Words to Live By

5.9.21

"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

5.2.21

"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

 

4.25.21

“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

4.18.21

“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

4.11.21

―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

3.28.21

“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

3.14.21

“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

3.7.21

“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

2.28.21

“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

2.21.21

“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

2.14.21

“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

2.7.21

“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

1.31.21

“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

 

 

1.24.21

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
 

1.17.21

“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