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Favorite Quotations from the Saints?
« on: July 08, 2013, 06:53:45 PM »
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  • Thought I'd ask folks what their favorite saints' quotes are?

    I think many folks have a favorite quote or too, more than are familiar with the Desert Fathers.

    I can't choose any few truly, there are uncountable quotes that are so memorable and keep coming to mind.

    Thinking more of quotations on the spiritual life than doctrinal quotes used for apologetics.

    If you're lacking quotes.. Many are online on various sites.. Thousands on Inspirational Quotes from the Saints @ http://saintsquotes.net

    Sincerely,

    Shin

    'Flores apparuerunt in terra nostra. . . Fulcite me floribus.' (The flowers appear on the earth. . . stay me up with flowers. Sg 2:12,5)'-

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    « Reply #1 on: July 08, 2013, 07:05:23 PM »
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  • 'Be a vase, which thou fillest at the source and at the source dost drink from.

    Although thou hadst drawn thy love from God, who is the Source of living water, didst thou not drink it continually in Him thy vase would remain empty.'

    St. Catherine of Siena

    '. . . and what does the Lord require of you, but to do justice, and to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God?'

    Micah 6:8

    'We must imitate the forbearance of God. Oh, how great is God's forbearance! He endures patiently the temples of the profane men who outrage His majesty; He endures idols and sacrilegious ceremonies; He makes the sun to shine on the evil and upon the good, and His rain descend upon the just and upon the unjust; He makes the elements serve all men alike, the impious as well as the good; the winds blow, the springs burst forth, the harvests swell with waving corn, the grapes ripen, the trees cover themselves with fruit, the forests put on thick foliage, the meadows adorn themselves with the enamel of flowers. God delays vengeance, and patiently waits, that man may correct himself and return to his Savior. Such is the forbearance of the Eternal Father, and similar to it was that of the Son, for all the actions of Jesus Christ were characterized by patience and by that divine evenness of soul of which nothing could disturb the tranquility.'

    St. Cyprian

    'The peace of the celestial city is the perfectly ordered and harmonious enjoyment of God, and of one another in God. The peace of all things is the tranquility of order.'

    St. Augustine

    'Help me; the devil wishes to make me despair. Help me; I do not wish to offend God.'

    St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori

    'In all your affairs lean solely on God's Providence, by means of which alone your plans can succeed. Meanwhile, on your part work on in quiet co-operation with Him, and then rest satisfied that if you have trusted entirely to Him you will always obtain such a measure of success as is most profitable for you, whether it seems so or not to your own individual judgment.'

    St. Francis de Sales

    'To abstain from sinful actions is not sufficient for the fulfillment of God's law. The very desire of what is forbidden is evil.'

    St. Jean-Baptiste de la Salle

    'We are not created for this earth. The end for which God has placed us in the world, is this, that by our good works we may merit eternal life. "The end is life everlasting."'

    St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori

    'For all flesh is as grass; and all the glory thereof as the flower of grass. The grass is withered, and the flower thereof is fallen away. But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel hath been preached unto you.'

    1 Peter 1:24-25

    'See my children; the treasure of a Christian is not on the earth, it is in Heaven. Well, our thoughts ought to be where our treasure is.

    Man has a beautiful occupation, that of praying and loving.

    You pray, you love -- that is the happiness of man upon the earth.

    'Prayer is nothing else than union with God. When our heart is pure and united to God, we feel within ourselves a joy, a sweetness that inebriates, a light that dazzles us. In this intimate union God and the soul are like two pieces of wax melted together; they cannot be separated. This union of God with His little creature is a most beautiful thing. It is a happiness that we cannot understand. . . God, in His goodness, has permitted us to speak to Him. Our prayer is an incense which He receives with extreme pleasure.'

    St. Jean Marie Baptiste Vianney

    'No single virtue by itself opens the door of our nature; but all the virtues must be linked together in the correct sequence.'

    St. Mark the Ascetic

    'When rain falls upon the earth, it gives life to the quality inherent in each plant: sweetness in the sweet, astringency in the astringent; similarly, when grace falls upon the hearts of the faithful, it gives to each the energies appropriate to the different virtues without itself changing.'

    St. Mark the Ascetic

    'Only spiritual conversation is beneficial; it is better to preserve stillness than to indulge in any other kind.'

    St. Thalassios the Libyan

    'Try to convince yourself that there is no crime-laden sinner but would have served God better than you. . .  if he had received the same graces.'

    St. Vincent Ferrer

    'Learn to be silent sometimes for the edification of others, that you may learn how to speak sometimes.'

    St. Vincent Ferrer

    'If you had been of the world, the world would love its own: but because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.'

    John 15:19
    Sincerely,

    Shin

    'Flores apparuerunt in terra nostra. . . Fulcite me floribus.' (The flowers appear on the earth. . . stay me up with flowers. Sg 2:12,5)'-


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    « Reply #2 on: July 08, 2013, 07:24:58 PM »
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  • I just read this one today, and it has to be my very favorite ever.

    Brought me great comfort, thinking of the death of my husband 8 months ago.  

