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.

— Pope John XXIII

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Prayer is the raising of the mind to God.

We must always remember this. The actual words matter less.


To keep me from sin and straying from Him, God has used devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. My life vows destined to be spent in the light irradiating from the tabernacle, and it is to the Heart of Jesus that I dare go for the solution of all my problems


I have looked into your eyes with my eyes. I have put my heart near your heart.


See everything, overlook a great deal, correct a little.


I live by the mercy of Jesus, to whom I owe everything and from whom I expect everything.


Men are like wine - some turn to vinegar, but the best improve with age.


Every time I hear anyone speak of the Sacred Heart of Jesus or of the Blessed Sacrament I feel an indescribable joy. It is as if a wave of precious memories, sweet affections and joyful hopes swept over my poor person, making me tremble with happiness and filling my soul with tenderness.


It often happens that I wake up at night and begin to think about a serious problem and decide I must tell the Pope about it. Then I wake up completely and remember that I am the Pope.


Before everything else, fidelity to the Church: One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic. Jesus did not found several churches, but one single Church.


In the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (December 1948) in most solemn form, the dignity of a person is acknowledged to all human beings; and as a consequence there is proclaimed, as a fundamental right, the right of free movement in search for truth and in the attainment of moral good and of justice, and also the right to a dignified life.


Consult not your fears, but your hopes and your dreams.


Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfullfilled potential.


About Pope John XXIII

Quotes 54 sayings
Nationality Italian
Profession Clergyman
Birthday October 16

... just as food is necessary to the life of the body, so good reading is necessary to the life of the soul.


When I eat alone I feel like a seminarian being punished.

I tried it for one week and I was not comfortable. Then I searched through Sacred Scripture for something saying I had to eat alone. I found nothing, so I gave it up and it's much better now.


Whoever has a heart full of love always has something to give.


Relations between States, as between individuals, must be regulated not by armed force, but in accordance with...truth, justice and vigorous and sincere co-operation.


The Rosary is a school for learning true Christian perfection.


The feelings of my smallness and my nothingness always kept me good company.


Born poor, but of honored and humble people, I am particularly proud to die poor.


The Catholic Church has a dignity far surpassing that of every merely human society, for it was founded by Christ the Lord. It is altogether fitting, therefore, that the language it uses should be noble, majestic, and non-vernacular.


The conviction that all men are equal by reason of their natural dignity has been generally accepted. Hence racial discrimination can no longer be justified.


The whole world is my family.


The mark of Cain is stamped upon our foreheads.

Across the centuries, our brother Abel was lain in blood which we drew, and shed tears we caused by forgetting Thy love. Forgive us, Lord, for the curse we falsely attributed to their name as Jews. Forgive us for crucifying Thee a second time in their flesh. For we knew not what we did.


The nations of the world are becoming more and more dependent on one another and it will not be possible to preserve a lasting peace so long as glaring economic and social imbalances persist.


Mankind is a great, an immense family... This is proved by what we feel in our hearts at Christmas.


Italians come to ruin most generally in three ways, women, gambling, and farming. My family chose the slowest one.


The family is the first essential cell of human society.


It is now for the Catholic Church to bend herself to her work with calmness and generosity. It is for you to observe her with renewed and friendly attention.


The social progress, order, security and peace of each country are necessarily connected with the social progress, order, security and peace of all other countries.


Here I am at the end of the road and at the top of the heap.


Every man has the right to life, to bodily integrity.


There is a common belief that under modern conditions peace cannot be assured except on the basis of an equal balance of armaments...[but] true and lasting peace among nations cannot consist in the possession of an equal supply of armaments but only in mutual trust.


The true and solid peace of nations consists not in equality of arms, but in mutual trust alone.


Today the universal common good poses problems of world-wide dimensions, which cannot be adequately tackled or solved except by the efforts of public authorities endowed with a wideness of powers, structure and means of the same proportions; that is... on a world-wide basis.


The deposit of the faith is one thing... the way it is expressed is another.


The council now beginning rises in the Church like the daybreak, a forerunner of most splendid light.


An angel of Paradise, no less, is always beside me, wrapped in everlasting ecstasy on his Lord. So I am ever under the gaze of an angel who protects and prays for me.


Prudent is he who can keep silent that part of truth which may be untimely, and by not speaking it, does not spoil the truth of what he said.


I want to throw open the windows of the Church so that we can see out and the people can see in.


The Rosary is a magnificent and universal prayer for the needs of the Church, the nations and the entire world.


Anybody can be Pope; the proof of this is that I have become one.


Never Hesitate to hold out your hand; never hesitate to accept the outstretched hand of another.


I am made to tremble and I fear!


Listen to everything, forget much, correct little.


Do not walk through time without leaving worthy evidence of your passage.


We supplicate all rulers not to remain deaf to the cry of mankind.

Let them do everything in their power to save peace. By so doing they will spare the world the horrors of a war that would have disastrous consequences, such as nobody can foresee.


The thought of the presence of God and the spirit of worship will in all my actions have as their immediate object Jesus, God and man, really present in the most holy Eucharist. The spirit of sacrifice, of humiliation, of scorn for self in the eyes of men, will be illuminated, supported and strengthened by the constant thought of Jesus, humiliated and despised in the Blessed Sacrament


O Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, I would like to be filled with love for You;

keep me closely united with You, may my heart be near to Yours. I want to be to You like the apostle John. O Mary of the Rosary, keep me recollected when I say these prayers of yours; bind me forever, with your rosary, to Jesus of the Blessed Sacrament. Blessed be Jesus, my love.


Justice comes before charity.