Definitive List of Holy Catholic Saint Quotes

I have an obsession with Saint Quotes. I am drawn to knowing what these holy men and women, our Saint Family, thought about, spoke about and wrote about during their lives. There is so much wisdom to learn from the lives of the saints. With this list, my goal is to create a definitive list of memorable saint quotes. I will always be adding more Saint Quotes on here as I find them. I tried my best to include saints from all of the world and those that are less well known, if I happened to miss one of your favorites please let me know in the comments and I will do my best to update this list. There are literally thousands of saints so I know that this post will always be a work in progress.

As you will probably notice, some saints have countless quotes while others only have a few lines, this is not any sort of favoritism but only what I was able to find. There are also some longer quotes that are more well known that I’ve included as well as quotes by Venerable, Servants of God, Blessed, Biblical Prophets, Patriarchs, and Disciples, if this should be the case then their title preceeds the alphabetical listing.

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Definitive Compendium of

Catholic Saint Quotes

Notes: I felt that it was best to make the quotes alphabetical by Saint first name, omitting the titular “St” for clarities sake, and I also have included their feast day so you can locate what you need based on that information. The individual quotes are then organized in alphabetical order.

If you find that a quote has been misattributed, please let me know by leaving a comment with the correct information and a link to a reliable source with the information. I will do my best to update it as soon as I see it!

I also plan on eventually including a small biography for each saint, though I will start working on that at a later time.

I am forever grateful for your feedback and any corrections.


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Agatha | February 5th

Jesus Christ, Lord of all things! You see my heart, you know my desires. Possess all that I am—you alone. I am your sheep; make me worthy to overcome the devil.

To be a servant of Christ is to be truly free.

Agnes of Rome | January 21st

Christ made my soul beautiful with the jewels of grace and virtue. I belong to Him whom the angels serve

Aloysius Gonzaga | June 21st

It is better to be a child of God than king of the whole world.

Alphonsus Liguori | August 1st

He who trusts himself is lost.  He who trusts in God can do all things.

To sing is to pray twice.

St. Philip Neri used to say, that he who does not seek, above all things, the salvation of his soul, is a fool.

True charity consists in doing good to those who do us evil, and in thus winning them over.

What does it cost us to say, ‘My God help me! Have mercy on me!’ Is there anything easier than this? And this little will suffice to save us if we be diligent in doing it.

Your God is ever beside you — indeed, He is even within you.

Ambrose | December 20th

Faith means battles; if there are no contests, it is because there are none who desire to contend.

No one heals himself by wounding another.

Our own evil inclinations are far more dangerous than any external enemies.

André Bessette | January 6th

It is with the smallest brushes that the artist paints the most exquisitely beautiful pictures.

Angela Merici | January 27th

Disorder in society is the result of disorder in the family.

If according to times and needs you should be obliged to make fresh rules and change current things, do it with prudence and good advice.

The last word that I address to you and one I urge upon you with all the ardor of my soul, is that you live in harmony, united together in one heart and one will. Be bound to one another by the bonds of charity, treating each other with respect, helping one another, bearing with each other in Christ Jesus: if you really try to live like this, there is no doubt that the Lord, our God, will be in your midst.

Anselm | April 21st

No one will have any other desire in heaven than what God wills; and the deThe more a man uses moderation in his life, the more he is at peace, for he is not full of cares for many things.sire of one will be the desire of all; and the desire of all and of each one will also be the desire of God. 

Anthony the Great | January 17th

The more a man uses moderation in his life, the more he is at peace, for he is not full of cares for many things.

Anthony Mary Claret | October 24th

Love is the most necessary of all virtues. Love in the person who preaches the word of God is like fire in a musket. If a person were to throw a bullet with his hands, he would hardly make a dent in anything; but if the person takes the same bullet and ignites some gunpowder behind it, it can kill. It is much the same with the word of God. If it is spoken by someone who is filled with the fire of charity- the fire of love of God and neighbor- it will work wonders.

Anthony Mary Zaccaria | July 5th

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.

Anthony of Padua | June 13th

Actions speak louder than words; let your words teach and your actions speak.

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.

Christ acts like a loving mother. To induce us to follow Him, He gives us Himself as an example and promises us a reward in His kingdom.

Christians must lean on the Cross of Christ just as travelers lean on a staff when they begin a long journey. They must have the Passion of Christ deeply embedded in their minds and hearts, because only from it can they derive peace, grace, and truth.

Earthly riches are like the reed. Its roots are sunk in the swamp, and its exterior is fair to behold; but inside it is hollow. If a man leans on such a reed, it will snap off and pierce his soul.

Nowhere other than looking at himself in the mirror of the Cross can man better understand how much he is worth.

The creator of the heavens obeys a carpenter; the God of eternal glory listens to a poor virgin. Has anyone ever witnessed anything comparable to this? Let the philosopher no longer disdain from listening to the common laborer; the wise, to the simple; the educated, to the illiterate; a child of a prince, to a peasant.

The saints are like the stars. In his providence Christ conceals them in a hidden place that they may not shine before others when they might wish to do so. Yet they are always ready to exchange the quiet of contemplation for the works of mercy as soon as they perceive in their heart the invitation of Christ.

Anastasius of Sinai | April 21st

Let us listen to the holy voice of God which summons us from on high, from the holy mountain top.

Augustine | August 28th

A single Pater Noster said from the heart, will obliterate the venial sins of a whole day.

And He departed from our sight that we might return to our heart, and there find Him. For He departed, and behold, He is here.

Bad times, hard times, this is what people keep saying; but let us I’ve well, and times shall be good. We are the times: Such as we are, such are the times.

Complete abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.

Charity is no substitute for justice withheld.

Do not say that you have chaste minds if you have unchaste eyes, because an unchaste eye is the messenger of an unchaste heart.

Dost thou hold wisdom to be anything other than truth, wherein we behold and embrace the supreme good?

Faith is to believe what you do not see. The reward of faith is to see what you believe.

Fasting cleanses the soul, raises the mind, subjects one’s flesh to the spirit, renders the heart contrite and humble, scatters the clouds of concupiscence, quenches the fire of lust, and kindles the true light of chastity. Enter again into yourself.

Father, I am seeking: I am hesitant and uncertain, but will you, O God, watch over each step of mine and guide me.

Fortitude is the disposition of soul which enables us to despise all inconveniences and the loss of things not in our power.

God has no need of your money, but the poor have. You give it to the poor, and God receives it.

Great are those two gifts, wisdom and continence: wisdom, forsooth, whereby we are formed in the knowledge of God; continence whereby we are not conformed to this world.

I thought that continence was a matter of our own strength, and I knew that I had not the strength: for in my utter foolishness I did not know the word of Your Scripture that none can be continent unless You give it.

If you believe what you like in the gospels, and reject what you don’t like, it is not the gospel you believe, but yourself.

In my deepest wound I saw your glory and it dazzled me.

It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels. 

Late have I loved you, O Beauty ever ancient, ever new, late have I loved you!

Let your old age be childlike, and your childhood like old age; that is, so that neither may your wisdom be with pride, nor your humility without wisdom.

Miracles are not contrary to nature, but only contrary to what we know about nature.

O Master, make me chaste, but not yet!

Our hearts were made for You, O Lord, and they are restless until they rest in you.

Patience is the companion of wisdom.

Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you. 

Temperance is a disposition that restrains our desires for things which it is base to desire.

The confession of evil works is the first beginning of good works.

The fruits of charity are joy, peace, and mercy; charity demands beneficence and fraternal correction; it is benevolence; it fosters reciprocity and remains disinterested and generous; it is friendship and communion: Love is itself the fulfillment of all our works. There is the goal; that is why we run: we run toward it, and once we reach it, in it we shall find rest.

This is the very perfection of a man, to find out his own imperfections.

This very moment I may, if I desire, become the friend of God.

Trials and tribulations offer us a chance to make reparation for our past faults and sins. On such occasions the Lord comes to us like a physician to heal the wounds left by our sins. Tribulation is the divine medicine. 

Understanding is the reward of faith. Therefore seek not to understand that thou mayest believe, but believe that thou mayest understand.

We judge all things according to the divine truth.

What do you possess if you possess not God?

What does love look like?
It has the hands to help others.
It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy.
It has eyes to see the misery and want.
It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men.
That is what love looks like.

You aspire to great things? Begin with little ones.

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Basil the Great | January 2nd

As the sun surpasses all the stars in lustre, so the sorrows of Mary surpass all the tortures of the martyrs.

O sinner, be not discouraged, but have recourse to Mary in all you necessities. Call her to your assistance, for such is the divine Will that she should help in every kind of necessity.

There is still time for endurance, time for patience, time for healing, time for change. have you slipped? Rise up. Have you sinned? Cease. Do not stand among sinners, but leap aside.

We should not accept in silence the benefactions of God, but return thanks for them.

Bede the Venerable | May 25th

He alone loves the Creator perfectly who manifests a pure love for his neighbor.

Unfurl the sails, and let God steer us where He will.

Benedict | July 11th

He who labors as he prays lifts his heart to God with his hands.

Listen and attend with the ear of your heart.

No one should follow what he considers to be good for himself, but rather what seems good for another. Let them put Christ before all else; and may he lead us all to everlasting life.

Prayer ought to be short and pure, unless it be prolonged by the inspiration of Divine grace.

Renounce yourself in order to follow Christ; discipline your body; do not pamper yourself, but love fasting.

To attribute to God, and not to self, whatever good one sees in oneself; but to recognize always that the evil is one’s own doing, and to impute it on one’s self.

Whenever you begin any good work you should first of all make a most pressing appeal to Christ our Lord to bring it to perfection.

Bernadette | April 18th

Nothing is anything more to me; everything is nothing to me, but Jesus: neither things nor persons, neither ideas nor emotions, neither honor nor sufferings. Jesus is for me honor, delight, heart and soul.

