Quotes to Inspire

The world is thy ship, not thy home.~St. Therese of Lisieux
Nothing is so strong as gentleness; nothing so gentle as real strength. ~ St. Francis de Sales 
6 For this reason, I remind you to stir into flame the gift of God that you have through the imposition of my hands.
7 For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control.
8 So do not be ashamed of your testimony to our Lord, nor of me, a prisoner for his sake; but bear your share of hardship for the gospel with the strength that comes from God.
9 He saved us and called us to a holy life, not according to our
works but according to his own design and the grace bestowed on us in
Christ Jesus before time began,
10 but now made manifest through the appearance of our savior Christ
Jesus, who destroyed death and brought life and immortality to light
through the gospel, 2 Timothy 1: 6-10
Dear brothers and sisters, the Ascension does not indicate the absence of Jesus, but tells us that He is alive among us in a new way; He is no longer in a definite place in the world as He was before the Ascension; He is now in the lordship of God, present in all space and time, next to each of us. We are never alone in our lives: We have this advocate who waits for us, we are never alone, ​​the Crucified and Risen Lord guides us, and with us there are many brothers and sisters who in silence and obscurity, in their family life and work, in their problems and difficulties, their joys and hopes, live their faith every day and, together with us, bring to the world the lordship of God's love.  ~ Pope Francis, April 17, 2013 Audience
In the end, everything has been entrusted to our protection, and all of us are responsible for it. Be protectors of God's gifts! ~ Pope Francis

An example I often use to illustrate the reality of vanity, is this: look at the peacock; it’s beautiful if you look at it from the front. But if you look at it from behind, you discover the truth… Whoever gives in to such self-absorbed vanity has huge misery hiding inside them.” ~ Pope Francis

"Here we need to pay attention to a reality: that this 'world,' in the evangelical sense, threatens even the church, infecting its members and the ordained ministers themselves... The 'world' is a mentality, a manner of thinking and living that can pollute even the church, and in fact does pollute it, and therefore requires constant vigilance and purification," the pope said. The Christian vocation... is to be free from evil and different from the world, though living in the world."  ~ Pope Benedict XVI in May 3, 2009 homily at St. Peter's Basilica

Holiness does not consist in not making mistakes or never sinning. Holiness grows with capacity for conversion, repentance, willingness to begin again, and above all with the capacity for reconciliation and forgiveness. ~ Cardinal Ratzinger now Pope Benedict XVI

Humility is the foundation of all the other virtues hence, in the soul in which this virtue does not exist there cannot be any other virtue except in mere appearance. ~ St. Augustine

One loving spirit sets another on fire. ~ St. Augustine 

"True revolution consists in simply turning to God who is the measure of what is right, and who at the same time is everlasting love." Pope Benedict XVI 

"Spread love everywhere you go: first of all in your own house. Give love to your children, to your wife or husband, to a next door neighbor... Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting."
~ St.Mother Teresa of Calcutta 

"One drop of honey attracts more bees than a barrel of vinegar." ~ St. Francis de Sales 

"Allow the light and the healing presence of Christ to shine brightly through your lives. In that way, all those who come in contact with you will discover the loving kindness of God." ~ St. John Paul II (1920 - 2005 AD) 

God always gives a greater blessing to humble beginnings than to those that start with the chiming of bells. ~ St. Vincent de Paul

Love Holy Scripture and wisdom will love you. Love her, and she will keep you. Honor her, and she will embrace you.  ~ St. Jerome (342-420AD), Doctor of the Church and Early Church Father

Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ.
~ St. Jerome, Early Church  Father and Doctor of the Catholic Church 342-420 AD

The devil fears hearts on fire with love of God. ~ St. Catherine of Siena

Great graces cannot be obtained without humility. When you yourself experience humiliation, you should take it as a sure sign that some great grace is in store. ~ St. Bernard of Clairvaux

Do you wish to rise?
Begin by descending.
You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds?
Lay first the foundation of humility.
It was pride that changed angels into devils;
it is humility that makes men as angels. ~ St. Augustine

It constantly happens that the Lord permits a soul to fall so that it may grow humbler. When it is honest, and realizes what it has done, and returns, it makes ever-increasing progress in our Lord's service. ~ St. Teresa of Avila

Everyone that exalteth himself shall be humbled; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted. Galatians 2:20

