Words to Live By


"Our Lady has never refused me a grace through the recitation of the Rosary." St. Padre Pio

"I take refuge, then, in prayer, and turn to Mary, and our Lord always triumphs." St. Therese of Lisieux

"The Holy Rosary is the storehouse of countless blessings." Blessed Alan de la Roche

"The soul which recommends itself to me by the recitation of the Rosary shall not perish." The Virgin Mary to St. Dominic

“The Rosary is the most beautiful and the most-rich in graces of all prayers; it is the prayer that touches most the Heart of the Mother of God… and if you wish peace to reign in your homes, recite the family Rosary.” Pope St. Pius X

“Continue to pray the Rosary every day.” Virgin Mary of Fatima to Sister Lucia

“You shall obtain all you ask of me by the recitation of the Rosary.” Virgin Mary to Blessed Alan de la Roche “The greatest method of praying is to pray the Rosary.” - St. Francis de Sales

“Some people are so foolish that they think they can go through life without the help of the Blessed Mother. Love the Madonna and pray the rosary, for her Rosary is the weapon against the evils of the world today. All graces given by God pass through the Blessed Mother.” - St. Padre Pio


“The Most Holy Virgin in these last times in which we live has given a new efficacy to the recitation of the Rosary to such an extent that there is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, whether temporal or above all spiritual, in the personal life of each one of us, of our families…that cannot be solved by the Rosary. There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary.” - Sister Lucia of Fatima


"I have great reverence for St. Michael the Archangel; he had no example to follow in doing the Will of God, and yet he fulfilled God's Will faithfully." St. Faustina Kowalska

"God is humanity's universal Teacher and Guardian, but His teaching to humanity is mediated by Angels." St. Thomas Aquinas

"Since God often sends us His inspirations by means of His Angels, we ought frequently to offer Him our aspirations through the same channel. Call on them and honor them frequently, and ask their help in all your affairs, temporal as well as spiritual." St. Francis de Sales

"If you remembered the presence of your Angel and the Angels of your neighbors, you would avoid many of the foolish things which slip into your conversations." St. Josemaria Escriva

"The Angels of God accompanied the faithful when the light of His Truth only dawned in the new world. And now that the day sprung from on high was visited, and exalted our nature to a union with the Divinity, will these beneficent beings be less associated or delighted to dwell with the soul that is panting for heavenly joys and longing to join in their eternal alleluias? Oh, no, I will imagine them always surrounding me and in every moment will sing with them, 'Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Hosts, Heaven and earth are full of Your glory!'" St. Elizabeth Seton


“Apart from the Cross there is no other ladder by which we may get to Heaven.” St. Rose of Lima

“Do you want to become a great saint? Ask God to send you many sufferings. The flame of Divine Love never rises higher than when fed with the wood of the Cross, which the infinite charity of the Savior used to finish His sacrifice.” St. Ignatius of Loyola

“In difficult moments, I will fix my gaze upon the silent Heart of Jesus stretched on the Cross, and from the exploding flames of His merciful Heart, will flow down upon me power and strength to keep fighting.” St. Faustina

“If you seek patience, you will find no better example than the Cross. Great patience occurs in two ways: either when one patiently suffers much, or when one suffers things which one is able to avoid and yet does not avoid. Christ endured much on the Cross, and did so patiently, because when He suffered He did not threaten; He was led like a sheep to the slaughter and He did not open His mouth.” St. Thomas Aquinas


“God speaks in the silence of the heart. Listening is the beginning of prayer.” St. Teresa of Calcutta

“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.” St. Augustine

"In prayer, more is accomplished by listening than by talking. Let us leave to God the decisions as to what shall be said." St. Francis de Sales

“If you are not a man of prayer, I don’t believe in the sincerity of your intentions when you say that you work for Christ.” St. Jose Maria Escriva



“If you put all the love of the mothers into one heart it still would not equal the love of the Heart of Mary for her children.” St. Louis de Montfort


“The Immaculate alone has from God the promise of victory over Satan. She seeks souls that will consecrate themselves entirely to her, that will become in her hands forceful instruments for the defeat of Satan and the spread of God’s Kingdom.” St. Maximilian Kolbe

