Words to live by

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Mt 22:37
"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and 
with all your mind.  This is the greatest and first commandment.  The second 
is like it:  you shall love your neighbor as yourself."

“No one heals himself by wounding another.”
St. Ambrose of Milan

“Take care of your body as if you were going to live forever; and take care of 
your soul as if you were going to die tomorrow.”
St. Augustine

Mt 10:28
"Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather, be 
afraid of the one who can destroy both soul and body in hell.  Everyone who 
acknowledges me before others I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father, 
but whoever denies me before others I will deny before my heavenly Father."

"Silence gives consent."
Pope Boniface VIII

​“Never measure your generosity by what you give, but rather by what you have
Archbishop Fulton Sheen

“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.” 

St. Theresa of Calcuttt

Mt 7:13
"Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction and those who enter through it are many.  How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life.  And those who find it are few."

“Don’t be anxious about what you have, but about what you are!”
Pope St. Gregory I

“Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.”
Pope John XXIII

Mt 5:14
"A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.  Nor do you light a lamp then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lamp stand where it gives light to all in the house.  Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father."

"It is not hard to obey when we love the one whom we obey."
St. Ignatius of Loyola

“If you believe what you like in the Gospel, and reject what you don’t like, it is not the Gospel you believe, but yourself.”
St. Augustine of Hippo

“True charity consists in putting up with all one's neighbor's faults, never being surprised by his weakness, and being inspired by the least of his virtues.”
St. Therese of Lisieux

Mt 21:26
"Whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave.  Just so, the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many."

“Whoever does not seek the cross of Christ doesn't seek the glory of Christ.”
St. John of the Cross

“There is no Saint without a past, no sinner without a future.”
St. Augustine

“If you want God to hear your prayers, hear the voice of the poor. If you wish God to anticipate your wants, provide those of the needy without waiting for them to ask you. Especially anticipate the needs of those who are ashamed to beg. To make them ask for alms is to make them buy it.”
St. Thomas of Villanova

“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen; not only because i see it, but because by it I see everything else.”
C.S Lewis

Mt 12:36
"I tell you, on the day of judgment people will render an account for every careless word they speak.  By your words you will be acquitted and by your word you will be condemned."

​“Life is like a cash register, in that every account, every thought, every deed, like every sale, is registered and recorded.”
Archbishop Fulton Sheen

“They deceive themselves who believe that union with God consists in ecstasies or raptures, and in the enjoyment of Him. For it consists in nothing except the surrender and subjection of our will - with our thoughts, words and actions - to the will of God.”
St. Teresa of Avila

“Think well. Speak well. Do well. These three things, through the mercy of God, will make a man go to Heaven.”
St. Camillus de Lellis

"If you are what you should be, you will set the whole world ablaze!" 
St. Catherine of Sienna

“Your life consists in drawing nearer to God. To do this you must endeavor to detach yourself from visible things and remember that in a short time they will be taken from you.”
Blessed John of Avila

“Reprimand and rebuke should be accepted as healing remedies for vice and as conducive to good health. From this it is clear that those who pretend to be tolerant because they wish to flatter, those who thus fail to correct sinners, actually cause them to suffer supreme loss and plot the destruction of that life which is their true life.”
St. Basil the Great

“One must see God in everyone.”
St. Catherine Laboure

"To love God is something greater than to know Him."
St. Thomas Aquinas

Mt 12:30
"Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters."

“We are at Jesus' disposal. If he wants you to be sick in bed, if he wants you to proclaim His work in the street, if he wants you to clean the toilets all day, that's all right, everything is all right. We must say, "I belong to you. You can do whatever you like." And this ..is our strength, and this is the joy of the Lord.”
St. Teresa of Calcutta

“We are not at peace with others because we are not at peace with ourselves, and we are not at peace with ourselves because we are not at peace with God.”
Thomas Merton

Mt 6:25
"Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear.  Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?  All these things the pagans seek.  Your Heavenly Father knows that you need them all.  But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides.  Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself.  Sufficient for a day is its own evil."

“Pray as though everything depended on God.  Work as though everything depended on you.”
St. Augustine of Hippo

“Start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”
St. Francis of Assisi

“Darkness can only be scattered by light; hatred can only be conquered by love.”
St. Pope John Paul II

Mt 7:7
"Ask and it will be given you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened."

