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 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 09, 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 08, 2017

Thursday, December 07, 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 06, 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 05, 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 04, 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 03, 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 02, 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





Friday, December 01, 2017

Pope Saint Leo the Great Quote

Pope Saint Leo the Great - PD-1923


You therefore, whoever you may be, who devoutly and full of faith boast of the Christian name, rightly weigh the grace of your reconciliation. By the Incarnation of the Word, power was given you to return from afar to your Maker, to recognize your true parentage, from a slave to become a freeman, from an outcast to become a son. Born of corruptible flesh, you were empowered to be reborn of the Spirit of God, and to obtain through grace what was not yours through nature. You know that by the spirit of adoption you are become a son of God: you dare call God your father.

Pope Saint Leo the Great



Pope Saint Leo the Great's patronage: All Parishes named after Pope Saint Leo the Great.



Thursday, November 30, 2017

Saint Edmund Campion Quote



In condemning us, you condemn all your own ancestors, all our ancient bishops and kings, all that was once the glory of England — the island of saints, and the most devoted child of the See of Peter.



Saint Edmund Campion at his death Sentence



Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Saint John Chrysostom Quote Regarding Saint Andrew the Apostle

Fresco of St. John Chrysostom, lower register of sanctuary in Church of the Theotokos Peribleptos in Ohrid, Macedonia - PD-1923



After Andrew had stayed with Jesus and had learned much from him, he did not keep this treasure to himself, but hastened to share it with his brother. Notice what Andrew said to him: We have found the Messiah, that is to say, the Christ. Notice how his words reveal what he has learned in so short a time. They show the power of the master who has convinced them of this truth. They reveal the zeal and concern of men preoccupied with this question from the very beginning. Andrew’s words reveal a soul waiting with the utmost longing for the coming of the Messiah, looking forward to his appearing from heaven, rejoicing when he does appear, and hastening to announce so great an event to others. To support one another in the things of the spirit is the true sign of good will between brothers, of loving kinship and sincere affection.

Saint John Chrysostom



Saint John Chrysostom's patronage: Constantinople; education; epilepsy; lecturers; orators; preachers; speakers; Istanbul, Turkey.



Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Saint Saturninus of Toulouse Quote

Saint Saturninus of Toulouse


I adore one only God, and to him I am ready to offer a sacrifice of praise. Your gods are devils, and are more delighted with the sacrifice of your souls than with those of your bullocks. How can I fear them who, as you acknowledge, tremble before a Christian?

Saint Saturninus of Toulouse at his martyrdom



Saint Saturninus of Toulouse's patronage: Against ants; against bovine spongiform encephalopathy; death anxiety; against fraud; against headaches; against mad cow disease; against nausea; against pain; against plague; against scrapie; against smallpox; against syphilis; bullfighters; smallpox patients; Toulouse, France



Monday, November 27, 2017

Saint Catherine Labouré Quote

Saint Catherine Labouré, circa 1850. Photographer unknown. PD-1923


I knew nothing; I was nothing. For this reason, God picked me out.

Saint Catherine Labouré



Saint Catherine Labouré's patronage: Miraculous Medal; infirmed people; the elderly



Sunday, November 26, 2017

Saint Francis de Sales Quote

Saint Francis de Sales - PD-1923


All the science of the Saints is included in these two things: To do, and to suffer. And whoever had done these two things best, has made himself most saintly.

Saint Francis de Sales


Saint Francis de Sales' patronage: Baker, Oregon; Cincinnati, Ohio; Catholic press; Columbus, Ohio; confessors; deaf people; educators; Upington, South Africa; Wilmington, Delaware; writers; journalists; the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest



Saturday, November 25, 2017

Saint Leonard of Port Maurice Quote

Saint Leonard of Port Maurice - PD-1923


Take the resolution to belong to the little number of those who are saved. You say: If Christ wanted to damn me, then why did He create me? Silence, rash tongue! God did not create anyone to damn him; but whoever is damned, is damned because he wants to be.

Saint Leonard of Port Maurice from a sermon



Saint Leonard of Port Maurice's patronage: Imperia, Italy; Parish missions




Friday, November 24, 2017

Saint Peter Chrysologus Quote

Saint Peter Chrysologus - PD-1923


The first Adam was made by the last Adam, from whom he also received his soul, to give him life. The last Adam was formed by his own action; he did not have to wait for life to be given him by someone else, but was the only one who could five life to all. The first Adam was formed from valueless clay, the second Adam came forth from the precious womb of the Virgin. In the case of the first Adam, earth was changed into flesh; in the case of the second Adam, flesh was raised up to be God.

What more need be said? The second Adam stamped his image on the first Adam when he created him. That is why he took on himself the role, and the name, of the first Adam, in order that he might not lose what he had made in his own image. The first Adam, the last Adam; the first had a beginning, the last knows no end. The last Adam is indeed the first; as he himself says: I am the first and the last.

Saint Peter Chrysologus from a sermon

Saint Peter Chrysologus' patronage: Against fever; Against mad dogs



Thursday, November 23, 2017

Saint Basil the Great Quote

Icon of Saint Basil the Great - PD-Art


Faith and baptism are two kindred and inseparable ways of salvation: faith is perfected through baptism, baptism is established through faith, and both are completed by the same names. For as we believe in the Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost, so are we also baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost; first comes the confession, introducing us to salvation, and baptism follows, setting the seal upon our assent.