Bernadine of Siena | May 20th

You must know that when you ‘Hail’ Mary, she immediately greets you! Don’t think that she is one of those rude women of whom there are so many — on the contrary, she is utterly courteous and pleasant. If you greet her, she will answer you right away and converse with you!

Bernard of Clairvaux | August 20th

For I have learnt for a fact that nothing so effectively obtains, retains and regains grace, as that we should always be found not high-minded before God, but filled with holy fear.

How good and pleasant it is to dwell in the Heart of Jesus! Who is there who does not love a heart so wounded? Who can refuse a return of love to a Heart so loving?

I believe though I do not comprehend, and I hold by faith what I cannot grasp with the mind.

In dangers, in doubts, in difficulties, think of Mary, call upon Mary. Let not her name depart from your lips, never suffer it to leave your heart. And that you may obtain the assistance of her prayer, neglect not to walk in her footsteps. With her for guide, you shall never go astray; while invoking her, you shall never lose heart; so long as she is in your mind, you are safe from deception; while she holds your hand, you cannot fall, under her protection you have nothing to fear; if she walks before you, you shall not grow weary; if she shows you favor, you shall reach the goal.

Prayer is a wine that makes glad the heart of men.

The tears of the penitents are wine for the angels.

Thus understanding and love, that is, the knowledge of and delight in the truth, are, as it were, the two arms of the soul, with which it embraces and comprehends with all the saints the length and breath, the height and depth, that is the eternity, the love, the goodness, and the wisdom of God.

Understanding is the sure and clear knowledge of some invisible thing.

We are to love God for Himself, because of a twofold reason; nothing is more reasonable, nothing more profitable. 

Bonaventure | July 15th

If you learn everything except Christ, you learn nothing. If you learn nothing except Christ, you learn everything.

In all your deeds and words you should look upon this Jesus as your model. Do so whether you are walking or keeping silence, or speaking, whether you are alone or with others.

In things of beauty, he contemplated the One who is supremely beautiful, and, led by the footprints he found in creatures, he followed the Beloved everywhere.

Lord Jesus Christ, pierce my soul with your love so that I may always long for you alone, who are the bread of angels and the fulfillment of the soul’s deepest desires.

In everything, whether it is a thing sensed or a thing known, God himself is hidden within.

Mary seeks for those who approach her devoutly and with reverence, for such she loves, nourishes, and adopts as her children.

Men do not fear a powerful hostile army as the powers of hell fear the name and protection of Mary.

When we pray, the voice of the heart must be heard more than that proceeding from the mouth.

Boniface | June 5th

In her voyage across the ocean of this world, the Church is like a great ship being pounded by the waves of life’s different stresses. Our duty is not to abandon ship but to keep her on her course.

Bridget of Sweden | July 23rd

The source of justice is not vengeance but charity.

There is no sinner in the world, however much at enmity with God,who cannot recover God’s grace by recourse to Mary, and by asking her assistance.

To write well and speak well is mere vanity if one does not live well.

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Camellius de Lellis | July 18th

Think well. Speak well. Do well. These three things, through the mercy of God, will make a man go to Heaven.

Venerable Carol Acutis

All people are born originals, but many die as photocopies.

Catherine of Genoa | March 14th

If it were given to a man to see virtue’s reward in the next world, he would occupy his intellect, memory and will in nothing but good works, careless of danger or fatigue.

Catherine of Sienna | April 29th

Charity is the sweet and holy bond which links the soul with its Creator: it binds God with man and man with God.

Consider God’s charity. Where else have we ever seen someone who has been offended voluntarily paying out his life for those who have offended him?

Everything comes from love, all is ordained for the salvation of man, God does nothing without this goal in mind.

Everything that has being comes from God. Nothing, therefore, that happens to us—trouble or temptation or injury or torment or slander or anything else that could possibly happen to us—can or will disturb us. Rather, we are content and hold these things in reverence, reflecting that they come from God and are given to us as good favors, not out of hatred but out of love.

If you are what you should be, you will set the whole world on fire!

Let the truth be your delight – proclaim it, but with a certain congeniality.

Nothing great is ever achieved without enduring much. 

Start being brave about everything, driving out darkness and spreading light as well. Don’t look at your weakness, but realize that in Christ crucified you can do everything.

The devil fears hearts on fire with love of God.

You are rewarded not according to your work or your time but according to the measure of your love.

Charles Borromeo | November 4th

If we wish to make any progress in the service of God we must begin every day of our life with new eagerness.

We must meditate before, during and after everything we do. The prophet says: “I will pray, and then I will understand.”  This is the way we can easily overcome the countless difficulties we have to face day after day, which, after all, are part of our work. In meditation we find the strength to bring Christ to birth in ourselves and in others.

If we wish to make any progress in the service of God we must begin every day of our life with new eagerness. We must keep ourselves in the presence of God as much as possible and have no other view or end in all our actions but the divine honor.

If a tiny spark of God’s love already burns within you, do not expose it to the wind, for it may get blown out. Keep the stove tightly shut so that it will not lose its heat and grow cold. In other words, avoid distractions as well as you can. Stay quiet with God. Do not spend your time in useless chatter.

Blessed Charles de Foucauld | December 1st

As soon as I believed there was a God, I understood I could do nothing else but live for him, my religious vocation dates from the same moment as my faith: God is so great. There is such a difference between God and everything that is not.

Clare of Assisi | August 11th

Go forth in peace, for you have followed the good road. Go forth without fear, for he who created you has made you holy, has always protected you, and loves you as a mother. Blessed be you, my God, for having created me.

Love God, serve God; everything is in that.

Totally love Him, who gave Himself totally for your love.

We become what we love and who we love shapes what we become.

Clement | November 23rd

The Lord has turned all our sunsets into sunrise.

Clement Mary Hofbauer | March 15th

A Christian who does not pray for the Pope is like a child who does not pray for his father.

Clement of Alexandria | December 4th

’Eat my flesh,’ [Jesus] says, ‘and drink my blood.’ The Lord supplies us with these intimate nutrients, he delivers over his flesh and pours out his blood, and nothing is lacking for the growth of his children.

Pope Clement I | November 29th

He who is chaste in flesh should not be proud, for he should know that he owes the gift of continence to another.

Colette | March 6th

If there be a true way that leads to the Everlasting Kingdom, it is most certainly that of suffering, patiently endured.

Cyprian | September 16th

This, in short, is the difference between us and others who know not God, that in misfortune they complain and murmur, while the adversity does not call us away from the truth of virtue and faith, but strengthens us by its suffering.

The dress of the body should not discredit the good of the soul.

Cyril of Jerusalem | March 18th

The purpose of clothing is to keep warm in winter and to cover your nakedness, not to serve your vanity. 

Since Christ Himself has said, “This is My Body” who shall dare to doubt that It is His Body?

The Lord is loving unto man, and swift to pardon, but slow to punish. Let no man therefore despair of his own salvation.

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David of Wales | March 1st

Be joyful, and keep your Faith and your Creed. 

Dominic | August 8th

Arm yourself with prayer rather than a sword; wear humility rather than fine clothes.

A man who governs his passions is master of his world. We must either command them or be enslaved by them. It is better to be a hammer than an anvil.

The Rosary is a fortress against evil. It is a sign to Satan that you belong to Our Lady.

Mary to St. Dominic: “I promise my special protection and the greatest graces to all those who shall recite the rosary.”

Dominic Savio | May 9th

I am not capable of doing big things, but I want to do everything, even the smallest things, for the greater glory of God.

Nothing seems tiresome or painful when you are working for a Master who pays well; who rewards even a cup of cold water given for love of Him.

Dorotheus | June 5th

A great means to preserve continual peace and tranquillity of soul is to receive everything from the hands of God, both great and small, and in whatever way it comes.

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Edmund |November 20th

It is better to say one Our Father fervently and devoutly than a thousand with no devotion and full of distraction.

Elizabeth | November 5th

Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.

Elizabeth Ann Seton | January 4th

Faith lifts the soul. Hope supports it. Experience says it must. And Love says let it be!

The first end I propose in our daily work is to do the will of God; secondly, to do it in the manner he wills it; and thirdly, to do it because it is his will.

The heart preparing to receive the Holy Eucharist should be like a crystal vase.

We must pray without ceasing, in every occurrence and employment of our lives – that prayer which is rather a habit of lifting up the heart to God as in a constant communication with Him.

Elizabeth of Hungary | November 17th

Everything I own really belongs to the poor.

How could I wear a crown of gold when my Lord wears a crown of thorns and he wears it for me?

Elizabeth of the Trinity | November 8th

What difference does the work He will for me make? Since He is always with me, prayer, the heart-to-heart, must never end!

Emily de Vialar | June 17th

Since God does so much for me, what could I not do for him?

Ephram of Syria | June 9th

Virtues are formed by prayer. Prayer preserves temperance. Prayer suppresses anger. Prayer prevents emotions of pride and envy. Prayer draws into the soul the Holy Spirit, and raises man to Heaven.

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(Maria) Faustina | October 5th

A magnificent building will never rise if we reject the insignificant bricks.

I fixed my gaze upon His sacred wounds and felt happy to suffer with Him. I suffered, and yet I did not suffer, because I felt happy to know the depth of His love, and the hour passed like a minute.

Jesus loves hidden souls. A hidden flower is the most fragrant. I must strive to make the interior of my soul a resting place for the Heart of Jesus.

And the Lord said to me, “My child, you please Me most by suffering. In your physical as well as your mental sufferings, My daughter, do not seek sympathy from creatures. I want the fragrance of your suffering to be pure and unadulterated. I want you to detach yourself, not only from creatures, but also from yourself…The more you will come to love suffering, My daughter, the purer your love for Me will be.

