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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.

 

  

2014

 

“Christ was twofold in nature: man in what was seen, but God in what was not seen.” St. Cyril of Jerusalem, Catecheses, IV, 9, [349 A.D.] in The Fathers of the Church: Vol. 61, tr.  By Leo P. McCauley, S.J. and Anthony A. Stephenson, The Catholic University of America Press (Washington, D.C.: 2005, 1st paperback reprint of 1969 original), p. 123-124.

 

“Whoever is gentle, patient and meek is an imitator of God the Father”

St. Cyprian of Carthage, The Good of Patience, ch. 5, 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. 267.

 

“The greater the abundance of your children, the more should be your good works”

St. Cyprian of Carthage, Works and Almsgiving, ch. 18, 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. 244.

 

“Creatures exist because God knows them”

St. Augustine, The Trinity, Book 15, ch. 4, n. 22, ed./tr. Edmund Hill, O.P., New City Press (Hyde Park, NY: 2002), p. 414.

 

“The saints are freed from the power of the devil, and taken up by the holy angels”

St. Augustine, The Trinity, Book 15, ch. 2, 6, ed./tr. Edmund Hill, O.P., New City Press (Hyde Park, NY: 2002), p. 430.

 

“God is satisfied by just works, sins are cleansed by the merits of mercy”

St. Cyprian of Carthage, Works and Almsgiving, ch. 5, 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. 231.

 

“Thoughts are words of the heart”

St. Augustine, The Trinity, Book 15, ch. 3, n. 18, ed./tr. Edmund Hill, O.P., New City Press (Hyde Park, NY: 2002), p. 408.

 

“By almsgiving and good works the flame of sins is quenched”

St. Cyprian of Carthage, Works and Almsgiving, 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. 228.

 

“What is called life in God is his being and his nature”

St. Augustine, The Trinity, Book 15, ch. 7, 45, ed./tr. Edmund Hill, O.P., New City Press (Hyde Park, NY: 2002), p. 400.

 

“We know virtues by their practice, not by boasting of them”

St. Cyprian of Carthage, The Good of Patience, ch. 3, 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. 265.

 

“In heaven, we shall see the truth without any difficulty and enjoy it.”

St. Augustine, The Trinity, Book 15, ch. 6, 45, ed./tr. Edmund Hill, O.P., New City Press (Hyde Park, NY: 2002), p. 430.

 

“You save money which, when saved, does not save you.”

St. Cyprian of Carthage, Works and Almsgiving, 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. 239.

 

“The Holy Spirit is the gift of God who is love.”

St. Augustine, The Trinity, Book 15, ch. 5, 31, ed./tr. Edmund Hill, O.P., New City Press (Hyde Park, NY: 2002), p. 421.

 

“The Sacred Heart of Jesus is the peace, consolation and love of your soul.”

St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, c. 1685. From Jesus Reveals his Heart: Letters of Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, St. Paul Editions (Boston, MA: 1980), letter n. 127, p. 186.

 

“The Holy Spirit is the common love of the Father and the Son for one another.”

Full quote: “According to the holy scriptures this Holy Spirit is not just the Father’s alone nor the Son’s alone, but the Spirit of them both, and thus he suggests to us the common charity by which the Father and the Son love each other.” (cf. also nn. 27-28). St. Augustine, The Trinity, Book 15, ch. 5, 27, ed./tr. Edmund Hill, O.P., New City Press (Hyde Park, NY: 2002), p. 418.

 

“The world entices. Why do you love that which hates you?” St. Cyprian of Carthage, Mortality, 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. 218.

 

“[It is the risen] Christ, the Son of God, who… reveals Himself as the inexhaustible source of mercy.” Pope Saint John Paul II, Encyclical Dives in Misericordia, Nov. 30, 1980, n. 8, cf. http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/john_paul_ii/encyclicals/documents/hf_jp-ii_enc_30111980_dives-in-misericordia_en.html#-2S.

 

Full quote: Here is the Son of God, who in His resurrection experienced in a radical way mercy shown to Himself, that is to say the love of the Father which is more powerful than death. And it is also the same Christ, the Son of God, who at the end of His messianic mission - and, in a certain sense, even beyond the end - reveals Himself as the inexhaustible source of mercy, of the same love that, in a subsequent perspective of the history of salvation in the Church, is to be everlastingly confirmed as more powerful than sin. The paschal Christ is the definitive incarnation of mercy, its living sign in salvation history and in eschatology. In the same spirit, the liturgy of Eastertide places on our lips the words of the Psalm: Misericordias Domini in aeternum cantabo (Ps. 89(88):2).

 

“The happy life is promised to us in the contemplation of eternal things.” St. Augustine, The Trinity, Book 15, ch. 2, 6, ed./tr. Edmund Hill, O.P., New City Press (Hyde Park, NY: 2002), p. 399.

 

“God is satisfied by just works, sins are cleansed by the merits of mercy.” St. Cyprian of Carthage, Works and Almsgiving, ch. 5, 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. 231.

 

“God is sought in order to be found, and found in order to be sought.” St. Augustine, The Trinity, Book 15, pref., 2, ed./tr. Edmund Hill, O.P., New City Press (Hyde Park, NY: 2002), p. 396.

 

“By almsgiving and good works the flame of sins is quenched.” St. Cyprian of Carthage, Works and Almsgiving, 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. 228. Probably between 252 and 254 A.D.