Late have I loved Thee, O Lord; and behold, Thou wast within and I without, and there I sought Thee. Thou was with me when I was not with Thee. Thou didst call, and cry, and burst my deafness. Thou didst gleam, and glow, and dispell my blindness. Thou didst touch me, and I burned for Thy peace. For
If you are pleased with what you are, you have stopped already. If you say, "It is enough," you are lost. Keep on walking, moving forward, trying for the goal.
For, were it not good that evil things should also exist, the omnipotent God would almost certainly not allow evil to be, since beyond doubt it is just as easy for Him not to allow what He does not will, as for Him to do what He will.
Custom is second nature.
God has promised forgiveness to your repentance, but He has not promised tomorrow to your procrastination.
His knowledge is not like ours, which has three tenses; present, past, and future. God's knowledge has no change or variation.
To abstain from sin when one can no longer sin is to be forsaken by sin, not to forsake it.
What do I love when I love my God?
The love of our neighbor hath its bounds in each man's love of himself.
Man has been naturally so created that it is advantageous for him to be submissive, but disastrous for him to follow his own will, and not the will of his creator.
Six is a number perfect in itself, and not because God created the world in six days; rather the contrary is true. God created the world in six days because this number is perfect, and it would remain perfect, even if the work of the six days did not exist.
There never can have been, and never can be, and there never shall be any sin without pride.
Without God, man cannot, and without man, God will not.
Justice being taken away, then, what are kingdoms but great robberies? For what are robberies themselves, but little kingdoms.
Love is the beauty of the soul.
Patience is the companion of wisdom. Saint Augustin
Lord, who art always the same, give that I know myself, give that I know Thee.
Love, and do what you like.
To my God a heart of flame; To my fellow man a heart of love; To myself a heart of steel.
The wicked exist in this world either to be converted or that through them the good may exercise patience.
People travel to wonder at the height of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars; and they pass by themselves without wondering... Now, let us acknowledge the wonder of our physical incarnation- tha
In the Catholic Church, there are many other things which most justly keep me in her bosom. The consent of peoples and nations keeps me in the Church; so does her authority, inaugurated by miracles, nourished by hope, enlarged by love, established by age. The succession of priests keeps me, beginnin
For whenever unbaptized persons die confessing Christ, this confession is of the same efficacy for the remission of sins as if they were washed in the sacred font of baptism.
To sing is to pray twice.
In the Mass the blood of Christ flows anew for sinners.
Now the Apostle, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, says, "Knowledge inflates: but love edifies." The only correct inerpretation of this saying is that knowledge is valuable when charity informs it. Without charity, knowledge inflates; that is, it exalts man to an arrogance which is nothing b
As to those other things which we hold on the authority, not of Scripture, but of tradition, and which are observed throughout the whole world, it may be understood that they are held as approved and instituted either by the apostles themselves, or by plenary Councils, whose authority in the Church
Da mihi castitatem et continentiam, sed noli modo (Give me chastity and continence, but not just yet)!
If two friends ask you to judge a dispute, don't accept, because you will...
It is said that there is no salvation outside the Church. Who denies this? And therefore whatever things of the Church are had outside the Church do not avail unto salvation.