In difficult moments I will fix my gaze upon the silent heart of Jesus, stretched upon the cross, and from the exploding flames of His merciful Heart, will flow down upon me power and strength to keep fighting.

Pure love … knows that only one thing is needed to please God: to do even the smallest things out of great love – love, and always love.

Suffering is a great grace; through suffering the soul becomes like the Savior; in suffering love becomes crystallized; the greater the suffering, the purer the love.

A humble soul does not trust itself, but places all its confidence in God.

I know well that the greater and more beautiful the work is, the more terrible will be the storms that rage against it.

The past does not belong to me; the future is not mine; with all my soul I try to make use of the present moment.

O my Lord. Inflame my heart with love for You, that my spirit may not grow weary amidst the storms, the sufferings and the trials.

Frances Xavier | December 3rd

It is not the actual physical exertion that counts towards a one’s progress, nor the nature of the task, but by the spirit of faith with which it is undertaken.

It is impossible to find a saint who did not take the “two P’s” seriously: prayer and penance.

Speak to them of the great mercy of God… Sometimes people are helped by your telling of your own lamentable past.

Frances Xavier Cabrini | November 13th

I will go anywhere and do anything in order to communicate the love of Jesus to those who do not know him or have forgotten him.

We must pray without tiring, for the salvation of mankind does not depend on material success; nor on sciences that cloud the intellect. Neither does it depend on arms and human industries, but on Jesus alone.

Francis de Sales | January 24th

Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and try to be that perfectly.

Everyone of us needs half an hour of prayer each day, except when we are busy – then we need an hour.

Faith is like a bright ray of sunlight. It enables us to see God in all things as well as all things in God.

Let us run to Mary, and, as her little children, cast ourselves into her arms with a perfect confidence.

Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them — every day begin the task anew.

Our entire good consists not only in accepting the truth of God’s word, but in persevering in it.

We must fear God out of love, not love Him out of fear.

It is to those who have the most need of us that we ought to show our love more especially.

Anxiety is the greatest evil that can befall a soul except sin.  God commands you to pray, but He forbids you to worry.

Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections, but instantly set about remedying them.

You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working, and just so, you learn to love by loving. All those who think to learn in any other way deceive themselves.

Consider all the past as nothing, and say, like David: Now I begin to love my God.

We must fast with our whole heart, that is to say, willing, wholeheartedly, universally and entirely.

Charity and devotion differ no more, the one from the other, than the flame from the fire.

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.

All of us can attain to Christian virtue and holiness, no matter in what condition of life we live and no matter what our life work may be.

Let us run to Mary, and, as her little children, cast ourselves into her arms with a perfect confidence.

Lord, I am Yours, and I must belong to no one but You. My soul is Yours, and must live only by You. My will is Yours, and must love only for You. I must love You as my first cause, since I am from You. I must love You as my end and rest, since I am for You. I must love You more than my own being, since my being subsists by You. I must love You more than myself, since I am all Yours and all in You.

In so far as divine love beautifies our souls. And makes us pleasing to His divine Majesty, it is called grace; in so far as it gives us strength to do good, it is called charity; but when it reaches such a degree of perfection, that it makes us not only do the good, but do so carefully, frequently and readily, then it is called devotion.

When you encounter difficulties and contradictions, do not try to break them, but bend them with gentleness and time.

We must fear God out of love, not love Him out of fear.

Never miss an opportunity to do good.

Nothing appeases an enraged elephant so much as the sight of a little lamb.

He who can preserve gentleness amid pains, and peace amid worry multitude of affairs, is almost perfect.

Nothing is so strong as gentleness; nothing is so gentle as real strength.

The soul cannot live without love. We can never love our neighbor too much.

We all have a vocation. We believe that God has placed us in this life to fill a special need that no one else can accomplish.

Francis of Assisi | October 4th

I am who I am before God, no more and no less.

My God and My All!

Praise and bless my Lord, and give him thanks and serve him with great humility.

True progress quietly and persistently moves along without notice.

It is not fitting, when one is in God’s service, to have a gloomy face or a chilling look.

Start by doing what is necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.

I have been all things unholy. If God can work through me, he can work through anyone.

What does the poor man do at the rich man’s door, the sick man in the presence of his physician, the thirsty man at a limpid stream? What they do, I do before the Eucharistic God. I pray. I adore. I love.

All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.

Let the brothers ever avoid appearing gloomy, sad, and clouded, like the hypocrites; but let one ever be found joyous in the Lord, gay, amiable, gracious, as is meet.

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy.

Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance.

Alms are an inheritance and a justice which is due to the poor and which Jesus has levied upon us.

Sanctify yourself and you will sanctify society.

No one is called to be an enemy. all are your benefactors and no one does you harm. You have no enemy except yourself.

What wonderful majesty! What stupendous condescension! O sublime humility! that the Lord of the whole universe, God and the son of god, should humble Himself like this under the form of a little bread, for our salvation.

Let your way of life among the people be such that, whoever sees or hears you will glorify and praise our Heavenly Father.

Most High, glorious God enlighten the darkness of my heart. Give me true faith, certain hipe and perfect charity, sense and knowledge that I may carry out your Holy and true command.

Jesus is happy to come with us, as truth is happy to be spoken, as life to be lived, as light to be lit, as love is to be loved, as joy to be given, as peace to be spread.

Francis Xavier | December 3rd

It is not the actual physical exertion that counts toward a man’s progress, nor the nature of the task, but the spirit of faith with which it is undertaken.

It is not the actual physical exertion that counts towards a one’s progress, nor the nature of the task, but by the spirit of faith with which it is undertaken.

Venerable Fulton Sheen

You will never be happy if your happiness depends on getting solely what you want.  Change the focus.  Get a new center.  Will what God wills, and your joy no man shall take from you.

Mary, who is the Virgin Most Pure, is also the Refuge of Sinners.  She knows what sin is, not by the experience of its fall, not by tasting its bitter regrets, but by seeing what it did to her Divine Son.

The Rosary is the book of the blind where souls see and there enact the greatest drama of love the world has ever known.

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Gabriel Possenti | February 27th

I will attempt day by day to break my will into pieces. I want to do God’s Holy Will, not my own!

Gemma Galgani | April 11th

When I shrink from suffering, Jesus reproves me and tells me that He did not refuse to suffer. Then I say ‘Jesus, Your will and not mine’. At last I am convinced that only God can make me happy, and in Him I have placed all my hope.

Jesus, I shall love you, I shall love you always. when day breaks, when evening turns to night, at every hour, at every moment; I shall love you always, always, always.

Gertrude the Great | November 16th

Angels constantly guard the clients of this Blessed Virgin from the assaults of hell.

O Sacred Heart of Jesus, fountain of eternal life, Your Heart is a glowing furnace of Love. You are my refuge and my sanctuary.

Gianna Beretta Molla | April 28th

If one were to consider how much Jesus has suffered, one would not commit the smallest sin.

If you must choose between me and the baby….save the baby!

In order to bring true peace back to my soul, the only way that there exists on the Earth is Confession, because Jesus awaits me with His immense heart.

Love is the most beautiful sentiment the Lord has put into the soul of men and women.

One cannot love without suffering or suffer without loving.

Our body is a cenacle, a monstrance: through its crystal the world should see God.

The secret of happiness is to live moment by moment and to thank God for all that He, in His goodness, sends to us day after day.

When one does one’s own duty, one must not be concerned, because God’s help will not be lacking.

Gerard Majella | October 16th

The Most Blessed Sacrament is Christ made visible. The poor sick person is Christ again made visible.

I see in my neighbor the Person of Jesus Christ.

Who except God can give you peace? Has the world ever been able to satisfy the heart? 

Gregory Nazianzen | January 2nd

Give something, however small, to the one in need. For it is not small to one who has nothing. Neither is it small to God, if we have given what we could.

Pope Gregory the Great | September 3rd

The contemplative life means the keeping of charity towards God and our neighbors and fixing all our desires on our Creator.

The proof of love is in the works. Where love exists, it works great things. But when it ceases to act, it ceases to exist.

If we are, in fact, now occupied in good deeds, we should not attribute the strength with which we are doing them to ourselves. We must not count on ourselves, because even if we know what kind of person we are today, we do not know what we will be tomorrow.

Pastors who lack foresight hesitate to say openly what is right because they fear losing the favor of men. Such leaders are not pastors who protect their flocks; rather, they are like mercenaries who flee by taking refuge in silence when the wolf appears.

When a pastor has been afraid to assert what is right, has he not turned his back and fled by remaining silent? Whereas if he intervenes on behalf of the flock, he sets up a wall against the enemy in front of the house of Israel.

The proof of love is in the works. Where love exists, it works great things. But when it ceases to act, it ceases to exist.

Gregory of Nissa | January 10th

He who climbs never stops going from beginning to beginning, through beginnings that have no end. He never stops desiring what he already knows.

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Hilary of Poiters | January 13th

Little children follow and obey their father. They love their mother. They know nothing of covetousness, ill-will, bad temper, arrogance and lying. This state of mind opens the road to heaven. To imitate our Lord’s own humility, we must return to the simplicity of God’s little ones.

Hildegard von Bingen | December 17th

‘With my mouth,’ God says, ‘I kiss my own chosen creation. I uniquely, lovingly, embrace every image I have made out of the earth’s clay. With a fiery spirit I transform it into a body to serve all the world.’

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Ignatius of Antioch | October 17th

For Faith is the beginning and the end is love, and God is the two of them brought into unity. After these comes whatever else makes up a Christian gentleman.

No earthly pleasures, no kingdoms of this world can benefit me in any way. I prefer death in Christ Jesus to power over the farthest limits of the earth. He who died in place of us is the one object of my quest. He who rose for our sakes is my one desire.

Wherever the bishop shall appear, there let the multitude also be; even as, wherever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church.

