Friday, July 1, 2016

Life Changing Saint Quotes

Because I don't have a ton of time to write (getting ready for Catholic Youth Summer Camp, aka CYSC: SO PUMPED), I decided I'd share with all y'all some Saint quotes that have literally changed my life.  Please take the time to meditate upon each and everyone...they're fire (both because of the Spirit and just because) :).

“Temptation is necessary to make us realize that we are nothing in ourselves.”
– St. Josemaria Escriva

“Purity prepares the soul for love, and love confirms the soul in purity.”
– John Henry Cardinal Newman

“Don’t say, ‘That’s the way I am-its my character.’ It’s your lack of character. Esto vir!-Be a man!”
– St. Josemaria Escriva

“To defend his purity, Saint Francis of Assisi rolled in the snow, Saint Benedict threw himself into a thornbush, Saint Bernard plunged into an icy pond . . . You . . . what have you done?”
– St. Josemaria Escriva

“There is need for a crusade of manliness and purity to counteract and nullify the savage work of those who think man is a beast. And that crusade is your work.”
– St. Josemaria Escriva

“God has assigned as a duty to every man the dignity of every woman.”
– Pope St. John Paul II

“With all the strength of my soul I urge you young people to approach the Communion table as often as you can. Feed on this bread of angels whence you will draw all the energy you need to fight inner battles. Because true happiness, dear friends, does not consist in the pleasures of the world or in earthly things, but in peace of conscience, which we have only if we are pure in heart and mind.”
– Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati

"Faith is to believe what you do not yet see; the reward for this faith is to see what you believe."
- St. Augustine of Hippo

"If you believe what you like in the gospels, and reject what you don't like, it is not the gospel you believe, but yourself."
- St. Augustine of Hippo

"You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you."
- St. Augustine of Hippo

"God loves each of us as if there were only one of us."
- St. Augustine of Hippo

"Seek not to understand that you may believe, but believe that you may understand."
- St. Augustine of Hippo

"Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you."
- St. Augustine of Hippo

"Cast yourselves into the arms of God and be very sure that if He wants anything from you He will fit you for the work and give you strength."
- St. Philip Neri (my confirmation Saint)

"Humility is the safeguard of Chastity." 
-St. Philip Neri

"Do not grieve over the temptations you suffer. When the Lord intends to bestow a particular virtue on us, He often permits us first to be tempted by the opposite vice. Therefore, look upon every temptation as an invitation to grow in a particular virtue and a promise by God that you will be successful, if only you stand fast."
- St. Philip Neri

"Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought."
- Pope St. John Paul II

"Do not be afraidDo not be satisfied with mediocrityPut out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch."
- Pope St. John Paul II

I could go on for forever, but these are some of my all-time favorite quotes from Saints.  Please keep me and all those going to CYSC in your prayers! I'll be sure to pray for all of you!

What are some of your favorite Saint quotes?

God bless,