Theology of the Heart: Wisdom of the heart- sayings

Wisdom of the heart

St. Agnes
"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 God's."

"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."

St. Ambrose
"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 life eternal."

"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 me."

"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 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."

St. Augustine
“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.”

“Nothing conquers 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
"I will 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 boundless mercy."

"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 love."

"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
"Love Mary!... 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
"'Look 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.”

St. Gertrude
"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
"Teach us to give and not count the cost."

 St. Irenaeus
"The glory of God is the human person fully alive."

St. Jane de Chantal

"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 will."

St. Jerome
"Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ."

Jesus to St. Margaret Mary
"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
Meek, 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."

St. John Vianney
"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 to him."

"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 rains."

"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 struggle."

"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 oblation of his heart and all his abilities into love placed at the service of the Messiah growing up in his house."

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."

St. Lucy

"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 poverty."

"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."

More 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 up Jesus."

"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."

St. Paul
"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!”

St. Philip Neri
"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
Prayer 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 holy."

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
"The 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 person."

"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 greater."

"Our body has this defect that, the more it is provided care and comforts, the more needs and desires it finds. "

More quotes of St. Teresa of Avila...

Bl. Mother Teresa of Calcutta
"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 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 God."

"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 wonderful."

"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 other."

"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."

"Spread love 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 mother."

"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 loves us."

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 of sin."

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 Beckett
"All saints give testimony to the truth that without real effort, no one ever wins the crown."


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