“Tell everybody that God grants graces through the Immaculate Heart of Mary” St. Jacinta


“Mary, give me your Heart: so beautiful, so pure, so immaculate; your Heart so full of love and humility that I may be able to receive Jesus in the Bread of Life and love Him as you love Him and serve Him in the distressing guise of the poor.” St. Teresa of Calcutta


“Mary has the authority over the angels and the blessed in Heaven. As a reward for her great humility, God gave her the power and mis-sion of assigning to saints the thrones made vacant by the apostate angels who fell away through pride. Such is the Will of the almighty God who exalts the humble, that the powers of Heaven, earth and hell, willingly or unwillingly, must obey the commands of the humble Virgin Mary. For God has made her Queen of Heaven and earth, leader of His armies, keeper of His treasure, dispenser of His graces, mediatrix on behalf of men, destroyer of His enemies and faithful associate in His great works and triumphs.” St. Louis Marie de Montfort

“She (Mary) has surpassed the riches of the virgins, the confessors, the martyrs, the apostles, the prophets, the patriarchs and the angels; for she herself is the first-fruit of the virgins, the mirror of confessors, the rose of martyrs, the ruler of apostles, the oracle of prophets, the daughter of patriarchs, the Queen of angels.” St. Bonaventure

“To serve the Queen of Heaven is already to reign there and to live under her commands, is more than to govern.” St John Marie Vianney
“Prayer is powerful beyond limits when we turn to the Immaculata who is Queen even of God’s Heart.” St. Maximilian Kolbe

“No one has access to the Almighty as His Mother has - none has merit such as hers. Her Son will deny her nothing that she asks and herein lies her power. While she defends the Church, neither height nor depth, neither men nor evil spirits, neither great monarchs, nor craft of man, nor popular violence, can avail to harm us - for human life is short, but Mary reigns above, a Queen forever.” St. John Henry Newman


“The greatest method of praying is to pray the Rosary.” St. Francis de Sales

"If you ever feel distressed during your day, call upon our Lady, just say this simple prayer: 'Mary, Mother of Jesus, please be a mother to me now.' I must admit, this prayer has never failed me." St. Mother Teresa

"Let us run to Mary, and, as her little children, cast ourselves into her arms with a perfect confidence." St. Francis de Sales

May the mother of Jesus and our mother, always smile on your spirit, obtaining for it, from her most Holy Son, every heavenly blessing." St. Padre Pio


"In trial or difficulty I have recourse to Mother Mary, whose glance alone is enough to dissipate every fear." St. Therese of Lisieux


"If we but paused for a moment to consider attentively what takes place in this Sacrament (Holy Eucharist), I am sure that the thought of Christ's love for us would transform the coldness of our hearts into a fire of love and gratitude." St. A ngela of Foligno "When you have received Him, stir up your heart to do Him homage; speak to Him about your spiritual life, gazing upon Him in your soul where He is present for your happiness; welcome Him as warmly as possible, and behave outwardly in such a way that your actions may give proof to all of His Presence." St. Francis de Sales "What wonderful majesty! What stupendous condescension! O sublime humility! That the Lord of the whole universe, God and the Son of God, should humble Himself like this under the form of a little bread, for our salvation" "...In this world I cannot see the Most High Son of God with my own eyes, except for His Most Holy Body and Blood." St. Francis of A ssisi "All the good works in the world are not equal to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass because they are the works of men; but the Holy Mass is the work of God. Martyrdom is nothing in comparison for it is but the sacrifice of man to God; but the Holy Mass is the sacrifice of God for man." St. John V ianney, Cure d'A rs



“There are not a hundred people in America who hate the Catholic Church. There are millions of people who hate what they wrongly believe to be the Catholic Church - which is, of course, quite a different thing.” Servant of God Fulton Sheen

“It is not hard to obey when we love the one whom we obey.” St. Ignatius of Loyola

“About Jesus Christ and the Church, I simply know they are just one thing, and we shouldn’t complicate the matter.” St. Joan of Arc
“No one can have God as his Father if he does not have the Church as his Mother.” St. Augustine

