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Saint Ambrose of Milan (Church Father)

“You perhaps say: ‘My bread is usual.’  But the bread is bread before the words of the sacraments; when consecration has been added, from bread it becomes the flesh of Christ.  So let us confirm this, how it is possible that what is bread is the body of Christ. By what words, then, is the consecration and by whose expressions?  By those of the Lord Jesus.  For all the rest that are said in the preceding are said by the priest: praise to God, prayer is offered, there is a petition for the people, for kings, for the rest.  When it comes to performing a venerable sacrament, then the priest uses not his own expressions, but he uses the expressions of Christ.  Thus the expression of Christ performs this sacrament.” (The Sacraments (De Sacramentis), Book 4, Ch. 4:14.)

 

(Cf. Michael Cuozzo, Theological Aspects of Worshipping God in the Holy Eucharist (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). Northwestern Theological Seminary, Florida, 2006), pp. 17-18)


Act of Contrition (Prayer)

My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart.
In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good,
I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things.
I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more,
and to avoid whatever leads me to sin.
Our Savior Jesus Christ suffered and died for us.
In His name. My God have mercy. Amen.


Saint Leo I (Church Father)

“When the Lord says: ‘Unless you shall have eaten the flesh of the Son of Man and shall have drunk His blood, you shall not have life in you,’ you ought to so communicate at the Sacred Table that you have no doubt whatever of the truth of the Body and the Blood of Christ.  For that which is taken in the mouth is what is believed in faith; and in doing those respond, ‘Amen,’ who argue against that which is received.” (Sermons, [91, 3], c. 461)
 
(Cf. Michael Cuozzo, Theological Aspects of Worshipping God in the Holy Eucharist (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). Northwestern Theological Seminary, Florida, 2006), p. 25)


Abbot Father Sean Anderson, CFC

“We [Celtic Franciscan Companions] seek to become the hands, feet, and heart of Christ within creation and towards all whom we meet along the way.” 


Saint Basil the Great (Church Father)

“What is the mark of a Christian?  That he be purified of all defilement of the flesh and of the spirit in the Blood of Christ, perfecting sanctification in the fear of God and the love of Christ, and that he have no blemish nor spot nor any such thing; that he be holy and blameless and so eat the Body of Christ and drink His Blood; for ‘he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh judgement to himself.’  What is the mark of those who eat the Bread and drink the Cup of Christ?  That they keep in perpetual remembrance Him who died for us and rose again.” (The Morals, [Ch. 22])
 
To communicate each day and to partake of the holy Body and Blood of Christ is good and beneficial; for He says quite plainly: ‘He that eats My Flesh and drinks My Blood has eternal life.’  Who can doubt that to share continually in life is the same thing as having life abundantly?  We ourselves communicate four times each week, on Sunday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday; and on other days if there is a commemoration of any saint.” (Letter to a Patrician Lady of Caesaria, [93], (c. 372)
 
(Cf. Michael Cuozzo, Theological Aspects of Worshipping God in the Holy Eucharist (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). Northwestern Theological Seminary, Florida, 2006), p. 19)


Saint Pio of Pietrelcino

“Prayer is the oxygen of the soul.”
 
“Our Lord loves you and loves you tenderly; and if He does not let you feel the sweetness of His love, it is to make you more humble and abject in your own eyes.”
 
“Always humble yourself lovingly before God and man, because God speaks to those who are truly humble of heart, and enriches them with His gifts.”
 
Joy, with peace, is the sister of charity. Serve the Lord with laughter.”
 
“Walk the way of the Lord in simplicity; do not torment your spirit. Speak the truth, always the truth.”


Saint Basil the Great

“What is the mark of love for your neighbor? Not to seek what is for your own benefit, but what is for the benefit of the one loved, both in body and in soul.”
 
“A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.”
 
“I know many who fast, pray, sigh, and demonstrate every manner of piety, so long as it costs them nothing, yet would not part with a penny to help those in distress.”
 
“Words are truly the image of the soul.”


Saint Vincent de Paul

“We must love our neighbor as being made in the image of God and as an object of His love.”
 
“Go to the poor: you will find God.”
 
“Charity is certainly greater than any rule. Moreover, all rules must lead to charity.”


Saint Catherine of Siena

“Charity is the sweet and holy bond which links the soul with its Creator: it binds God with man and man with God.”
 
“Everything comes from love, all is ordained for the salvation of man, God does nothing without this goal in mind.”
 
“Merit consists in the virtue of love alone, flavored with the light of true discretion without which the soul is worth nothing.”
 


Saint Pope John Paul II

“There is no place for selfishness—and no place for fear! Do not be afraid, then, when love makes demands. Do not be afraid when love requires sacrifice.”
 
“The person who does not decide to love forever will find it very difficult to really love for even one day.”
 
“Man cannot live without love. He remains a being that is incomprehensible for himself, his life is senseless, if love is not revealed to him, if he does not encounter love, if he does not experience it and make it his own, if he does not participate intimately in it. This is why Christ the Redeemer ‘fully reveals man to himself.’ “
 
“Real love is demanding. I would fail in my mission if I did not tell you so. Love demands a personal commitment to the will of God.”
 


Saint Thomas Aquinas

“The things that we love tell us what we are. “
 
“Love takes up where knowledge leaves off.”
 
“The Eucharist is the Sacrament of Love; It signifies Love, It produces love. The Eucharist is the consummation of the whole spiritual life.”
 


Abbot Father Michael Cuozzo, OFE

By Abbot Father Michael Cuozzo+, OFE
 

“Look around and embrace everyone you see; you never know which one is Christ. Find the Christ in each other.” 



Blessed Titus Brandsma

“I see God in the work of his hands and the marks of his love in every visible thing.”
 

Blessed Titus Brandsma was Dutch Carmelite friar, Catholic priest and professor of philosophy. He was imprisoned in the infamous Dachau concentration camp, where he died. He has been beatified by the Roman Catholic Church as a martyr of the faith.



Saint Teresa of Calcutta (Mother Teresa)

“A life not lived for others is not a life.”
 
“Love to be real, it must cost—it must hurt—it must empty us of self.”
 
“Intense love does not measure . . . it just gives.”
 
“Spread love everywhere you go: first of all in your own house. Give love to your children, to your wife or husband, to a next door neighbor… 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 in your warm greeting.”
 
“We can cure physical diseases with medicine but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopelessness is love. There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread but there are many more who are dying for a little love. Let us not be satisfied with just giving money. Money is not enough, money can be got, but they need your hearts to love them. So spread love everywhere you go.”
 
Mother Teresa was the founder of the Order of the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic congregation of women dedicated to helping the poor. She was canonized as Saint Teresa of Calcutta in 2016.


Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity

“May my life be a continual prayer. A long act of love.” 
 
“I can’t find words to express my happiness. Here there is no longer anything but God. He is All; He suffices and we live by Him alone.”
 
“Believe that He loves you. He wants to help you Himself in the struggles which you must undergo. Believe in His Love, His exceeding Love.”
 
Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity was a French Discalced Carmelite professed religious, mystic and a spiritual writer.
 



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