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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.

 

  

2016

 

“The Son of God took for himself our common humanity in order to reconcile it with its Creator” Pope St. Leo the Great, Sermon 21, On the Feast of the Nativity, 1, 1. (PL 54, 190-193).

 

“John leaped for joy in the womb. Without seeing Jesus with his eyes, he recognized his Master by the Spirit.” St. Cyril of Jerusalem, c. 349 Full quote: “John leaped for joy when still being carried in the womb. Without seeing Him with the eyes of the body, he recognized his Master by the spirit.” St. Cyril of Jerusalem, Catechesis, III, 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. 112.

 

Let there be patience in the heart and anger, discord and contention cannot have a place there.” St. Cyprian of Carthage, c. 257 Full quote: “What shall I say of anger, of discord, of contention, evils which a Christian ought not to have? Let there be patience in the heart and these evil things cannot have a place there.” St. Cyprian of Carthage, The Good of Patience, ch. 16, 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.

 

During this mortal life we must chose eternal love or eternal death, there is no middle choice.” St. Francis de Sales, 1616. From: St. Francis de Sales, Treatise on the Love of God, XII, 13, Wilder Publications, 2011, p. 426

 

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

St. Augustine, 420 A.D.

Full quote: “Anyone who has a lively intuition of these three [faculties of man, i.e., memory, understanding and will] (as divinely established in the nature of his mind) and of how great a thing it is that this mind has that by which even the eternal and unchanging nature can be recalled, beheld and desired – it is recalled by memory, beheld by intelligence, embraced by love – has thereby found the image of that supreme trinity”

Augustine, Trinity, XV, ch. 5, n. 39, 426

 

“The donation of Christ is the Holy Spirit.” St. Augustine, 420 A.D. Source: Trinity, XV, 5, 34, p. 422

 

“Sin is a terrible thing, but it is not incurable, easy of cure for him who puts it away by repentance.” St. Cyril of Jerusalem, 349 A.D Full quote: “Sin is a terrible thing… It is an evil freely chosen, the product of the will… but it is not incurable, being grievous  to him only who cherishes it, but easy of cure for him who puts it away by repentance”

St. Cyril of Jerusalem, Catechesis, II, 1, 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. 96-7.

 

“The sinner acknowledged his sin and, because of his frank avowal, was quickly healed.”

St. Cyril of Jerusalem, 349 A.D.

St. Cyril of Jerusalem, Catechesis, II, 11, 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. 102.

 

“How will you be able to love your enemy if you do not have the steadfastness of patience?”

St. Cyprian of Carthage, c. 257 A.D.

Full quote: “How then will you be able to endure these things – not to swear or curse, not to seek again what has been taken away from you, on receiving a blow to offer the other cheek also to your assailant, to forgive your brother… to love your enemies, to pray for your adversaries… if you do not have the steadfastness of patience and forbearance?”

St. Cyprian of Carthage, The Good of Patience, ch. 16, 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. 278.

 

“Christ was twofold in nature: man in what was seen, but God in what was not seen.”

St. Cyril of Jerusalem, 349 A.D.

St. Cyril of Jerusalem, Catechesis, IV, 7, 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.: 2000, 1st short-run reprint of 1970 original), p. 122.