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, June 30, 2014

Saint Ignatius of Loyola Quote



Idleness begets a life of discontent. It develops self-love, which is the cause of all our miseries, and renders us unworthy to receive the favors of divine love.


-- Saint Ignatius of Loyola



Sunday, June 29, 2014

Saint Thomas of Villanova Quote

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Charity is not just giving, rather removing the need of those who receive charity and liberating them from it when possible.


-- Saint Thomas of Villanova



Saint Peter the Apostle and Saint Paul the Apostle Quotes


Simply proclaim the Lord Christ holy in your hearts, and always have your answer ready for people who ask you the reason for the hope that you have. But give it with courtesy and respect and with a clear conscience, so that those who slander your good behaviour in Christ may be ashamed of their accusations.

--Saint Peter from 1 Peter 3: 15 - 16


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I remind you to stir into flame the gift of God that you have through the imposition of my hands. For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control. So do not be ashamed of your testimony to our Lord, nor of me, a prisoner for his sake; but bear your share of the hardship for the gospel with the strength that comes from God.

--Saint Paul in his second letter to Saint Timothy




Friday, June 27, 2014

Saint Irenaeus of Lyons Quote



The Lord, coming into his own creation in visible form, was sustained by his own creation which he himself sustains in being. His obedience on the tree of the cross reversed the disobedience at the tree in Eden; the good news of the truth announced by an angel to Mary, a virgin subject to a husband, undid the evil lie that seduced Eve, a virgin espoused to a husband.

Eve in the GardenAs Eve was seduced by the word of an angel and so fled from God after disobeying his word, Mary in her turn was given the good news by the word of an angel, and bore God in obedience to his word. As Eve was seduced into disobedience to God, so Mary was persuaded into obedience to God; thus the Virgin Mary became the advocate of the virgin Eve.

Christ gathered all things into one, by gathering them into himself. He declared war against our enemy, crushed him who at the beginning had taken us captive in Adam, and trampled on his head, in accordance with God’s words to the serpent in Genesis: I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; he shall lie in wait for your head, and you shall lie in wait for his heel.

The one lying in wait for the serpent’s head is the one who was born in the likeness of Adam from the woman, the Virgin. This is the seed spoken of by Paul in the letter to the Galatians: The law of works was in force until the seed should come to whom the- promise was made.

Mary Crushin the SerpentHe shows this even more clearly in the same letter when he says: When the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman. The enemy would not have been defeated fairly if his vanquisher had not been born of a woman, because it was through a woman that he had gained mastery over man in the beginning, and set himself up as man’s adversary.

That is why the Lord proclaims himself the Son of Man, the one who renews in himself that first man from whom the race born of woman was formed; as by a man’s defeat our race fell into the bondage of death, so by a man’s victory we were to rise again to life.


-- Saint Irenaeus of Lyons from Against Heresies



Thursday, June 26, 2014

Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque Quote



The sacred heart of Christ is an inexhaustible fountain and its sole desire is to pour itself out into the hearts of the humble so as to free them and prepare them to lead lives according to his good pleasure.

From this divine heart three streams flow endlessly. The first is the stream of mercy for sinners; it pours into their hearts sentiments of contrition and repentance. The second is the stream of charity which helps all in need and especially aids those seeking perfection in order to find the means of surmounting their difficulties. From the third stream flow love and light for the benefit of his friends who have attained perfection; these he wishes to unit to himself so that they may share his knowledge and commandments and, in their individual ways, devote themselves wholly to advancing his glory.

This divine heart is an abyss filled with all blessings, and into the poor should submerge all their needs. It is an abyss of joy in which all of us can immerse our sorrows. It is an abyss of lowliness to counteract our foolishness, an abyss of mercy for the wretched, an abyss of love to meet our every need.

