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

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Saint Quote of the Day: Saint Fulgentius of Ruspe

Saint Fulgentius of Ruspe - PD-1923


The blessed Paul argues that we are saved by faith, which he declares to be not from us but a gift from God. Thus there cannot possibly be true salvation where there is no true faith, and, since this faith is divinely enabled, it is without doubt bestowed by his free generosity. Where there is true belief through true faith, true salvation certainly accompanies it. Anyone who departs from true faith will not possess the grace of true salvation.

Saint Fulgentius of Ruspe



Friday, December 29, 2017

Saint Quote of the Day: Pope Saint John Paul II

Pope Saint John Paul II on 12 August 1993 in Denver, Colorado - PD-1923


"Man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart" (1 Sm 16:7). And Mary’s heart was fully disposed to the fulfilment of the divine will. This is why the Blessed Virgin is the model of Christian expectation and hope. In her heart there is no shade of selfishiness: she desires nothing for herself except God's glory and human salvation. For her, the very privilege of being preserved from original sin is not a reason to boast, but one for total service to her Son’s redemptive mission.

Pope Saint John Paul II


Pope Saint John Paul II's patronage: Kraków, Poland; World Youth Day; young Catholics; Świdnica; families; World Meeting of Families 2015



Thursday, December 28, 2017

Saint Quote of the Day: Saint Thomas Becket

14th-century depiction of Becket (center) with King Henry II - PD-1923


For our sake Christ offered Himself to the Father upon the altar for the cross. He now looks down from heaven on our actions and secret thoughts, and one day He will give each of us the reward his deeds deserve. It must therefore be our endeavor to destroy the right of sin and death, and by nurturing faith and uprightness of life, to build up the Church of Christ into a holy temple of the Lord.

Saint Thomas Becket


Saint Thomas Becket's patronage: Clergy; secular clergy; Exeter College Oxford; Portsmouth, England.



Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Saint Quote of the Day: Saint Quodvultdeus on The Holy Innocents

Saint Quodvultdeus mosaic portrait - PD-1923


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 onThe Holy Innocents




Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Saint John the Apostle Quote

"Saint John the Evangelist" -- by James Tissot - PD-1923


That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the word of life: For the life was manifested; and we have seen and do bear witness, and declare unto you the life eternal, which was with the Father, and hath appeared to us: That which we have seen and have heard, we declare unto you, that you also may have fellowship with us, and our fellowship may be with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. And these things we write to you, that you may rejoice, and your joy may be full. And this is the declaration which we have heard from him, and declare unto you: That God is light, and in him there is no darkness.

Saint John the Apostle from 1 John 1:1-5


Saint John the Apostle's patronage: Against poison; art dealers; authors; bookbinders; booksellers; burns; compositors; editors; engravers; friendships; lithographers; painters; papermakers; poisoning; printers; publishers; tanners; theologians; typesetters; writers; Asia Minor; Taos, New Mexico; Umbria, Italy; diocese of Cleveland, Ohio; diocese of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.



Monday, December 25, 2017

Saint Fulgentius of Ruspe Quote on Saint Stephen

Saint Fulgentius of Ruspe - PD-1923


Our King, despite His exalted majesty, came in humility for our sake; yet He did not come empty-handed. He gave of His bounty, yet without any loss to Himself. In a marvelous way He changed into wealth the poverty of His faithful followers while remaining in full possession of His own inexhaustible riches. And so the love that brought Christ from heaven to earth raised Stephen from earth to heaven; shown first in the King, it later shone forth in His soldier. His love of God kept him from yielding to the ferocious mob; his love for his neighbor made him pray for those who were stoning him. Love inspired him to reprove those who erred, to make them amend; love led him to pray for those who stoned him, to save them from punishment.

