“To be humble, to accept our limits, is to find the grounding for our becoming fulfilled. It is a striving against those limits that has led to much misery and a great deal of destruction, including the wide-scale erosion of the very soil we are supposed to move toward in our lowliness.

What if we could stop, breathe in our God-given breath, live our given lives in the forms through which we can find our fullness?”

–from the book Wendell Berry and the Given Life

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“A friend is more to be longed for than the light; I speak of a genuine one. And wonder not: for it were better for us that the sun should be extinguished, than that we should be deprived of friends; better to live in darkness, than to be without friends.”

— St. John Chrysostom

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“Perhaps we do not know what love is, nor does this greatly surprise me. Love does not consist in great sweetness of devotion, but in a fervent determination to strive to please God in all things, in avoiding, as far as possible, all that would offend Him, and in praying for the increase of the glory and honor of His Son and for the growth of the Catholic Church.”

— St. Teresa of Avila

 

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“When I am in my last hour, when I am very near death, when I am so soon to change form and travel in unaccountable ways and places, I hope I will be of sound enough mind to murmur this, to our three children, and perhaps, if the Mercy has been especially ridiculously generous, our grandchildren: It was for you that I was here, and for you I prayed every day of your life, and for you I will pray in whatever form I am next to take. Lift the rock, and I am there; cleave the wood, and I am there; call for me, and I will listen; for I hope to be a prayer for you and yours long after I am dust and ash. Amen.”

—from the book Eight Whopping Lies and Other Stories of Bruised Grace

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“Make friends with the angels, who though invisible are always with you. Often invoke them, constantly praise them, and make good use of their help and assistance in all your temporal and spiritual affairs.”

— St. Francis de Sales

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“Great things are done through grace, and one attribute of the great things which grace enables the soul to do is their lastingness, their continuance, their permanent life and strength, as years roll past. I say, the works of grace are permanent.”

— Bl. John Henry Newman

 

 

“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

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“Some people who think themselves naturally gifted don’t want to touch either philosophy or logic. They don’t even want to learn natural science. They demand bare faith alone—as if they wanted to harvest grapes right away without putting any work into the vine. We must prune, dig, trellis, and do all the other work. I think you’ll agree the pruning knife, the pickaxe, and the farmer’s tools are necessary for growing grapevines, so that they will produce edible fruit. And as in farming, so in medicine: the one who has learned something is the one who has practiced the various lessons, so that he can cultivate or heal. And here, too, I say you’re truly educated if you bring everything to bear on the truth. Taking what’s useful from geometry, music, grammar, and philosophy itself, you guard the Faith from assault.”

— St. Clement of Alexandria

“If we are to recover what it means to be a creature, to live a given life in a given world, then Sabbath will be a central practice. It is in Sabbath that we learn to rest and wrest ourselves from the anxieties of achievement, of making and doing, that clamor inside and out. “It invites us to rest,” writes Berry. “It asks us to notice that while we rest the world continues without our help. It invites us to find delight in the world’s beauty and abundance.” In our greed that rushes to consume the world to our own destruction, “it may be asking us also to consider that if we choose not to honor it and care well for it, the world will continue in our absence.”

–from the book Wendell Berry and the Given Life

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“Heaven could not span its Creator, but the faithful soul, and only it, becomes its dwelling place and seat, and it becomes so in virtue of charity of which the impious lack.”

— St. Clare of Assisi

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“When the beauty of mankind impresses you, you should immediately distinguish what is apparent to the eye from what is seen only by the mind. You must remember that all corporeal beauty flows from an invisible principle, the uncreated beauty of God. You must discern in this an almost imperceptible drop issuing from an endless source, an immense ocean from which numberless perfections continually flow. How my soul is ravished when I consider that Eternal Beauty, the Source of everything beautiful!”

— Dom Lorenzo Scupoli

 

 

“In a world where people “look for love in all the wrong places”—settling for second-rate substitutes that can result in addictions, family strife, depression, and suicide—Jesus shows us a way. He is the answer to all our questions, no matter what our age or state of life. He offers solace to those aching for relief. He offers truth to young people who are searching for deeper meaning and security. He restores the dignity and moral center of those who are looking for life and see only death. To each of these weary souls, Jesus says: “Come to me, allyou that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens and I will give you rest…learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:28–29).

—from the book Healing Promises: The Essential Guide to the Sacred Heart

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“Be sure that you first preach by the way you live. If you do not, people will notice that you say one thing, but live otherwise, and your words will bring only cynical laughter and a derisive shake of the head.”

— St. Charles Borromeo

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“The will of God gives to all things a supernatural and divine value for the soul submitting to it. The duties it imposes, and those it contains, with all the matters over which it is diffused, become holy and perfect, because, being unlimited in power, everything it touches shares its divine character.”

