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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.

 

  

2013

 

“Kindness and truth, justice and peace have become incarnate in the child born of Mary.” Pope Benedict XVI, Christmas of 2012

Source: Urbi et Orbi Message, http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/messages/urbi/documents/hf_ben-xvi_mes_20121225_urbi_en.html

 

“The soul cannot rise except by God’s gracious doing. It could not have fallen except by its own undoing.” St. Augustine, The Trinity, Book 14, ch. 4, 21, ed./tr. Edmund Hill, O.P., New City Press (Hyde Park, NY: 2002), p. 387.

Full quote: “When the mind truly recalls its Lord after receiving his Spirit, it perceives quite simply – for it learns this by a wholly intimate instruction from within – that it cannot rise except by his gracious doing, and that it could not have fallen except by its own willful undoing.”

 

“Everyone wants to do himself good, but do what is absolutely destructive of themselves.” St. Augustine, The Trinity, Book 14, ch. 4, 18, ed./tr. Edmund Hill, O.P., New City Press (Hyde Park, NY: 2002), p. 384.

Full quote: “It is indeed a dreadful derangement that while everyone wants to do himself good, many people do nothing but what it absolutely destructive of themselves.”

 

“What pleasure there is in the heavenly kingdom without fear of death and with an eternity of life.” St. Cyprian of Carthage, Mortality, ch. 26, 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. 220.

 

“When the mind remembers, understands and loves him by whom it was made, it becomes wise.” St. Augustine, The Trinity, Book 14, ch. 4, 15, ed./tr. Edmund Hill, O.P., New City Press (Hyde Park, NY: 2002), p. 383.

Full quote: “This trinity of the mind is not really the image of God because the mind remembers and understand and loves itself, but because it is also able to remember and understand and love him by whom it was made. And when it does this it becomes wise.”

 

“Martyrdom is not in your power but in the giving of God.” St. Cyprian of Carthage, Mortality, ch. 17, 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. 213.

 

“The image of God is always there, even if worn away, faint and distorted.” St. Augustine, The Trinity, Book 14, ch. 2, 6, ed./tr. Edmund Hill, O.P., New City Press (Hyde Park, NY: 2002), p. 374.

Full quote: “From the moment [man’s] great and wonderful nature begins to be, this image [of God] is always there, whether it is so worn away as to be almost nothing, or faint and distorted, or clear and beautiful.”

 

“We retain our faith by remembering, observe it by thinking, and love it by willing.” St. Augustine, The Trinity, Book 14, ch. 1, 5, ed./tr. Edmund Hill, O.P., New City Press (Hyde Park, NY: 2002), p. 372.

 

“The contemplation of the unchangeable and everlasting makes us happy or blessed” St. Augustine, The Trinity, Book 13, ch. 1, 2, ed./tr. Edmund Hill, O.P., New City Press (Hyde Park, NY: 2002), p. 343

 

“Unless a battle has gone before, there cannot be a victory” St. Cyprian of Carthage, Mortality, ch. 12, 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. 208.

 

“Using things badly and enjoying them badly makes the life of men vicious and reprehensible.” St. Augustine, The Trinity, Book 10, ch. 3, 13, ed./tr. Edmund Hill, O.P., New City Press (Hyde Park, NY: 2002), p. 296.

 

“We must not murmur in adversity, beloved brethren, but must patiently and bravely bear with whatever happens.” St. Cyprian of Carthage, Mortality, ch. 11, 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. 207.

 

“The Sacred Heart is the inexhaustible source of all good, and in Him love lets us find everything we need.” St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, 1687. From Jesus Reveals his Heart: Letters of Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, St. Paul Editions (Boston, MA: 1980), letter n. 78, p. 117.

 

“The Holy Spirit makes us to run to God saying, ‘Abba!’, Father.”

- Pope Benedict XVI, May 23, 2013

 

“I wish that the Sacred Heart be loved in the Blessed Sacrament”  St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, 1682. From Jesus Reveals his Heart: Letters of Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, St. Paul Editions (Boston, MA: 1980), letter n. 13, p. 44.

 

“It is for him to fear death who is unwilling to go to Christ” St. Cyprian of Carthage, Mortality, ch. 2, 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. 201.

 

“Happy is he who has everything he wants, but wants nothing wrongly.” St. Augustine, The Trinity, Book 13, ch. 2, 8, ed./tr. Edmund Hill, O.P., New City Press (Hyde Park, NY: 2002), p. 349.

 

“Jesus, alive and true, is ever present in our midst, to guide our life, to open our eyes." - Pope Benedict XVI, Apr. 11, 2012

 

“St. Joseph gave the whole of himself to Mary and to Jesus.” Pope Benedict XVI, General Audience, Dec. 28, 2011.

 

“When one has pity on the poor, he lends to God.” St. Cyprian of Carthage, The Lord’s Prayer, ch. 33, 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. 156.

 

“We seek from the Lord that his named be hallowed in us.” St. Cyprian of Carthage, The Lord’s Prayer, ch. 12, 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. 136.

 

“The greater sacrifice to God is our peace and fraternal concord.” St. Cyprian of Carthage, The Lord’s Prayer, ch. 23, 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.

 

“To behold and grasp God is only permitted to the pure in heart.” St. Augustine, The Trinity, Book 8, ch. 3, 6, ed./tr. Edmund Hill, O.P., New City Press (Hyde Park, NY: 2002), p. 246.

 

“The Holy Family is the icon of the domestic Church, the family, called to pray together.” Pope Benedict XVI, General Audience, Dec. 28, 2011.