Saint Fulgentius of Ruspe



Sunday, December 24, 2017

Saint John Chrysostom Quote on Bethlehem

"Adoration of the Shepherds" by Gerard van Honthorst (1622) - PD-1923
"Adoration of the Shepherds"
by Gerard van Honthorst (1622)


Bethlehem this day resembles heaven; hearing from the stars the singing of angelic voices; and in place of the sun, enfolds within itself on every side, the Sun of justice. And ask not how: for where God wills, the order of nature yields. For He willed; He had the power; He descended; He redeemed; all things yielded in obedience to God. This day He Who is, is Born; and He Who is, becomes what He was not. For when He was God, He became man; yet not departing from the Godhead that is His. Nor yet by any loss of divinity became He man, nor through increase became He God from man; but being the Word He became flesh, His nature, because of impassability, remaining unchanged.

Saint John Chrysostom


Saint John Chrysostom's patronage: Constantinople; education; epilepsy; lecturers; orators; preachers



Saint John Chrysostom fresco - PD-1923

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Saint Augustine of Hippo Quote



Nothing was so necessary for raising our hope as to show us how deeply God loved us. And what could afford us a stronger proof of this than that the Son of God should become a partner with us of human nature?

Saint Augustine of Hippo



Saint Augustine of Hippo's patronage: Brewers; diocese of Bridgeport, Connecticut; Cagayan de Oro, Philippines; diocese of Kalamazoo, Michigan; printers; city of Saint Augustine, Florida; diocese of Saint Augustine, Florida; sore eyes; diocese of Superior, Wisconsin; theologians; diocese of Tucson, Arizona.



Friday, December 22, 2017

Saint John of Kanty Quote

Saint John of Kanty - PD-1923


Avoid slander because it is difficult to retract. Avoid offending anyone for to ask forgiveness is not delightful.

Saint John of Kanty


Saint John of Kanty's patronage: Lithuania; Poland.



Thursday, December 21, 2017

Saint Augustine of Hippo Quote

Saint Augustine of Hippo Quote - PD-1923


The world being unworthy to receive the Son of God directly from the hands of the Father, He gave His Son to Mary for the world to receive Him from her.

Saint Augustine of Hippo



Saint Augustine of Hippo's patronage: Brewers; diocese of Bridgeport, Connecticut; Cagayan de Oro, Philippines; diocese of Kalamazoo, Michigan; printers; city of Saint Augustine, Florida; diocese of Saint Augustine, Florida; sore eyes; diocese of Superior, Wisconsin; theologians; diocese of Tucson, Arizona.



Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Pope Saint Leo the Great Quote

Pope Saint Leo the Great - PD-1923


That "the Word was made flesh" does not mean that the nature of God was changed into flesh, but that flesh was assumed by the Word into the unity of His person. The word "flesh" moreover signifies the whole man, with whom the Son of God so inseparably united Himself within the womb of the Virgin, fecundated by the Holy Spirit and destined to remain for ever virginal, that He who was begotten of the essence of the Father before time, in time was born of the Virgin's womb. For in no other way could we be released from the chains of eternal death, except He become humble in our nature who remained almighty in His own.

Pope Saint Leo the Great




Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Saint Mark the Ascetic Quote

Saint Mark the Ascetic - PD-1923


When Scripture says, ‘He will reward every man according to his works’ (Matthew 16:27), do not imagine that works in themselves merit either hell or the Kingdom. On the contrary, Christ rewards each man according to whether his works are done with faith or without faith in Himself; and He is not a dealer bound by contract, but God our Creator and Redeemer.

Saint Mark the Ascetic



Monday, December 18, 2017

Saint Melito of Sardis Quote

Saint Melito of Sardis


There is, therefore, nothing to hinder thee from changing thy evil manner of life, because thou art a free man; or from seeking and finding out who is the Lord of all; or from serving Him with all thy heart: because with Him there is no reluctance to give the knowledge of Himself to those that seek it, according to the measure of their capacity to know Him.

Saint Melito of Sardis




Sunday, December 17, 2017

Blessed Giulia Valle Quote

Blessed Giulia Valle - PD-1923


Keep a quick pace, without looking behind and concentrate on the one goal: God Alone! To Him the glory, to the others joy, for me to pay the price, never make others suffer. I shall be very strict with myself and full of charity towards the others: love gratuitously offered is the only thing that remains.