I have no taste for corruptible food nor for the pleasures of this life. I desire the bread of God, which is the flesh of Jesus Christ, who was of the seed of David; and for drink I desire his blood, which is love incorruptible.

Ignatius of Loyola | July 31st

God gives each one of us sufficient grace ever to know His holy will, and to do it fully.

If God sends you many sufferings it is a sign that He has great plans for you, and certainly wants to make you a saint.

Love ought to show itself in deeds more than words.

Teach us to give and not count the cost. 

If God causes you to suffer much, it is a sign that He has great designs for you, and that He certainly intends to make you a saint.

Do not put faith in constant happiness, and fear most when all smiles upon you.

Few souls understand what God would accomplish in them if they were to abandon themselves unreservedly to Him and if they were to allow His grace to mold them accordingly.

Lord, teach me to be generous.
Teach me to serve you as you deserve;
to give and not to count the cost,
to fight and not to heed the wounds,
to toil and not to seek for rest,
to labor and not to ask for reward,
save that of knowing that I do your will.

There are very few men who realize what God would make of them if they abandoned themselves entirely to his hands, and let themselves be formed by His Grace.

It is not hard to obey when we love the one whom we obey.

What has He done for me? He has loved me and given me His whole self. What shall I do for Him? I shall love Him and give myself to Him without reserve.

Ireneaus | June 28th

The Glory of God is man made fully alive.

The Son of god became what we ar sin order to make us what he is Himself.

Isidore of Seville | April 4th

Do not doubt, do not hesitate, never despair of the mercy of God. Hope and have confidence in confession.

Prayer purifies us, reading instructs us. Both are good when both are possible. Otherwise, prayer is better than reading.

In confession there is mercy. Believe it firmly, do not doubt, do not hesitate, never despair of the mercy of God.

Isaac the Syrian | January 28th

When a man begins to fast, he straightway yearns in his mind to enter into converse with God.

At the time of darkness, more than anything else kneeling is helpful.

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I can’t even give an exhortation without the Rosary.

Jane Francis de Chantal | August 12th

God hides the prize of eternal glory in our mortifications and in the victory of ourselves, which we always strive for with great gentleness.

Hold your eyes on God and leave the doing to him. That is all the doing you have to worry about.

There is no danger if our prayer is without words or reflection because the good success of prayer depends neither on words nor on study. It depends upon the simple raising of our minds to God, and the more simple and stripped of feeling it is, the surer it is.

Jeanne Jugan | August 30th

God wants me for himself, he is keeping me for a work which is not yet founded.

Jerome | September 30th

Even while living in the world, the heart of Mary was so filled with motherly tenderness and compassion for men that no-one ever suffered so much for their own pains, as Mary suffered for the pains of her children.

When the stomach is full it is easy to talk of fasting.

Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ.

Marriage is good for those who are afraid to sleep alone at night.

Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ.

Be ever engaged, so that whenever the devil calls he may find you occupied.

He is rich enough who is poor with Christ.

Joan of Arc | May 30th

Act and God will act, work and He will work.

Be a good child, and God will help you.

I am not afraid, I was born for this.

I am the drum on which God is beating out His message.

I place trust in God, my creator, in all things; I love Him with all my heart.

One life is all we have… But to sacrifice what you are and live without belief, that is a fate more terrible than dying.

How else would God speak to me if not through my imagination?

Go forward bravely. Fear nothing. Trust in God, all will be well.

Hold the cross high so I may see it through the flames!

If I am not in His grace, may God place me there. If I am may God so keep me.

It is better to be alone with God, his friendship will not fail me, nor his counsel, nor his love. In his strength I will dare and dare and dare until I die.

I would rather die than do a thing, which I know to be a sin, or against the will of God.

John the Almoner | January 23rd

She is the eldest daughter of the Great King. If you enjoy her favor, she will introduce you to the Monarch of the Universe.

John Damascene | December 4th

The whole earth is a living icon of the face of God.

John XXIII | October 11th

Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.

The secret of everything is to let oneself be carried by God and so to carry Him to others.

If God created shadows, it was to better emphasize the light. 

Direct all your actions and your sacrifices to this end: that they may all serve to make you more happy and content in Paradise.

John Bosco | January 31st

Do you want our Lord to give you many graces? Visit Him often. Do you want Him to give you few graces? Visit Him seldom. Visits to the Blessed Sacrament are powerful and indispensable means of overcoming the attacks of the devil. Make frequent visits to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and the devil will be powerless against you.

Enjoy yourself as much as you like – if only you keep from sin.

Fly from bad companions as from the bite of a poisonous snake. If you keep good companions, I can assure you that you will one day rejoice with the blessed in Heaven; whereas if you keep with those who are bad, you will become bad yourself, and you will be in danger of losing your soul.

Walk with your feet on earth, but in your heart be in heaven.

John Chrysostom | January 27th

God asks little but He gives much.

Let us not hesitate to help those who have died and to offer our prayers for them.

Priests have received a power which God has given neither to angels nor to archangels. It was said to them: ‘Whatsoever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatsoever you shall loose, shall be loosed.’ Temporal rulers have indeed the power of binding; but they can only bind the body. Priests, in contrast, can bind with a bond which pertains to the soul itself and transcends the very heavens. Did [God] not give them all the powers of heaven?…What greater power is there than this? The Father has given all judgment to the Son. And now I see the Son placing all this power in the hands of men. They are raised to this dignity as if they were already gathered up to heaven.1

Prayer is the place of refuge for every worry, a foundation for cheerfulness, a source of constant happiness, a protection against sadness.

Let no one mourn that he has fallen again and again: for forgiveness has risen from the grave!”  

It is simply impossible to lead, without the aid of prayer, a virtuous life.

What prayer could be more true before God the Father than that which the Son, who is Truth, uttered with His own lips?

If you would rise, shun luxury, for luxury lowers and degrades.

Whether, therefore, we receive what we ask for, or do not receive it, let us still continue steadfast in prayer. For to fail in obtaining the desires of our heart, when God so wills it, is not worse than to receive it; for we know not as He does, what is profitable to us.

Do you fast? Give me proof of it by your works. If you see a poor man, take pity on him. If you see a friend being honored, do not envy him. Do not let only your mouth fast, but also the eye, and the ear, and the feet, and the hands, and all the members of our bodies.

Let no one mourn that he has fallen again and again; for forgiveness has risen from the grave!

What the soul is in the body, let Christians be in the world

John Eudes | August 19th

He belongs to you, but more than that, He longs to be in you, living and ruling in you, as the head lives and rules in the body. He wants His breath to be in your breath, His heart in your heart, and His soul in your soul.

Our wish, our object, our chief preoccupation must be to form Jesus in ourselves, to make His spirit, His devotion, His affections, His desires and His disposition live and reign there. All our religious exercises should be directed to this end. It is the work which God has given us to do unceasingly.

John Henry Cardinal Newman | October 13th

To live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often.

John of the Cross | December 14th

The Lord measures out perfection neither by the multitude nor the magnitude of our deeds, but by the manner in which we perform them.

A soul that walks in love neither rests nor grows tired.

At the end of our life, we shall all be judged by charity.

If a man wishes to be sure of the road he treads on, he must close his eyes and walk in the dark.

To be taken with love for a soul, God does not look on its greatness, but the greatness of its humility.

What we need most in order to make progress is to be silent before the great God with our appetite and with our tongue, for the language he best hears is silent love.

John of God | March 8th

Love the poor tenderly, regarding them as your masters and yourselves as their servants.

John the Baptist | June 24th

He must increase, I must decrease.

John Baptist de la Salle | April 7th

Pride makes us forgetful of our eternal interests. It causes us to neglect totally the care of our soul.

Pope John Paul II | October 22nd

None of us is alone in this world. Each of us is a vital piece of the great mosaic of humanity as a whole.

Life with Christ is a wonderful adventure.

The Eucharist is the secret of my day.  It gives strength and meaning to all my activities of service to the Church and to the world.

Today, in adoring the Sacred Heart, let us pray fervently for peace. First of all for peace in our hearts, but also for peace in our families, in our nation and in all the world. Heart of Jesus, our peace and reconciliation, have mercy on us!

There is no cross to bear that Christ has not already born for us, and does not now bear with us.

Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.

In the newborn child is realized the common good of the family.

As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.

The saints have always been the source and origin of renewal in the most difficult moments in the Church’s history.

The future starts today, not tomorrow.

I plead with you – never, ever give up on hope, never doubt, never tire and never become discouraged. Be not afraid.

Christ is the center of the universe and of human history.Darkness can only be scattered by light. Hatred can only be conquered by love.

Be not afraid.

Grant, O Lord of life,…when the moment of our definitive ‘passage’ comes, that we may face it with serenity, without regret for what we shall leave behind. For in meeting you, after having sought you for so long, we shall find once more every authentic good which we have known here on earth, in the company of all those who have gone before us marked with the sign of faith and hope.”

Jesus is living next to you, in the brothers and sisters with whom you share your daily existence.

Do not be afraid. Do not be satisfied with mediocrity. Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.

Confession is an act of honesty and courage – an act of entrusting ourselves, beyond sin, to the mercy of a loving and forgiving God.

Without these words, ‘Father, I have sinned”, man cannot truly enter into the mystery of the death and resurrection of christ, to draw from tithe fruits of redemption and grace.

It is Jesus in fact that you seek when you dream of happiness; he is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you.

Friendship, as has been said, consists in a full commitment of the will to another person with a view to that person’s good.

Love between man and woman cannot be built without sacrifices and self-denial.

To recite the rosary is nothing other than to contemplate the face of Christ with Mary.

If you want peace, work for justice. If you want justice, defend life. If you want life, embrace truth.