Saint Basil the Great



Saint Basil the Great's patronage: Cappadocia; hospital administrators; reformers; Russia.




Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Pope Saint Clement I Quote

Pope Clement I - PD-1923


Let us fix our eyes on the blood of Christ and understand how precious it is unto His Father, because being shed for our salvation it won for the whole world the grace of repentance.

Pope Saint Clement 1 from his "Epistleto the Corinthians"



Pope Saint Clement 1's patronage: Boatmen; marble workers; mariners; sailors; sick children; stonecutters; watermen.




Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Saint Cecilia Quote

Stefano Moderno, "Saint Cecilia," 1599, church of St. Cecilia, Trastevere, Rome In the sculpture, St. Cecilia extends three fingers with her right hand and one with her left, testifying to the Trinity. The sculptor attested that this was how the saint's body looked when her tomb was opened in 1599. Photographed at the church of St. Cecilia, Trastevere, by Richard Stracke.


Arise, soldier of Christ, throw away the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.

Saint Cecilia


Saint Cecilia's patronage: Albi, France; composers; martyrs; music; musicians; musical instrument makers; archdiocese of Omaha, Nebraska; poets; singers; Mar del Plata, Argentina.

Trivia: Saint Cecilia is one of seven women, excluding the Blessed Virgin, commemorated by name in the Canon of the Mass.




Monday, November 20, 2017

Saint Augustine of Hippo Quote

The earliest portrait of Saint Augustine in a 6th century fresco, Lateran, Rome. PD-1923


Him whom the heavens cannot contain, the womb of one woman bore. She ruled our Ruler; she carried Him in whom we are; she gave milk to our Bread.

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.




Sunday, November 19, 2017

Saint Thomas Aquinas Quote



Hence we must say that for the knowledge of any truth whatsoever man needs divine help, that the intellect may be moved by God to its act. But he does not need a new light added to his natural light, in order to know the truth in all things, but only in some that surpasses his natural knowledge.

Saint Thomas Aquinas



Saint Thomas Aquinas' patronage: Academics; against storms; against lightning; apologists; book sellers; Catholic academies; Catholic schools; Catholic universities; chastity; colleges; learning; lightning; pencil makers; philosophers; publishers; scholars; schools; storms; students; theologians; universities; University of Vigo.




Saturday, November 18, 2017

Saint Thomas More Quote

Saint Thomas More, 1572 - PD-1923


For if you suffer your people to be ill-educated, and their manners to be corrupted from their infancy, and then punish them for those crimes to which their first education disposed them, what else is to be concluded from this, but that you first make thieves and then punish them.

Saint Thomas More



Saint Thomas More's patronage: Adopted children; civil servants; court clerks; difficult marriages; large families; lawyers, politicians, and statesmen; stepparents; widowers; Ateneo de Manila Law School; Diocese of Arlington; Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee; Kerala Catholic Youth Movement; University of Malta; University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Arts and Letters





Friday, November 17, 2017

Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne Quote

Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne - PD-1923


We cultivate a very small field for Christ, but we love it, knowing that God does not require great achievements but a heart that holds back nothing for self…. The truest crosses are those we do not choose ourselves…. He who has Jesus has everything.

Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne



Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne's patronage: Opposition of Church authorities; perseverance amid adversity; diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, Missouri.




Thursday, November 16, 2017

Saint Gregory Thaumaturgus Quote

Saint Gregory Thaumaturgus Icon - PD-1923


There is a perfect Trinity, in glory and eternity and sovereignty, neither divided nor estranged. 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 from a declaration of faith by him



Saint Gregory Thaumaturgus' patronage: Against earthquakes; against floods; desperate causes; forgotten causes; impossible causes; lost causes.




Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Saint Gertrude the Great Quote

Saint Gertrude the Great - PD-1923


I understand that, each time we contemplate with desire and devotion the Host in which is hidden Christ's Eucharistic Body, we increase our merits in heaven and secure special joys to be ours later in the beatific vision of God.

Saint Gertrude the Great



Saint Gertrude the Great's patronage: Nuns; travelers; Naples, Italy; Diocese of Magdeburg, Germany; West Indies.




Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Saint Albert the Great Quote

Saint Albert the Great - PD-1923


He could not have commanded anything more beneficial, for this Sacrament is the fruit of the tree of life. Anyone who receives this Sacrament with the devotion of sincere faith will never taste death. It is a tree of life for those who grasp it, and blessed is he who holds it fast. The man who feeds on Me shall live on account of Me.

Saint Albert the Great on the Eucharist



Saint Albert the Great's patronage: Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Ohio; medical technicians; natural sciences; philosophers; schoolchildren; scientists; students; students of theology.




Monday, November 13, 2017

Saint Augustine of Hippo Quote



God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.

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.




Sunday, November 12, 2017

Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini Quote

Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini - PD-USA


The world is poisoned with erroneous theories, and needs to be taught sane doctrines, but it is difficult to straighten what has become crooked.

Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini


Trivia note: Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini is the first United States citizen to be canonized.



Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini's Patronage: hospital administrators; immigrants; orphans.



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