have done to the least of my brothers, you did to me.” 

-- Saint Augustine of Hippo from a sermon

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Saint Quote: Saint Francis de Sales


Our Lady loves only places made low by humility, common by simplicity, but large by charity; she is willingly near the crib and at the foot of the Cross, provided she has her dear Son with her.

-- Saint Francis de Sales


Thursday, July 25, 2013

Saint Quote: Saint Francis of Assisi


If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.

-- Saint Francis of Assisi

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Saint Quote: Saint Francis Xavier


It is not the actual physical exertion that counts toward a man's progress, nor the nature of the task, but the spirit of faith with which it is undertaken.

-- Saint Francis Xavier

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Saint Quote: Pope Saint Gregory the Great On Mary Magdalen


When Mary Magdalen came to the tomb and did not find the Lord’s body, she thought it had been taken away and so informed the disciples. After they came and saw the tomb, they too believed what Mary had told them. The text then says: “The disciples went back home,” and it adds: “but Mary wept and remained standing outside the tomb.” We should reflect on Mary’s attitude and the great love she felt for Christ; for though the disciples had left the tomb, she remained. She was still seeking the one she had not found, and while she sought she wept; burning with the fire of love, she longed for him who she thought had been taken away. And so it happened that the woman who stayed behind to seek Christ was the only one to see him. For perseverance is essential to any good deed, as the voice of truth tell us: “Whoever perseveres to the end will be saved.”

-- Pope Saint Gregory the Great from a homily

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Saint Quote: Saint Lawrence of Brindisi


God is love, and all his operations proceed from love. Once he wills to manifest that goodness by sharing his love outside himself, then the Incarnation becomes the supreme manifestation of his goodness and love and glory. So, Christ was intended before all other creatures and for his own sake. For him all things were created and to him all things must be subject, and God loves all creatures in and because of Christ. Christ is the first-born of every creature, and the whole of humanity as well as the created world finds its foundation and meaning in him. Moreover, this would have been the case even if Adam had not sinned. 

-- Saint Lawrence of Brindisi

Friday, July 19, 2013

Saint Quote: Saint Josephine Bakhita


The Lord has loved me so much: we must love everyone… we must be compassionate! 

-- Saint Josephine Bakhita

A bit of trivia for you. On January 9, 1890 Saint Josephine Bakhita was baptised. On that same day, she was also confirmed, and received Holy Communion from Archbishop Giuseppe Sarto, the Cardinal Patriarch of Venice, the future Pope Pius X, himself.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Saint Quote: Saint Boniface


Let us continue the fight on the day of the Lord. The days of anguish and of tribulation have overtaken us; if God so wills, "let us die for the holy laws of our fathers," so that we may deserve to obtain an eternal inheritance with them. 

-- Saint Boniface 

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Saint Quote: Saint Isaac Jogues



My confidence is placed in God who does not need our help for accomplishing his designs. Our single endeavor should be to give ourselves to the work and to be faithful to him, and not to spoil his work by our shortcomings.

-- Saint Isaac Jogues


Monday, July 15, 2013

Saint Quote: Saint Hannibal Mary Di Francia


What are these few orphans we attend to, these few people we bring the good news to, compared to the millions who are lost and abandoned as sheep without a shepherd? I looked for an answer and I found a complete one in the words of Jesus: 'Ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers to gather his harvest'. I concluded then that I had found the secret key to all good works and to the salvation of all souls. 

-- Saint Hannibal Mary Di Francia


Sunday, July 14, 2013

Saint Quote: Saint Bonaventure


Mary seeks for those who approach her devoutly and with reverence, for such she loves, nourishes, and adopts as her children. 

-- Saint Bonaventure

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Friday, July 12, 2013

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 from Adversus Haereses (Against the Heresies)


Thursday, July 11, 2013

Saint Quote: Blessed John Henry Newman



To holy people the very name of Jesus is a name to feed upon, a name to transport. His name can raise the dead and transfigure and beautify the living.

-- Blessed John Henry Newman

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Saint Quote: Saint Benedict of Nursia


He who labors as he prays lifts his heart to God with his hands.

-- Saint Benedict of Nursia

Saint Quote: Saint Vincent Pallotti


You must be holy in the way that God asks you to be holy. God does not ask you to be a Trappist monk or a hermit. He wills that you sanctify the world and your everyday life. 

-- Saint Vincent Pallotti

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Saint Quote: Saint John Bosco


The principal safeguard is a prudent reserve, and not allowing liberties to be taken with you. Purity is a precious jewel, and the owner of a precious stone would never dream of making a display of his riches in the presence of thieves.

-- Saint John Bosco

Saturday, July 06, 2013

Saint Quote: Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton


I will go peaceably and firmly to the Catholic Church: for if Faith is so important to our salvation, I will seek it where true Faith first began, seek it among those who received it from God Himself.

-- Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

Friday, July 05, 2013

Thursday, July 04, 2013

Saint Quote: Saint Anthony Mary Zaccaria


No greater pride is there than judging others, nor is there anything for which God abandons man, more than for judging others. Everywhere in the Scriptures God tells us clearly not to judge others, but rather ourselves. Likewise spiritual writers condemn this fault of judging others with so many examples that the day would sooner be over than we could relate just a few of them. Take this thought for a conclusion: the beginning of the ruin of the spiritual life is judging others.

-- Saint Anthony Mary Zaccaria from a sermon


Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Saint Quote: Saint Hannibal Mary Di Francia


The entire Church must formally pray for (vocations) because the purpose of the prayer to gain vocations must concern all the faithful, every Christian who has at heart the good of souls and, in a particular way, the Bishops who are the shepherds of the spiritual flock and to whom souls are entrusted. They are the living Apostles of Jesus Christ today. 

-- Saint Hannibal Mary Di Francia

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