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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.

 

  

2012

 

“Jesus’ birth enters thoroughly into and permeates the whole of history.” Pope Benedict XVI, General Audience, Dec. 21, 2011.

 

“The Word took on our humanity and in exchange and human nature was raised to the divine dignity.” Pope Benedict XVI, General Audience, Jan. 4, 2012

 

“Joy is born from the heart’s wonder at seeing that God is close to us.” Pope Benedict XVI, General Audience, Jan. 4, 2012.

 

“We must beseech God as devoutly as we can to open our understanding.” St. Augustine, The Trinity, Book 8, prol., ed./tr. Edmund Hill, O.P., New City Press (Hyde Park, NY: 2002), p. 241.

 

“Mary was a peerless model of contemplation of Christ.” Pope Benedict XVI, General Audience, Dec. 28, 2011.

 

“A peaceful and simple and spiritual prayer deserves well of the Lord.” St. Cyprian of Carthage, The Lord’s Prayer, ch. 8, 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. 133.

 

“May you feel the presence of the Angels beside you, and let yourselves be guided by them.” Pope Benedict XVI, General Audience, Sept. 29, 2010

 

“No one is strong on his own strength, but is safe by the indulgence and mercy of God.” St. Cyprian of Carthage, The Lord’s Prayer, ch. 14, 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. 139.

 

“Jesus prayed continually: how much more ought we.”

St. Cyprian of Carthage, The Lord’s Prayer, ch. 29, 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. 152

 

“[Abel and Cain:] God did not look upon their gifts but upon their hearts.”

St. Cyprian of Carthage, The Lord’s Prayer, ch. 24, 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. 148.

 

“Come see if you can – God is truth!”

St. Augustine, The Trinity, Book 8, ch. 1, 3, ed./tr. Edmund Hill, O.P., New City Press (Hyde Park, NY: 2002), p. 243.

 

“We pray that we may be able to do as God wishes.”

St. Cyprian of Carthage, The Lord’s Prayer, ch. 14, 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. 138.

 

“Under each part of the consecrated host and [the consecrated] wine, Christ is totally present.” St. Thomas Aquinas, Aquinas Catechism: A Simple Explanation of the Catholic Faith by the Church’s Greatest Theologian, Sophia Institute Press (Manchester, NH: 2000), p. 263. Note: This is a collection of homilies delivered by St. Thomas during Lent of 1273 in the Church of San Domenico (St. Dominic) in Naples. Naples was his native kingdom; the Catechism was delivered to the faithful, piece by piece, in the Neapolitan dialect. In our times they are gathered into one systematic volume under this title.

 

“The Trinity is as great as any one person in it.”

St. Augustine, The Trinity, Book 8, ch. 1, 2, ed./tr. Edmund Hill, O.P., New City Press (Hyde Park, NY: 2002), p. 242.

 

“If a man were to love, he would see God who is charity.”

St. Augustine, The Trinity, Book 8, ch. 5, 12, ed./tr. Edmund Hill, O.P., New City Press (Hyde Park, NY: 2002), p. 254.

 

Jesus’ Resurrection opens up a new kind of future for mankind. Pope Benedict XVI. Exact quote: “In Jesus’ Resurrection a new possibility of human existence is attained that affects everyone and that opens up a future, a new kind of future, for mankind.” Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI), Jesus of Nazareth, vol. II, Holy Week: From the Entrance into Jerusalem to the Resurrection, Ignatius Press (San Francisco: 2001), p. 244.

 

“His cross is the only consolation I have in this life.” St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, Letter to Mother de Soumaise, at Dijon, July 10, 1678; in Jesus Reveals His Heart: Letters of Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, tr. Clarence A. Herbst, S.J., St. Paul Editions (Boston, MA: 1980), p. 32.

 

“If a man is full of love, what is he full of but God?” St. Augustine, The Trinity, Book 8, ch. 5, 12, ed./tr. Edmund Hill, O.P., New City Press (Hyde Park, NY: 2002), p. 253.

 

“When a soul sins, its love is not complete.” St. Augustine, The Trinity, Book 9, ch. 1, 4, ed./tr. Edmund Hill, O.P., New City Press (Hyde Park, NY: 2002), p. 273.

 

“Christ himself is the Kingdom of God.” St. Cyprian of Carthage, The Lord’s Prayer, ch. 13, 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. 138

 

“Walking in Jesus we move toward him.” St. Augustine, The Trinity, Book 7, ch. 2, 5, ed./tr. Edmund Hill, O.P., New City Press (Hyde Park, NY: 2002), p. 223.

 

“At the announcement of the angel and at the coming of the Spirit the Word became Flesh.” Full quote: “It was not that a plain man was conceived and brought forth, who afterwards merited to be God. Rather, at the announcement of the angel and at the coming of the Spirit, as soon as the Word came into the womb, just then in the womb did the Word become flesh; and His unchangeable essence remaining… He assumed within the virginal womb that too by which the Impassible was able to suffer, the Immortal was able to die, and by which He that was Eternal before the ages was able to be one who was temporal at the end of the ages.” Pope St. Gregory the Great, Moral Teachings from Job (Moralia in Job), 18, 52, 85, in The Faith of the Early Fathers, vol. 3, 2312, ed. William A. Jurgens, The Liturgical Press (Collegeville, MN: 1970), p. 316.