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If you cannot find Christ in the beggar at the church door, you will not find Him in the chalice.
Prayer is the place of refuge for every worry, a foundation for cheerfulness, a source of constant happiness, a protection against sadness.
Not to share our own wealth with the poor is theft from the poor and deprivation of their means of life; we do not possess our own wealth, but theirs.
No matter how just your words may be, when you speak with anger, you ruin all: no matter how boldly you speak, how fairly reprove, or what not.
When you are weary of praying, and do not receive, consider how often you have heard a poor man calling, and have not listened to him.
The road to Hell is paved with the bones of priests and monks, and the skulls of bishops are the lamp posts that light the path.
To destroy the fetus 'is something worse than murder.' The one who does this 'does not take away life that has already been born, but prevents it from being born.'
There is nothing colder than a Christian who does not seek to save others.
The bee is more honored than other animals, not because she labors, but because she labors for others.
I am a Christian. He who answers thus has declared everything at once-his country, profession, family; the believer belongs to no city on earth but to the heavenly Jerusalem.
It is impossible to be saved without the help of the Most Blessed Virgin, because those who are not saved by the justice of God are saved by the intercession of Mary.
The rich man is not one who is in possession of much, but one who gives much.
The Eucharist is a fire that inflames us, that, like lions breathing fire, we may retire from the altar being made terrible to the devil.
God loves us more than a father, mother, friend, or any else could love, and even more than we are able to love ourselves.
We must not mind insulting men, if by respecting them we offend God.
The love of husband and wife is the force that welds society together.
Let us always guard our tongue; not that it should always be silent, but that it should speak at the proper time.
It is better to err by excess of mercy than by excess of severity. . .Wilt thou become a Saint? Be severe to thyself but kind to others.
Faithfulness in little things is a big thing.
A comprehended god is no god.
Even if we stand at the very summit of virtue, it is by mercy that we shall be saved.
Poor human reason, when it trusts in itself, substitutes the strangest absurdities for the highest divine concepts
If there were no tribulation, there would be no rest; if there were no winter, there would be no summer.
We are commanded to have only one enemy, the devil. With him never be reconciled! But with a brother, never be at enmity in thy heart.
Many can give money to those in need, but to personally serve the needy readily, out of love, and in a fraternal spirit, requires a truly great soul.
Riches are not forbidden, but the pride of them is.
You can set up an altar to God in your minds by means of prayer. And so it is fitting to pray at your trade, on a journey, standing at a counter or sitting at your handicraft.
God helps those who work, not those who are idle. No one helps an inactive person, but one who joins in the labor. The good God himself will bring...work to perfection.
Nothing will divide the church so much as the love of power.
Let no one mourn that he has fallen again and again; for forgiveness has risen from the grave.
It is simply impossible to lead, without the aid of prayer, a virtuous life.
The test of sincerity of one's prayer is the willingness to labor on its behalf.
The desire to rule is the mother of heresies.
Imagine your anger to be a kind of wild beast, because it has ferocious teeth and claws, and if you don't tame it, it will devastate all things even corrupting the soul.
We pray not to inform God or instruct Him but to beseech Him closely, to be made intimate with Him, by continuance in supplication; to be humbled; to be reminded of our sins.
Mercy imitates God and disappoints Satan.
Only those who do not fight are never wounded.
What is it to be a fool for Christ? It is to control one's thoughts when they stray out of line. It is to make the mind empty and free.
If repentance is neglected for an instant, one can lose the power of the Resurrection as he lives with the weakness of tepidity and the potential of his fall.
Every family should have a room where Christ is welcome in the person of the hungry and thirsty stranger.
Dost thou wish to receive mercy? Show mercy to thy neighbor.
As a moth gnaws a garment, so doth envy consume a man.
Is it not excessively ridiculous to seek the good opinion of those whom you would never wish to be like?
When the Mass is being celebrated, the sanctuary is filled with countless angels, who adore the Divine Victim immolated on the altar.
When we once begin to form good resolutions, God gives us every opportunity of carrying them out.
Slander is worse than cannibalism.
In the Christian combat, not the striker, as in the Olympic contests, but he who is struck, wins the crown. This is the law in the celestial theatre, where the Angels are the spectators.
Surely we ought to show them (animals) great kindness and gentleness for many reasons, but, above all, because they are of the same origin as ourselves.
Charity is indeed, a great thing, and a gift of God, and when it is rightly ordered likens us unto God himself, as far as that is possible; for it is charity which makes the man.
Of all the afflictions that burden the human race, there is not one, whether spiritual or bodily, that cannot be healed by the Holy Scriptures.