Motherhood implies from the beginning a special openness to the new person: and this is precisely the woman’s ‘part’. In this openness, in conceiving and giving birth to a child, the woman ‘discovers herself through a sincere gift of self.’

John Vianney | August 4th

Prayer is the inner bath of love into which the soul plunges itself.

The priesthood is the love of the Heart of Jesus.

You cannot please both God and the world at the same time.  They are utterly opposed to each other in their thoughts, their desires, and their actions.

You either belong wholly to the world or wholly to God.

The saints did not all begin well, but they ended well.

A cross carried simply, and without those returns of self-love which exaggerate troubles, is no longer a cross. Peaceable suffering is no longer suffering. We complain of suffering! We should have much more reason to complain of not suffering, since nothing makes us more like Our Lord than carrying His Cross. Oh, what a beautiful union of the soul with Our Lord Jesus Christ by the love and the virtue of His Cross!

He is the one who has loved us so much; why shouldn’t we love Him in return?

The Holy Spirit leads us like a mother. He leads His child by the hand…as a sighted person leads a blind person.

I love You, O my God, and my only desire is to love You until the last breath of my life. I love You, O my infinitely lovable God, and I would rather die loving You, than live without loving You. I love You, Lord and the only grace I ask is to love You eternally…My God, if my tongue cannot say in every moment that I love You, I want my heart to repeat it to You as often as I draw breath.

You do not need many words when you pray. We believe on faith that the good and gracious God is there in the tabernacle; we open our souls to Him; and feel happy that He allows us to come before Him; this is the best way to pray.

Ardent prayer addressed to God: this is man’s greatest happiness on earth!

A soul adorned with the virtue of chastity cannot help loving others; for it has discovered the source and font of love—God.

The works of penance abound in such delights and joys that once they have been tasted, nothing will ever again root them out of the soul…. Only the first steps are difficult for those who eagerly choose this path.

There is no better way to experience the good God than to find him in the perfect sacrifice of the Mass.

The saints knew how great an outrage sin is against God. Some passed their lives in weeping for their sins. St. Peter wept all his life; still weeping at his death. St. Bernard used to say, “Lord! Lord! it is I who fastened You to the Cross!”

My children, it is in loving the cross that we find true peace, not running from it.

The soul should move toward prayer the way a fish should move toward water; they are both a purely natural state. 

If you invoke the Blessed Virgin when you are tempted, she will come at once to your help, and Satan will leave you.

Private prayer is like straw scattered here and there: If you set it on fire, it makes a lot of little flames. But gather these straws into a bundle and light them, and you get a mighty fire, rising like a column into the sky; public prayer is like that.

Here is a rule for everyday life: Do not do anything which you cannot offer to God.

My little children, reflect on these words: the Christian’s treasure is not on earth but in heaven. Our thoughts, then, ought to be directed to where out treasure is. This is the glorious duty of man: to pray and to love.

We do not have to talk very much in order to pray well. We know that God is there in his Holy Tabernacle; let us open our hearts to him; let us rejoice in His Presence: This is the best prayer.

I tell you that you have less to suffer in following the cross than in serving the world and its pleasures.

We are each of us like a small mirror in which God searches for His reflection.

We will either accuse ourselves or excuse ourselves.

What? The Cross make us lose our inward peace? Surely it is the Cross that bestows it on our hearts. All our miseries come from our not loving it.

Jose Sanchez Del Rio | February 10th

Viva Cristo Rey!

Joseph of Cupertino | September 18th

Clearly, what God wants above all is our will which we received as a free gift from God in creation and possess as though our own. When a man trains himself to acts of virtue, it is with the help of grace from God from whom all good things come that he does this. The will is what man has as his unique possession.

Josemaria Escriva | June 26th

Prayer is the foundation of the spiritual edifice. Prayer is all powerful.

Don’t let your life be sterile. Be useful. Blaze a trail. Shine forth with the light of your faith… and light up all the ways of the earth with the fire of Christ that you carry in your heart.

God calls us through what happens during our day: through the suffering and happiness of the people we live with, through the human interests of our colleagues and the things that make up our family life.

Those who pray and suffer, leaving action for others, will not shine here on earth; but what a radiant crown they will wear in the kingdom of life!  Blessed be the ‘apostolate of suffering’!

When you approach the tabernacle remember that he has been waiting for you for twenty centuries.”

Temptation is necessary to make us realize that we are nothing in ourselves.

Treat those who are in error with loving kings, with christian charity.

When you approach the tabernacle remember that he has been waiting for you for twenty centuries.

When you see the storm coming, if you seek safety in that firm refuge which is Mary, there will be no danger of your wavering or going down.

You go to pray; to become a bonfire, a living flame, giving light and heat.

Not all of us can become rich, wise, famous… Yet, all of us- yes, all of us- are called to be saints.

Don’t you long to shout to those youths who are bustling around you: Fools! Leave those worldly things that shackle the heart – and very often degrade it – leave all that and come with us in search of Love!

Forward, no matter what happens! Cling tightly to Our Lord’s hand and remember that God does not lose battles.

Josephine Bakhita | February 8th

Be good, love the Lord, pray for those who do not know Him. What a great grace it is to know God!

The best thing for us is not what we consider best, but what the Lord wants of us.

Judith of Prussia | May 5th

Three things can lead us close to God. They are painful physical suffering, being in exile in a foreign land, and being poor by choice because of love for God.

Julian Peter Eymard | August 2nd

He loves, He hopes, He waits. If He came down on our altars on certain days only, some sinner, on being moved to repentance, might have to look for Him, and not finding Him, might have to wait. Our Lord prefers to wait Himself for the sinner for years rather than keep him waiting one instant.

Junipero Serra | July 1st

All my life I have wanted to be a missionary. I have wanted to carry the gospel message to those who have never heard of God and the kingdom he has prepared for them.

Always forward, never back.

I pray God may preserve your health and life many years.

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Kateri Tekakwitha | July 14th

Jesus, I love you.

Who will teach me what is most pleasing to God, that I may do it?

I am not my own; I have given myself to Jesus. He must be my only love. The state of helpless poverty that may befall me if I do not marry does not frighten me. All I need is a little food and a few pieces of clothing. With the work of my hands I shall always earn what is necessary and what is left over I’ll give to my relatives and to the poor. If I should become sick and unable to work, then I shall be like the Lord on the cross. He will have mercy on me and help me, I am sure.

I can have no other spouse, but Jesus Christ. I have considered myself content to live in poverty and misery for his love.

Katharine Drexel | March 3rd

If we wish to serve God and love our neighbor well, we must manifest our joy in the service we render to Him and them. Let us open wide our hearts. It is joy which invites us. Press forward and fear nothing.

Peacefully do at each moment what at that moment ought to be done. If we do what each moment requires, we will eventually complete God’s plan, whatever it is. We can trust God to take care of the master plan when we take care of the details.

The patient and humble endurance of the cross – whatever nature it may be – is the highest work we have to do.

Ours is the Spirit of the Eucharist, the total Gift of Self.

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Leo the Great | November 10th

The cross of Christ is the true ground and chief cause of Christian hope.

Virtue is nothing without the trial of temptation, for there is no conflict without an enemy, no victory without strife.

Pope Leo XIII |

Moreover, Christians are born for combat, whereof the greater the vehemence, the more assured, God willing, the triumph: ‘Have confidence; I have overcome the world’.

And our most lively and sure hope is placed in the Queen of the rosary, who has shown herself, since she has been invoked by that title, so ready to hep the Church and Christian peoples in their necessities.

Louis IX | August 25th

Be kindhearted to the poor, the unfortunate and the afflicted. Give them as much help and consolation as you can. Thank God for all the benefits he has bestowed upon you, that you may be worthy to receive greater.

Louis de Montfort | April 28th

The Hail Mary is dew falling from heaven to make the soul fruitful. It is a pure kiss of love we give to Mary.

If you put all the love of the mothers into one heart it still would not equal the love of the Heart of Mary for her children.”Mary is the safest, easiest, shortest and most perfect way of approaching Jesus.

Never will anyone who says his rosary everyday be led astray. This is a statement that I would gladly sign in blood.

Pray with great confidence, with confidence based upon the goodness and infinite generosity of God and upon the promises of Jesus Christ. God is a spring of living water which flows unceasingly into the hearts of those who pray.

We never give more honor to Jesus than when we honor his mother, and we honor her simply and solely to honor him all the more perfectly. We go to her only as a way leading to the goal we seek – Jesus, her son.

God is a spring of living water which flows unceasingly into the hearts of those who pray.

Armyourselves with the arms of God- with the holy rosary- and you will crush the devil’s head and stand firm in the face of all his temptations. This is why even the material rosary itself is such a terrible thing for the devil.

When the Holy Rosary is said well, it gives Jesus and Mary more glory and is more meritorious than any other prayer.

Louis of Toulouse | August 19th

Jesus Christ is all my riches; he alone is sufficient for me.

Lucy | December 13th

Those whose hearts are pure are temples of the Holy Spirit.

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Margaret Mary Alacoque | October 17th

I need nothing but God, and to lose myself in the heart of Jesus.

The Divine Heart is an ocean full of all good things, wherein poor souls can cast all their needs; it is an ocean full of joy to drown all our sadness, an ocean of humility to drown our folly, an ocean of mercy to those in distress, an ocean of love in which to submerge our poverty.

But above all preserve peace of heart. This is more valuable than any treasure. In order to preserve it there is nothing more useful than renouncing your own will and substituting for it the will of the divine heart. In this way his will can carry out for us whatever contributes to his glory, and we will be happy to be his subjects and to trust entirely in him.

Let us begin in earnest to work out our salvation, for no one will do it for us, since even He Himself, Who made us without ourselves, will not save us without ourselves.

Conform yourself as closely as possible to His humility and gentleness in dealing with your neighbor. . . Love those who humble and contradict you, for they are more useful to your perfection than those who flatter you.

