Theology of the Heart: Wisdom of the heart- sayings
"Christ has made my soul beautiful with the jewels of grace and virtue."
St. Albert the Great
"I place my trust in You, O adorable Blood, our Redemption, our regeneration. Fall, drop by drop, into the hearts that have wandered from You and soften their hardness."
St. Aloysius Gonzaga
"It is better to be the child of God than king of the whole world."
St. Alphonsus Ligouri
"Perfect love of God means the complete union of our will with
"So great is the compassion excited in Mary by our misery, and such
is the love that she bears us, that she prays constantly, and
relaxes not her efforts in our behalf."
"If we would please this Divine Infant, we too must become children,
simple and humble; we must carry to Him flowers of virtue, of
meekness, of mortification, of charity; we must clasp him in the
arms of our love."
"May each one of us glorify the Lord with the
soul of Mary and rejoice in God with the spirit of Mary"
"It is Peter himself that He says, 'You are
Peter, and upon this rock I will build my
Church.' Where Peter is, there is the Church.
And where the Church, no death is there, but
"If every time
the blood is poured
out it is poured out
for the remission of
sins, I ought to
receive it always,
that my sins may
always be forgiven
"The Lord was baptized, not to be cleansed
Himself, but to cleanse the waters, so that
those waters...might have the power of Baptism."
St. Angela of Foligno
"My soul, if
you wish to penetrate the depths of the Mystery of the Eucharist,
your gaze must be illumined by Love!"
"If we but
paused for a moment to consider attentively what
takes place in this Sacrament [the Eucharist], I
am sure that the thought of Christ's love for us
would transform the coldness of our hearts into
a fire of love and gratitude."
St. Anthony Mary Claret
"A son of the Immaculate Heart of Mary...is a man who unceasingly expends himself to light the fire
of divine love in the world.
Nothing stops him."
St. Anthony of Padua
"Charity is the soul of faith, makes it alive; without love, faith dies."
“Since love grows within you, so beauty grows. For love is the
beauty of the soul.”
"Love, and do what you will. If you are silent, be
silent for love; or if you cry out, cry out for love. If
you chastise, chastise for love; if you spare, spare for love."
“You made us, Lord,
for Yourself, and our hearts will be restless until we rest in You.”
“The measure of
Love is Love without measure.”
except truth and the victory of truth is love.” - Sermons 358, 1
“Love is the beauty
of the soul.”
“Late have I loved
you, O beauty ever ancient, ever new. Late have I loved you. You
have called to me, and have called out, and have shattered my
deafness. You have blazed forth with light and have put my blindness
to flight! You have sent forth fragrance, and I have drawn in my
breath, and I pant after you. I have tasted you, and I hunger and
thirst after you. You have touched me, and I have burned for your
peace.” - Confessions, Chapter 1.
"What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has
the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery
and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That
is what love looks like."
"Mary heard God’s word and kept it, and
so she is blessed. She kept God’s truth in her mind, a nobler thing
than carrying his body in her womb."
St. Bernadette Soubirous
"I shall spend every moment loving. One who loves does not notice her trials; or perhaps more accurately, she is able to love them."
"O Jesus and Mary, let my entire consolation in this world be to love you and to suffer for sinners."
St. Bridget of Sweden
"There is no sinner in the world, however much at enmity with God, who cannot recover God's grace by recourse to Mary, and by asking her assistance."
St. Catherine of Siena
"Proclaim the truth and do not be silent through fear."
"O fire of love! Was it not enough for You to have created us to Your image and likeness, and to have recreated us in grace through the Blood of Your Son, without giving Yourself wholly to us as our Food, O God, Divine Essence? What impelled You to do this? Your charity alone."
St. Clare of Assisi
“Love that does not know of suffering is not worthy of the name.”
St. Claude de la Colombiere
"May the Heart of Jesus Christ be our school! Let us make our
abode there. Let us study its movements and attempt to conform ours
to them. Yes, O Divine Jesus, I want to live there."
"God is in the midst of us, or rather we are in the midst of him;
wherever we are he sees us and touches us: at prayer, at work, at
table, at recreation."
"Lord, I am in this world to show Your mercy to others...For my part
I will glorify You by making known how good You are to sinners, that Your mercy is boundless."
St. Dominic Savio
"I can't do big things,
but I want everything to be for the glory of God."
St. Faustina Kowalska
spend this Advent in accordance with the directions of the Mother of
God: in meekness and humility."