The gate of Heaven is very low; only the humble can enter it.  ~ St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

Pride is an illusion, a lie and a thief. And since it is a truth of faith that we are nothing, he who esteems himself and thinks that he is someone is a seducer who deceives himself. ~ St. John Eudes

If you are what you should be, you will set the whole world on fire.  ~ St. Catherine of Siena, Doctor of the Church

Thus saith the Lord: Stand ye on the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, which is the good way, and walk ye in it: and you shall find refreshment for your souls. Jeremiah 6:16

Attaining happiness requires a rigorous personal ascetism whose function is to bring order into the human person. It is a tragic lie to teach people that happiness can or even should be reached by abandoning oneself to the inclinations of instinct, without any self-denial. ~ St. John Paul II (1920 - 2005 AD)

'To be perfect means to love God not a little, but a great deal. It means not to stop at the point at which we have arrived, but with His help to progress to love. ~ Pope John Paul I (1912-1978 AD)

"Be neat, Philothea; let nothing be negligent about you. It is a kind of contempt of those with whom we converse, to frequent their company in uncomely apparel; but, at the same time, avoid all affectation, vanity, curiosity, or levity in your dress. Keep yourself always, as much as possible, on the side of plainness and modesty, which, without doubt, is the greatest ornament of beauty, and the best excuse for the want of it." ~ St. Francis de Sales, Introduction to a Devout Life, Part Three, Ch. 25 

But I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child, a direct killing of the innocent child, murder by the mother herself. And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another? ~ St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta

The contemplation of Christ has an incomparable model in Mary. In the recitation of the Rosary, the Christian community enters into contact with the memories and the contemplative gaze of Mary. ~ St. John Paul II (1920 - 2005 AD)

For a stalk to grow or a flower to open there must be time that cannot be forced; nine months must go by for the birth of a human child; to write a book or compose music often years must be dedicated to patient research. To find the mystery there must be patience, interior purification, silence, waiting. ~ St. John Paul II (1920 - 2005 AD)

The family must be a great school of piety, spirituality, and religious fidelity. The Church has great trust in the delicate, authoritative, and irreplaceable religious teaching supplied by parents. ~ Pope Paul VI (1897-1978AD)

Let nothing disturb thee; Let nothing dismay thee; All things pass; God never changes. Patience attains All that it strives for. He who has God Finds he lacks nothing: God alone suffices. ~ St. Teresa of Avila, Doctor of the Church

God gave us faculties for our use; each of them will receive its proper reward. Then do not let us try to charm them to sleep, but permit them to do their work until divinely called to something higher. ~ St. Teresa of Avila, Doctor of the Church

Among the Ecclesial Community’s many and great duties in today’s world, I emphasize evangelization and ecumenism. They are centered on the Word of God and at the same time are justified and sustained by it. ~ Pope Benedict XVI 

God has not called me to be successful; He has called me to be faithful. ~ St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta

All things can be endured and all things become possible between two Masses: the Mass of yesterday and the Mass of tomorrow. I need to be able to sustain one day of my life. I need that Food if I am to live His commandments. I need Him daily because I am a sinner and weak. ~ Dom Virgil Michel, OSB

 You don't need to wallow in guilt. Wallow in the mercy of God. When you are guilty, say so to God through a confessor. Acknowledge your problems and sins. The moment you have stated them, God puts His Hand over you and you are a newborn babe. ~ St. John Marie Vianney

6 For this reason, I remind you to stir into flame the gift of God that you have through the imposition of my hands.
7 For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control.
8 So do not be ashamed of your testimony to our Lord, nor of me, a prisoner for his sake; but bear your share of hardship for the gospel with the strength that comes from God.
9 He saved us and called us to a holy life, not according to our
works but according to his own design and the grace bestowed on us in
Christ Jesus before time began,
10 but now made manifest through the appearance of our savior Christ
Jesus, who destroyed death and brought life and immortality to light
through the gospel, 2 Timothy 1: 6-10

"It is very helpful to confess with a certain regularity. It is true our sins are always the same; but we clean our homes, our rooms, at least once a week even if the dirt is always the same, in order to live in cleanliness, in order to start again. Otherwise, the dirt might not be seen, but it builds up." ~ Pope Benedict XVI

