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Words to Live By


“[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

“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


“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. Teresa 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


"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. Angela of Foligno

"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 Mass is the work of God. Martyrdom is nothing in comparison for it is but the sacrifice of man to God; but the Mass is the Sacrifice of God for man." St. John Vianney


"If angels could be jealous of men, they would be so for one reason: Holy Communion."St. Maximilian Kolbe

"When the bee has gathered the dew of Heaven and the earth's sweetest nectar from the flowers, it turns it into honey, then hastens to its hive. In the same way, the priest, having taken from the altar the Son of God (who is as the dew from Heaven, and true Son of Mary, flower of our humanity), gives Him to you as delicious Food." St. Francis de Sales



"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 although 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


"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


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

"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


“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


 ―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)

―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)


“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, unless you cross over from Egypt, that is, from the darkness of evildoing 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


“Devotion to St. Joseph is one of the choicest graces that God can give to a soul, for it is tantamount to revealing the entire treasury of our Lord’s graces. When God wishes to raise a soul to greater heights, He unites it to St. Joseph by giving it a strong love for the good saint.” St. Peter Julian Eymard

“Let us love Jesus above all, let us love Mary as our mother; but then, how could we keep from loving Joseph, who was so intimately united to both Jesus and Mary? And how can we honor him better than by imitating his virtues? Now, what else did he do in all his life but contemplate, study, and adore Jesus, even in the midst of his daily labors? Behold, therefore, our model.” St. Madeliene Sophie Barat

“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.” Bld. William Joseph Chaminade

“Knowing by experience St. Joseph’s astonishing influence with God, I would wish to persuade everyone to honor him with particular devotion. I have always seen those who honored him in a special manner make progress in virtue, for this heavenly protector favors in a striking manner the spiritual advancement of souls who commend themselves to him.” St. Teresa of Avila


“It is always springtime in the heart that loves God.” St. John Vianney


“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

“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


“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 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

“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. Alphonsus 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 denying 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 incontact 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

“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.” Ven. 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.” Ven. 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


“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

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