Blessed Giulia Valle



Blessed Giulia Valle's patronage: Educators



Saturday, December 16, 2017

Pope Saint Leo the Great Quote

 



Rightly therefore did the birth of our Salvation impart no corruption to the Virgin’s purity, because the bearing of the Truth was the keeping of honour.

Pope Saint Leo the Great




Friday, December 15, 2017

Saint Ephrem of Syria Quote

Saint Ephrem mosaic, Russia 16th century - PD-1923

Remember me, you heirs of God, you brethren of Christ; supplicate the Savior earnestly for me, that I may be freed through Christ from him that fights against me day by day.

Saint Ephrem of Syria


Saint Ephrem of Syria's patronage: Spiritual directors; spiritual leaders



Thursday, December 14, 2017

Saint Hilary of Poitiers Quote

Saint Hilary of Poitiers - artist unknown- PD


For we recognize the Lord Christ as no creature, for indeed He is none such; nor as something that has been made, since He is Himself the Lord of all things that are made; but we know Him to be God, God the true generation of God the Father. All we indeed, as His goodness has thought fit, have been named and adopted as sons of God: but He is to God the Father the one, true Son, and the true and perfect birth, which abides only in the knowledge of the Father and the Son. But this only, and this alone, is our religion, to confess Him as the Son not adopted but born, not chosen but begotten.

Saint Hilary of Poitiers



Saint Hilary of Poitiers’ patronage: Against snakes; backward children; snake bites; against rheumatism; children learning to walk; mothers; sick people; La Rochelle, France; Poitiers Lucon, France; Argusto, Italy; Verviio, Italy.



Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Saint John of the Cross Quote

Saint John of the Cross, artist unknown - PD-1923


O you souls who wish to go on with so much safety and consolation, if you knew how pleasing to God is suffering, and how much it helps in acquiring other good things, you would never seek consolation in anything; but you would rather look upon it as a great happiness to bear the Cross of the Lord.

Saint John of the Cross



Saint John of the Cross' patronage: Contemplative life, contemplatives, mystical theology, mystics, Spanish poets, World Youth Day 2011, Segovia, Spain, and Ta’ Xbiex, Malta



Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Saint Lucy of Syracuse Quote

Devotional image of Saint Lucy, artist unknown - PD-1923


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

* She is one of eight women who, along with the Blessed Virgin Mary, are commemorated by name in the Canon of the Mass.



Saint Lucy of Syracuse's patronage: Against hemorrhages; authors; blind people; blindness; cutlers; dysentery; eye disease; eye problems; glaziers; hemorrhages; laborers; martyrs; peasants; Perugia, Italy; saddlers; salesmen; stained glass workers; Syracuse, Sicily; throat infections; writers.



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Monday, December 11, 2017

Our Lady of Guadalupe Quote

Our Lady of Guadalupe - PD-1923


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.

Our Lady of Guadalupe to Saint Juan Diego



Our Lady of Guadalupe's patronage: The America’s; Mexico.



Sunday, December 10, 2017

Pope Saint Damasus I Quote

Lithography of Pope Saint Damasus I (Lisboa, 1840) - PD-1923


He who walking on the sea could calm the bitter waves, who gives life to the dying seeds of the earth; he who was able to loose the mortal chains of death, and after three days’ darkness could bring again to the upper world the brother for his sister Martha: he, I believe, will make Damasus rise again from the dust.

Pope Saint Damasus I from an epitaph he wrote for himself.



Pope Saint Damasus I’s patronage: Archaeologists




Saturday, December 9, 2017

Saint Anthony Mary Zaccaria Quote

Saint Anthony Mary Zaccaria


That which God commands seems difficult and a burden. The way is rough; you draw back; you have no desire to follow it. Yet do so and you will attain glory.

Saint Anthony Mary Zaccaria



Saint Anthony Mary Zaccaria’s patronage: The Barnabite order; Angelic Sisters of St. Paul; Laity of St. Paul; Physicians



Friday, December 8, 2017

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Saint Augustine of Hippo Quote on the Blessed Virgin Mary

Saint Augustine of Hippo - PD-1923


Hail, full of grace.’ By these words the angel shows that she was altogether excluded from the wrath of the first sentence, and restored to the full grace of blessing.