“I would not believe in the Gospel, if the authority of the Catholic Church did not bid me to do so.” St. Augustine


“The world can still set itself right and always will be able to, because the Voice and Blood of Christ cry out for pity and mercy… Devotion to the Precious Blood is the devotion of our time… It is a devotion for all souls, for the whole world.” St. Gaspar del Bufalo

"The first end I propose in our daily work is to do the Will of God; secondly, to do it in the manner He wills it; and thirdly, to do it because it is His Will.” St Elizabeth Ann Seton

“Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them - every day begin the task anew.” St. Francis de Sales

“Our entire good consists not only in accepting the Truth of God’s Word, but in persevering in it.” St. Francis de Sales

“Disorder in society is the result of disorder in the family.” St. Angela Merici

“The only reason for my being killed is that I have taught the Doctrine of Christ. I thank God it is for this reason that I die.” St. Paul Miki (martyr)



"Let us fix our gaze on the Blood of Christ and realize how truly precious It is, seeing that it was poured out for our salvation and brought the grace of conversion to the whole world." Pope St. Clement

“I adore You, O Precious Blood of Jesus, flower of creation, fruit of virginity, ineffable instrument of the Holy Spirit, and I rejoice at the thought that You came from the drop of virginal blood on which eternal Love impressed its movement; You were assumed by the Word and deified in His person. I am overcome with emotion when I think of Your passing from the Blessed Virgin's heart into the heart of the Word, and, being vivified by the breath of the Divinity, becoming adorable because You became the Blood of God.” St. Albert the Great

“This Blood that but one drop of has the power to win all the world forgiveness of its world of sin.” St. Thomas Aquinas

“Pray without pause, and always be courageous through the merits of the most Precious Blood of Jesus Christ.” St. Gaspar del Bufalo


“O Blood and Water which gushed from the Heart of Jesus as a font of mercy for us, I trust in You!” St. Faustina Kowalska

"By the effusion of His Holy Blood, [He] has given so great efficacy and strength to the Holy Sacraments of His Church, that when we receive any one of them, we shall be sprinkled and made clean by the virtue of His Precious Blood." St. John Fisher

“We must let it be known how the Blood of Christ cleanses the souls and sanctifies them, particularly by means of the Sacraments.” St. Gaspar del Bufalo

“We are living in times in which the Divine Blood must cleanse the entire world.” St. Gaspar del Bufalo


“[Urge] all souls to trust in the unfathomable abyss of My Mercy, because I want to save them all. On the Cross, the Fountain of My Mercy was opened wide by the lance for all souls - no one have I excluded!” Jesus to St. Faustina

“There is no sin or wrong that gives a man a foretaste of hell in this life as anger and impatience.” St. Catherine of Sienna

“The person who has surrendered himself entirely to sin indulges with enjoyment and pleasure in unnatural and shameful passions - licentiousness, unchastity, greed, hatred, guile and other forms of vice - as though they were natural. The genuine and perfected Christian, on the other hand, with great enjoyment and spiritual pleasure participates effortlessly and without impediment in all the virtues and all the supernatural fruits of the Spirit - love, peace, patient endurance, faith, humility and the entire truly golden galaxy of virtue - as though they were natural.” St. Symeon Metaphrastis


“Satisfaction consists in the cutting off of the causes of the sin. Thus, fasting is the proper antidote to lust; prayer to pride, to envy, anger and sloth; alms to covetousness.” St. Richard of Chichester


“Saint Teresa, as the Roman Rota attests, never fell into any mortal sin; but still Our Lord showed her the place prepared for her in Hell; not because she deserved Hell, but because, had she not risen from the state of lukewarmness in which she lived, she would in the end have lost the grace of God and been damned.” St. Alphonsus Maria Liguori


“Mankind will not have peace until it turns with trust to My Mercy.” Jesus to St. Faustina

“A great means to preserve continual peace and tranquility of soul is to receive everything from the hands of God, both great and small, and in whatever way it comes.” St. Dorotheus

“Who except God can give you peace? Has the world ever been able to satisfy the heart?” St. Gerard Majella

