Friday, August 5, 2011

SAYINGS OF THE SAINTS


Here are some of the sayings (and more) of the saints which I used recently on CALLING ALL CATHOLICS.

Rejoice * in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice! (Philippians 4:4)
 
In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:18))

 “Blessed be God for everything”  Venerable Concepion Cabrera de Armida

In our troubles, we must always say, "Blessed be God, thank you my God, or glory to God!"  Blessed Jeanne Jugan, Little Sisters of the Poor

Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day. It is a choice based on the knowledge that we belong to God and have found in God our refuge and our safety and that nothing, not even death, can take God away from us.
   - Henri Nouwen

All the way to heaven is heaven. St. Catherine of Siena

On Suffering
For this reason the apostle Paul said of Christ, "In him are hidden all the treasures of the wisdom and knowledge of God."  The soul cannot enter into these treasures, nor attain them, unless it first crosses into and enters the thicket of suffering, enduring interior and exterior labors, and unless it first receives from God very many blessings in the intellect and in the senses, and has undergone long spiritual training. The gate that gives entry into these riches of his wisdom is the cross; because it is a narrow gate, while many seek the joys that can be gained through it, it is given to few to desire to pass through it.  From a spiritual canticle by John of the Cross (1542‑1591)

Adversity is . . . God's most effective tool for the advancement of our spiritual lives. The circumstances and events that we see as setbacks are oftentimes the very things that launch us into periods of intense spiritual growth. Once we begin to understand this, and accept it as a spiritual fact of life, adversity becomes easier to bear.
Charles Stanley, In Touch Ministry (Baptist Minister)

Pain is the kiss of Christ. Catherine Doherty

(Let us) not let ourselves be troubled when we are sometimes beset by adversity, for we know that it is meant for our spiritual welfare and carefully proportioned to our needs, and that a limit has been set to it by the wisdom of the same God who has set a bound to the ocean.
Jean Baptiste Saint-Jure and Claude de la Colombiere, "Trustful Surrender to Divine Providence"

"I am God's wheat, ground fine by the lion's teeth to be made purest bread for Christ. No earthly pleasures, no kingdoms of this world can benefit me in any way. I prefer death in Christ Jesus to power over the farthest limits of the earth. He who died in place of us is the one object of my quest. He who rose for our sakes is my one desire. The time for my birth is close at hand. Forgive me, my brothers. Do not stand in the way of my birth to real life; do not wish me stillborn. My desire is to belong to God." (Ignatius of Antioch)

Good when He gives, supremely good;
Nor less when He denies:
Afflictions, from His sovereign hand,
Are blessings in disguise.
- Brother Lawrence, "The Practice of the Presence of God"

"Don't imagine that if you had a great deal of time you would spend more of it in prayer. Get rid of that idea! Again and again God gives more in a moment than in a long period of time, for God's actions are not measured by time at all."- Teresa of Avila

“Pray as you can, not as you can’t.”
       Dom John Chapman of Downside Abbey

"Because prayer is indeed a supernatural act, a movement of spirit toward Spirit, it is an act in which the natural creature can never begin or complete of itself. Though it seems to come by one's own free choice that one lifts the soul toward God, it is in truth this all-penetrating God, Who by His secret humble pressure stirs us to make this first movement of will and love."(Evelyn Underhill [20th C.], "The Golden Sequence")

If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this.    - C. S. Lewis

If your heart takes more pleasure in reading novels, or watching TV, or going to the movies, or talking to friends, rather than just sitting alone with God and embracing Him, sharing His cares and His burdens, weeping and rejoicing with Him, then how are you going to handle forever and ever in His presence... ? You'd be bored to tears in heaven, if you're not ecstatic about God now!   - Keith Green

I 've learned to hold everything loosely because it hurts when God pries my fingers from it.
      -- Corrie Ten Boom

You must accept your cross; if you carry it courageously it will carry you to heaven.  God commands you to pray, but He forbids you to worry. - Jean Vianney

"Our natural will is to have God, and the good will of God is to have us, and we may never cease willing or longing for God until we have him in the fullness of joy. Christ will never have his full bliss in us until we have our full bliss in him."- Blessed Julian of Norwich

"I have always believed that, when God touches a human being, the experience will survive three tests: 1.) The time test: The person touched by God will never be the same again. . . 2.) The reality test: The soul which has been touched by God will not be drawn up into an other-worldly posture or into bowered ivory towers of private ecstasy but will be deepened in awareness of the world around. . . 3.) The charity test: The human being who has opened to God's touch will be made more God-like by reason of that contact."- John Powell, S.J., "He Touched Me"

“Without you my kingdom would not be complete.”
        Jesus to St. Gertrude the Great.

God will either give you what you ask, or something far better. Robert Murray M'Cheyne (1813‑1843)
Minister of the Church of Scotland

The signs accompanying grace are much joy, peace, love, and truth. Such signs impel us to seek truth. But the signs of sin are accompanied by turmoil, not joy and love toward God.
- St. Macarius

"The moment I realized that God existed, I knew that I could not do otherwise than to live for Him alone. . . Faith strips the mask from the world and reveals God in everything.  It makes nothing impossible and renders meaningless such words as anxiety, danger, and fear, so that the believer goes through life calmly and peacefully, with profound joy--like a child hand in hand with his mother."
   - Venerable Charles de Foucauld

"Giving soup and bread isn’t all that the rich can do. The poor are your masters, terrible sensitive, exacting as you will see. But the uglier and dirtier they are, the more unjust and bitter, the more you must give them your love. It is only because of your love—only your love—that the poor will forgive you the bread you give them.”
      St. Vincent de Paul
 
“I never look at the masses as my responsibility; I look at the individual.  I can only love one person at a time B just one, one, one.  So you begin.  I began B I picked up one person. Maybe if I didn=t pick up that one person, I wouldn=t have picked up forty-two thousandY The same thing goes for you, the same thing in our family, the same thing in our church, your community.  Just begin B one, one, one.”
   - Bl. Mother Teresa

“An act of love, a voluntary taking on oneself of some of the pain of the world, increases the courage and love and hope of all."  - Dorothy Day

“The good Lord didn't create anything without a purpose, but mosquitoes come close.”
      Henry Drummond, Free Church of Scotland, Evangelist

"Just going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than standing in your garage makes you a car."
G.K. Chesterton

"The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because generally they are the same people."
G.K. Chesterton

“In the "dynamic" religion that we are being promised for tomorrow, no ascetic discipline or special humbleness will any longer be required.  It will be a hot‑water bottle kind of piety with none of that gritty old morality it in.  It will be a brand of faith that has been synthesized, vitaminized, homogenized, and capsulized, and it will be as ready‑made for effortless consumption as that magically bleached, cottony, crustless, already sliced white bread which is the symbol of the modern American's massive superiority over the pagan bushwhacker.”
      Curtis Cate, "God and Success" (Biographer and Historian)

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