Near our vineyard there was a pear tree laden with fruit that was not attractive in either flavor or form. One night, when I [at the age of sixteen] had played until dark on the sandlot with some other juvenile delinquents, we went to shake that tree and carry off its fruit. From it we carried off h
You say to me 'Show me your God.' I answer you, 'Everything you see in your heart that might sadden God, remove.'
Our whole business in this Life is to restore to health the eye of the heart whereby God may be seen.
Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending.
The cost of obedience is small compared with the cost of disobedience.
The law detects, grace alone conquers sin.
There is no saint without a past, no sinner without a future.
All plenty which is not my God is poverty to me.
The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. Saint Augustine
He loves Thee too little, who loves anything together with Thee, which he loves not for Thy sake.
Let your old age be childlike, and your childhood like old age; that is, so that neither may your wisdom be with pride, nor your humility without wisdom.
Humility must accompany all our actions, must be with us everywhere; for as soon as we glory in our good works they are of no further value to our advancement in virtue.
Dilige et quod vis fac. (Love and then what you will, do.)
By and by never comes.
We made bad use of immortality, and so ended up dying; Christ made good use of mortality, so that we might end up living.
I will plant my feet on that step where my parents put me as a child, until self-evident truth comes to light.
We must understand then, that even though God doesn't always give us what we want, He always gives us what we need for our salvation.
In the house of God there is never ending festival; the angel choir makes eternal holiday; the presence of God's face gives joy that never fails.
The Holy Scriptures are our letters from home.
Don't hold yourselves cheap, seeing that the creator of all things and of you estimates your value so high, so dear, that he pours out for you every day the most precious blood of his only-begotten Son.
Wonderful is the depth of thy words, whose surface is before us, gently leading on the little ones: and yet a wonderful deepness, O my God, a wonderful deepness. It is awe to look into it; even an awfulness of honour, and a trembling of love....
The punishment of every disordered mind is its own disorder.
Every day my conscience makes confession relying on the hope of Your mercy as more to be trusted than its own innocence.
If the future and the past really exist, where are they?
The same thing which is now called Christian religion existed among the ancients. They have begun to call 'Christian' the true religion which existed before.
Though in the order of nature angels rank above men, yet, by scale of justice, good men are of greater value than bad angels.
Cyprian was not issuing a new decree but was keeping to the most solid belief of the Church in order to correct some who thought that infants ought not be baptized before the eighth day after their birth. . . . He agreed with certain of his fellow bishops that a child is able to be duly baptized as
God is more truly imagined than expressed, and He exists more truly than He is imagined.
Why is it that we remember with difficulty and without difficulty forget? Learn with difficulty and without difficulty remain ignorant?
He who denies the existence of God, has some reason for wishing that God did not exist.