"I saw the abyss of my
misery; whatever there is of good in me is
Yours, O Lord. But because I am so small and
wretched, I have a right to count on Your
"Pure love ... knows that only one thing is needed to please God: to
do even the smallest things out of great love - love, and always
"Entrust everything to Me and do nothing on your own, and you will always have great freedom of spirit."
St. Francis de Sales
"Nothing is so strong as real gentleness,
nothing so gentle as real strength."
"Mount Calvary is the academy of love."
"Do not wish to be anything but what you
are, and try to be that perfectly."
"You learn to speak by speaking... to work by
working; and just so, you learn to love by
loving. All those who think to learn in any
other way deceive themselves."
St. Francis of Assisi
"Everything in man should halt in
awe...Let all the world quake and let Heaven exult when Christ the
Son of the living God is
there on the altar."
"Man should tremble, the world should vibrate,
all heaven should be deeply moved when the Son of God appears on the
altar in the hands of the priest."
St. Francis Xavier
"Many, many people hereabouts are not becoming Christians for one reason only: there is nobody to make them Christians."
St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows
She does not look to see what kind of person you have been. She simply comes to a heart that wants to love her."
St. Gaspar del Bufalo
"Seek your place of refuge in the Divine Heart, the haven of
tranquility. Within that furnace of saintly love, become evermore
inflamed with love for God."
"The Child Jesus presents Himself to us between
Mary and Joseph, and they are our consolers in
all of our activities."
St. Gemma Galgani
Daughter, and learn how to love' and He showed
me His five open wounds."
“If you really want to love Jesus, first learn to suffer, because suffering teaches you to love.”
"Let the soul who is desirous of advancing in perfection hasten to My Sacred Heart."
St. Gregory the Great
"The proof of love is in the works. Where love
exists, it works great things. But when it
ceases to act, it ceases to exist."
"The greatness of contemplation can be given to none but those who love."
St. Ignatius of Loyola
to give and not count the cost."
"The glory of God is the human person
St. Jane de
"Cordial love of the neighbor does not consist in feelings. This
love flows not from a heart of flesh but from the heart of our
"Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ."
Jesus to St.
"My love reigns in suffering, it triumphs in
humility and enjoys itself in unity."
"I have a burning
thirst to be honored by men in the Blessed Sacrament, and I find
hardly anyone who strives, according to My desire, to allay this
thirst by making Me some return of love."
St. Joan of Arc
"I place trust in God, my creator, in all things; I love Him with all my heart."
Bl. John XXIII
quiet, discreet: St. Joseph is the perfect model
for imitation in circumstances that recur in
every age and that call for self-denial and
total abandonment to God."
"The Rosary is a school for learning true Christian perfection."
St. John Bosco
"Believe me... nobody can be truly happy in this
world unless he is at peace with God."
"Many people [in authority] oppose us, persecute us, and would like even to destroy us, but we must be patient. As long as their commands are not against our conscience, let us obey them, but when the case is otherwise, let us uphold the rights of God and of the Church, for those are superior to all earthly authority."
St. John Eudes
"God inspired in the heart of the pure Virgin Mary His own intense love for humility...It was this humility which attracted to her the countless graces which rendered her worthy to be the Mother of God, Queen of heaven and earth."
St. John of Avila
"To those who suffer wounds in fighting His battles, God opens His arms in loving, tender friendship."
St. John of the Cross
"Whoever does not seek the cross of Christ does
not seek the glory of Christ."
"To be taken with love for a soul, God does not look on its greatness, but the greatness of its humility."
"We have nothing of our own but our will.
It is the only thing that God has so placed in
our own power that we can make an offering of it
"Prayer is to our soul what rain is to
the soil. Fertilize the soil ever so richly, it
will remain barren unless fed by frequent
"If people would do for God what they do for the
world, what a great number of Christians would
go to Heaven!"
St. Josemaria Escriva
"Love our Lady. And she will obtain abundant
grace to help you conquer in your daily
"St. Joseph was an ordinary sort of man on whom God relied to do great things. He did exactly what the Lord wanted him to do, in each and every event that went to make up his life."
"Turn to Mary, tota pulchra, all pure and wonderful, and tell her: Our Lady and Mother, the Lord wanted you yourself to look after God and tend him with your own hands. Teach me, teach us all, how to treat your Son!"
