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
"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.
"There is still time for endurance,
time for patience, time for healing,
"Little children follow and obey their father. They love
"Receive from the hand of God poverty as cheerfully as riches,
-The Most Blessed Sacrament is Christ made visible. The poor
sick person is Christ again made visible.
"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."
" 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."
"Whatever you do, think not of yourselves but of God."
"O Lord our God,
"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
"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
"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