The Wisdom of Saints



Without love, deeds, even the most brilliant, count as nothing. -- Be not afraid to tell Jesus that you love Him; even though it be without feeling, this is the way to oblige Him to help you, and carry you like a little child too feeble to walk. --Saint Thérèse of Lisieux

"Consider every day that you are then for the first time--as it were--beginning; and always act with the same fervour as on the first day you began."--Saint Anthony of Padua.

"I am very glad I shall soon go to heaven, but I think of these words of God. 'I carry my reward with me to render to each according to his works,' I tell myself that in my case He will be quite embarrassed. I have no works! He will then be unable to render to me 'according to my works.' Well, He will then render to me according to His own works!" --Saint Thérèse of Lisieux

"I considered that I was born for glory and when I searched out the means of attaining it, [God] make[sic] me understand my own glory would not be evident to the eyes of mortals, that it would consist in becoming a great saint! This desire would certainly appear daring if one were to consider how weak and imperfect I was, and how, after seven years in the religious life, I still am weak and imperfect. I always feel, however, the same bold confidence of becoming a great saint because I don't count on my merits, since I have none, but I trust in Him who is Virutue [sic] and Holiness. God alone, content with my weak efforts will raise me to Himself and make me a saint." -- quoted in Margaret Dorgan: Thérèse of Lisieux: Mystic of the Ordinary

"Whoever sits in solitude and is quiet has escaped from three wars: hearing, speaking, and seeing. Yet against one thing he must constantly battle: his own heart." --Saint Anthony Abbot.


"He became what we are that He might make us what He is." --Athanasius"

Reflect that in reality you have a greater need to serve [the poor] than they have of your service." -- Angela Merici


"There is still time for endurance, time for patience, time for healing,
time for change. Have you slipped? Rise up. Have you sinned? Cease.
Do not stand among sinners, but leap aside. For when you turn away
and weep, then you will be saved." -- Saint Basil

"Little children follow and obey their father. They love their mother.
They know nothing of covetousness, ill- will, bad temper, arrogance
and lying. This state of mind opens the road to heaven. To imitate our
Lord's own humility, we must return to the simplicity of God's little
one's." --Saint Hilary of Poitiers

"Receive from the hand of God poverty as cheerfully as riches, hunger
and want as plenty, and you will conquer the devil and subdue all
your passions." --Saint Macarius

-The Most Blessed Sacrament is Christ made visible. The poor sick person is Christ again made visible.
-- Saint Gerard Majella

"All of us are naturally frightened of dying and the dissolution of our bodies, but remember this most startling fact: that those who accept the faith of the cross despise even what is normally terrifying, and for the sake of Christ cease to fear even death. When He became man, the Savior's love put away death from us and renewed us again; for Christ became man that we might become God."

"Poverty is a remover of cares and the mother of holiness."
-- Saint Meriadoc.


" I have always wanted to become a saint. Unfortunately when I have compared myself with the saints, I have always found that there is the same difference between the saints and me as there is between a mountain whose summit is lost in the clouds and a humble grain of sand trodden underfoot by passers-by. Instead of being discouraged, I told myself: God would not make me wish for something impossible and so, in spite of my littleness, I can aim at being a saint. It is impossible for me to grow bigger, so I put up with myself as I am, with all my countless faults. But I will look for some means of going to heaven by a little way which is very short and very straight, a little way that is quite new.

" We live in an age of inventions. We need no longer climb laboriously up flights of stairs; in well-to-do houses there are lifts. And I was determined to find a lift to carry me to Jesus, for I was far too small to climb the steep stairs of perfection. So I sought in holy Scripture some idea of what this life I wanted would be, and I read these words: "Whosoever is a little one, come to me." It is your arms, Jesus, that are the lift to carry me to heaven. And so there is no need for me to grow up: I must stay little and become less and less." -- Therese of Lisieux


"God does not insist or desire that we should mourn in agony of heart; rather, it is His wish that out of love for Him we should rejoice with laughter in our soul. Take away sin and tears become superfluous; where there is no bruise, no ointment is required. Before the fall Adam shed no tears, and in the same way there will be no more tears after the resurrection from the dead when sin has been destroyed. For pain, sorrow, and lamentation will then have fled away."
--John Climacus, Abbot

"Birds which are too heavy cannot fly very high. The same is true of those who mistreat their bodies." --John Climacus, Abbot

"Whatever you do, think not of yourselves but of God."
--Saint Vincent Ferrer.


"O Lord our God,
grant us grace to desire Thee with our whole heart;
that, so desiring, we may seek,
and, seeking, find Thee;
and so finding Thee, may love Thee;
and loving Thee, may hate those sins
from which Thou hast redeemed. Amen."
--Saint Anselm

"It is very much better for you to be one among a crowd of a thousand people and to possess a very little humility, than to be a man living in the cave of a hyena in pride." --Pachomius

"To you, O Master, who loves all mankind
I hasten on rising from sleep.
By your mercy I go out to do your work
and I make my prayer to you.
Help me at all times and in all things.
Deliver me from every evil thing of this world
and from pursuit by the devil.
Save me and bring me to your eternal kingdom,
For you are my Creator,
You inspire all good thoughts in me.
In you is all my hope and to you I give glory,
now and forever." --Saint Macarius


"In an instant many are pardoned for their mistakes, but no one, in a moment's time, acquires calmness of the soul which requires much time, much trouble and a great deal of help from God." --John Climacus, Abbot


"Thanks be to Thee, my Lord Jesus Christ
For all the benefits Thou hast given me,
For all the pains and insults
Which Thou has borne for me.
O most merciful Redeemer, Friend, and Brother,
May I know Thee more clearly,
Love Thee more dearly,
Follow Thee more nearly,
Day by day. Amen."
--Saint Richard of Chichester.

