Let your door stand open to receive Him, unlock your soul to Him, offer Him a welcome in your mind, and then you will see the riches of simplicity, the treasures of peace, the joy of grace. Throw wide the gate of your heart, stand before the sun of the everlasting light.— Ambrose
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No one heals himself by wounding another.
The rich man who gives to the poor does not bestow alms but pays a debt.
When we speak about wisdom, we are speaking about Christ.
When we speak about virtue, we are speaking about Christ. When we speak about justice, we are speaking about Christ. When we speak about peace, we are speaking about Christ. When we speak about truth and life and redemption, we are speaking about Christ.
Prayer is the wing wherewith the soul flies to heaven, and meditation the eye wherewith we see God.
When I go to Rome, I fast on Saturday, but in Milan I do not.
Do you also follow the custom of whatever church you attend, if you do not want to give or receive scandal.
Love is like a shadow, one can only catch it by falling into it.
The Lord was Baptized, not to be cleansed Himself, but to cleanse the waters, so that those waters, cleansed by the flesh of Christ which knew no sin, might have the power of Baptism.
How far, O rich, do you extend your senseless avarice? Do you intend to be the sole inhabitants of the earth? Why do you drive out the fellow sharers of nature, and claim it all for yourselves? The earth was made for all, rich and poor, in common. Why do you rich claim it as your exclusive right?
In some causes silence is dangerous.
If it is "daily bread," why do you take it once a year? .
. . Take daily what is to profit you daily. Live in such a way that you may deserve to receive it daily. He who does not deserve to receive it daily, does not deserve to receive it once a year.
To be content, to find true love, is what essentially drives us all, but if found, would it be recognized?
As the print of the seal on the wax is the express image of the seal itself, so Christ is the express image - the perfect representation of God.
Reverence: the spiritual attitude of a man to a god and a dog to a man.
Law is twofold -- natural and written.
The natural law is in the heart, the written law on tables. All men are under the natural law.
Redemption, n. Deliverance of sinners from the penalty of their sin through their murder of the deity against whom they sinned. The doctrine of Redemption is the fundamental mystery of our holy religions, and whoso believeth in it shall not perish, but have everlasting life in which to try to understand it.
On consideration.. .of the reason wherefore men have so far gone astray, or that many - alas! - should follow diverse ways of belief concerning the Son of God, the marvel seems to be, not at all that human knowledge has been baffled in dealing with superhuman things, but that it has not submitted to the authority of the Scriptures
There is nothing evil save that which perverts the mind and shackles the conscience.
As in paradise, God walks in the Holy Scriptures, seeking man.
Your soul must hold fast to Him, you must follow after Him in your thoughts, you must tread His ways by faith, not in outward show.
The likeness of Your Church, O Lord, is that woman who went behind and touched the hem of Your garment, saying within herself: 'If I do but touch His garment I shall be whole' (Mt. 9:21). So the Church confesses her wounds, but desires to be healed.
Accordingly, death is a harbor of peace for the just, but is believed a shipwreck for the wicked.
The world has been created for everyone's use, but you few rich are trying to keep it up for yourselves. For not merely the possession of the earth, but the very sky, the air, and the sea are claimed for the use of the rich few... The earth belongs to all, not just to the rich.
We should pray to the angels, for they are given to us as guardians.
May each one of us glorify the Lord with the soul of Mary and rejoice in God with the spirit of Mary
For how can we adopt those things which we do not find in the holy Scriptures?
The Church's foundation is unshakable and firm against the assaults of the raging sea. Waves lash at the Church but do not shatter it. Although the elements of this world constantly batter and crash against her, she offers the safest harbor of salvation for all in distress.
When I am at Rome I fast as the Romans do;
when I am at Milan I do not fast. So likewise you, whatever church you come to, observe the custom of the place, if you would neither give offence to others, nor take offence from them.
Unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Spirit he cannot enter the kingdom of God. No one is excepted, not [even] the infant.
The devil's snare does not catch you, unless you are first caught by the devil's bait.
When we find ouselves in some grave danger we must not lose courage but firmly trust in God, for where there is the greatest danger, there is also the greatest help from Him who wants to be called our 'Help' in times of peace and in times of tribulation.
He who reads much and understands much, receives his fill. He who is full, refreshes others.
But if these beings guard you, they do so because they have been summoned by your prayers.
True repentance is to cease from sin.
The rich women, to avoid dividing the inheritance among many, kill their own fetus in the womb and with murderous juices extinguish in the genital chamber their children.
When in Rome, do as the Romans do.
God is not accustomed to refusing a good gift to those who ask for one.
Since he is good, and especially to those who are faithful to him, let us hold fast to him with all our soul, our heart, our strength, and so enjoy his light and see his glory and possess the grace of supernatural joy.
If you are at Rome live in the Roman style; if you are elsewhere live as they live elsewhere.
And let them remember that prayer should accompany the reading of Sacred Scripture, so that God and man may talk together; for "we speak to Him when we pray; we hear Him when we read the divine saying."
Prelate, n. A church officer having a superior degree of holiness and a fat preferment. One of Heaven's aristocracy. A gentleman of God.
The body should be bedecked naturally and without affectation, with simplicity, with neglect rather than nicety, not with costly and dazzling apparel, but with ordinary clothes, so that nothing be lacking to honesty and necessity, yet nothing be added to increase its beauty.
If every time the blood is poured out it is poured out for the remission of sins, I ought to receive it always, that my sins may always be forgiven me.
A good youth ought to have a fear of God, to be subject to his parents, to give honor to his elders, to preserve his purity; he ought not to despise humility, but should love forbearance and modesty. All these are an ornament to youthful years.
The prime objective of all Initiatory music in the Temples of Antiquity was to bring about physical purification and renewal, mental stimulation and alertness, spiritual exhilaration and Illumination.
Nature has poured forth all things for the common use of all men.
And God has ordained that all things should be produced that there might be food in common for all, and that the earth should be in the common possession of all. Nature created common rights, but usurpation has transformed them into private rights.
God drove Cain out of his presence and sent him into exile far away from his native land, so that he passed from a life of human kindness to one which was more akin to the rude existence of a wild beast.
The emperor is in the Church, not about the Church.
Cogito cogito ergo cogito sum (I think that I think, therefore I think that I am.)
It is easier to look wise than to talk wisely.
What is impossible to God? Not that which is difficult to His power, but that which is contrary to His nature.