As gifts increase in you, let your humility grow, for you must consider that everything is given to you on loan. ~ St. Pio of Pietrelcina

You must concentrate on pleasing God alone, and if He is pleased, you must be pleased. ~ St. Pio of Pietrelcina

"Why should we defend ourselves when we are misunderstood and misjudged? Let us leave that aside. Let us not say anything. It is so sweet to let others judge us in any way they like. O blessed silence, which gives so much peace to the soul!" ~ St. Therese Lisieux, Doctor of the Church

"One filled with joy preaches without preaching." ~ St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

15... Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason
for your hope,
16 but do it with gentleness and reverence, keeping your conscience clear, so
that, when you are maligned, those who defame your good conduct in Christ may
themselves be put to shame.
17 For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that be the will of God, than
for doing evil.
18 For Christ also suffered for sins once, the righteous for the sake of the
unrighteous, that he might lead you to God. Put to death in the flesh, he was
brought to life in the spirit.
1 Peter 3

Talk not much with a fool, and go not with him that hath no sense. Keep thyself from him, that thou mayst not have trouble, and thou shalt not be defiled with his sin. Ecclesiasticus 22:14-15

Whatever place does not welcome you or listen to you, leave there and shake
the dust off your feet in testimony against them. Mark 6:11

It is a good thing to use the tongue sparingly, and to keep a calm and rightly balanced heart in the use of speech. For it is not right to say things that are foolish and absurd, or to utter all that occurs to the mind. We ought instead to know and reflect that, though we are far separated from heaven, God hears what we say, and that it is good for us to speak without offense. ~ St. Gregory the Wonderworker (of Neocaesarea) (213-275AD) on Conversation: Bishop of Caesarea, philosopher, theologian, student of Origen

Nevertheless we urge you, brothers, to progress even more, and to aspire to live a tranquil life, to mind your own affairs, and to work with your (own) hands, as we instructed you, that you may conduct yourselves properly toward outsiders and not depend on anyone. 1 Thess 4:10b-12

Suppose an artist paints in beautiful lines and colors the likeness of someone's face and form. Then, once the portrait is completed, someone else comes along, picks it up and, thinking that he could do a better job, makes changes in the picture. Wouldn't that be a serious wrong to the first artist, and a good reason for him to be indignant? And do you think it likely you could get away with acting the same way, with a rash and wicked presumption that offends God -- the Artist who created you? The apostate angels taught us to paint the eyes with blackness drawn round them in a circle, and to stain the checks with a deceitful red, and to change the hair with false colors, and to mask all truth about the real appearance of face and head…. God says, "Let us make man in our image and likeness"; does anyone dare to alter and change what God has made? They are laying hands on God when they try to reform what He has formed.  ~ St. Cyprian of Carthage (200-258AD) on Cosmetics

I salute you, O Mother Mary! You are the throne of God as well as the honor, the glory, and the strength of our Church! ~ St. John Chrysostom (347-407AD)

Don’t say you have a chaste mind if you have unchaste eyes, because an unchaste eye is the messenger of an unchaste heart. ~ St. Augustine of Hippo

True charity consists in putting up with all one’s neighbor’s faults, never being surprised by his weakness, and being inspired by the least of his virtues. ~ St. Therese of Lisieux

St. Bernard of Clairvaux - "Absolutely every person, no matter how enmeshed in vice, ensnared by the allurements of pleasure, a captive in exile… fixed in mire… distracted by business, afflicted with sorrow… and counted with those who go down into hell—every soul, I say, standing thus under condemnation and without hope, has the power to turn and find it can not only breathe the fresh air of the hope of pardon and mercy, but also dare to aspire to the nuptials of the Word." ~ Fire Within, Fr. Thomas Dubay

"If I were to advise anybody as to their vocation, I would never counsel anyone to resist good inspirations on account of fear of the difficulty of carrying them through. For I know now by experience that if I resolutely persevere in my purpose...His Majesty rewards it...” ~  St. Teresa of Avila. Doctor of the Church

"So let us keep very small and follow Little Flower's way of trust and love and joy, and we will fulfill Mother's promise to give saints to Mother Church." ~ St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.  Matthew 5:16

St. Jerome wisely said in a letter to another disciple, “What need have you of seeking for a little gold in the midst of so much mire when you can read pious books in which you may find all gold without any mire?" St. Jerome regarding useless books, which though not bad, will be pernicious, because they will make you lose the time that you can employ in occupations profitable to the soul.