Maria Goretti | July 6th

Let us love the Cross very much, for it is there that we discover our life, our true love, and our strength in our greatest difficulties

Martin de Porres | November 3rd

Always consider others as more holy anymore worthy than you, at the same time strive to be as holy as you can be.

Martin of Tours | November 11th

Lord, if your people need me, I will not refuse the work. Your will be done.

Mary MacKillop | August 8th

Have courage no matter what your crosses are.

Let no obstacles deter you from proceeding with courage.

It is by love that God has always led me, by love that God reproves me, by love that God lets me see love in all.

Let not weakness make you discouraged.People should never see a need and do nothing to help.”

Trust in God’s Providence, interfering – as it always does – for our own good.

We must do the will of Him we love.

Bear your little trials with patience and love.

With these crosses He gives many precious graces to make the soul bear them.

My heart would sink but for the firm conviction that God’s word can never fail.

May the Sacred Heart shield you and uphold you in every trouble.

Who am I to stand in God’s way?

Reject no one. You never know what grace can do.

We must teach more by example than by word.

May God grant you courage and true wisdom in all you do and say.

Remember, there is, even on this earth, a day of bright reward for all your prayers and faithful perseverance.

How truly wonderful are God’s ways and how little we understand them.

We must often feel weary and tired yet God brings us through all these things.

Let us ever hope that you look for strength from God who alone can give it.

Lean more on God and less on ourselves.

With God’s aid we shall get on and gain fresh strength and energy for the work.

Never expect perfection, and bear quietly the defects that from time to time come under your notice.

Pray to be ever ready for God’s will even when it takes you by surprise.

Bear in mind that you have only to answer for your own faults.

God is merciful because He knows how weary we are.

God understands us better than we understand ourselves or each other.

I cannot feel sufficiently grateful to our good God.

“The cross appears lighter when carried with Jesus.

Live in perfect charity and love, aiding and mutually encouraging one another in the thorny yet strong sweet path marked out for each of us to follow.

When I want something very much I thank God beforehand for I feel God will certainly grant what He has been thanked for.

Always try to have success in your work but remember God is often glorified in your failure.

No duty is too little to be done well.

God is so good – we ought to cling to Him with love and hope

The work of God goes on, and for this we have much to thank Him.

All will be right with time and a little patience.

Try always to be generous with God.

Try to make yourself happy and do not give way to low spirits or anxiety of any kind.

Whatever troubles may be before you, accept them cheerfully, remembering whom you are trying to follow.

Do all you can to work in unity.

There where you are, you will find God.

Have courage, trust in God, St Joseph and our Blessed Mother, and you need have no fear.

I cannot forget that there is a dear good God watching over us.

To me, the will of God is a dear book which I am never tired of reading and which has always some new charm for me. Nothing is too little to be noticed.

May God give you patience and courage in your sufferings.

God’s presence seems to follow me everywhere and makes everything I do or wish to do a prayer.

He is a just and merciful God, you may be sure that the trial is sent in love.

Courage, courage, trust in God who helps you in all things.

In every difficulty apply to St Joseph with confidence and you will never be disappointed.

I am sorry sometimes to see a kind of little-mindedness where there ought to be more generosity and simple trust.

I saw that God would provide the means, would guide me on the way, and would provide a friend to do for me what I could not do myself.

Look upon your crosses as stepping stones to the eternal life of happiness.

Do not let your troubles disturb your trust in God.

Do not, to please others, go beyond your strength, and attempt more than you are able for.

I knew God would take care of all and make everything right in the end.

Value your crosses as the most precious presents from a good and loving God.”

Gratitude is the memory of the heart.

Mary of the Cross (Jeanne Jugan) | August 30th

Look upon the poor with compassion and Jesus will look kindly upon you on your last day.

Maximilian Kolbe | August 14th

And as for a book from which to grow in the love of God, there is no better book than Jesus Christ crucified.The greatest poison of our time is indifference.

I prayed very hard to Our Lady to tell me what would happen to me. She appeared, holding in her hands two crowns, one white, one red. She asked if I would like to have them—one was for purity, the other for martyrdom. I said, ‘I choose both.’ She smiled and disappeared.

The most deadly poison of our times is indifference. And this happens, although the praise of God should know no limits. Let us strive, therefore, to praise Him to the greatest extent of our powers.

Never be afraid of loving the Blessed Virgin too much. You can never love her more than Jesus did.”

For Jesus Christ I am prepared to suffer still more.

Blessed Miguel Pro | November 23rd

We ought to speak, shout out against injustices, with confidence and without fear. We proclaim the principles of the Church, the reign of love, without forgetting that it is also a reign of justice.

Monica | August 27th

Nothing is far from God.

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Nicolas of Smyrna | December 6th

The giver of every good and perfect gift has called upon us to mimic Gods giving, by grace, through faith, and this is not of ourselves.

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Patrick | March 17th

Christ be with me, Christ within me, Christ behind me, Christ before me, Christ beside me, Christ to win me, Christ to comfort me and restore me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ in quiet, Christ in danger, Christ in hearts of all that love me, Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

The Lord opened the understanding of my unbelieving heart, so that I should recall my sins.

Paul VI | September 26th

The Holy Spirit also gives you the grace to discover the image of the Lord in the hearts of men, and teaches you to love them as brothers and sisters. Again, He helps you to see the manifestations of His love in events. If we are humbly attentive to men and things, the Spirit of Jesus enlightens us and enriches us with His wisdom, provided that we are imbued with the spirit of prayer.

The world calls for and expects from us simplicity of life, the spirit of prayer, charity towards all, especially towards the lowly and the poor, obedience and humility…..Without this mark of holiness, our word will have difficulty in touching the heart of modern man. It risks being vain and sterile.

This world in which we live needs beauty in order not to sink into despair. It is beauty, like truth, which brings joyto the heart of man and is that precious fruit which resists the wear and tear of time, which unites generations and makes them share things in admiration.”

No more war, war never again. It is peace, peace which must guide the destinies of peoples and of all mankind.

Paul of the Cross | October 20th

As soon as we know the will of God, we ought without delay to follow it.

The continual remembrance of the presence of God engenders the soul a divine state.

When you feel the assaults of passion and anger, then is the time to be silent as Jesus was silent in the midst of His ignominies and sufferings.

Paul Miki | February 6th

The only reason for my being killed is that I have taught the doctrine of Christ. I thank God it is for this reason that I die.

Paula Frassinetti | June 11th

Our Lord wills that you cling to Him alone! If your faith were greater how much more peaceful you would be even when great trials surround and oppress you.

Peter Canisius‬ | December 21st

If you have too much to do, with God’s help you will find time to do it all.

Peter Chrysologus | November 5th

Fasting is the soul of prayer, mercy is the lifeblood of fasting. So if you pray, fast; if you fast, show mercy; if you want your petition to be heard, hear the petition of others. If you do not close your ear to others, you open God’s ear to yourself.

Peter Claver | September 9th

Man’s salvation and perfection consists of doing the will of God which he must have in view of all things, and at every moment of his life.

To love God as he ought to be loved, we must be detached from all temporal love. We must love nothing but Him, or if we love anything else, we must love it only for his sake.

Peter Damian | February 21st

May Christ be heard in our language, may Christ be seen in our life, may he be perceived in our hearts.

It is not sinners, but the wicked who should despair; it is not the magnitude of one’s crime, but contempt of God that dashes one’s hopes.

Peter Julian Eymard | August 3rd

The Eucharist is the life of the people. The Eucharist gives them a center of life. All can come together without the barriers of race or language in order to celebrate the feast days of the Church. It gives them a law of life, that of charity, of which it is the source; thus it forges between them a common bond, a Christian kinship.

to acquire meekness let us contemplate the Eucharist.

Philip Neri | May 26th

Do not let a day pass without doing some good in it.

Nothing helps a man more than prayer.

We must always remember that God does everything well, although we may not see the reason of what He does.”

A man without prayer is an animal without the use of reason.

If we wish to keep peace with our neighbor, we should never remind anyone of his natural defects.

Bear the cross and do not make the cross bear you.

Blessed Pier Georgio Frassati

The faith given to me in Baptism suggests to me surely: by yourself you will do nothing, but if you have God as the center of all your action, then you will reach the goal.

Pio da Pietrelcina (Padre Pio) | September 23rd

Pray, hope and don’t worry. Worry is useless. God is merciful and will hear your prayer. Prayer is the best weapon we have; it is the key to God’s heart.

You don’t have to be worthy; you only have to be willing.

Walk cheerfully and with a sincere and open heart as much as you can, and when you cannot always maintain this holy joy, at least do not lose your trust in God.

Satan fears and trembles before humble souls.

Do good everywhere, so that everyone can say:’this is a son of Christ.’

Our Lord loves you and loves you tenderly; and if He does not let you feel the sweetness of His love, it is to make you more humble and abject in your own eyes.

Yes, I love the cross, the cross alone, because I always see it behind Jesus’ shoulders.

Prayer is the oxygen of the soul.

Our Lord loves you and loves you tenderly; and if He does not let you feel the sweetness of His love, it is to make you more humble and abject in your own eyes.

I do not know what will happen to me; I only know one thing for certain, that the Lord will never fall short of His promises. “Do not fear, I will make you suffer, but I will also give you the strength to suffer,” Jesus tells me continually. “I want your soul to be purified and tried by a daily hidden martyrdom”. . .”How many times,” Jesus said to me a little while ago, “would you have abandoned me, my son, if I had not crucified you.

Do not tire yourself over things that cause anxiety and worry. Only one thing is necessary: to lift up your spirit and love God.

To be tempted is a sign that the soul is very pleasing to the Lord.

Be cheerful. Jesus will take care of everything. Let us trust in Jesus and our heavenly Mother, and everything will work out well.

