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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.

 

  

 

2011

 

Christmas

“Jesus is God’s son, truly born of a Virgin.” Full quote: “You are confirmed in love by the Blood of Christ, firmly believing in regard to our Lord that He is truly of the family of David according to the flesh, and God’s Son by the will and power of God, truly born of a Virgin.” St. Ignatius of Antioch, Letter to the Smyrnaeans, 1, 1, in The Faith of the Early Fathers, vol. 1, 62, ed. William A. Jurgens, The Liturgical Press (Collegeville, MN: 1970), p. 24.

 

“Man ought to follow no one but God in his search for bliss.” St. Augustine, The Trinity, Book 7, ch. 2, 5, ed./tr. Edmund Hill, O.P., New City Press (Hyde Park, NY: 2002), p. 223.

 

Fall

“Does anyone who strives against the Church and resists her think that he is in her?” St. Cyprian 252 A.D. Original full quote: “Does anyone who strives against the Church and resists her think that he is in the Church, when the blessed Apostle Paul teaches this same thing and sets forth the sacrament of unity saying, ‘One body and one Spirit, one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God’? (cf. Eph 4:4-6)” St. Cyprian of Carthage, A.D. 252, The Unity of the Church, ch. 4, in The Fathers of the Church: Vol. 36, Saint Cyprian, tr. and ed. Roy J. Deferrari, The Catholic University of America Press (Washington, D.C.: 2007, 3rd reprinting, 1st paperback reprint of 1958 original), p. 99.

 

“Let our light shine forth in good works and glow.” St. Cyprian, 252 A.D. Original full quote: “Let our light shine forth in good works and glow, so that it may lead us from the night of this world to the light of eternal brightness.” St. Cyprian of Carthage, A.D. 252, The Unity of the Church, ch. 27, in The Fathers of the Church: Vol. 36, Saint Cyprian, tr. and ed. Roy J. Deferrari, The Catholic University of America Press (Washington, D.C.: 2007, 3rd reprinting, 1st paperback reprint of 1958 original), p. 121.

 

Spring/Summer

“Rome has the tradition and the faith which comes down to us after having been announced to men by the apostles.” St. Irenaeus, Against Heresies 3:3:2.

 

“We have not yet praised, exalted, honored, loved and served Mary as we ought.” St. Louis de Montfort, True Devotion to Mary, tr. Fr. Frederick Faber, TAN Books (Rockford, IL: est. 1985), p. 6.

 

“[Mary] paid the debt of the first mother.” St. John of Damascus, c. 749 A.D. De fide orthodoxa, IV, 14, in The Fathers of the Church: Vol. 37, St. John of Damascus: Writings, tr. Frederic H. Chase, Jr., The Catholic University of America Press (Washington, D.C.: 1999, reprint of 1958 original), p. 364.

 

“Late have I loved thee, O Beauty so ancient and so new!” St. Augustine, 400 A.D. Confessions, X, 27.

 

“Planted and built up in Jesus Christ, firm in the faith” Col 2:7

 

Corpus Christi
“The common spiritual good of the whole Church is contained in the Eucharist.”
Original full quote: “The highest place belongs to the sacraments whereby man is sanctified: chief of which is the sacrament of the Eucharist, for it contains Christ himself.” St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica, Benzinger Brothers 1947 edition, p. 2378.

 

“The Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit are of one and the same substance.” St. Augustine, On the Trinity, I, 4, 7.

 

Pentecost
“The Holy Spirit is a substantial power proceeding from the Father.”
Original full quote: “The Holy Spirit is a substantial power found in its own individuating personality proceeding from the Father.” St. John of Damascus, c. 749 A.D., De fide orthodoxa, I, 6, in The Fathers of the Church: Vol. 37, St. John of Damascus: Writings, tr. Frederic H. Chase, Jr., The Catholic University of America Press (Washington, D.C.: 1999, reprint of 1958 original), p. 174.

 

Ascension
“The Son sits corporeally with his Flesh glorified together with the Father.” Full original quote: “What we call the right hand of the Father is the glory and honor of the Godhead in which the Son of God existed as God and consubstantial with the Father before the ages and in which, having in the last days become incarnate, He sits corporeally with his flesh glorified together with Him, for He and His flesh are adored together with one adoration by all creation.” St. John of Damascus, c. 749 A.D., De fide orthodoxa, IV, 2, in The Fathers of the Church: Vol. 37, St. John of Damascus: Writings, tr. Frederic H. Chase, Jr., The Catholic University of America Press (Washington, D.C.: 1999, reprint of 1958 original), p. 336.

 

Man’s highest dignity is both a free and easy gift from God.” Full original quote: “We are compelled to cherish more what we are to be, when it is permitted us to know and to condemn what we were. Nor for this is there need of a price either in the way of bribery or labor, that man’s highest dignity or power may be achieved with elaborate effort. It is both a free and easy gift from God.” St. Cyprian (246 A.D.), To Donatus, ch. 14, in The Fathers of the Church: Vol. 36, St. Cyprian, Treatises, tr. and ed. Roy J. Deferrari, The Catholic University of America Press (Washington, D.C.: 2007, reprint of 1958 original), p. 20.

 

Easter Triduum
By his resurrection, he called us to new life” Full original quote: By his death he offered for us the one truest possible sacrifice, and thereby purged, abolished, and destroyed whatever there was of guilt, for which the principalities and powers had a right to hold us bound to payment of the penalty; and by his resurrection he called to new life us who were predestined, justified us who were called, glorified us who were justified  (cf. Rom 8:30).  - St. Augustine, The Trinity, Book 4, ch. 3, 17, ed./tr. Edmund Hill, O.P., New City Press (Hyde Park, NY: 2002), p. 165.

 

Hatred of evil attends the good man.” – St. Clement of Alexandria, The Instructor, Book 1, ch. 8; 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. 160.

 

Lent
“It is not as we are, however, that God loves us, but as we are going to be.” – St. Augustine, The Trinity, Book 1, ch. 3, 21, ed./tr. Edmund Hill, O.P., New City Press (Hyde Park, NY: 2002), p. 81

 

“It is necessary for our minds to be purified.” – St. Augustine, The Trinity, Book 1, ch. 1, 3, ed./tr. Edmund Hill, O.P., New City Press (Hyde Park, NY: 2002), p. 66.

 

Winter
“Speech is the fruit of the mind.”
– St. Clement of Alexandria, The Instructor, Book 2, ch. 5; 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. 219.

 

“What will be that glory… to rejoice with the just and with the friends of God in the kingdom of heaven, in the delight of the immortality that will be given! To receive there what the eye has not seen nor ear heard, what has not entered into the heart of man!” – St. Cyprian, Letter to the People of Thibar, in The Faith of the Early Fathers, vol. 1, 579, ed. William A. Jurgens, The Liturgical Press (Collegeville, MN: 1970), p. 231.

 

“Contemplation is the reward of faith” – St. Augustine, The Trinity, Book 1, ch. 3, 17, ed./tr. Edmund Hill, O.P., New City Press (Hyde Park, NY: 2002), p. 77.

 

“In that small infant lay hid something great” – St. Thomas Aquinas, Catena Aurea, Commentary on the Four Gospels, vol. 1, part 1., at Mt. 1, 2, Wipf & Stock Publishers (Eugene, OR: 2005) p. 63; quoting Pseudo-Augustine.