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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.

 

  

2015

 

“If you labor little, you will receive little; if you work hard, your reward will be great.”

St. Cyril of Jerusalem, Catechesis, I, 5, in The Fathers of the Church: Vol. 61, St. Cyril of Jerusalem: Works, Vol. 1, tr. and ed. Leo P. McCauley, S.J. and Anthony A. Stephenson, The Catholic University of America Press (Washington, D.C.: 2005, 1st paperback reprint of 1968 original), p. 94.

 

“For as the pen or the dart requires the hand of the user, so grace also demands believers.”

St. Cyril of Jerusalem, Catechesis, I, 3, in The Fathers of the Church: Vol. 61, St. Cyril of Jerusalem: Works, Vol. 1, tr. and ed. Leo P. McCauley, S.J. and Anthony A. Stephenson, The Catholic University of America Press (Washington, D.C.: 2005, 1st paperback reprint of 1968 original), p. 93.

 

“Nurture your soul with holy readings; for the Lord has prepared for you a spiritual table.”

St. Cyril of Jerusalem, Catechesis, I, 6, in The Fathers of the Church: Vol. 61, St. Cyril of Jerusalem: Works, Vol. 1, tr. and ed. Leo P. McCauley, S.J. and Anthony A. Stephenson, The Catholic University of America Press (Washington, D.C.: 2005, 1st paperback reprint of 1968 original), p. 95.

 

“If you have aught against any man, forgive it him.”

St. Cyril of Jerusalem, Catechesis, I, 6, in The Fathers of the Church: Vol. 61, St. Cyril of Jerusalem: Works, Vol. 1, tr. and ed. Leo P. McCauley, S.J. and Anthony A. Stephenson, The Catholic University of America Press (Washington, D.C.: 2005, 1st paperback reprint of 1968 original), p. 94.

 

“For just as those who set about levying and army examine the ages and constitutions of those who enlist, so the Lord, when he raises His levy of souls, examines their motives; and where he finds a secret hypocrisy, He rejects that man as unfit for the true service.”

St. Cyril of Jerusalem, Catechesis, I, 3, in The Fathers of the Church: Vol. 61, St. Cyril of Jerusalem: Works, Vol. 1, tr. and ed. Leo P. McCauley, S.J. and Anthony A. Stephenson, The Catholic University of America Press (Washington, D.C.: 2005, 1st paperback reprint of 1968 original), p. 93.

 

“Take patience away from [charity], and thus forsaken, it will not last.”

St. Cyprian of Carthage, The Good of Patience, ch. 15, 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. 277.

 

“But if He [the Lord] finds a man worthy, He readily bestows His grace upon him.

St. Cyril of Jerusalem, Catechesis, I, 3, in The Fathers of the Church: Vol. 61, St. Cyril of Jerusalem: Works, Vol. 1, tr. and ed. Leo P. McCauley, S.J. and Anthony A. Stephenson, The Catholic University of America Press (Washington, D.C.: 2005, 1st paperback reprint of 1968 original), p. 93.

 

“Charity is poured out in our hearts through the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

St. Augustine, The Trinity, Book 15, ch. 6, ed./tr. Edmund Hill, O.P., New City Press (Hyde Park, NY: 2002), p. 431

 

“The Trinity is recalled by memory, beheld by intelligence, embraced by love.”

St. Augustine, The Trinity, Book 15, ch. 5, n. 39, ed./tr. Edmund Hill, O.P., New City Press (Hyde Park, NY: 2002), p. 426.

 

“[At] that time of His glorious second coming…, may He write all your names in the book of the living, and after writing them, never blot them out, for the names of many who fall away are blotted out. May He grant to all of you to believe in Him who rose again, and to look for Him who ascended and is to come again.”

St. Cyril of Jerusalem, Catechesis, XIV, 30, in The Fathers of the Church: Vol. 61, St. Cyril of Jerusalem: Works, Vol. 2, tr. and ed. Leo P. McCauley, S.J. and Anthony A. Stephenson, The Catholic University of America Press (Washington, D.C.: 2000, 1st short-run reprint of 1970 original), p. 52.

 

“The chief priests lack understanding, but the women behold with their own eyes… Though you persuade the soldiers, you will not persuade the world.”

St. Cyril of Jerusalem, Catechesis, XIV, 14, in The Fathers of the Church: Vol. 61, St. Cyril of Jerusalem: Works, Vol. 2, tr. and ed. Leo P. McCauley, S.J. and Anthony A. Stephenson, The Catholic University of America Press (Washington, D.C.: 2000, 1st short-run reprint of 1970 original), p. 40.

 

“This kind Master closes his Church to no one. Those adversaries, those blasphemers, those persistent enemies of His name, provided they do penance for their offense, provided they acknowledge the crime committed, He not only receives and pardons, but admits to the reward of the kingdom of heaven. What can be called more patient, what more kind?”

St. Cyprian of Carthage, The Good of Patience, 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. 271.

 

“‘And in doing good let us not grow tired, for in due time we shall reap’ (Gal 6:9). He [St. Paul] warns lest anyone, through lack of patience, grow tired in his good work.”

St. Cyprian of Carthage, The Good of Patience, 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. 276.

 

“When anyone is born and enters the abode of this world, he begins with tears… We [are] stand[ing] daily in the front of the battle, [and] are wearied by our combats with an old and well-trained enemy; [we] who… must endure prison, bear chains, give up our lives, who must undergo the sword, beasts, fire, the cross, in short, all kinds of tortures and punishments, relying on our faith and the virtue of patience.”

St. Cyprian of Carthage, The Good of Patience, 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. 275.

 

“In short, many prophets have been killed, many martyrs have been honored with glorious deaths, and all have attained their heavenly crowns through the merit of patience, for a crown for sorrow and suffering cannot be obtained unless patience in sorrow and suffering precede.

St. Cyprian of Carthage, The Good of Patience, ch. 10, 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. 273.