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

“Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith.”
Alexis de Tocqueville

“Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions.”
G.K Chesterton

“You aspire to great things?  Start with little ones.”
St. Augustine of Hippo

​​Mt 7:1
Stop judging, that you may not be judged.  For as you judge, so you will be judged, and the measure with which you measure, will be measured out to you.  Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own eye.  You hypocrite, remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter from your brothers eye.

“We always find that those who walked closest to Christ were those who had to bear the greatest trials.”
St. Teresa of Avila

Mt 6:24
No one can serve two masters.  He will either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other.  You cannot serve God and wealth.

“One single act done with aridity of spirit is worth more than many done with feelings of devotion.”
St. Francis de Sales

“He who desires nothing but God is rich and happy.”
St. Alphonsus Liguori

Mt 7:12
Do to others whatever you would have them do to you.

“No man can attain to the knowledge of God but by humility.The way to mount high is to descend.”
Blessed Giles of Assisi 

Mt 6:19
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.

​“When you feel the assaults of passion and anger, then is the time to be silent as Jesus was silent in the midst of His ignominies and sufferings.”
St. Paul of the Cross

Mt 6:1
Take care not to perform righteous deeds or prayer in order that people might see them, as the hypocrites do to win the praise of others.  But when you give alms do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your alms giving may be in secret, and your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

“Never read books you aren't sure about . . . even supposing that these bad books are very well written from a literary point of view. Let me ask you this: Would you drink something you knew was poisoned just because it was offered to you in a golden cup?”
St. John Bosco

“If there be a true way that leads to the Everlasting Kingdom, it is most certainly that of suffering, patiently endured.”
St. Colette

“Power isn’t having the world at your fingertips; it is having the world at your fingertips and being able to give it up!”
Tarek Saab

“When you look at the crucifix, you understand how much Jesus loved you then. When you look at the Sacred Host, you understand how much Jesus loves you now.”
Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

“The value of our life does not depend on the place we occupy. It depends on the way we occupy that place.”
St. Theresa of the Child Jesus

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives to all men generously and without reproaching, and it will be given him.”
St. James

“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

“An act of renunciation is an act of union with God. The Divine Master looks lovingly upon a person who gains a victory over self.”
St. Madeleine Sophie Barat

“God desires from you the least degree of purity of conscience more than all the works you can perform.”
St. John of the Cross

“We must give alms. Charity wins souls and draws them to virtue.”
St. Angela Merici

“You pay God a compliment by asking great things of Him.”
St. Teresa of Avila

“Do not think that your present state is a punishment from Heaven, because you would be wrong, but be certain that your present state is willed by God for the salvation of your soul.”
St. Padre Pio

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

“It is better to say one Our Father fervently and devoutly than a thousand with no devotion and full of distraction.”
St. Edmund

“Whenever anything disagreeable or displeasing happens to you, remember Christ crucified and be silent.”
St. John of the Cross

“I will go peaceably and firmly to the Catholic Church: for if Faith is so important to our salvation, I will seek it where true Faith first began, seek it among those who received it from God Himself.”
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

“There is but one Church in which men find salvation, just as outside the ark of Noah it was not possible for anyone to be saved.”
St. Thomas Aquinas

​“We cultivate a very small field for Christ, but we love it, knowing that God does not require great achievements but a heart that holds back nothing for self.”
St. Rose Philippine Duchesne

Mt 7:15
"Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but underneath are ravenous wolves.  Every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.  So by their fruits you will know them".

Mt 5:21
"It has been said, ‘You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment’ but I say to you whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment."

Mt 5:27
"It has been said, ‘You shall not commit adultery’ but I say to you; everyone who looks at a woman (or man) with lust has already committed adultery with her in their heart."

Mt 5:33
"It has been said, ‘Do not take a false oath’ but I say to you do not swear at all, not by Heaven, for it is God’s throne, nor by earth, for it is his footstool, let your yes mean yes and your no mean no, anything more is from the evil one."

Mt 5:43
"It has been said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate you enemy’ but I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Heavenly Father.  For if you love those who love you what recompense will you have?  Do not the pagans do the same?  So be perfect just as your Heavenly Father is perfect."

Mt 5:38
"It has been said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth’ but I say to you offer no resistance to the one who is evil, when someone strikes you on your right cheek turn the other one to him as well.  If anyone wants to take you to court over your clothes give him your coat as well, should anyone press you into service for one mile go with him for two miles.  Give to the one who asks of you, and do not turn you back on the one who wants to borrow."

Mt 7:24
"Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on a rock, and everyone who listens to these words of mine but does not act on them will be like a fool who built his house on sand."