“Peace begins with a smile.” St. Mother Teresa

“Keep your soul at peace, in order to be able to be attentive and very faithful to the inner movement of the Holy Spirit.” St. Peter Julian Eymard
“While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart.” St. Francis of Assisi

”By humility a man finds grace before God and peace with men.” Bld. Giles of Assisi


“Everything comes from love, all is ordained for the salvation of man, God does nothing without this goal in mind.” St. Catherine of Siena


“Love to be real, it must cost - it must hurt - it must empty us of self.” St. Theresa of Calcutta “


God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.” St. Augustine “You cannot be half a saint; you must be a whole saint or no saint at all.” St. Therese of Lisieux


“The nation doesn’t simply need what we have. It needs what we are.” St. Teresa Benedicta



The 12 Promises of the Sacred Heart of Jesus to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque:

Our Lord Jesus Christ appeared to St. Margaret Mary between 1673-1675. Among the words spoken to her, she heard Jesus make 12 promises to those who would respond to the pleading of His Heart and make an effort to return His Love. St. Margaret Mary once said, “I do not know of any other exercise in the spiritual life that is more calculated to raise a soul in a short amount of time to the height of perfection and to make it taste the true sweetness to be found in the service of Jesus Christ.”

1. I will give them all the graces necessary in their state of life.

2. I will establish peace in their homes.

3. I will comfort them in all their afflictions.

4. I will be their secure refuge during life, and above all, in death.

5. I will bestow abundant blessings upon all their undertakings. 6. Sinners will find in My Heart the source and infinite ocean of Mercy.

7. Lukewarm souls shall become fervent.

8. Fervent souls shall quickly mount to high perfection.

9. I will bless every place in which an image of My Heart is exposed and honored.

10. I will give to priests the gift of touching the most hardened hearts.

11. Those who shall promote this devotion shall have their names written in My Heart.

12. I promise you in the excessive Mercy of My Heart that My all powerful Love will grant to all those who receive Holy Communion on the First Fridays in nine consecutive months the grace of final perseverance; they shall not die in My disgrace, nor without receiving their Sacraments. My Divine Heart shall be their safe refuge in this last moment.


"The three things God loves most: True Faith in God with a pure heart, a simple life with a grateful spirit, and openhandedness to the poor inspired by Charity. The three things that most displease God are: a mouth that hates people, a heart harboring resentments and confidence in wealth." St. Ita of Ireland

“Once after Holy Communion, I heard these words: You are our dwelling place. At that moment I felt in my soul the presence of the Holy Trinity, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. I felt that I was the Temple of God. I felt that I was a child of the Father. I cannot explain all this, but the Spirit understands this well.” St. Faustina, from her Diary, 451

“I knew more distinctly than ever before the Three Divine Persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. But their being, their equality, and their majesty are one. My soul is in communion with these Three; but I do not know how to express this in words; yet my soul understands this well. Whoever is united to One of the Three Persons is thereby united to the whole Blessed Trinity, for this Oneness is indivisible.” St. Faustina, from her Diary, 472

“Make my soul… Your cherished dwelling place, Your home of rest. Let me never leave You there alone, but keep me there all absorbed in You, in living Faith, adoring You.” St. Elizabeth of the Trinity

“Believe that He loves you. He wants to help you Himself in the struggles which you must undergo. Believe in His Love, His exceeding Love.” St. Elizabeth of the Trinity


“Those whose hearts are pure are temples of the Holy Spirit.” St. Lucy "O Holy Spirit, descend plentifully into my heart. Enlighten the dark corners of this neglected dwelling and scatter there Thy cheerful beams.” St. Augustine

“Enrich your soul in the great goodness of God: The Father is your table, the Son is your food, and the Holy Spirit waits on you and then makes His dwelling in you.” St. Catherine of Siena

“As the soul is the life of the body, so the Holy Spirit is the life of our souls.” St. Peter Damian

“You could not love Jesus if you did not possess the living source of holy and pure Love, namely, the Holy Spirit. Our divine Redeemer said, "He that believeth in Me, out of his belly shall flow streams of living water." (John 7:38.) This He said of the Spirit which they should receive who believed in Him. Therefore, when God enkindles in you the flames of Divine Love, holy, pure, and without stain, let yourself disappear in the infinite Good, and, like an infant, sleep the sleep of Faith and Love in the bosom of your heavenly Spouse.” St. Paul of the Cross


"Out of compassion for us He descended from Heaven and alt-hough He ascended alone, we also ascend, because we are in Him by grace." St. Augustine. 