The most beautiful act of faith is the one made in darkness, in sacrifice, and with extreme effort.

Jesus is with you even when you don’t feel His presence. He is never so close to you as He is during your spiritual battles. He is always there, close to you, encouraging you to fight your battle courageously. He is there to ward off the enemy’s blows so that you may not be hurt.

How consoling it is to know you are always under the protection of a heavenly spirit who never abandons you, not even when you are actually offending God. How delightful is this great truth to the one who believes. Who is to be feared, then, by the devout soul who is trying to love Jesus, when accompanied by such an illustrious warrior?

Let us bind ourselves tightly to the Sorrowful Heart of our Heavenly Mother and reflect on its boundless grief and how precious is our soul.

Invoke your Guardian Angel that he will illuminate you and will guide you. God has given himto you for this reason. Therefore use him!

If we are imitators of Jesus Christ and face up to all life’s battles, we too shall share in His victories!

My past, O Lord to Your mercy: my present to Your Love: my future to Your Providence.

I am not frightened; do I not have a Father in Jesus? Is it not true that I will always be his son? I can say with certainty that Jesus has never forgotten me, even when I was far from him. His love has followed me everywhere.

Polycarp | February 23rd

All who refuse to believe in Jesus Christ must answer to God for the Blood of His Son.

Pope Pius X | August 20th

Holy Communion is the shortest and safest way to heaven.

Nobody ever knew Christ so profoundly as she [the Blessed Mother] did, and nobody can ever be more competent as a guide and teacher of the knowledge of Christ.

The Rosary is the most beautiful and the most rich in graces of all prayers; it is the prayer that touches most the Heart of the Mother of God… and if you wish peace to reign in your homes, recite the family Rosary.

Pope Pius XI | August 20th

The Rosary is a powerful weapon to put the demons to flight and to keep oneself from sin… If you desire peace in your hearts, in your homes, and in your country, assemble each evening to recite the Rosary. Let not even one day pass without saying it.

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Robert Bellarmine | September 17th

Love is a marvelous and heavenly thing.  It never tires and never thinks that it has done enough.

Whoever finds God finds everything, whoever loses God loses everything.

Charity is that with which no man is lost, and without which no man is saved.

Let prayer delight thee more than disputations, and the charity which builds up more than the knowledge which puffs up.

What is easier, sweeter, more pleasant, than to love goodness, beauty, and love, the fullness of which you are, O Lord, my God.

Know that you have been created for the glory of God and your own eternal salvation.  This is your goal; this is the center of your life; this is the treasure of your heart.

The school of Christ is the school of charity.  On the last day, when the general examination takes place, there will be no question at all on the text of Aristotle, the aphorisms of Hippocrates, or the paragraphs of Justinian.  Charity will be the whole syllabus.

An ounce of charity is better than a hundred loads of reason.

Freedom of belief is pernicious, it is nothing but the freedom to be wrong.

Flee idleness…for no one is more exposed to such temptations than he who has nothing to do.

Peace and union are the most necessary of all things for men who live in common, and nothing serves so well to establish and maintain these as the forbearing charity whereby we put up with one another’s defects.

It is not difficult for one seal to make many impressions exactly alike, but to vary shapes almost infinitely, which is what God has done in creation, this is in truth a divine work.

Rose of Lima | August 23rd

Apart from the Cross there is no other ladder by which we may get to heaven.

The gifts of grace increase as the struggles increase.

Know that the greatest service that man can offer to God is to help convert souls.

Without the burden of afflictions it is impossible to reach the height of grace.  The gift of grace increases as the struggle increases.

Rose of Viterbo | September 4th

I die with joy, for I desire to be united to my God. Live so as not to fear death. For those who live well in the world, death is not frightening, but sweet and precious.

Prayer reveals to souls the vanity of earthly goods and pleasures.It fills them with light, strength and consolation, and gives them a foretaste of the calm bliss of our heavenly home.

Rose Philippine Duchesne | November 20th

Lord, I lean on You alone for strength. Give me your arm to support me, your shoulders to carry me, your breast on which to lay my head, your Cross to uphold me, your Eucharist to nourish me. On you Lord, I shall sleep and rest in peace.

He who has Jesus has everything.

Learn to let others do their share of the work. Things may be done less well, but you will have more peace of soul and health of body. And what temporal interest should we not sacrifice in order to gain these blessings?

It fills me with joy to realize that I can lay down my life daily for God, that I can sacrifice it willingly for Him. I may not be a martyr for the faith, but I can be a martyr of charity.

Let us bear our cross and leave it to God to determine the length and the weight.

There are no difficulties except for those who worry too much about tomorrow.

Do not look back to the past, nor forward to the future. Claim only the present, for it holds God’s will.

Never forget that the road to Heaven is the Way of the Cross. Jesus has called us to follow Him, bearing the Cross as He did.

The more I reflect on the graces I have received, the more they astonish me and make me tremble.

If you have no earthly consolation, why do you not seek consolation in the Heart of Jesus? To love him is truest joy.

We may not understand His Will for us in time, but in eternity the veil will be drawn and we shall see that He acted only for our happiness.

If we love Jesus, we shall be loved in return by Him, and that is perfect happiness.

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.

He will never let the trial surpass the strength He gives you, and at the very moment you think yourself overwhelmed by sorrow, He will lift you up and give you peace.

Love aright and you will never be sad.  Embrace God’s will and you will be filled with joy and peace.

God alone and the desire of His glory – nothing else matters.

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Scholastica | February 10th

I asked you and you would not listen; so I asked my God and He did listen.

Sebastian | January 20th

The devil strains every nerve to secure the souls which belong to Christ. We should not grudge our toil in wresting them from Satan and giving them back to God.

Blessed Solanus Casey

Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger.

Stanislaus | April 11th

I want eternity. I was born for greater things. 

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Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein) | August 9th

Mary’s maternity is the model of all motherhood.

If anyone comes to me, I want to lead them to Him.

Love is an end already, since God is love.

The nation doesn’t simply need what we [women] have. It needs what we are.

One cannot desire freedom from the Cross when one is especially chosen for the Cross.

This is a serious warning cry: Surrender without reservation to the Lord who has called us. This is required of us so that the face of the earth may be renewed.

Anyone who seeks truth seeks God, whether or not he realizes it.

Everything that is truly absorbed into the depths of the soul educated and forms the whole person. Consequently, every human contact can have its educational effect.

By doing what God demands of us with total surrender of our innermost being, we cause the divine life to become our inner life. entering into ourselves, we find God in our own selves.

On the question of relating to our fellowman – our neighbor’s spiritual need transcends every commandment. Everything else we do is a means to an end. But love is an end already, since God is love.

God is there in these moments of rest and can give us in a single instant exactly what we need. Then the rest of the day can take its course, under the same effort and strain, perhaps, but in peace. And when night comes, and you look back over the day and see how fragmentary everything has been, and how much you planned that has gone undone, and all the reasons you have to be embarrassed and ashamed: just take everything exactly as it is, put it in God’s hands and leave it with Him. Then you will be able to rest in Him — really rest — and start the next day as a new life.

Teresa of Calcutta (Mother Teresa) | September 5th

The devil may try to use the hurts of life, and sometimes our own mistakes to make you feel it is impossible that Jesus really loves you, is really cleaving to you. This is a danger for all of us, and so sad, because it is completely the opposite of what Jesus is really wanting, waiting to tell you…he loves you always, even when you don’t feel worthy.

If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.

I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.

All of us must be saints in this world. Holiness is a duty for you and me. So let’s be saints and so give glory to the Father.

The woman is at the heart of the home. Let us pray that we women realize the reason for our existence: to love and be loved and through this love become instruments of peace in the world.

Unless we believe and see Jesus in the appearance of bread on the altar, we will not be able to see him in the distressing disguise of the poor.

When you look at the crucifix, you understand how much Jesus loved you then. When you look at the Sacred Host, you understand how much Jesus loves you now.

Try to put in the hearts of your children a love for home. Make them long to be with their families. So much sin could be avoided if our people really loved their homes.

The fruit of silence is prayer. The fruit of prayer is faith. The fruit of faith is love. The fruit of love is service. The fruit of service is peace.

We cannot all do great things, but we can do small things with great love.”

I can do the things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.

If you are humble nothing will touch you, neither praise nor disgrace, because you know what you are.

As Lent is the time for greater love, listen to Jesus’ thirst…’Repent and believe’ Jesus tells us. What are we to repent? Our indifference, our hardness of heart. What are we to believe? Jesus thirsts even now, in your heart and in the poor — He knows your weakness. He wants only your love, wants only the chance to love you.

The reason for our existence is to quench the thirst of Jesus. When he asked for water, the soldier gave him vinegar to drink—but his thirst was for love, for souls, for you and me.”

Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.

Pain and suffering have come into your life, but remember pain, sorrow, suffering are but the kiss of Jesus — a sign that you have come so close to Him that He can kiss you.

If you ever feel distressed during your day, call upon our Lady, just say this simple prayer: ‘Mary, Mother of Jesus, please be a mother to me now.’ I must admit, this prayer has never failed me.

When you look at the crucifix, you understand how much Jesus loved you then. When you look at the Sacred Host, you understand how much Jesus loves you now.

Love to be real, it must cost—it must hurt—it must empty us of self.

Joy is very infectious; therefore, be always full of joy.

Joy is a net of love by which we catch souls.

Theophane the Recluse | January 10th

Mary are the wiles of the enemy to despoil us of inner peace, SO WATCH!

Theophane Venard | November 24th

Be merry, really merry. The life of a true Christian should be a perpetual jubilee, a prelude to the festivals of eternity.

Teresa of Avila | October 15th

Let nothing trouble you, let nothing make you afraid. All things pass away. God never changes. Patience obtains everything. God alone suffice.

