Saturday, May 31, 2014
As by the Word of God, Jesus our Savior was made Flesh and had both Flesh and Blood for our salvation, so also the food which has been blessed by the word of prayer instituted by Him is both the Flesh and Blood of Jesus Incarnate.
-- Saint Justin Martyr
Friday, May 30, 2014
If our life were not under Mary's protection, we might tremble for our perseverance and salvation.
-- Saint Peter Julian Eymard
O Glorious Saint Joseph, after the Blessed Virgin, you were the first to hold in your arms the Redeemer. May you teach us; may you assist us, may you make us worthy members of the Holy Family.
-- Saint Joseph Marello
Thursday, May 29, 2014
My hope is in Christ, who strengthens the weakest by His Divine help. I can do all in Him who strengthens me. His Power is infinite, and if I lean on him, it will be mine. His Wisdom is infinite, and if I look to Him for counsel, I shall not be deceived. His Goodness is infinite, and if my trust is stayed in Him, I shall not be abandoned.
-- Pope Saint Pius X
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
It was he who died for our sins to give us eternal life. This same man, Christ, is God and abides for ever and ever. Whoever believes in Him will have eternal life; whoever denies Him will have eternal punishment.
-- Saint Julius the Veteran at his trial
Sunday, May 25, 2014
Prayer ought to be humble, fervent, resigned, persevering, and accompanied with great reverence. One should consider that he stands in the presence of a God, and speaks with a Lord before whom the angels tremble from awe and fear.
-- Saint Mary Magdalen de Pazzi
Friday, May 23, 2014
The Church of Christ, zealous and cautious guardian of the dogmas deposited with it, never changes any phase of them. It does not diminish them or add to them; it neither trims what seems necessary nor grafts things superfluous . . . but it devotes all its diligence to one aim: To treat tradition faithfully and wisely; to consolidate and to strengthen what already was clear; and to guard what already was confirmed and defined.
-- Saint Vincent of Lérins
Thursday, May 22, 2014
We must neither doubt nor hesitate with respect to the words of the Lord; rather we must be fully persuaded that every word of God is true and possible, even if our nature should rebel against the idea -- for in this lies the test of faith.
-- Saint Basil the Great
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
To be perfect in our vocation is nothing else than to fulfill the duties which our state of life obliges us to perform, and to accomplish them well, and only for the honor and love of God.
-- Saint Francis de Sales
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Every virtue in your soul is a precious ornament which makes you dear to God and to man. But holy purity, the queen of virtues, the angelic virtue, is a jewel so precious that those who possess it become like the angels of God in Heaven, even though clothed in mortal flesh.
-- Saint John Bosco
Monday, May 19, 2014
Prayer is the best preparation for Holy Communion. Prayer is the raising of the mind to God. When we pray we go to meet Christ Who is coming to us. If our Creator and Savior comes from heaven with such great love, it is only fitting that we should go to meet Him. And this is what we do when we spend some time in prayer.
-- Saint Bernardine of Siena
Saturday, May 17, 2014
When we attend to the needs of those in want, we give them what is theirs, not ours. More than performing works of mercy, we are paying a debt of justice.
-- Pope Saint Gregory the Great
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Reason can but ascertain the profound difficulties of our condition, it cannot remove them.
-- Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
“In those days, Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples and said…” As the fiery spirit to whom the flock was entrusted by Christ and as the leader in the band of the apostles, Peter always took the initiative in speaking: “My brothers, we must choose from among our number.” He left the decision to the whole body, at once augmenting the honor of those elected and avoiding any suspicion of partiality.
Did not Peter then have the right to make the choice himself? Certainly he had the right, but he did not want to give the appearance of showing special favor to anyone. “And they nominated two,” we read, “Joseph, who was called Barsabbas and surnamed Justus, and Matthias.” He himself did not nominate them; all present did. But it was he who brought the issue forward, pointing out that it was not his own idea but had been suggested to him by a scriptural prophecy.
And they all prayed together, saying: “You, Lord, know the hearts of men; make your choice known to us. You, not we.” Appropriately they said that he knew the hearts of men, because the choice was to be made by him, not by others.
They spoke with such confidence, because someone had to be appointed. They did not say “choose” but “make known to us” the chosen one; “the one you choose,” they said, fully aware that everything was being preordained by God.
-- Saint John Chrysostom from a homily
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Sunday, May 11, 2014
Be at peace; place everything on my shoulders. I will take care of it. I give my penitents only small penances because I do the rest myself.
-- Saint Leopold Mandić
I was sixteen years of age when I learned to know Our Lord. This experience overwhelmed me and I wanted God and only God.
-- Saint Marie Guillemette Emilie de Rodat
Saturday, May 10, 2014
I make myself a leper with the lepers to gain all to Jesus Christ.
-- Saint Damien de Veuster of Molokaʻi
Thursday, May 08, 2014
God the Father, I offer you the divine wounds of Christ, your Son, for our Church that you may increase the number of the faithful and of laborers, and that you may continually refresh her with the spirit of charity, humility and meekness.
-- Saint George Preca (Saint George Preca is the first Maltese Catholic Saint.)
Whenever some act of wondrous power must be performed, Michael is sent, so that his action and his name may make it clear that no one can do what God does by his superior power.
-- Pope Saint Gregory the Great
Tuesday, May 06, 2014
Jesus is the teacher of holiness. I go to Him because I want Him to teach me how to become a Saint. Of what use to me is all I learn in school if I do not become holy?
-- Saint Francis DeSales
Monday, May 05, 2014
Our self will is so subtle and so deeply rooted within us, so covered with excuses and defended by false reasoning, that it seems to be a demon. When we cannot do our own will in one way, we do it in another, under all kinds of pretexts.
-- Saint Catherine of Genoa
Sunday, May 04, 2014
Attribute to God every good that you have received. If you take credit for something that does not belong to you, you will be guilty of theft.
-- Saint Anthony of Padua
Saturday, May 03, 2014
Let no man, when he is tempted, say that he is tempted by God. For God is not a tempter of evils, and he tempteth no man. But every man is tempted by his own concupiscence, being drawn away and allured. Then when concupiscence hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin. But sin, when it is completed, begetteth death. Do not err, therefore, my dearest brethren.
-- Saint James the Lesser from The Epistle of James 1: 13 - 16
Thursday, May 01, 2014
By dying for others, he immediately banished death for all mankind. The corruption of death no longer holds any power over mankind, thanks to the Word, who has come to dwell among us through his one body.
-- Saint Athanasius the Great