"As the prophet says, Ascending on high He led captivity captive; He gave gifts to men. The undoubted meaning of these words is this: that since the devil led the human race captive, our Lord, by wresting it from him, took it captive Himself, and as the prophet tells us, led that very captivity to the heights of Heaven. Both captivities do indeed bear the same name, but they differ one from the other. The devil's captivity means enslavement; Christ's, on the contrary, means restoration to freedom." St. Maximus of Turin 

"Moses brought out of Egypt a timid nation, and in the space of forty years trained it to be full of valor for the task of conquering the promised land; Christ in forty days trains His Apostles to be bold and patient instead of cowards. They mourned and wept at the beginning of the season, but at the end they are full of courage for the good fight; their spirits mount high with their Lord, and when He is received out of their sight, and their own trial begins, they return to Jerusalem with great joy, and are continually in the temple, praising and blessing God." St. John Henry Newman 

“We are of such value to God that He came to live among us... and to guide us home. He will go to any length to seek us, even to being lifted high upon the Cross to draw us back to Himself. We can only respond by loving God for His love.” St. Catherine of Siena


"If you ever feel distressed during your day, call upon our Lady, just say this simple prayer: 'Mary, Mother of Jesus, please be a mother to me now.' I must admit, this prayer has never failed me." St. Mother Teresa

"Let us run to Mary, and, as her little children, cast ourselves into her arms with a perfect confidence." St. Francis de Sales


"May the mother of Jesus and our mother, always smile on your spirit, obtaining for it, from her most Holy Son, every heavenly blessing." St. Padre Pio


"In trial or difficulty I have recourse to Mother Mary, whose glance alone is enough to dissipate every fear." St. Therese of Lisieux


"We never give more honor to Jesus than when we honor His Mother, and we honor her simply and solely to honor Him all the more perfectly. We go to her only as a way leading to the goal we seek - Jesus, her Son." St. Louis Marie de Montfort

“Never be afraid of loving the Blessed Virgin too much. You can never love her more than Jesus did.” St. Maximilian Kolbe

"Men do not fear a powerful hostile army as the powers of hell fear the name and protection of Mary." St. Bonaventure

"Before, by yourself, you couldn't. Now, you've turned to our Lady, and with her, how easy!" St. Josemaria Escriva



“If anyone cannot find a master to teach him how to pray, let him take this glorious saint as his master, and he will not go astray.” (speaking of St. Joseph) St. Bernadette Soubirous 

“Be in good spirits under the fatherly mantle of St. Joseph, a place of safest refuge in trials and tribulations.” St. Joseph Marello 

“A servant of Mary will have a tender devotion to St. Joseph, and by his pious homage of respect and love, will endeavor to merit the protection of this great saint.” Blessed William Joseph Chaminade 

“Saint Joseph, our father and lord, is a teacher of the interior life. Place yourself under his patronage and you’ll feel the effectiveness of his power.” St. Josemaria Escriva


“Never despair of God‟s mercy.” St. Benedict

“The rediscovery of the Lord‟s Day is a grace which we must implore, not only so that we may live the demands of Faith to the full, but also so that we may respond concretely to the deepest human yearnings. Time given to Christ is never time lost, but is rather time gained, so that our relationships and indeed our whole life may become more profoundly human.” St. John Paul II

“But Sunday is the day on which we all hold our common assembly, because it is the first day on which God, having wrought a change in the darkness and matter, made the world; and Jesus Christ our Savior on the same day rose from the dead.”St. Justin Martyr

“Who except God can give you peace? Has the world ever been able to satisfy the heart?” St. Gerard Majella