For the storms, like a wave, pass quickly. And the fair weather returns, because the presence of the Lord they experience makes them soon forget everything.

Though you have recourse to many saints as your intercessors, go especially to St. Joseph, for he has great power with God.

Life is short; our trials last but a moment.

Be gentle to all and stern with yourself.

We always find that those who walked closest to Christ were those who had to bear the greatest trials.

One who makes no mistakes, makes nothing.

Pain is never permanent.

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

One must not think that a person who is suffering is not praying. He is offering up his sufferings to God, and many a time he is praying much, more truly than one who goes away by himself and meditates his head off, and, if he has squeezed out a few tears, thinks that is prayer.

If this is the way You treat Your friends, no wonder You have so few!

From silly devotions and sour-faced saints, good Lord, deliver us!

All blessings come to us through our Lord. He will teach us, for in beholding his life we find that he is the best example.

There are more tears shed over answered prayers than over unanswered prayers.

We always find that those who walked closest to Christ were those who had to bear the greatest trials.

There is more value in a little study of humility and in a single act of it than in all the knowledge in the world.

We need no wings to go in search of Him, but have only to look upon Him present within us.

It isn’t good to let our thoughts disturb us or worry us at all.

Be kind to all and severe to yourself.

There is no such thing as bad weather. All weather is good because it is God’s.

Our body has this defect that, the more it is provided care and comforts, the more needs and desires it finds.

To have courage for whatever comes in life – everything lies in that.

This is what I want us to strive for, my Sisters; and let us desire to be occupied in prayer not for the sake of our enjoyment but so as to have the strength to serve.

Thérèse of Lisieux | October 1st

A word or smile is often enough to put fresh life in a despondent soul.

For me prayer is a surge of the heart, it is a simple look towards Heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy.”

You know well enough that our Lord does not look so much on the greatness of our actions nor even at their difficulty, but at the love with which we do them.

Jesus, help me to simplify my life by learning what you want me to be – and becoming that person.

Let us go forward in peace, our eyes upon heaven, the only one goal of our labors.

Let us not grow tired of prayer; confidence works miracles.

The Rosary is a long chain that links Heaven and Earth. One end of it is in our hands and the other end is in the hands of the Holy Virgin.

You cannot be half a saint; you must be a whole saint or no saint at all.

I want to suffer and even rejoice for love, for this is my way of scattering flowers. Never a flower shall I find but its petals shall be scattered for you; and all the while I will sing; yes, always sing, even when gathering roses in the midst of thorns; and the longer and sharper the thorns may be, the sweeter shall be my song!

The loveliest masterpiece of the heart of God is the heart of a mother.

Do you realize that Jesus is there in the tabernacle expressly for you – for you alone? He burns with the desire to come into your heart…

Miss no single opportunity of making some small sacrifice, here by a smiling look, there by a kindly word; always doing the smallest right and doing it all for love.

You cannot be half a saint; you must be a whole saint or no saint at all. 

May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.

I know now that true charity consists in bearing all our neighbors’ defects – not being surprised at their weakness, but edified at their smallest virtues.

I will spend my heaven doing good on earth.

Without love, deeds, even the most brilliant, count as nothing.

One must have passed through the tunnel to understand how black its darkness is.

You know well enough that Our Lord does not look so much at the greatness of our actions, nor even at their difficulty, but at the love with which we do them.

Our Lord does not come down from Heaven every day to lie in a golden ciborium. He comes to find another heaven which is infinitely dearer to him – the heaven of our souls, created in His Image, the living temples of the Adorable Trinity.

Our Lord needs from us neither great deeds nor profound thoughts. Neither intelligence nor talents. He cherishes simplicity.

It is your arms, Jesus, which are the elevator to carry me to heaven.

Thomas Aquinas | January 28th

Grant me, O Lord my God, a mind to know you, a heart to seek you, wisdom to find you, conduct pleasing to you, faithful perseverance in waiting for you, and a hope of finally embracing you.

As mariners are guided into port by the shining of a star, so Christians are guided to heaven by Mary.

Faith does not quench desire, but inflames it.

To convert somebody go and take them by the hand and guide them.

All the efforts of the human mind cannot exhaust the essence of a single fly.

Grant me, O Lord my God, a mind to know you, a heart to seek you, wisdom to find you, conduct pleasing to you, faithful perseverance in waiting for you, and a hope of finally embracing you.

To convert somebody go and take them by the hand and guide them.

To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.

Charity brings to life again those who are spiritually dead.

To love God is something greater than to know Him.

To convert somebody go and take them by the hand and guide them. 

Charity is the form, mover, mother, and root of all virtues.

Devotion is a certain act of the will by which man gives himself promptly to divine service.

A scrap of knowledge about sublime things is worth more than any amount about trivialities.

Grant me, O Lord my God, a mind to know you, a heart to seek you, wisdom to find you, conduct pleasing to you, faithful perseverance in waiting for you, and a hope of finally embracing you.

Grace is nothing else but a certain beginning of glory within us.

Thomas Becket | December 29th

Remember the sufferings of Christ, the storms that were weathered…the crown that came from those sufferings which gave new radiance to the faith…All saints give testimony to the truth that without real effort, no one ever wins the crown.

Thomas More | June 22nd

A faint faith is better than a strong heresy.

Tribulation is a gift from God – one that he especially gives His special friends.”

If I speak to thee in friendship’s name, thou think’st I speak too coldly, if I mention love’s devoted flame, thou say’st I speak too boldly.

The Scripture is full of places that prove fasting to be not the invention of man but the institution of God, and to have many more profits than one. And that the fasting of one man may do good unto another, our Saviour showeth himself where he saith that some kind of devils cannot be cast out of one man by another “without prayer and fasting.” And therefore I marvel that they take this way against fasting and other bodily penance.

Occupy your minds with good thoughts, or the enemy will fill them with bad ones. Unoccupied, they cannot be.

Torbio | March 23rd

Christ said, “I am the Truth”; he did not say “I am the custom.”

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Ursula Ledochowska | May 29th

You must never ask Jesus to wait.

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Vincent Ferrer | April 5th

Do you desire to study to your advantage? Let devotion accompany all your studies, and study less to make yourself learned than to become a saint. Consult God more than your books, and ask him, with humility, to make you understand what you read. Study fatigues and drains the mind and heart. Go from time to time to refresh them at the feet of Jesus Christ under his cross.

If you truly want to help the soul of your neighbor, you should approach God first with all your heart. Ask him simply to fill you with charity, the greatest of all virtues; with it you can accomplish what you desire.

Vincent de Paul | September 27th

To serve the poor is to go to God. You must see God in the faces of the poor.

The most powerful weapon to conquer the devil is humility. For, as he does not know at all how to employ it, neither does he know how to defend himself from it. 

Charity is certainly greater than any rule. Moreover, all rules must lead to charity.

Extend your mercy towards others, so that there can be no one in need whom you meet without helping. For what hope is there for us if God should withdraw His Mercy from us?

You must ask God to give you power to fight against the sin of pride which is your greatest enemy – the root of all that is evil, and the failure of all that is good. For God resists the proud.

Read some chapter of a devout book….It is very easy and most necessary, for just as you speak to God when at prayer, God speaks to you when you read.

The world would have peace if only men of politics would follow the Gospels.

The most powerful weapon to conquer the devil is humility. For, as he does not know at all how to employ it, neither does he know how to defend himself from it.

We should strive to keep our hearts open to the sufferings and wretchedness of other people, and pray continually that God may grant us that spirit of compassion which is truly the spirit of God

We must love our neighbor as being made in the image of God and as an object of His love.

You must ask God to give you power to fight against the sin of pride which is your greatest enemy – the root of all that is evil, and the failure of all that is good. For God resists the proud. 

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Zita| April 27th

A servant is not holy if she is not busy.

Zelie Martin | July 12th

I long for rest. I have not even the courage to struggle on. feel the need of quiet reflection to think of salvation, which the complications of this world have made me neglect.

I want to become a saint; it will not be easy at all. I have a lot of wood to chop and it is as hard as stone. I should have started sooner, while it was not so difficult; but in any case “better late than never”.

It is necessary that the heroic becomes daily and that the daily becomes heroic.

It is over little things that I worry most. Whenever a real misfortune happens, I am quite resigned, and I await with confidence the help of God.

The good Lord does not do things by halves; He always gives what we need. Let us then carry on bravely.

When we had our children, our ideas changed somewhat. We lived only for them. They were all out happiness and we never found any except in them. In short, nothing was too difficult and the warld was no longer a burden for us. For me, our children were a great compensations, so I wanted to have a lot of them in order to raise them for Heaven.

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2 thoughts on “Definitive List of Holy Catholic Saint Quotes

  1. Your style is really unique in comparison to other people I have read stuff from. I appreciate you for posting when you’ve got the opportunity, Guess I will just book mark this web site.


  2. I would just like to inform you that Saint Lorenzo Ruiz of Manila is not on your list. Please include..

    Lorenzo Ruiz, also called Saint Lorenzo of Manila, is a Filipino saint venerated in the Catholic Church. A Chinese-Filipino, he became his country’s protomartyr after his execution in Japan by the Tokugawa Shogunate during its persecution of Japanese Christians in the 17th century. Wikipedia
    Born: 28 November 1594, Binondo, Manila
    Died: 29 September 1637, Nagasaki, Nagasaki, Japan
    Nationality: Philippine
    Feast: September 28
    Canonized: October 18, 1987, Vatican City by Pope John Paul II
    Beatified: 18 February 1981

    During his execution (martyrdom) he declared his faith:
    “I am a Catholic and wholeheartedly do accept death for God; Had I a thousand lives, all these to Him shall I offer.” ~ Saint Lorenzo Ruiz of Manila.
    Amen. +AMDG+


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