Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Quoting the Saints

A collection of quotes from various saints that have built up in my inbox the last while...

Cling to his most sweet Mother, who carried a Son whom the heavens could not contain; and yet she carried him in the little enclosure of her holy womb and held him on her virginal lap. (Saint Clare of Assisi)

Advent is such a beautiful season. It is a time for renewal; it is especially a time for forgiveness, because God brings his forgiveness to us in the shape of his Son. (Catherine de Hueck Doherty)

Prayer is an uplifting of the heart, a cry of gratitude and love. (Saint Therese of Lisieux)

Mary's pregnancy is a period of unbroken contemplation, of continual attention to the Son. And yet, it is a time of action, for she went to Elizabeth in order to bring the Son to her, the gift she had received from God to hand on to others. (Adrienne von Speyr)

Those who hearts are pure at the temples of the Holy Spirit. (Saint Lucy)

You must refuse nothing you recognize to be his will. (Saint Jane Frances de Chantal)

To surrender oneself is more than to devote oneself, more than to give oneself, it is even something more than to abandon oneself to God. In a word, to surrender oneself is to die to everything and to self, to be no longer concerned with self except to keep it continually turned toward God. (Saint Marie-Victoire Couderc)

If you invoke the Holy Spirit with a humble and trusting heart, filled with good desires, he will descend with his blessed light and inflaming fire. He will come and penetrate into the very center of your heart, purifying it, changing it, enlightening it, inflaming it, and consuming it with the flames of his holy and divine love. (Saint Frances Xaveir Cabrini)

Our body is a cenacle, a monstrance: through its crystal, the world should see God. (Saint Gianna Beretta Molla)

I would advise those who practice prayer, especially at first, to cultivate the friendship and company of others who are working in the same way. This is a most important thing, because we can help one another by our prayers, and all the more so because it may bring us even greater benefits. (Saint Teresa of Avila)

Love is a mystery that transforms everything it touches into things beautiful and pleasing to God. The love of God makes a soul free. (Saint Faustina Kowalska)