“Jesus Christ loves a soul that is in a state of grace with an immense love; He ardently desires to unite Himself with it. This is what Holy Communion does.” St. Alphonsus Liguori


―Oh how much I am hurt by a soul‘s distrust! Such a soul professes that I am Holy and Just, but does not believe that I am Mercy and does not trust in My Goodness. Even the devils believe in My Justice, but do not glorify My Goodness. My Heart rejoices in this title of Mercy.'‖ (Diary, #300)

―Proclaim that Mercy is the greatest attribute of God. All the works of My hands are crowned with Mercy.'‖ (Diary, #301)
―When once I asked the Lord Jesus how He could tolerate so many sins and crimes and not punish them, the Lord answered me, ‗I have an eternity for punishing [these], and so I am prolonging the time of Mercy for the sake of [sinners]. But woe to them if they do not recognize the time of My visitation.‘‖ (Diary, #1160)

―The Lord said to me, ‗The loss of each soul plunges Me into mortal sadness. You always console Me when you pray for sinners. The prayer most pleasing to Me is prayer for the conversion of sinners. Know, My daughter, that this prayer is always heard and answered.‘‖ (Diary, #1397)

―Jesus: My child, life on earth is a struggle indeed; a great struggle for My Kingdom. But fear not, because you are not alone. I am always supporting you, so lean on Me as you struggle, fearing nothing. Take the vessel of trust and draw from the Fountain of Life - for yourself, but also for other souls, especially such as are distrustful of My Goodness.‘‖ (Diary of St. Faustina, #1488)

4.4.21 Easter

“O Death, where is your sting? O Hell, where is your victory? Christ is Risen, and you are overthrown. Christ is Risen, and the demons are fallen. Christ is Risen, and the angels rejoice. Christ is Risen, and life reigns. Christ is Risen, and not one dead remains in the grave. For Christ, being Risen from the dead, is become the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. To Him be glory and dominion unto ages of ages.” St. John Chrysostom

“The Lord’s triumph, on the day of the Resurrection, is final. Where are the soldiers the rulers posted there? Where are the seals that were fixed to the stone of the tomb? Where are those who condemned the Master? Where are those who crucified Jesus? He is victorious, and faced with His victory those poor wretches have all taken flight. Be filled with hope: Jesus Christ is always victorious.” St. Josemarie Escriva

“Now since you are celebrating the holy Pascha, you should know, brethren, what the Pascha is. Pascha means the crossing-over, and so the Festival is called by this name. For it was on this day that the Children of Israel crossed over out of Egypt, and the Son of God crossed over from this world to His Father. What gain is it to celebrate unless you imitate Him Whom you worship; that is, un-less you cross over from Egypt, that is, from the darkness of evildo-ing to the light of virtue, from the love of this world to the love of your Heavenly Home?” St. Ambrose of Milan


“The Blessed Eucharist is the perfect Sacrament of the Lord's Passion, since It contains Christ Himself and His Passion.” St. Thomas Aquinas


“And even if the sins of soul are as dark as night, when the sinner turns to My Mercy he gives Me the greatest praise and is the glory of My Passion.” Words of Jesus to St. Faustina

“The most holy Passion of Jesus Christ is the most efficacious means to convert obstinate sinners.” St. Paul of Cross


“True reverence for the Lord‟s Passion means fixing the eyes of our heart on Jesus crucified and recognizing in Him our own humanity.” St. Leo the Great


“As to the Passion of our Lord, …never in anything follow your own will and your own inclination, for that was the cause of His death and Passion.” St. John of the Cross


“Mount Calvary is the academy of love.” St. Francis de Sales

“The Passion of Christ is the greatest and most stupendous work of Divine Love. The greatest and most overwhelming work of God‟s Love.” St. Paul of the Cross


“People are made for happiness. Rightly you thirst for happiness. Christ has the answer to this desire. But He asks you to trust Him.” St. John Paul II


“The soul of the one who serves God always swims in joy, always keeps holiday, and is always in the mood for singing.” St. John of the Cross “It is always springtime in the heart that loves God.” St. John Vianney

“Act in a way that all those who come in contact with you will go away joyful. Sow happiness about you because you have received much from God.” St. Faustina

