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St. Philip Neri


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The saints are like a group of trees, each bearing different fruit, but watered from the same source.  The practices of one saint differ from those of another, but it is the same spirit that works in all of them.
(Sayings of the Desert Fathers)



01 February  Bridget of Kildare

Although you may have many faults, approach Christ in the Blessed Sacrament with confidence;

for the greater your infirmity, the more you stand in need of a physician.



02 February  Theophane Venard

A great servant of God once said,  “If some bitterness were not mingled in our earthly cup, we should be content with our exile, and think less of our own true country.”


04 February  Theophilus the penitent

The prayers of Mary his mother are a pleasure to the Son, because he desired to grant all that is granted on

her account, and thus recompense her for the favor she did him in giving him his body.


07 February  Moses, bishop

God will not hear our prayers unless we acknowledge ourselves to be sinners.  We do this when we ponder

on our own sins alone, and not on those of our neighbor.


20 February  Eucherius

Can any sin be called unimportant, since every sin involves some contempt of God?


21 February  Peter Damian

As the light of the sun so greatly surpasses that of the stars that in it they are no longer visible, it so overwhelms them that they are so dimmed as if they did not exist; so does the great virgin mother surpass in sanctity the whole court of heaven.


22 February  Margaret of Cortona
This morning after receiving you, Jesus in Holy Communion,  my soul is greater than the world since it possess you, you whom heaven and earth do not contain.

23 February  Basil, abbot

If everyone would take only according to his needs and would leave the surplus to the needy, no one would

be rich, no one poor, no one in misery.


The bread you store up belongs to the hungry; the cloak that lies in your chest belongs to the naked; the gold that you have hidden in the ground belongs to the poor.


26 February  Alexander of Alexandria

They hanged upon a tree Him who stretches out the earth; they transfixed Him with nails who laid firm the foundation of the world; they circumscribed Him who circumscribed the heavens; they bound Him who frees sinners.


27 February  Gabriel Possenti

Mary - If you are in danger, she will hasten to free you.  If you are troubled, she will console you.  If you are sick, she will bring you relief.  If you are in need, she will help you.  She does not look to see what kind of a person you have been.  She simply comes to a heart that wants to love her.





01 Jan    Fulgentius

Grace prevents the wicked, that he may become just.  It follows the just, that he may not become wicked.

02 Jan    Basil

For it is part of a truly great man not merely to be equal to great things, but also to make little things great by his own power.

We should not accept in silence the benefactions of God, but return thanks for them.

04 Jan    Elizabeth Ann Seton

When you are tempted to be impatient, consider for a moment how much more reason God has to be angry with you, and yet how constant is his patience and forbearance.

You think you make sacrifices.  Look at the sacrifice of Calvary and compare yours with it.

05  Jan    John Neumann

Teach me thy will, O dearest Lord, that I may begin and end all my actions for they greater glory.

06 Jan    Charles of Sezze

God does not command us to live dressed in hair-shirts and chains, or to chastise our flesh with scourges, but to love him above all things and our neighbor as ourselves.

10 Jan    Gregory of Nyssa

Childless indeed is pagan philosophy - always in pains of childbirth, it never engenders living offspring.

12  Jan    Benedict, abbot

If we wish to reach the highest peak of humility, we ascend by humbling ourselves and descend by praising ourselves.

17 Jan    Antony of Egypt

The entire life span of men is very brief when measured against the ages to come, so that all our time is nothing in comparison with eternal life.

The devils are envious of us Christians, they meddle with all things in their desire to frustrate our journey into heaven, so that we might not ascend to the place from which they themselves fell.

20  Jan    Sebastian

The devil strains every nerve to secure the souls which belong to Christ.  We should not grudge our toil in wresting them from Satan, and giving them back to God.

21 Jan    Epiphanius of Pavia

As by Mary heavenly peace was once for all given to the world, so by her are sinners still reconciled to God.

22 Jan    Vincent Pallotti

You must be holy in the way that God asks you to be holy.  God does not ask everyone to be a trappist monk or a hermit.  He wills that you sanctify the world and your everyday life.

23 Jan    John the Almsgiver

When the angels come to take our life, how upset will a person be if he is unready to die.  How he will beg that he be allowed a further short span of life.  The answer to him will be, "What about the time you have lived, have you not spent it well?"

24  Jan     Francis de Sales

Stretch forth your hand towards God as an infant towards its father to be directed by him.

In the royal galley of divine love, there is no galley slave: all the rowers are volunteers.

Our business is to love what God has done.  He wills our vocation as it is.  Let us love that and not trifle away our time desiring after the vocations of other people.

26 Jan    Polycarp

Serve God in fear and sincerity.  No more of the endless dull talks by those who are false; put your trust in him who raised our Lord Jesus Christ from the dead, and gave him glory and a seat at his own right hand.

Pray for all God's people.  Pray too for all governors and rulers; for any who ill-treat you or dislike you; and for the enemies of the cross.

27 Jan    John Chrysostom

Humility is the only virtue no devil can imitate.  If pride made demons out of angels, there is no doubt that humility could make angels out of demons.

28  Jan    Thomas Aquinas

If you are looking for the way by which you should go, take Christ, because he himself is the way.

The Blessed Eucharist is the perfect sacrament of the Lord's passion, since it contains Christ himself and his passion.

31  Jan    John Bosco

Your reward in heaven will make up completely for all your pain and suffering.

Purity is the special reward of being humble.

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