    St. Thomas, "Happiness is the end of life".
    Obviously he was talking about people in the State of Grace.  

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    « Reply #3 on: July 08, 2013, 07:29:45 PM »
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  • That's a truly inspiring one MyrnaM. I am glad to hear it, I had not before.

    Deo gratias et Mariae semper Virgini.
    Sincerely,

    Shin

    'Flores apparuerunt in terra nostra. . . Fulcite me floribus.' (The flowers appear on the earth. . . stay me up with flowers. Sg 2:12,5)'-

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    « Reply #4 on: July 08, 2013, 07:30:04 PM »
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  • "Wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it; right is right, even if no one is doing it." - St. Augustine


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    « Reply #5 on: July 08, 2013, 07:36:53 PM »
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  • Wouldn't it be something if everyone was doing right, and no one doing wrong..
    Sincerely,

    Shin

    'Flores apparuerunt in terra nostra. . . Fulcite me floribus.' (The flowers appear on the earth. . . stay me up with flowers. Sg 2:12,5)'-

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    « Reply #6 on: July 08, 2013, 07:38:24 PM »
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  • Not a quote, but when St Thomas More was brought to the block he asked his beard to be positioned so that it wasn't harmed, since his beard had not offended.
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    « Reply #7 on: July 08, 2013, 07:40:14 PM »
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  • Quote from: ServusSpiritusSancti
    "Wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it; right is right, even if no one is doing it." - St. Augustine


    When I was in Catholic school, many, many years ago, there was this one particular nun who would start her class every day with that quote above.

    It got drummed into my head and honestly this is what was going through my mind when I realized that Vatican II was not the Church.  


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    « Reply #8 on: July 08, 2013, 07:56:27 PM »
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  • Quote from: Mithrandylan
    Not a quote, but when St Thomas More was brought to the block he asked his beard to be positioned so that it wasn't harmed, since his beard had not offended.


    Ho ho, that's a good one. It sounds like something an Eastern saint would say. They like their beards out there.


    Sincerely,

    Shin

    'Flores apparuerunt in terra nostra. . . Fulcite me floribus.' (The flowers appear on the earth. . . stay me up with flowers. Sg 2:12,5)'-

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    « Reply #9 on: July 08, 2013, 08:07:49 PM »
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  • Quote from: shin
    Quote from: Mithrandylan
    Not a quote, but when St Thomas More was brought to the block he asked his beard to be positioned so that it wasn't harmed, since his beard had not offended.


    Ho ho, that's a good one. It sounds like something an Eastern saint would say. They like their beards out there.




    It is, isn't it?

    After I wrote my reply, I decided to actually do a little research to find the origin of that tradition.  Interestingly enough, it comes from David Hume's History of England!  

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    The executioner asking him forgiveness, he granted the request, but told him, “You will never get credit by beheading me, my neck is so short.” Then laying his head on the block, he bade the executioner stay till he put aside his beard: “For,” said he, “it never committed treason.”


    http://oll.libertyfund.org/?option=com_staticxt&staticfile=show.php%3Ftitle=790&chapter=67313&layout=html&Itemid=27
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    « Reply #10 on: July 08, 2013, 08:20:35 PM »
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  • I die the King's Good Servant, but God's first.  --Saint Thomas More


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    « Reply #11 on: July 08, 2013, 08:28:00 PM »
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  • St. Thomas seems pretty popular. :)

    'Earth hath no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal.'

    St. Thomas More
    Sincerely,

    Shin

    'Flores apparuerunt in terra nostra. . . Fulcite me floribus.' (The flowers appear on the earth. . . stay me up with flowers. Sg 2:12,5)'-

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    « Reply #12 on: July 08, 2013, 10:42:07 PM »
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  • "By these present and by virtue of Our Apostolic Authority, We give and grant in perpetuity that for the singing or reading of Mass in any church whatsoever this Missal may be followed absolutely, without any scruple of conscience or fear of incurring any penalty, judgment or censure, and may be freely and lawfully used ....We likewise order and declare that no one whosoever shall be forced or coerced into altering this Missal; and that this present Constitution can never be revoked or modified, but shall forever remain valid and have the force of law" —Pope St. Pius V, July 14, 1570, Papal Bull, Quo Primum.

    "Hearing nuns’ confessions is like being stoned to death with popcorn." —Ven. Fulton Sheen
    Legem credendi, lex statuit supplicandi

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    « Reply #13 on: July 10, 2013, 05:22:08 PM »
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  • 'A seed will not grow without earth and water; and a man will not develop without voluntary suffering and divine help.'

    St. Mark the Ascetic
    Sincerely,

    Shin

    'Flores apparuerunt in terra nostra. . . Fulcite me floribus.' (The flowers appear on the earth. . . stay me up with flowers. Sg 2:12,5)'-

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    « Reply #14 on: July 10, 2013, 11:06:38 PM »
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  • "To separate oneself from Tradition is to separate oneself from the Church."  Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre
    To live with the Saints in Heaven is all bliss and glory....To live with the saints on Earth is just another story!  (unknown)

     

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