Dial-Thoughts of the Saints‚
when are we going to start doing something good?Ē
†† 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)
The devil has a consuming hatred against the servants of Christ.† The malignant one, seeing that he cannot steal their souls, vents his most terrible wrath on them, forcing them to resist every type of temptation.
Pardon one another so that later on, you will not remember the injury.† The recollection of an injury is in itself wrong.† It adds to our anger, nurtures our sin, and hates what is good.† It is a rusty arrow and poison for the soul.† It puts all virtue to flight.
Study as if you were to live forever.† Live as if you were to die tomorrow.
The whole science of the saints consists in knowing and following the will of God.
07 April† John Baptist de la Salle
To abstain from sinful actions is not sufficient for the fulfillment of Godís law.† The very desire of what is forbidden is evil.
We should have frequent recourse to prayer, and persevere a long time in it.† God wishes to be solicited.† He is not weary of hearing us.† The treasure of his graces is infinite.† We can do nothing more pleasing to him than to beg incessantly that he bestow them upon us.
Always remember to see our Lord in the person of the poor.† The more sickly the poor person is, the more one must love him or her.
Donít you see that itís just the old devil.† When he comes near to you, you must spit in his eye.
Come on, my sick friend, we must all suffer for the good God.† He suffered enough for us.
If we ask many graces of God, we will not obtain them; if we ask them of Mary, we will obtain them, not because she is more powerful but because God intends to honor her in this manner.
No one is equal to you, O Mary, for all are either above or beneath you; above Mary is God only, beneath Mary is all that is not God.
Every man, it is written, is grass and all the glory of man is as the flower of grass, the grass withers and its flowers fall.
All devotion which leads to laziness is false.† We must love work.
A servant is not good if she is not industrious: work-shy piety in people of our position is sham piety.
To sin is human, but to persist in sin is to cooperate with the devil.
The love of the I, or self-love is the beginning of darkness: just as the love of God is the beginning of all light.