Sunday, March 30, 2014
I loved freedom of heart very much, and worked and am working to achieve it fully. It does the soul so much good that every effort is nothing compared with this free condition of the heart.
-- Saint Genoveva Torres Morales
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Now there is a great difference between believing in Christ, and in believing that Jesus is the Christ. For that he was the Christ even the devils believed; but he believes in Christ who both loves Christ, and hopes in Christ.
-- Saint Augustine of Hippo
The greatest honor God can do a soul is not to give it much, but to ask much of it.
-- Saint Therese of Lisieux
Thursday, March 27, 2014
A poor person asks you for something: you ask God for something. He begs for a morsel of food; you beg for eternal life. Give to the beggar so that you may receive from Christ. For He is who says," Give and it will be given to you." It baffles me that you have the imprudence to ask for what you do not want to give.
-- Saint Caesarius of Aries
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
God did not ask us to follow Him because He needed our help, but because He knew that loving Him would make us whole.
-- Saint Irenaeus of Lyons
Monday, March 24, 2014
Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and shalt bring forth a son; and thou shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the most High; and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of David his father; and he shall reign in the house of Jacob for ever. And of his kingdom there shall be no end.
-- Saint Gabriel the Archangel to The Blessed Virgin Mary from Luke 1: 31 - 33
Tell the children about God and His Saints. During the holy time of Lent, speak to them of their suffering Savior. During Paschal time, of His glorious Resurrection. During Christmas time, of His Birth. You will see what a profound impression it will make on the minds of your children.
-- Saint John Vianney
Saturday, March 22, 2014
What a weakness it is to love Jesus Christ only when He Caresses us, and to be cold immediately once He afflicts us. This is not true love. Those who love thus, love themselves too much to love God with all their heart.
-- Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque
"Thou shalt not kill." God engraved this commandment on the souls of men long before any penal code... God has engraved these commandments in our hearts... They are the unchangeable and fundamental truths of our social life... Where in Germany and where, here, is obedience to the precepts of God? [...] As for the first commandment, "Thou shalt not have strange gods before me," instead of the One, True, Eternal God, men have created at the dictates of their whim, their own gods to adore: Nature, the State, the Nation, or the Race.
-- Blessed Clemens August von Galen
Thursday, March 20, 2014
My Lord and my God, take from me everything that distances me from you.
My Lord and my God, give me everything that brings me closer to you.
My Lord and my God, detach me from myself to give my all to you.
-- Saint Nicholas of Flüe
When tempted, invoke your angel. He is more eager to help you than you are to be helped! Ignore the devil and do not be afraid of him: He trembles and flees at the sight of your guardian angel.
-- Saint John Bosco
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
What emanates from the figure of Saint Joseph is faith. Joseph of Nazareth is a “just man” because he totally “lives by faith.” He is holy because his faith is truly heroic. Sacred Scripture says little of him. It does not record even one word spoken by Joseph, the carpenter of Nazareth. And yet, even without words, he shows the depth of his faith, his greatness. Saint Joseph is a man of great spirit. He is great in faith, not because he speaks his own words, but above all because he listens to the words of the Living God. He listens in silence. And his heart ceaselessly perseveres in the readiness to accept the Truth contained in the word of the Living God. We see how the word of the Living God penetrates deeply into the soul of that man, that just man. And we, do we know how to listen to the word of God? Do we know how to absorb it into the depths of our human personalities? Do we open our conscience in the presence of this word?
-- Pope Blessed John Paul II
Monday, March 17, 2014
That which I have set out in Latin is not my words but the words of God and of apostles and prophets, who of course have never lied. He who believes shall be saved, but he who does not believe shall be damned. God has spoken.
-- Saint Patrick of Ireland
Saturday, March 15, 2014
To prefer man to God: A strange and unhappy slavery is that of a man who seeks to please other men. I vow never to do anything nor to leave anything undone because of what people think. This will set up in me a great interior peace.
-- Saint Claude de la Colombiere
Thursday, March 13, 2014
These days no one thinks of the fears that the future holds. No one takes to heart the day of judgment, and the wrath of God. The punishments to come to unbelievers, and the eternal torments decreed for the faithless. If only they believed, they would heed, and if they took heed, they would escape.
-- Saint Cyprian of Carthage
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
|Mother Teresa of Calcutta receiving Medal of Freedom from President Ronald Reagan in 1985|
It is a great poverty that a child must die so that you may live as you wish.
-- Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta
In reading we aim at knowing, but we must put into practice what we have learned in our course of study. The more you devote yourself to study of the sacred utterances, the richer will be your understanding of them, just as the more the soil is tilled, the richer the harvest. The man who is slow to grasp things but who really tries hard is rewarded, equally he who does not cultivate his God-given intellectual ability is condemned for despising his gifts and sinning by sloth.
-- Saint Isidore of Seville
Monday, March 10, 2014
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, March 09, 2014
If there be here any hidden Catholics, let them pray for me but the prayers of heretics I will not have.
-- Saint John Ogilvie at his execution
Note: Saint John Ogilvie has the distinction of being the Church‘s only officially recorded Scottish martyr during the Reformation.
Saturday, March 08, 2014
For I am even now ready to be sacrificed: and the time of my dissolution is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. As to the rest, there is laid up for me a crown of justice, which the Lord the just judge will render to me in that day: and not only to me, but to them also that love his coming.
-- Saint Paul the Apostle from 2 Timothy 4: 6 - 8
Friday, March 07, 2014
Vigilance and prayer are the safeguards of chastity. You should pray often and fervently to be preserved from temptations against purity, and for the grace to overcome them.
-- Saint John Baptist de la Salle
Thursday, March 06, 2014
Our own evil inclinations are far more dangerous than any external enemies.
-- Saint Ambrose of Milan
The garden of the Lord, brethren, includes - yes, it truly includes - includes not only the roses of martyrs but also the lilies of virgins, and the ivy of married people, and the violets of widows. There is absolutely no kind of human beings, my dearly beloved, who need to despair of their vocation; Christ suffered for all. It was very truly written about him: who wishes all men to be saved, and to come to the acknowledgement of the truth.
-- Saint Augustine of Hippo
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Let us fix our attention on the blood of Christ and recognize how precious it is to God his Father, since it was shed for our salvation and brought the grace of repentance to all the world.
-- Pope Saint Clement I
Never be afraid of loving the Blessed Virgin too much. You can never love her more than Jesus did.
-- Saint Maximilian Kolbe
Monday, March 03, 2014
Christ wishes the Christian Community to be a body that is perfect because we work together towards a single end, and the higher the motive which actuates this collaboration the higher, no doubt, will be the union. Now the end in question is supremely exalted: the continuous sanctification of the Body for the glory of God and the Lamb that was slain.
-- Saint Katharine Drexel
Sunday, March 02, 2014
For almighty God. . ., because he is supremely good, would never allow any evil whatsoever to exist in his works if he were not so all-powerful and good as to cause good to emerge from evil itself.
-- Saint Augustine of Hippo