Isn't it absurd to send children out to jobs and to school, and to do all you can to prepare them for these, and yet not to "bring them up in the chastening and admonition of the Lord" [Eph. 6:4]?... Discipline is needed, not eloquence; character, not clevernes; deeds, not words. These gain a man the kingdom. St. John Chrysostom (347-407AD) on the Family-Syrian; archbishop, Doctor of the Church 

"For where the Church is, there is the Spirit of God; and where the Spirit of God is, there the Church and every grace is. The Spirit, however, is Truth." (Against Heresies 3, 24, 1) ~ St. Irenaeus (200AD)

The Catholic Church is the only thing which saves a man from the degrading slavery of being a child of his age. ~ G. K. Chesterton 

Christians must restore their spiritual and moral unity. It is not enough to say we are Christians. We must live as Christians. Genuine Christians derive the rule, style, and strength of their life from the Faith. ~ Pope Paul VI (1897-1978AD) 

'My God, I am yours for time and eternity. Teach me to cast myself entirely into the arms of your loving Providence with a lively, unlimited confidence in your compassionate, tender pity. Grant, O most merciful Redeemer, that whatever you ordain or permit may be acceptable to me. Take from my heart all painful anxiety; let nothing sadden me but sin, nothing delight me but the hope of coming to the possession of You my God and my all, in your everlasting kingdom. Amen.' ~ Venerable Mother Catherine McAuley 

This world and the world to come are two enemies. We cannot therefore be friends to both; but we must decide which we will forsake and which we will enjoy. ~ Pope St. Clement I

“Woman, because she was created by being drawn from man’s side, is constantly trying to return to him. She desires the original unity of one flesh and one bone. The desire for unity between man and woman is a mirror of the relationship between Christ and the soul. As woman longs for union with man in human relationships, she is also drawn to unity with God. He calls her to become one with Him: to come under His side and become flesh of His flesh and bone of His bone. This occurs during reception of Eucharist. The covering of the head with a veil symbolizes the reality of woman sheltered in the side of her Source and becoming one with Him. She becomes covered and hidden in her Divine Spouse.” ~ St. John Chrysostom  

Idleness is a pestilence to a Christian man; we ought always therefore to be doing something, especially when we are alone in our rooms, lest the devil should come in and catch us idle.' ~ St. Philip Neri 
“Yes, my dear brethren, we shall see at the Judgement that the largest section of Christians practiced a religion of whim or caprice only---that is to say, the greatest number of them practiced their religion merely from motives of routine, and very few sought God alone in what they did. 
~ St. John Vianney 
“He is so good ... love God very much. All for him, do everything through love.” ~ St. Jeanne Jugan 

Lamentations 3: 21 But this I will call to mind; therefore I will hope: 22 The LORD’s acts of mercy are not exhausted, his compassion is not spent; 23 They are renewed each morning great is your faithfulness! 24 The LORD is my portion, I tell myself, therefore I will hope in him. 25 The LORD is good to those who trust in him, to the one that seeks him; 

What good does it do to speak learnedly about the Trinity if, lacking humility, you displease the Trinity? Indeed it is not learning that makes a man holy and just, but a virtuous life makes him pleasing to God. I would rather feel contrition than know how to define it.
For what would it profit us to know the whole Bible by heart and the principles of all the philosophers if we live without grace and the love of God? Vanity of vanities and all is vanity, except to love God and serve Him alone.

This is the greatest wisdom--to seek the kingdom of heaven through contempt of the world. Thomas A Kempis,
Imitation of Christ

Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you know how you should respond to each one. Colossians 4:6

So Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, "Put away the foreign gods that are among you, and purify yourselves, and change your garments - Genesis 35:2

There is no better way of growing toward perfection in the spiritual life than to be always starting over again and never thinking that we have done enough. ~ St. Francis de Sales 

  Let us turn to Jesus!  He alone is the way that leads to eternal happiness, the truth who satisfies the deepest longings of every heart, and the life who brings ever new joy and hope, to us and to our world.  Amen. (Pope Benedict XVI at the conclusion of his homily at the Mass at Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY April 20, 2008)



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