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Thoughts and Counsels of the Saints for Every Day of the Year

Being a Collection of Quotations From

ST. ALPHONSUS ST. ANSELM ST. ANTONINUS ST. BENEDICT ST. BERNARD ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA ST. GREGORY THE GREAT ST. IGNATIUS ST. MECHTILDIS ST. TERESA ST. THOMAS AQUINAS ST. VINCENT DE PAUL ST. VINCENT FERRER BL. ALBERT THE GREAT BL. HENRY SUSO BL. JORDAN OF SAXONY VEN. BARTHOLOMEW OF MARTYRS VEN. JOHN TAULER VEN. JULIENNE MOREL VEN. LOUIS DE BLOIS VEN. LOUIS DE GRANADA

Collected by Rev. Bonaventure Hammer, O.F.M.

JANUARY FEBRUARY MARCH APRIL MAY JUNE JULY AUGUST SEPTEMBER OCTOBER NOVEMBER DECEMBER

Thoughts and Counsels of the Saints for Every Day of the Year

"Every day will I bless Thee, and I will praise Thy name forever" ( Ps. cxliv. 2).

January

1

THERE are two guarantees of a wise rule of conduct: the thought before action, and self command afterward. ST. IGNATIUS.

2

When we receive with an entire and perfect resignation the afflictions which God sends us they become for us favors and benefits; because conformity to the will of God is a gain far superior to all temporal advantages. ST. VINCENT DE PAUL.

3

All perfection consists in the love of God; and the perfection of divine love consists in the union of our will with that of God. ST. ALPHONSUS.

4

Leave to every one the care of what belongs to him, and disturb not thyself with what is said or done in the world. ST. THOMAS AQUINAS.

5

Place before your eyes as models for imitation, not the weak and cowardly, but the fervent and courageous. ST. IGNATIUS.

6

Prayer is a pasturage, a field, wherein all the virtues find their nourishment, growth, and strength. ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA.

7

A single act of resignation to the divine will in what it ordains contrary to our desires, is of more value than a hundred thousand successes conformable to our will and taste. ST. VINCENT DE PAUL.

8

The shortest, yea, the only way to reach sanctity, is to conceive a horror for all that the world loves and values. ST. IGNATIUS.

9

As long as we are in this mortal life, nothing is more necessary for us than humility. ST. TERESA.

10

Learning without humility has always been pernicious to the Church; and as pride precipitated the rebellious angels from heaven, it frequently causes the loss of learned men. ST. VINCENT DE PAUL.

11

Why remain sad and idle? Why exhaust thyself in the anguish of melancholy? Have courage, do violence to thyself; meditate on the passion of Jesus Christ, and thou shalt overcome thy sorrow. BL. HENRY SUSO.

12

Here is the difference between the joys of the world and the cross of Jesus Christ: after having tasted the first, one is disgusted with them; and on the contrary, the more one partakes of the cross, the greater the thirst for it. ST. IGNATIUS.

13

When the sky is free from clouds we can see more clearly the brightness of the sun. In like manner, when the soul is free from sin and the gloom of passion, it participates in the divine light. VEN. LOUIS DE GRANADA.

14

Our works are of no value if they be not united to the merits of Jesus Christ. ST. TERESA.

15

If we are very determined to mortify ourselves and not to be too much occupied with our corporal health, we will soon, by the grace of God, become masters of our bodies. ST. TERESA.

16

In every creature, however small it be, we may see a striking image of divine wisdom, power, and goodness. VEN. BARTHOLOMEW OF MARTYRS.

17

Time is but a period. It passes like the lightning flash. Suffering passes with time; suffering, then, is very short. BL. HENRY SUSO.

18

In order to bear our afflictions with patience, it is very useful to read the lives and legends of the saints who endured great torments for Jesus Christ. ST. TERESA.

19

Open thine ears to the voices of nature, and thou shalt hear them in concert inviting thee to the love of God... Continue reading book >>


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