“The true way to advance in holy virtues, is to persevere in a holy cheerfulness.” St. Philip Neri


“God loves those who find joy in giving.” St. John Paul II


“It is characteristic of God and His angels to bring to the soul, when they occupy it, true happiness and spiritual joy; and to drive from it the sadness and trials which the enemy incites in it.” St. Ignatius of Loyola


“He so hated and despised sin that He avenged it on His own body with great pain, derision, torture, and reproach, His passion and death - and not for Himself (for the poison of sin was not in Him) but only as a service to us, to satisfy for our sins. He gives us back the light of grace and relieves us of the darkness that had entered our soul because of sin.” St. Catherine of Siena

“I say we have been given a guide. I mean the only-begotten Incarnate Word, God's Son, who shows us how to walk along this road that is so well lighted. He says, you know ‘I am the Way and Truth and Life. Whoever walks in me walks not in darkness but in light.’ He is Truth, and there is no falsehood in Him.” St. Catherine of Siena

“He who wishes to find Jesus should seek Him, not in the delights and pleasures of the world, but in mortification of the senses.” St. Alphon-sus Maria de Liguori

“Let us read the lives of the saints; let us consider the penances which they performed, and blush to be so… fearful of mortifying our flesh.” St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori

“Some subordinate their progress in perfection, which consists in deny-ing their desires and likings out of love for God, to their own tastes and whims. So strong is this inclination that even if they are commanded by obedience to do something which is to their liking, they immediately lose their desire for it, and all interest in it, because their one desire is to do their own will. The saints did not act this way.” St. John of the Cross


“At His Transfiguration Christ showed His disciples the splendor of His beauty, to which He will shape and color those who are His: 'He will reform our lowness configured to the body of His glory.'" St. Thomas Aquinas

“Faith in action is Love, and Love in action is service. By transforming that Faith into living acts of Love, we put ourselves in contact with God Himself, with Jesus our Lord.” St. Mother Teresa

“Jesus Christ, Lord of all things! You see my heart, you know my desires. Possess all that I am—you alone. I am your sheep; make me worthy to overcome the devil.” St. Agatha

“He who trusts in himself is lost. He who trusts in God can do all things… What does it cost us to say, ‘My God help me! Have mercy on me!’ Is there anything easier than this? And this little will suffice to save us if we be diligent in doing it.” St. Alphonsus Liguori

“No one will have any other desire in Heaven than what God wills; and the desire of one will be the desire of all; and the desire of all and of each one will also be the desire of God.” St. Anselm


“Expect temptation to your last breath.” St. Anthony the Great “Sufferings gladly borne for others convert more people than sermons.” St. Thérèse of Lisieux


“Fly from bad companions as from the bite of a poisonous snake.” St. John Bosco


“When God forgives a sinner who humbly confesses his sin, the devil loses his dominion over the heart he had taken.” St.Bernard of Clairvaux – 

“You can’t do God’s work without suffering.” St. Mother Teresa

“Let the enemy rage at the gate; let him knock, pound, scream, howl; let him do his worst. We know for certain that he cannot enter our soul except by the door of our consent.” St. Francis de Sales - 

“Sin is the assassin of the soul.” St. John Vianney


“If a man finds it very hard to forgive injuries, let him look at a Crucifix, and think that Christ shed all His Blood for him, and not only forgave His enemies, but even prayed His Heavenly Father to forgive them also. Let him remember that when he says the Pater Noster, every day, instead of asking pardon for his sins, he is calling down vengeance on himself.” St. Philip Neri

“He who knows how to forgive prepares for himself many graces from God. As often as I look upon the cross, so often will I forgive with all my heart.” St. Faustina

“To the extent that you pray with all your soul for the person who slanders you, God will make the truth known to those who have been scandalized by the slander.” St. Maximus the Confessor

“For there are three ways of performing an act of mercy: the merciful word, by forgiving and by comforting; secondly, if you can offer no word, then pray - that too is mercy; and thirdly, deeds of mercy. And when the Last Day comes, we shall be judged from this, and on this basis we shall receive the eternal verdict.” St. Faustina