Saint Augustine of Hippo



Saint Augustine of Hippo's patronage: Brewers; diocese of Bridgeport, Connecticut; Cagayan de Oro, Philippines; diocese of Kalamazoo, Michigan; printers; city of Saint Augustine, Florida; diocese of Saint Augustine, Florida; sore eyes; diocese of Superior, Wisconsin; theologians; diocese of Tucson, Arizona.







Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Saint Ambrose of Milan Quote

Saint Ambrose of Milan. Saint Quote


The Church of the Lord is built upon the rock of the apostles among so many dangers in the world; it therefore remains unmoved. The Church’s foundation is unshakable and firm against assaults of the raging sea. Waves lash at the Church but do not shatter it. Although the elements of this world constantly beat upon the Church with crashing sounds, the Church possesses the safest harbor of salvation for all in distress.

Saint Ambrose of Milan



Saint Ambrose of Milan's patronage: Bee keepers; bees; bishops; candlemakers; chandlers; domestic animals; French Commissariat; geese; learning; livestock; Milan, Italy; police officers; schoolchildren; students; wax melters; wax refiners.



Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Saint Nicholas of Myra Quote

St. Nicholas of Myra


Children, I beseech you to correct your hearts and thoughts, so that you may be pleasing to God. Consider that although we may reckon ourselves to be righteous and frequently succeed in deceiving men, we can conceal nothing from God. Let us therefore strive to preserve the holiness of our souls and to guard the purity of our bodies with all fervor. Ye are the temple of God, says the divine Apostle Paul; If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy.

Saint Nicholas of Myra



Saint Nicholas of Myra's patronage: Against imprisonment; against robberies; against robbers; apothecaries; archers; bakers; barrel makers; boatmen; boot blacks; boys; brewers; brides; captives; children; coopers; dock workers; druggists; fishermen; grooms; judges; lawsuits lost unjustly; longshoremen; maidens; mariners; merchants; murderers; newlyweds; old maids; parish clerks; paupers; pawnbrokers; perfumeries; perfumers; pharmacists; pilgrims; poor people; prisoners; sailors; scholars; schoolchildren; shoe shiners; spinsters; students; thieves; travellers; unmarried girls; watermen; Greek Catholic Church in America; Greek Catholic Union; Bari, Italy; Fossalto, Italy; Duronia, Italy; Portsmouth, England; Greece; Lorraine; Russia; Sicily.



Monday, December 4, 2017

Saint Teresa of Avila Quote

"Saint Teresa of Avila" by Father Juan de la Miseria - PD-1923


Know that even when you are in the kitchen, our Lord moves amidst the pots and pans.

Saint Teresa of Avila



Saint Teresa of Avila's patronage: sickness; against headaches; against heart disease; lacemakers; loss of parents; opposition of Church authorities; those in need of grace; religious; those ridiculed for their piety; Spain; those named Teresa, Theresa, Teresita, Terry, Tessa, Teresina, and Tracy.



Sunday, December 3, 2017

Saint John Damascene Quote

Saint John of Damascus from an Arabic icon - PD-1923


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



Saint John Damascene's patronage: Pharmacists; icon painters; theology students



Saturday, December 2, 2017

Blessed John Henry Newman Quote on Advent

Blessed John Henry Newman - PD-1923


Advent is a time of waiting, it is a time of joy because the coming of Christ is not only a gift of grace and salvation but it is also a time of commitment because it motivates us to live the present as a time of responsibility and vigilance. This ‘vigilance’ means the necessity, the urgency of an industrious, living ‘wait’. To make all this happen, then we need to wake up, as we are warned by the apostle to the Gentiles, in today's reading to the Romans: ‘Besides this you know what hour it is, how it is full time now for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed'.

Blessed John Henry Newman



Blessed John Henry Newman's patronage: Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham





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