Dial-Thoughts of the Saintsâ
when are we going to start doing something good?”
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 October Teresa of the Child Jesus
When we shall see Him in heaven, then we shall understand the price of suffering and trial. Like Jesus, we shall say, "It was truly necessary for suffering to try us and bring us to glory."
Believe me, the writing of pious books, the composing of the most sublime poetry, all that does not equal the smallest act of self-denial.
04 October Francis of Assisi
Alms are an inheritance and a justice which is due to the poor, and which Jesus Christ has placed upon us.
Truly, I tell you that no one should consider himself a perfect friend of God until he has passed through many temptations and tribulations.
09 October Denis
Of all divine things, the most God-like is to co-operate with God in the conversion of sinners.
10 October Francis Borgia
He will be a saint if he be truly mortified.
15 October Teresa of Jesus
Unless you strive after virtues and practice them, you will never grow to be more than dwarfs.
Before prayer, try to realize whose presence you are approaching, and to whom you are about to speak. We can never fully understand how we ought to behave towards God, before whom the angels tremble.
16 October Hedwig of Silesia
Do you not know that fasting can master concupiscence, lift up the soul, confirm it in the paths of virtue, and prepare a fine reward for the Christian.
16 October Gerard Majella
The most Blessed Sacrament is Christ made visible. The poor sick person is Christ again made visible.
Who except God can give you peace? Has the world ever been able to satisfy the heart?
17 October Ignatius of Antioch
As the tree is known by its fruits, so they who claim to belong to Christ are known by their actions; for our work does not consist in just making professions, but in a faith that is both practical and lasting.
Let none of you take a merely natural attitude toward his neighbor, but love one another continually in Jesus Christ.
19 October Peter of Alcantara
He does much in the sight of God who does his best, be it ever so little.
20 October John of Kanty
Fight all error, but do it with good humor, patience, kindness, and love. Harshness will damage your own soul and spoil the best cause.
24 October Anthony Mary Claret
Place a nail on a board. Will it ever go through the wood on its own, no matter how sharp it is? No, indeed. You will only sink it into the board by hitting it with a hammer. We are just the same; it is only by hammer blows that God manages to humble us, no matter how good our native dispositions might be.
30 October Alphonsus Rodriquez
In all temptations of pride, there is no greater remedy than this one; to ask help of the humble Jesus and Mary.
The way of the cross by trials suffered for God is the way to heaven.