Preach the gospel everywhere you go, and, if necessary, use words.

Few sinners are saved after the first twenty minutes of a sermon.

There are three things that can destroy a preacher, the glory, the gold, and the girls.

The worst behaved students turn out to be the most pious preachers.

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The salvation of a single soul is more important than the production or preservation of all the epics and tragedies in the world.

One filled with joy preaches without preaching.

He preaches well that lives well.

The world looks at preachers out of church to know what they mean in it.

Preaching is to much avail, but practice is far more effective.

A godly life is the strongest argument you can offer the skeptic.

Preaching is the expression of moral sentiments applied to the duties of life.

Go into the street, and give one man a lecture on morality, and another a shilling, and see which will respect you most.

If he have faith, the believer cannot be restrained.

He betrays himself. He breaks out. He confesses and teaches this gospel to the people at the risk of life itself.

Evangelism is just one beggar telling another beggar where to find bread.

Being an extrovert isn't essential to evangelism--obedience and love are.

God is definitely out of the closet.

If you think practicing what you preach is rough, just try preaching what you practice.

Go practice if you please with men and women: leave a child alone for Christ's particular love's sake!

The clergyman is expected to be a kind of human Sunday.

Sermons remain one of the last forms of public discourse where it is culturally forbidden to talk back.

Some plague the people with too long sermons;

for the faculty of listening is a tender thing, and soon becomes weary and satiated.

Evangelism is the spontaneous overflow of a glad and free heart in Jesus Christ.

The Christian ministry is the worst of all trades, but the best of all professions.

Our business is to present the Christian faith clothed in modern terms, not to propagate modern thought clothed in Christian terms. Confusion here is fatal.

When it's foggy in the pulpit it's cloudy in the pew.

One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than fifty preaching it.

Nothing makes one so vain as being told that one is a sinner.

Why should I apologize because God throws in crystal chandeliers, mahogany floors, and the best construction in the world?

I preached as never sure to preach again, and as a dying man to dying men.

The first missionaries, good men imbued with the narrowness of their age, branded us as pagans and devil-worshipers, and demanded of us that we abjure our false gods before bowing the knee at their sacred altar.

The good rain, like a bad preacher, does not know when to leave off.

Every accent, every emphasis, every modulation of voice, was so perfectly well turned and well placed, that, without being interested in the subject, one could not help being pleased with the discourse; a pleasure of much the same kind with that received from an excellent piece of music. This is an advantage itinerant preachers have over those who are stationary, as the latter can not well improve their delivery of a sermon by so many rehearsals.

The missionary is no longer a man, a conscience.

He is a corpse, in the hands of a confraternity, without family, without love, without any of the sentiments that are dear to us. Emasculated, in a sense, by his vow of chastity, he offers us the distressing spectacle of a man deformed and impotent or engaged in a stupid and useless struggle with the sacred needs of the flesh, a struggle which, seven times out of ten, leads him to sodomy, the gallows, or prison.

I'd rather see a sermon than hear one any day;

I'd rather one should walk with me than merely tell the way: The eye's a better pupil and more willing than the ear, fine counsel is confusing, but example's always clear.

Evangelism as the New Testament describes it is not child's play.

Evangelism is work, often hard work. Yet it is not drudgery. It puts person in good humor, and makes him truly human.

Every man who becomes heartily and understandingly a channel of the Divine beneficence is enriched through every league of his life. Perennial satisfaction springs around and within him with perennial verdure. Flowers of gratitude and gladness bloom all along his pathway, and the melodious gurgle of the blessings be bears is echoed back by the melodious waves of the recipient stream.

Exporting Church employees to Latin America masks a universal and unconscious fear of a new Church. North and South American authorities, differently motivated but equally fearful, become accomplices in maintaining a clerical and irrelevant Church. Sacralizing employees and property, this Church becomes progressively more blind to the possibilities of Sacralizing person and community.

A man who is good enough to go to heaven is not good enough to be a clergyman.

The Christian missionary may preach the gospel to the poor naked heathen, but the spiritual heathen who populate Europe have as yet heard nothing of Christianity.

Evangelism is selling a dream.

It is hardly to be believed how spiritual reflections when mixed with a little physics can hold people's attention and give them a livelier idea of God than do the often ill-applied examples of his wrath.

There is no arguing with the pretenders to a divine knowledge and to a divine mission. They are possessed with the sin of pride, they have yielded to the perennial temptation.

The Holy Spirit can't save saints or seats.

If we don't know any non-Christians, how can we introduce them to the Savior?

Preaching is heady wine. It is pleasant to tell people where they get off.

Preach in the name of God. The learned will smile; ask the learned what they have done for their country. The priests will excommunicate you; say to the priests that you know God better than all of them together do, and that between God and His law you have no need of any intermediary. The people will understand you, and repeat with you: We believe in God the Father, who is Intelligence and Love, Creator and Teacher of Humanity. And in this saying you and the People will conquer.

The world has more winnable people than ever before but it is possible to come out of a ripe field empty-handed.

To call a man evangelical who is not evangelistic is an utter contradiction.

As each Sister is to become a Co-Worker of Christ in the slums, each ought to understand what God and the Missionaries of Charity expect from her. Let Christ radiate and live his life in her and through her in the slums. Let the poor, seeing her, be drawn to Christ and invite him to enter their homes and their lives. Let the sick and suffering find in her a real angel of comfort and consolation. Let the little ones of the streets cling to her because she reminds them of him, the friend of the little ones.

In soliciting donations from his flock, a preacher may promise eternal life in a celestial city whose streets are paved with gold, and that's none of the law's business. But if he promises an annual free stay in a luxury hotel on Earth, he'd better have the rooms available.

If the truth were known, many sermons are prepared and preached with more regard for the sermon than the souls of the hearers.

I just wanted to be an ordinary parish priest.