Are you making no progress in prayer? The you need only offer God the prayers which the Savior has poured out for us in the sacrament of the altar. Offer God his fervent love in reparation for your sluggishness. In the course of every activity pray as follows: "My God, I do this or I endure that in the heart of your Son and according to his holy counsels. I offer it to you in reparation for anything blameworthy or imperfect in my actions." Continue to do this in every circumstance of life.

But above all preserve peace of heart. This is more valuable than any treasure. In order to preserve it there is nothing more useful than renouncing your own will and substituting for it the will of the divine heart. In this way his will can carry out for us whatever contributes to his glory, and we will be happy to be his subjects and to trust entirely in him.


-- Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque from a letter



Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Saint Josemaria Escriva Quote


Our neighbours' problems must be our problems. Christian fraternity should be something very deep in the soul, so that we are indifferent to no one. Mary, who brought up Jesus and accompanied him through his life and is now beside him in heaven, will help us recognize Jesus as he crosses our path and makes himself present to us in the needs of our fellow men.


-- Saint Josemaria Escriva



Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque Quote



But above all preserve peace of heart. This is more valuable than any treasure. In order to preserve it there is nothing more useful than renouncing your own will and substituting for it the will of the divine heart. In this way his will can carry out for us whatever contributes to his glory, and we will be happy to be his subjects and to trust entirely in him.

-- Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque




Saint John the Baptist Quote



No one can receive anything except what has been given him from heaven. You yourselves can testify that I said that I am not the Messiah, but that I was sent before him. The one who has the bride is the bridegroom; the best man, who stands and listens for him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom's voice. So this joy of mine has been made complete. He must increase; I must decrease.


-- Saint John the Baptist from the Gospel According To Saint John 3:27-30



Sunday, June 22, 2014

Saint Teresa of Avila Quote



To pray for those who are in mortal sin is the best kind of almsgiving. For the love of God, always remember such souls when you pray.


-- Saint Teresa of Avila



Saint John of Damascus Quote



You ask how the bread becomes the Body of Christ, and the wine. . . the Blood of Christ. I shall tell you: the Holy Spirit comes upon them and accomplishes what surpasses every word and thought. . . . Let it be enough for you to understand that it is by the Holy Spirit, just as it was of the Holy Virgin and by the Holy Spirit that the Lord, through and in Himself, took flesh.


-- Saint John of Damascus



Friday, June 20, 2014

Saint Aloysius Gonzaga Quote



There is no more evident sign that anyone is a saint and of the number of the elect, than to see him leading a good life and at the same time a prey to desolation, suffering, and trials.


-- Saint Aloysius Gonzaga



Saint Thomas Aquinas Quote

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The Blessed Eucharist is the perfect Sacrament of the Lord's Passion, since It contains Christ Himself and his Passion.


-- Saint Thomas Aquinas



Thursday, June 19, 2014

Saint Augustine of Hippo Quote



What you do with those who beg from you is what God will do with His beggar, you! You are filled and you are empty. Fill your empty neighbor from your fullness, so that your emptiness may be filled from God's fullness.


-- Saint Augustine of Hippo



Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Saint Mark the Ascetic Quote

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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



Monday, June 16, 2014

Blessed Pierre-Joseph Cassant

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For such a long time we hoped against hope to be able to have the whole family together after my ordination so as to share the joy of being present and receiving Communion together at my first Mass. The good Lord heard our deepest wishes. It now remains to us to thank Him and to enter more and more deeply into the greatness of the priesthood. Let us never dare to equate the Sacrifice of the Mass with earthly things.


-- Blessed Pierre-Joseph Cassant from a letter to his family



Sunday, June 15, 2014

Saint Ignatius Loyola Quote



He is generous even to exhaustion; and what is most wonderful is, that He gives Himself thus entirely, not once only, but every day, if we wish it. Every fresh Communion is a new gift which Jesus Christ makes of Himself.


-- Saint Ignatius Loyola



Saint Gregory Thaumaturgus Quote

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Wherefore there is nothing either created or in servitude in the Trinity; nor anything superinduced, as if at some former period it was non-existent, and at some later period it was introduced. And thus neither was the Son ever wanting to the Father, nor the Spirit to the Son; but without variation and without change, the same Trinity abideth ever.