"Our Lady listens attentively to what God wants, ponders what she doesn't fully understand and asks about what she doesn't know. Then she gives herself completely to doing the divine will."
St. Joseph (by Pope John Paul II)
"Besides fatherly authority
over Jesus, God also gave Joseph a share in the corresponding
love, the love that has its origin in the Father "from whom
every family in heaven and on earth is named" RC # 8
St. Joseph (by Pope Paul VI)
His fatherhood is expressed concretely "in his
having made his life a service, a sacrifice to
the mystery of the Incarnation...an oblation of
his heart and all his abilities into love placed
at the service of the Messiah growing up in his
St. Joseph Cafasso
“We are born to love, we live
to love, and we will die to
love still more.”
St. Joseph Cupertino
"When a man trains himself to
acts of virtue, it is with the help of grace from God from whom all
good things come that he does this. The will is what man has as his unique possession"
St. Josephine Bakhita
"The Lord has loved me so much: we must love everyone...we must be compassionate!"
St. Louis de Montfort
Hail Mary, well-beloved daughter of the eternal Father, admirable Mother of the Son, most faithful spouse of the Holy Spirit, glorious temple of the Blessed Trinity.
"We never give more honour to Jesus than when we honour his Mother, and we honour her simply and solely to honour him all the more perfectly."
"Those whose hearts are pure are the temples of
the Holy Spirit."
St. Margaret Mary
"I need nothing but
God, and to lose myself in the heart of Jesus."
"What a weakness it is to love Jesus Christ only
when He caresses us, and to be cold immediately
once He afflicts us. This is not true love.
Those who love thus, love themselves too much to
love God with all their heart."
"The Divine Heart is an ocean full of all good
things, wherein poor souls can cast all their
needs; it is an ocean full of joy to drown all
our sadness, an ocean of humility to drown our
folly, an ocean of mercy to those in distress,
an ocean of love in which to submerge our
"Let every knee bend before Thee, O greatness of
my God, so supremely humbled in the Sacred Host.
May every heart love Thee, every spirit adore
Thee and every will be subject to Thee!"
"One cannot love without suffering. He [Jesus]
showed us this very clearly upon the cross,
where He was consumed for love of us. And it is
still the same every day in the Blessed
Sacrament of the Altar... Since love makes
lovers one in likeness, if we love, let us model
our lives on His."
quotes of St. Margaret Mary...
St. Maximilian Kolbe
"For flowers of of virtue to
blossom in our soul, they must be heated by the warmth of the Immaculata."
"In her womb the soul must be regenerated according to the form of
Jesus Christ. She must nourish the soul with the milk of her grace,
caress and rear us in the manner in which she nourished and brought
"Let us remember
that love lives through sacrifice and is nourished by giving. Let's
remember that not everything which is good and beautiful pertains to
genuine, essential love, because even without those other things
love can be present, indeed a perfected love. Without sacrifice
there is no love. Sacrifice the senses, taste, hearing, and above
all, the mind and the will in holy obedience. I wish for you and for
myself the best appreciation of sacrifice which is the unconditional
willingness to sacrifice" (Letter of S. Maximilian to Fr. Konstanty)
"Let us work in
missionary action. Let us conquer other hearts for the Immaculate."
"My children, love the Immaculate! Love Her and She will make you
happy! Love Her and trust in Her without limits."
"The Cross is the school of love."
"Prayer is powerful beyond limits when we turn to the Immaculata who is queen even of God's heart."
Bl. Miguel Pro
"I believe, O Lord, but strengthen my faith... Heart of Jesus, I love Thee; but increase my love. Heart of Jesus, I trust in Thee; but give greater vigor to my confidence. Heart of Jesus, I give my heart to Thee; but so enclose it in Thee that it may never be separated from Thee. Heart of Jesus, I am all Thine; but take care of my promise so that I may be able to put it in practice even unto the complete sacrifice of my life."
St. Paschal Baylon
"O my love, my happiness, my Saviour, my friend, my master! I desire nothing except you, my God...You are worthy of all my hope, all my love."
"For I am convinced that neither death, nor
life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor
present things, nor future things, nor powers,
nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature
will be able to separate us from the love of God
in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:38-39
St. Paul of the Cross
"The Passion of Christ is the greatest and most stupendous work of
Divine Love. The greatest and most overwhelming work of God's love."
