Patience is the companion of wisdom.— Saint Augustine
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Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.
A Christian is: a mind through which Christ thinks, a heart through which Christ loves, a voice through which Christ speaks, and a hand through which Christ helps.
Love the sinner and hate the sin.
Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.
Miracles are not contrary to nature, but only contrary to what we know about nature.
Because God has made us for Himself, our hearts are restless until they rest in Him.
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 misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.
Take care of your body as if you were going to live forever;
and take care of your soul as if you were going to die tomorrow.
Charity is no substitute for justice withheld.
The truth is like a lion; you don’t have to defend it. Let it loose; it will defend itself.
Hope has two beautiful daughters; their names are Anger and Courage. Anger at the way things are, and Courage to see that they do not remain as they are.
There is no love without hope, no hope without love, and neither hope nor love without faith.
Habit, if not resisted, soon becomes necessity.
To fall in love with God is the greatest romance;
to seek him the greatest adventure; to find him, the greatest human achievement.
There is no saint without a past, no sinner without a future.
Where your pleasure is, there is your treasure: where your treasure, there your heart; where your heart, there your happiness
The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.
Since love grows within you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul.
Christ is not valued at all, unless he is valued above all.
Bad times, hard times, this is what people keep saying;
but let us live well, and times shall be good. We are the times: Such as we are, such are the times.
The truth is like a lion. You don't have to defend it. Let it loose. It will defend itself.
The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.
Remember this. When people choose to withdraw far from a fire, the fire continues to give warmth, but they grow cold. When people choose to withdraw far from light, the light continues to be bright in itself but they are in darkness. This is also the case when people withdraw from God.
If God seems slow in responding, it is because He is preparing a better gift.
He will not deny us. God withholds what you are not yet ready for. He wants you to have a lively desire for His greatest gifts. All of which is to say, pray always and do not lose heart.
It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.
Love begins with a smile, grows with a kiss, and ends with a teardrop.
What is reprehensible is that while leading good lives themselves and abhorring those of wicked men, some, fearing to offend, shut their eyes to evil deeds instead of condemning them and pointing out their malice.
If you are silent, be silent out of love. If you speak, speak out of love.
God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.
Therefore once for all this short command is given to you.
'Love and do what you will.' If you keep silent, keep silent by love; if you speak, speak by love; if you correct, correct by love; if you pardon, pardon by love: let love be rooted in you, and from the root nothing but good can grow.
O Holy Spirit, descend plentifully into my heart.
Enlighten the dark corners of this neglected dwelling and scatter there Thy cheerful beams.
Every morning you put on your clothes to cover your nakedness and protect your body from inclement weather. Why don't you also clothe your soul with the garment of faith? Remember each morning the truths of your creed, and look at yourself in the mirror of your faith. Otherwise, your soul will soon be naked with the nakedness of oblivion.
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.
If you are suffering from a bad man's injustice, forgive him lest there be two bad men.
To sing is to pray twice.
Order your soul; reduce your wants; live in charity; associate in Christian community; obey the laws; trust in Providence.
Passion is the evil in adultery. If a man has no opportunity of living with another man's wife, but if it is obvious for some reason that he would like to do so, and would do so if he could, he is no less guilty than if he was caught in the act.
Christ held Himself in His hands when He gave His Body to His disciples saying: 'This is My Body.' No one partakes of this Flesh before he has adored it.
Recognize in this bread what hung on the cross, and in this chalice what flowed from His side... whatever was in many and varied ways announced beforehand in the sacrifices of the Old Testament pertains to this one sacrifice which is revealed in the New Testament.
In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?
That your enemies have been created is God's doing;
that they hate you and wish to ruin you is their own doing. What should you say about them in your mind? "Lord be merciful to them, forgive them their sins, put the fear of God in them, change them!" You are loving in them not what they are, but what you would have them to become.
He who is filled with love is filled with God himself.
God is always trying to give good things to us, but our hands are too full to receive them.
God does not give heed to the ambitiousness of our prayers, because he is always ready to give to us his light, not a visible light but an intellectual and spiritual one; but we are not always ready to receive it when we turn aside and down to other things out of a desire for temporal things.
Trust the past to the mercy of God, the present to His love, and the future to His providence.
If two friends ask you to judge a dispute, don't accept, because you will lose one friend; on the other hand, if two strangers come with the same request, accept because you will gain one friend.
Seek not to understand that you may believe, but believe that you may understand.
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.
Love is the beauty of the soul.
No one can begin a new life, unless he repent of the old.
All truth and understanding is a result of a divine light which is God Himself.
God has promised forgiveness to your repentance, but He has not promised tomorrow to your procrastination.
He who denies the existence of God, has some reason for wishing that God did not exist.
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.
Don't you believe that there is in man a deep so profound as to be hidden even to him in whom it is?