-- Saint Gregory Thaumaturgus



Saturday, June 14, 2014

Saint Joseph the Hymnographer Quote



And wilt Thou pardon, Lord,
A sinner such as I,
Although Thy book his crimes record,
Of such a crimson dye?

So deep are they engraved,
So terrible their fear,
The righteous scarcely shall be saved,
And where shall I appear?

O Thou Physician blest,
Make clean my guilty soul
And me, by many a sin oppressed,
Restore and keep me whole.

I know not how to praise
Thy mercy and Thy love;
But deign my soul from earth to raise
And learn from Thee above.


-- Saint Joseph the Hymnographer



Friday, June 13, 2014

Saint Anthony of Padua Quote



Solicitude for material things rends the soul; thus distracted, it divides it. The devil seizes the divided soul and thereby kills it.


-- Saint Anthony of Padua from a sermon



Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Saint Gregory of Nazianzus Quote



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 of Nazianzus



Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Saint John Vianney Quote

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When it's God speaking.....the proper way to behave is to imitate someone who has an irresistable curiosity and who listens at keyholes. You must listen to everything God says at the keyhole of your heart.


-- Saint John Vianney



Monday, June 09, 2014

Saint Vincent de Paul Quote

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We must never glance at what is good in ourselves, much less ponder over it, but we should search out what is wrong and what is lacking. This is an excellent way of remaining humble.


-- Saint Vincent de Paul



Sunday, June 08, 2014

Saint José de Anchieta Quote

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You must come with a bag-full of virtues.


-- Saint José de Anchieta in letters to fellow missionaries



Saint Irenaeus of Lyons Quote

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Baptism gives us the grace of new birth in God the Father, through his Son, in the Holy Spirit. For those who bear God's Spirit are led to the Word, that is, to the Son, and the Son presents them to the Father, and the Father confers incorruptibility on them. And it is impossible to see God's Son without the Spirit, and no one can approach the Father without the Son, for the knowledge of the Father is the Son, and the knowledge of God's Son is obtained through the Holy Spirit.


-- Saint Irenaeus of Lyons



Friday, June 06, 2014

Saint John Chrysostom Quote

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Many may not find giving up food and drink and a soft bed too difficult. But bearing an insult, a wrong, or hurtful words.....this is something to be done not by many but by few. God wants us to know how to find Him in all those things he allows to happen, and that can go against our likes and dislikes and preferences and upset our plans.


-- Saint John Chrysostom



Thursday, June 05, 2014

Saint Rafael Guízar y Valencia Quote

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A Bishop can do without a mitre, a crosier, and even a cathedral, but never without a seminary, because the future of his diocese depends on the seminary.


-- Saint Rafael Guízar y Valencia



Saint Boniface Quote



Let us pray the gracious defender of our life, the only sure refuge of those in trouble, that His right hand may keep us safe amidst these dens of wolves, and that He may guard us from harm, so that the footsteps of apostates walking in darkness may not be found, where should be the beautiful feet of those who carry the peaceful light of the gospel, but that the most gracious Father and God may help us to gird up our loins, with bright candles in our hands, and that he may enlighten the hearts of the heathen to gaze at the glorious gospel of Christ. Amen.


-- Saint Boniface



Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Blessed Mary Elizabeth Hesselblad Quote



We must nourish a great love for God and our neighbors; a strong love, an ardent love, a love that burns away imperfections, a love that gently bears an act of impatience, or a bitter word, a love that lets an inadvertence or act of neglect pass without comment, a love that lends itself readily to an act of charity.


-- Blessed Mary Elizabeth Hesselblad



Monday, June 02, 2014

Saint Charles Lwanga Quote



It is as if you are pouring water on me. Please repent and become a Christian like me.


-- Saint Charles Lwanga to his executioner



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