quote by St. Catherine of Siena

Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.

— St. Catherine of Siena

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The ones who have a voice must speak for those who are voiceless.

When the church hears the cry of the oppressed it cannot but denounce the social structures that give rise to and perpetuate the misery from which the cry arises.

Love God, serve God; everything is in that.

We always find that those who walked closest to Christ were those who had to bear the greatest trials.


God always forgives when you are totally repentant and you desire to change.

He forgives... and He never gets tired of forgiving. Never. You may get tired asking. I hope not. He never, never tires of forgiving. Never.

The creator of the heavens obeys a carpenter;

the God of eternal glory listens to a poor virgin. Has anyone ever witnessed anything comparable to this? Let the philosopher no longer disdain from listening to the common laborer; the wise, to the simple; the educated, to the illiterate; a child of a prince, to a peasant.

Apart from the cross, there is no other ladder by which we may get to heaven.

I am not capable of doing big things, but I want to do everything, even the smallest things, for the greater glory of God.

The true friends of the people are neither revolutionaries, nor innovators, but traditionalists.


Ever since the days of Adam, man has been hiding from God and saying, 'God is hard to find.

I will not tire of declaring that if we really want an effective end to violence we must remove the violence that lies at the root of all violence: structural violence, social injustice, exclusion of citizens from the management of the country, repression. All this is what constitutes the primal cause, from which the rest flows naturally.

Give something, however small, to the one in need.

For it is not small to one who has nothing. Neither is it small to God, if we have given what we could.

Take, O Lord, and receive my entire liberty, my memory, my understanding and my whole will. All that I am and all that I possess You have given me. I surrender it all to You to be disposed of according to Your will. Give me only Your love and Your grace; with these I will be rich enough, and will desire nothing more.

The Church was founded upon Peter: although elsewhere the same is attributed to all the Apostles, and they all receive the keys of the kingdom of heaven, the strength of the Church depends upon them all alike, yet one among the twelve is chosen so that when a head has been appointed, there may be no occasion for schism.


I think that if God forgives us we must forgive ourselves.

Otherwise, it is almost like setting up ourselves as a higher tribunal than Him.

Christ be with me, Christ within me, Christ behind me, Christ before me, Christ beside me, Christ to win me, Christ to comfort me and restore me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ in quiet, Christ in danger, Christ in hearts of all that love me, Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

If we truly think of Christ as our source of holiness, we shall refrain from anything wicked or impure in thought or act and thus show ourselves to be worthy bearers of his name. For the quality of holiness is shown not by what we say but by what we do in life.

Our culture has filled our heads but emptied our hearts, stuffed our wallets but starved our wonder. It has fed our thirst for facts but not for meaning or mystery. It produces "nice" people, not heroes.

I shall spend every moment loving. One who loves does not notice her trials; or perhaps more accurately, she is able to love them. I shall do everything for Heaven, my true home. There I shall find my Mother in all the splendor of her glory. I shall delight with her in the joy of Jesus himself in perfect safety.


Charity is that with which no man is lost, and without which no man is saved.

We are to love God for Himself, because of a twofold reason;

nothing is more reasonable, nothing more profitable.

Holy Communion is the shortest and safest way to heaven.

Wherever the bishop shall appear, there let the multitude also be;

even as, wherever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church.

Catholicism is not a soothing religion. It's a painful religion. We're all gluttons for punishment.


Catholicism is more than a religion, it is a political power.

Therefore I'm led to believe there will be no peace in Ireland until the Catholic Church is crushed

Donohue: "It is Christianity that [Manson] hates, and it is Catholicism that he hates most of all. This guy is at war with Christ." Manson: "I can't possibly be at war with Christ, because your religion killed him and what he stood for. But if you want to be at war with me, bring it on."

True charity consists in doing good to those who do us evil, and in thus winning them over.

Never forget that there are only two philosophies to rule your life: the one of the cross, which starts with the fast and ends with the feast. The other of Satan, which starts with the feast and ends with the headache.

Ukraine is a vital link for Europe: our energy transportation networks;

our location between the European Union and Eurasia. We're the melting pot of Catholicism and Orthodox Christianity. The democracy we founded with the Orange Revolution has to be an example for other post-Soviet states.


'Eat my flesh,' Jesus says, 'and drink my blood.

' The Lord supplies us with these intimate nutrients, he delivers over his flesh and pours out his blood, and nothing is lacking for the growth of his children

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.

For me, men are not divided into believers and atheists, but between oppressors and oppressed, between those who want to keep this unjust society and those who want to struggle for justice.

Far, far from the clergy be the love of novelty!

We, as Catholics are not permitted to believe anything of our own will, nor to choose what someone has believed of his. We have God's apostles as authorities, who did not themselves of their own wills choose anything of what they wanted to believe, but faithfully transmitted to the nations, the teachings of Christ.

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