O Lord Jesus Christ,
give us a measure of Thy spirit
that we may be enabled to obey
Thy teaching to pacify anger,
to take part in pity,
to moderate desire,
to increase love,
to put away sorrow,
to cast away vain-glory,
not to be vindictive,
not to fear death,
ever entrusting our spirit to immortal God,
who with Thee and the Holy Ghost
liveth and reigneth world without end."
--Saint Apollonius (from part of his defense before Perennis)"


Labor in piety in the most excellent work of all. The kingdom of heaven in granted to him who directs study, him who studies, and him who supports the student." --Saint Maolruain.


7"Alone with none but Thee, my God,
I journey on my way;
What need I fear when Thou art near,
Oh King of night and day?
More safe am I within Thy hand
Than if a host did round me stand."
--Attributed to Saint Columba.

"I was like a stone lying in the deep mire; and He that is mighty came, and in His mercy lifted me up, and verily raised me aloft and placed me on the top of the wall. --Saint Patrick

"In beautiful things Saint Francis saw Beauty itself, and through His vestiges imprinted on creation he followed his Beloved everywhere, making from all things a ladder by which he could climb up and embrace Him who is utterly desirable." --Saint Bonaventure

"From contemplation of the Passion the soul will
receive a new compassion, a new love, new
consolations, and consequently, as it were, a new
state of soul, which seems to be a presage and share
of eternal glory." --Saint Bonaventure.

"Beware of trying to accomplish anything by force, for God has given every single person free will and desires to constrain none; he merely shows them the way, invites them and counsels them." -- Angela Merici

"He is rich in spirit who has his riches in his spirit not his spirit in his riches; he is poor in spirit who has no riches in his spirit, or his spirit in his riches." --Saint Francis de Sales.

"Is there anything better on earth than gentleness?
If there were Jesus Christ would have taught it to
us. But Jesus has given us only two lessons.
'Learn from me,' he said, 'for I am meek and
lowly of heart.'" --Saint Francis de Sales.

"Do not look forward to what may happen tomorrow.
The same Everlasting Father, who takes care of you today,
will take care of you tomorrow.
He will either shield you from suffering,
or give you unfailing strength to bear it.
Be at peace then,
and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations."
--Saint Francis de Sales.


"The one who is dead can no longer walk. The one who despairs can no longer be saved."
--John Climacus, Abbot



"Without weapons there is no way of killing wild animals. Without humility there is no way of conquering anger."
--John Climacus, Abbot


"True wisdom, then, consists in works, not in great talents,
which the world admires; for the wise in the world's estimation .
. . are the foolish who set at naught the will of God, and know
not how to control their passions." --Saint Brigit of Sweden.

"In a time of desolation, never forsake the good resolutions you
made in better times. Strive to remain patient--a virtue contrary to
the troubles that harass you--and remember that you will be
consoled." --Saint Ignatius

"These things, good Lord, that we pray for, give us Thy grace to labor for."
--Saint Thomas More.

"If I am distracted, Holy Communion helps me become
recollected. If opportunities are offered by each day to offend my
God, I arm myself anew each day for the combat by reception of
the Eucharist. If I am in need of special light and prudence in
order to discharge my burdensome duties, I draw nigh to my
Savior and seek counsel and light from Him." --Saint Thomas More

"The heart is rich when it is content, and it is always content when its
desires are set upon God." --Saint Miguel of Ecuador.

"Lift up your heart to God," he said, "sometimes even at your meals, and when you are in company. . . . It is not necessary for being with God to be always at church: we may make an oratory of our hearts." -- Nicholas Herman

"To change your mind from good to bad is the height of absurdity.
True goodness changes from evil to righteousness."--Saint Polycarp




" I feel in me the vocation of the Priest. I have the vocation of the Apostle. Martyrdom was the dream of my youth and this dream has grown with me. Considering the mystical body of the Church, I desired to see myself in them all. Charity gave me the key to my vocation. I understood that the Church had a Heart and that this Heart was burning with love. I understood that Love comprised all vocations, that Love was everything, that it embraced all times and a word, that it was eternal! Then in the excess of my delirious joy, I cried out: O Jesus, my vocation, at last I have found it...My vocation is Love!" -- Therese of Lisieux

"God, in his promises to hear our prayers, is desirous to bestow Himself upon us; if you find anything better than Him, ask it; but if you ask anything beneath Him, you put an affront upon Him, and hurt yourself by preferring to Him a creature which He framed: Pray in the spirit and sentiment of love, in which the royal prophet said to Him, 'Thou, O Lord, are my portion.' Let others choose to themselves portions among creatures, for my part, You are my portion, You alone I have chosen for my whole inheritance." --Saint Austin.

"As birds, wherever they fly, always meet with the air, so we,
wherever we go, or wherever we are, shall always find God present."
-- Saint Francis de Sales.


Let us stand fast in what is right and prepare our souls for trial... Let us be neither dogs that do not bark nor silent onlookers nor paid servants who run away before the wolf. --Saint Boniface


"O God, Creator of heaven and earth, cast on me an eye of
pity: deliver me from my miseries: teach me the true way of
pleasing You, and it shall be the whole employment, and
most earnest study of my life to serve You, and to do Your
will." --Pachomius of Tabenna, Abbot

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