Posted by: liturgicalyear | May 28, 2010

Advice from our older brothers and sisters

I love the richness of our faith & the history of the Church reaching back through two millennia.  So many have gone before us who are worthy of emulation.

One of our readers commented on St. John Vianney’s quote in a previous post:  “All that we do without offering it to God is wasted.”  St. John Vianney is a truly amazing saint, and this quote always gets me.

Her comment got me thinking…. I bet there are a whole bunch of quotes that would be worth gathering up & sharing.  So that’s what I did.  Below are saints’ quotes that just captured my attention.  I pass them along to you for your enjoyment & pondering. It’s a little long, for which I apologize, but it’s soooo hard to whittle it down.   Enjoy!

When tempted, invoke your Angel. He is more eager to help you than you are to be helped! Ignore the devil and do not be afraid of him: He trembles and flees at the sight of your Guardian Angel.  St. John Bosco

If I had to advise parents, I should tell them to take great care about the people with whom their children associate . . . Much harm may result from bad company, and we are inclined by nature to follow what is worse than what is better.  St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

We can’t have full knowledge all at once. We must start by believing; then afterwards we may be led on to master the evidence for ourselves.  St. Thomas Aquinas

Confession heals, confession justifies, confession grants pardon of sin, all hope consists in confession; in confession there is a chance for mercy.  St. Isidore of Seville

Go to your confessor; open your heart to him; display to him all the recesses of your soul; take the advice that he will give you with the utmost humility and simplicity. For God, Who has an infinite love for obedience, frequently renders profitable the counsels we take from others, but especially from those who are the guides of our souls.  St. Francis de Sales

One must see God in everyone.  St. Catherine Laboure

In all created things discern the providence and wisdom of God, and in all things give Him thanks.  St. Teresa of Avila

How often I failed in my duty to God, because I was not leaning on the strong pillar of prayer.  St. Teresa of Avila

We must pray without tiring, for the salvation of mankind does not depend upon material success . . . but on Jesus alone.  St. Frances Xavier Cabrini

Vocal prayer . . . must be accompanied by reflection. A prayer in which a person is not aware of Whom he is speaking to, what he is asking, who it is who is asking and of Whom, I don’t call prayer—–however much the lips may move.  St. Teresa of Avila

Be sure that you first preach by the way you live. If you do not, people will notice that you say one thing, but live otherwise, and your words will bring only cynical laughter and a derisive shake of the head.  St. Charles Borromeo

One must not think that a person who is suffering is not praying. He is offering up his sufferings to God, and many a time he is praying much more truly than one who goes away by himself and meditates his head off, and, if he has squeezed out a few tears, thinks that is prayer.   St. Teresa of Avila

Truth suffers, but never dies.   St. Teresa of Avila

Comfort in tribulation can be secured only on the sure ground of faith holding as true the words of Scripture and the teaching of the Catholic Church.  St. Thomas More

Without the burden of afflictions it is impossible to reach the height of grace. The gift of grace increases as the struggle increases.  St. Rose of Lima

There is no sin nor wrong that gives man such a foretaste of Hell in this life as anger and impatience.  St. Catherine of Siena

You will accomplish more by kind words and a courteous manner than by anger or sharp rebuke, which should never be used except in necessity.  St. Angela Merici

The recollection of an injury is . . . a rusty arrow and poison for the soul.  St. Francis of Paola  

You know well enough that Our Lord does not look so much at the greatness of our actions, nor even at their difficulty, but at the love with which we do them.  Saint Therese of Lisieux

I am not capable of doing big things, but I want to do everything, even the smallest things, for the greater glory of God.   Saint Dominic Savio

Let us run to Mary, and, as her little children, cast ourselves into her arms with a perfect confidence. St. Francis de Sales

 Actions speak louder than words; let your words teach and your actions speak.  Saint Anthony of Padua

We must meditate before, during and after everything we do. The prophet says: “I will pray, and then I will understand.”  This is the way we can easily overcome the countless difficulties we have to face day after day, which, after all, are part of our work. In meditation we find the strength to bring Christ to birth in ourselves and in others.  St. Charles Borromeo

The most deadly poison of our times is indifference. And this happens, although the praise of God should know no limits. Let us strive, therefore, to praise Him to the greatest extent of our powers.  Saint Maximilian Kolbe

Apart from the cross there is no other ladder by which we may get to heaven.  Saint Rose of Lima

We must love our neighbor as being made in the image of God and as an object of His love.  Saint Vincent de Paul

Grant me, O Lord my God, a mind to know you, a heart to seek you, wisdom to find you, conduct pleasing to you, faithful perseverance in waiting for you, and a hope of finally embracing you.  St. Thomas Aquinas

sources:  Catholicbible101 & Archdiocese of Boston

May God bless you & keep you, Anne



  1. This is wonderful. I’ve not studied St. Teresa of Avila (other than to know who she is and what she did on Earth) but reading your post, I see she had some very poignant things to say! these quotes are so full of richness. thank you for this selection!

    • I am often deeply moved and convicted by the writing of the saints. We have so much to learn from them. Glad you enjoyed the selections. Anne

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