“The Christian law commands that we forgive our enemies and those who have wronged us. I must therefore say here that I forgive Taikosama. I would rather have all the Japanese become Christians.” St. Paul Miki - one of the Martyrs of Nagasaki


“Anyone who seeks Truth seeks God, whether or not he realizes it.” St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

“It is easy to find Truth, though it is hard to face It, and harder still to follow It.” Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen

“The greatest kindness one can render to any man is leading him to Truth.” St. Augustine

“The Truth is the Truth even if no one believes it, and a lie is a lie even if everyone believes it.” Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen

“If you want peace, work for justice. If you want justice, defend life. If you want life, embrace the Truth - the Truth revealed by God.” St. John Paul II


“In the life of the body a man is sometimes sick, and unless he takes medicine, he will die. Even so in the spiritual life a man is sick on account of sin. For that reason he needs medicine so that he may be restored to health; and this grace is bestowed in the Sacrament of Penance.” St. Thomas Aquinas
“The want of proper examination, true contrition, and a firm purpose of amendment, is the cause of bad confessions, and of the ruin of souls.” St. Benedict Joseph Labre

“Confession heals, Confession justifies, Confession grants pardon of sin, all hope consists in Confession; in Confession there is a chance for mercy.” St. Isidore of Seville

"Strive always to confess your sins with a deep knowledge of your own wretchedness and with clarity and purity." St. John of the Cross
“The devil does not bring sinners to hell with their eyes open: he first blinds them with the malice of their own sins. Before we fall into sin, the enemy labors to blind us, that we may not see the evil we do and the ruin we bring upon ourselves by offending God. After we commit sin, he seeks to make us dumb, that, through shame, we may conceal our guilt in confession.” St. Alphonsus Liguori




America needs no words from me to see how your decision in Roe v. Wade has deformed a great nation. The so-called right to abortion has pitted mothers against their children and women against men. It has sown violence and discord at the heart of the most intimate human relationships. It has aggravated the derogation of the father's role in an increasingly fatherless society. It has portrayed the greatest of gifts -- a child -- as a competitor, an intrusion, and an inconvenience. It has nominally accorded mothers unfettered dominion over the independent lives of their physically dependent sons and daughters". And, in granting this unconscionable power, it has exposed many women to unjust and selfish demands from their husbands or other sexual partners. Human rights are not a privilege conferred by government. They are every hu-man being's entitlement by virtue of his humanity. The right to life does not depend, and must not be declared to be contingent, on the pleasure of anyone else, not even a parent or a sovereign." Blessed Mother Teresa

“Be brave and try to detach your heart from worldly things.” St. John Bosco


“God doesn’t ask that we succeed in everything, but that we are faithful. However beautiful our work may be, let us not become attached to it. Always remain prepared to give it up, without losing your peace.” St. Teresa of Calcutta

“If ever you have a fit of sadness or trouble, remember that it is because you are still attached to life, or health, or some comfort, or person, or thing that you ought to forget and despise that you may desire Jesus Christ only.” St. Claude de la Colombiere

“Whatever a man loves he inevitably clings to, and in order not to lose it he rejects everything that keeps him from it. So he who loves God cultivates pure prayer, driving out every passion that keeps him from it.” St. Maximus the Confessor

“It is a reasonable consequence that he who runs after perishable goods should himself perish.” St. Teresa of Avila


“Our concern must be to know God’s will. We must enter that path: if God wants, when God wants, how God wants.” St. Gianna Molla


“The best thing for us is not what we consider best, but what the Lord wants of us.” St. Josephine Bahkita


“We need to find God and He cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is a friend of silence.” St. Mother Teresa


“Let nothing disturb you, let nothing frighten you. All things are passing away: God never changes. Patience obtains all things. Whoever has God lacks nothing; God alone suffices. St. Theresa of Avila


“There is no place for selfishness, and no place for fear! Do not be afraid, then, when love makes demands. Do not be afraid when love demands sacrifices.” St. John Paul II


“Lay all your cares about the future trustingly in God’s hands, and let yourself be guided by the Lord just like a little child.” St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross