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Imlay City, Michigan  Tel: (810) 724-1135

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Church Quotes

The following quotes were displayed on the signs of our Church and reproduced below, including their exact sources, to satisfy the curious and promote the reading of the Fathers of the Church.

 

  

2010

 

Advent
“A man who was not God would not be able to redeem the others”, St. Anselm, 1100 a.d. This is from: “God became man for the reason that – as has been shown in the little work frequently mentioned [i.e., Cur Deus homo] – a man who was not God would not be able to redeem the others.” St. Anselm, De conceptu virginali, 17, in Anselm of Canterbury: Why God Became Man, The Virgin Conception and Original Sin, tr. F.S. Schmitt, O.S.B, ed. Joseph M. Colleran, Magi Books (Albany, New York: 1969), p. 193.

 

Release from evils is the beginning of salvation. St. Clement of Alexandria, The Instructor, Book 1, ch. 6; in  Ante-Nicene Christian Library: Translations of the Writings of the Fathers Down To A.D. 325, Vol. 4:  Clement of Alexandria Vol. 1, ed. Alexander Roberts and James Donaldson, Elibron Classics series, 2006 (orig. 1867: T&T Clark, Edinburgh), p. 132.

 

The quote, “The Lord lovingly guides us to that life which is best” is taken from this beautiful sentence: “Now, it is incumbent upon us to return His love, who lovingly guides us to that life which is best; and to live in accordance with the injunctions of His will.” St. Clement of Alexandria, The Instructor, Book 1, ch. 3; in  Ante-Nicene Christian Library: Translations of the Writings of the Fathers Down To A.D. 325, Vol. 4:  Clement of Alexandria Vol. 1, ed. Alexander Roberts and James Donaldson, Elibron Classics series, 2006 (orig. 1867: T&T Clark, Edinburgh), p. 119.

 

Fall
“The face of God is the Word by Whom God is made known.”
St. Clement of Alexandria, The Instructor, Book 1, ch. 7; in Ante-Nicene Christian Library: Translations of the Writings of the Fathers Down To A.D. 325, Vol. 4: Clement of Alexandria Vol. 1, ed. Alexander Roberts and James Donaldson, Elibron Classics series, 2006 (orig. 1867: T&T Clark, Edinburgh), p. 152.

 

“[The] wine and the bread… become[s] the Eucharist of the blood and the body of Christ.” St. Irenaeus of Lyon, c. 180 A.D. From Against Heresies, V, 2, 3, in Irenaeus of Lyons, ed. and tr. Robert M. Grant, Routledge (New York, NY, 2005), p. 164.

 

Summer
“The knot of Eve’s disobedience was loosed by  Mary’s obedience.” St. Irenaeus of Lyon, c. 180 A.D. From Against Heresies, III, 22, 4, in Irenaeus of Lyons, ed. and tr. Robert M. Grant, Routledge (New York, NY, 2005), p. 141.