— Fr. Jean-Pierre de Caussade

 

 

“Nothing and no one can take us from the hands of Jesus, because nothing and no one can overcome his love. Jesus’s love is invincible. The evil one, the great enemy of God and of his creatures, attempts in many ways to take eternal life from us. But the evil one can do nothing if we ourselves do not open the doors of our hearts to him, by following his deceitful enticements.”

—from the book Mother Mary: Inspiring Words from Pope Francis

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“You are asking for something that would be harmful to your salvation if you had it—so by not getting what you’ve asked, you really are getting what you want.”

— St. Catherine of Siena

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“What really hurts is not so much suffering as the fear of suffering. If welcomed trustingly and peacefully, suffering makes us grow. It matures and trains us, purifies us, teaches us to love unselfishly, makes us poor in heart, humble, gentle, and compassionate toward our neighbor. Fear of suffering, on the other hand, hardens us in self-protective, defensive attitudes, and often leads us to make irrational choices with disastrous consequences.”

— Fr. Jacques Philippe

 

 

“In today’s world, we seek immediate gratification. We want what we want, and we want it now. If it doesn’t happen on our timetable, we become discouraged and give up, or impatient. When we turn our lives over to God’s timing, we find peace, and we may be pleasantly surprised at what he has in store for us.”

—from the book Sisterhood of Saints: Daily Guidance and Inspiration

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“Three things are necessary to everyone: truth of faith which brings understanding, love of Christ which brings compassion, and endurance of hope which brings perseverance.”

— St. Bonaventure

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“My Heart overflows with great mercy for souls, and especially for poor sinners. If only they could understand that I am the best of Fathers to them and that it is for them that the Blood and Water flowed from My Heart as from a fount overflowing with mercy. For them I dwell in the tabernacle as King of Mercy. I desire to bestow My graces upon souls, but they do not want to accept them. You, at least, come to Me as often as possible and take these graces they do not want to accept. In this way you will console My Heart. Oh, how indifferent are souls to so much goodness, to so many proofs of love! My Heart drinks only of the ingratitude and forgetfulness of souls living in the world. They have time for everything, but they have no time to come to Me for graces.”

— St. Maria Faustina Kowalska

 

 

“Why do Catholics genuflect?

Catholics genuflect because we are often in the presence of the Supreme Revelation, who is not a piece of data but a glorious Person. “Jesus Christ is the redeemer of the human race and is the center of human history and the cosmos,” as Pope John Paul II writes in the beginning of his first encyclical. Socrates asked, What is truth? Buddha taught the Four Noble Truths. Mohammed claimed to bear witness to the truth. But only Jesus of Nazareth dared to say, “I am…the truth” (John 14:6).

—from Al Kresta, Why Do Catholics Genuflect?

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“Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.”

— St. Augustine

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“The invitation to lift up our hearts at the most important part of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is an invitation by Jesus through the voice of the priest to give our hearts to the Father, as He gave His life for us. We prepare to make our hearts and lives a total self-gift to the Father as Jesus made Himself a total gift to the Father for us on the Cross.”

— Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila

 

 

“All we do—our prayer, our work, our suffering—is for Jesus. Our life has no other reason or motivation. This is a point many people do not understand. I serve Jesus twenty-four hours a day. Whatever I do is for Him. And He gives me strength. I love Him in the poor and the poor in Him, but always the Lord comes first.”

—From the book St. Teresa of Calcutta: Missionary, Mother, Mystic

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“Mary was the most perfect among the saints only because she was always perfectly united to the will of God.”

— St. Alphonsus Liguori

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“Walking by faith, let us do good works. In these let there be a free love of God for His own sake and an active love for our neighbor. For there is nothing we can do for God. But because we have something we can do for our neighbor, we shall by our good offices to the needy gain the favor of Him Who is the source of all abundance. Let us then do what we can for others; let us freely bestow upon the needy out of our abundance.”

— St. Augustine

 

 

“During my first three years in the seminary, I worked for a pastor who was fond of saying, “Manual labor is good for the soul.” While I didn’t initially appreciate the wisdom of his maxim—especially while polishing brass, waxing floors, and pulling weeds—I gradually came to appreciate the perfective power of human labor. Men and women were not created to be idle, but to work with creation on its journey to completeness.”

—From Fr. Gary Caster, author of  Joseph, the Man Who Raised Jesus

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“If then we have angels, let us be sober, as though we were in the presence of tutors; for there is a demon present also.”

— St. John Chrysostom

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“I never found anyone so religious and devout as not to have sometimes a subtraction of grace, or feel a diminution of fervor. No saint was ever so highly rapt and illuminated as not to be tempted sooner or later. For he is not worthy of the high contemplation of God who has not, for God’s sake, been exercised with some tribulation.”

— Thomas à Kempis

 

 

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