WISDOM OF THE SAINTS
SAINT JOAN OF ARK
About Jesus Christ and his Church I know only this.
They're simply one thing.
And we shouldn't complicate the matter.
SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI
Remember that when you leave this earth,
you can take with you nothing that you have received -
only what you have given.
SAINT FRANCIS DE SALES
Prayer opens the understanding to the brightness of Divine Light,
and the will to the warmth of Heavenly Love –
nothing can so effectually purify the mind from its many ignorances,
or the will from its perverse affections.
It is as a healing water which causes the roots of our good desires
to send forth fresh shoots, which washes away the soul’s imperfections,
and allays the thirst of passion.
I must die to myself continually and accept trials without complaining.
I work, I suffer and I love with no other witness than his heart.
Anyone who is not prepared to suffer all for the Beloved
and to do his will in all things is not worthy of the sweet name of Friend,
for here below, Love without suffering does not exist.
Grignion de Montfort
If, then, we establish solid devotion to our Blessed Lady,
it is only to establish more perfectly devotion to Jesus Christ,
and to provide an easy and secure means for finding Jesus Christ.
If devotion to Our Lady removed us from Jesus Christ,
we should have to reject it as an illusion of the devil;
but so far from this being the case, devotion to Our Lady is,
on the contrary, necessary for us -
as a means of finding Jesus Christ perfectly,
of loving Him tenderly, of serving Him faithfully.
SAINT TERESA BENEDICTA
OF THE CROSS
During the time immediately before and quite some time after
my conversion, I thought that leading a religious life
meant giving up all earthly things and having one’s mind
fixed on divine things only.
Gradually, however, I learnt that other things
are expected of us in this world.
I even believe that the deeper someone is drawn to God,
the more he has to 'get beyond himself' in this sense,
that is, go into the world and carry divine life into it.
SAINT AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO
Particularly when I am worn out by the upsets of the world,
I cast myself without reservation on the love of those
who are especially close to me.
I know that I can safely entrust my thoughts and considerations
to those who are aflame with Christian love
and have become faithful friends to me.
For I am entrusting them not to another human,
but to God in whom they dwell
and by whom they are who they are.
SAINT JOHN OF THE CROSS
And I saw the river over which every soul must pass
to reach the Kingdom of Heaven,
and the name of the river was Suffering.
And I saw the boat which carries souls across that river,
and the name of the boat was Love.
SAINT BERNARD OF CLAIRVAUX
God must be loved first, in order that one's neighbor, too,
may be loved in God.
POPE SAINT JOHN PAUL II
Every genuine human love is a reflection of the love that is God himself.
SAINT TERESA OF JESUS
Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing frighten you,
All things are passing away;
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things.
Whoever has God lacks nothing;
God alone suffices.
SAINT CATHERINE OF SIENA
No virtue is obtained except through learning
to love one’s neighbour and their defects.
SAINT BEDE THE VENERABLE
He alone loves the Creator perfectly
who manifests a pure love for his neighbour.
SAINT TERESA OF CALCUTTA
People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self centred.
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends
and some genuine enemies.
If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you.
Be honest and sincere anyway.
The good you do today will often be forgotten.
Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.
Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God.
It was never between you and them anyway.
SAINT MAXIMILIAN KOLBE
To attract souls and transform them into Himself through love,
Christ has revealed His own infinite love,
His own Heart inflamed by love for souls,
a love that impelled Him to mount the Cross,
to remain with us in the Eucharist
and to enter our souls
and to leave us in testament
His own Mother as our Mother.
OF THE CHILD JESUS
AND THE HOLY FACE
Do you realise that Jesus is there in the tabernacle expressly for you,
for you alone?
He burns with the desire to come into your heart.