• Prefer nothing to Christ, because He preferred nothing to us, and on our account preferred evil things to good, poverty to riches, servitude to rule, death to immortality.

    St. Cyprian of Carthage (source)
  • I have taken you in my arms, and I love you, and I prefer you to my life itself. For the present life is nothing, and my most ardent dream is to spend it with you in such a way that we may be assured of not being separated in the life reserved for us. ... I place your love above all things, and nothing would be more bitter or painful to me than to be of a different mind than you.

    St. John Chrysostom, Homily 20 on Ephesians, advising young husbands how to address their wives
  • But, O what intoxication of light, O what movements of fire! Oh, what swirlings of the flame in me, miserable one that I am, coming from You and Your glory! The glory I know it and I say it is Your Holy Spirit, who has the same nature with You and the same honor, O Word, He is of the same race, of the same glory, of the same essence, He alone with Your Father and with You, O Christ, O God of the universe!

    St. Symeon the New Theologian (source)
  • Prayer can truly change your life. For it turns your attention away from yourself and directs your mind and your heart toward the Lord. If we look only at ourselves, with our own limitations and sins, we quickly give way to sadness and discouragement. But if we keep our eyes fixed on the Lord, then our hearts are filled with hope, our minds are washed in the light of truth and we come to know the fullness of the Gospel with all its promise and life.

    Venerable John Paul II, Address to Youth at New Orleans, September 2, 1987
  • Through the prayer of Christ to which we give voice, our day is sanctified, our activities transformed, our actions made holy. We pray the same psalms that Jesus prayed and come into personal contact with Him -- the person to whom all Scripture points, the goal to which all history is directed.

    Venerable John Paul II, Speech at St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York City, October 3, 1979
  • The Church, united by the Holy Spirit, speaks in the language of every people. Therefore if somebody should say to one of us, “You have received the Holy Spirit, why do you not speak in tongues?” his reply should be, “I do indeed speak in the tongues of all men, because I belong to the body of Christ, that is, the Church, and she speaks all languages. What else did the presence of the Holy Spirit indicate at Pentecost, except that God’s Church was to speak in the language of every people?”

    St. Fulgentius of Ruspe (source)
  • O how swift is the word of wisdom, and where God is master how quickly the lesson is learnt! One needs no interpretation in order to understand, no practice in order to gain facility, no time in order to study. The Spirit of truth breathes where he will, and each nation’s own language has become common property in the mouth of the Church.

    And so, ever since that day, the clarion call of the gospel has run out; since the day of Pentecost a rain of charisms, a river of blessings, has watered every desert and day land, for the Spirit of God has swept over the waters to renew the face of the earth, and a blaze of new light has shone out to dispel our former darkness. In the light of those flaming tongues the word of the Lord has shone out clearly, and a fiery eloquence has been enkindled which is charged with the energy to enlighten, the ability to create understanding, and the power to burn away sin and destroy it.

    St. Leo the Great (source)
  • The more you have to lose, the less open you are to seeking truth wherever it may lead you and the more likely you are to want to maintain the status quo.

    Jennifer F., "Why I'm becoming Catholic"
  • Nothing would be done at all if one waited until one could do it so well that no one could find fault with it.

    Venerable John Henry Newman (source)
  • Let humanity fear, let the entire universe tremble, and the heavens exult, when on the altar, in the hands of the priest, is Christ, son of the living God. ... O admirable rapture and amazing designation! O sublime humility! O humble sublimity, that the Lord of the universe, God and son of God, so humbles himself as to hide under the small appearance of bread!

    St. Francis of Assisi

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