St. Peter Chrysologus
"Listen to the Lord's appeal:...Come, then, return to me and learn to know me as your father, who repays good for evil, love for injury, and boundless charity for piercing wounds."
St. Peter Damian
"The best penance is to
have patience with the sorrows God permits. A very good penance is
to dedicate oneself to fulfill the duties of everyday with
exactitude and to study and work with all our strength."
St. Peter Julian Eymard
"Happy is the soul that knows how to find Jesus in the Eucharist, and in the Eucharist all things!”
"The perfection of a Christian consists in
mortifying his will for the love of Christ.
Where there is no great mortification, there is
no great sanctity."
"My children, if you desire perseverance, be devout to our Blessed Lady."
St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina
is the best weapon we possess, the key that
opens the heart of God."
St. Rita of Cascia
"Most Holy Sacred Heart of Jesus,
help my heart to persevere in all that is
St. Robert Bellarmine
"When we appeal to the throne of grace we do so through Mary, honoring God by honoring His Mother, imitating Him by exalting her, touching the most responsive chord in the sacred heart of Christ with the sweet name of Mary."
St. Teresa of Avila
Lord...rewards great services with trials, and
there can be no better reward, for out of trials
springs love for God."
"Be gentle to all and stern with yourself."
"Pain is never permanent."
"God has been very good to me, for I never dwell
upon anything wrong which a person has done, so
as to remember it afterwards. If I do remember
it, I always see some other virtue in that
"To have courage for whatever comes in life -
everything lies in that."
"To reach something good it is very useful to
have gone astray, and thus acquire experience."
"We can only learn to know ourselves and do what
we can - namely, surrender our will and fulfill
God's will in us."
"We shall never learn to know ourselves except
by endeavoring to know God; for, beholding His
greatness, we realize our own littleness; His
purity shows us our foulness; and by meditating
upon His humility we find how very far we are
from being humble."
"It is here, my daughters, that love is to be
found - not hidden away in corners but in the
midst of occasions of sin. And believe me,
although we may more often fail and commit small
lapses, our gain will be incomparably the
"Our body has this defect that, the more it is
provided care and comforts, the more needs and
desires it finds. "
quotes of St. Teresa of Avila...
Bl. Mother Teresa of
"There is a terrible hunger for love. We
all experience that in our lives - the pain, the loneliness. We must
have the courage to recognize it".
"Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today.
Let us begin."
"Intense love does not measure...it just gives."
"In loving and serving, we prove that we have been created in
the likeness of God, for God is Love and when we love we are like
"The simplest way of becoming his light is by being kind and loving,
thoughtful, and sincere with others: 'By this they will know that
you are his disciples.'"
"We have not come into the world to be numbered; we have been
created for a purpose; for great things: to love and be loved."
"What I do you
cannot do; but what you do, I cannot do. The needs are great, and
none of us, including me, ever do great things. But we can all do
small things, with great love, and together we can do something
"Be faithful in
small things because it is in them that your strength lies."
“I have found the
paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no hurt, but
only more love.”
"If we have
no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each
"It's not how much
we give but how much love we put into giving."
"I do not pray for
success, I ask for faithfulness."
"One must really
have suffered oneself to help others."
"It is a kingly act
to assist the fallen."
everywhere you go: First of all in your own house... let no one ever
come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living
expression of God's kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in
your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness."
"I prefer you to
make mistakes in kindness than work miracles in unkindness."
"Stay very close to Our Lady. If you do this, you can do great things for God and the good of people."
St. Therese of Lisieux
"The loveliest masterpiece of the heart of God is the heart of a
"I understood that love comprised all vocations, that love was
everything, that it embraced all times and places,
in a word, that it was eternal! ...O Jesus, my Love ... my vocation,
at last I have found it, my vocation is love! ...
In the heart of the Church, my Mother, I shall be Love."
"Without love, deeds, even the most brilliant, count as nothing."
"Let us love, since
that is all our hearts were made for."
"For me to love
you, Jesus, as you love me, I would have to borrow your own love and
then only would I be at rest."
"Look at His adorable face. Look at His glazed and sunken eyes. Look
at His wounds. Look Jesus in the Face. There, you will see how He
More quotes of St. Therese....
St. Thomas Aquinas
"The things that we love tell us what we are."
"This Blood that but one drop of has the power
to win. All the world forgiveness of its world
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
St. Thomas Beckett
"All saints give testimony to the truth that without real effort, no one ever wins the crown."
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