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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.
 


Saint Thérése of Lisieux

“What matters in life is not great deeds, but great love.”  “My God, I love you!”
 
“Nothing is sweeter than love, nothing stronger or higher or wider; nothing is more pleasant, nothing fuller, and nothing better in heaven or on earth, for love is born of God and cannot rest except in God, Who is above all created things.”
 
“You know well enough that Our Lord does not look so much at the greatness of our actions, nor even at their difficulty, but at the love with which we do them.”
 
Saint Therese of Lisieux was a French Catholic who became a Carmelite nun. She died in obscurity at the age of 24. Her autobiography –Story of a Soul was published and became a best-seller. Her books explained her spiritual direction of love and selflessness.


Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein)

“All that we do is a means to an end, but love is an end in itself, because God is love.”
 

“As for what concerns our relations with our fellow men, the anguish in our neighbor’s soul must break all precept.”

 
Edith Stein was so fascinated by the reading of Teresa of Avila that she began a spiritual journey. Years later she imitated Saint Teresa of Avila by becoming a Carmelite, taking the name Teresa Benedicta of the Cross.


Saint Teresa of Avila

“It is love alone that gives worth to all things.” 
 
“Accustom yourself continually to make many acts of love. For they enkindle and melt the soul.”
 
“So dearly does His Majesty love us that He will reward our love for our neighbor by increasing the love which we bear to Himself, and that in a thousand ways.”  
 
“We become what we love and who we love shapes what we become. If we love things, we become a thing. If we love nothing, we become nothing. Imitation is not a literal mimicking of Christ, rather it means becoming the image of the beloved, an image disclosed through transformation. This means we are to become vessels of God´s compassionate love for others.”
 
“It is not so essential to think much as to love much.”
 
Saint Teresa of Avila is the founder of the Discalced Carmelites. In 1970 she was declared a Doctor of the Church for her writing and teaching on prayer.
 


Saint John of the Cross

“In the evening of life, we will be judged on love alone.” “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me” (Mark 8:34b) is the story of John’s life.
 
“A soul enkindled with love is a gentle, meek, humble, and patient soul.”
 
 “To be taken with love for a soul, God does not look on its greatness, but the greatness of its humility.”
 

“What we need most in order to make progress is to be silent before this great God with our appetite and with our tongue, for the language he best hears is silent love.”   



Saint Clare of Assisi

“We become what we love and who we love shapes what we become. If we love things, we become a thing. If we love nothing, we become nothing. Imitation is not a literal mimicking of Christ, rather it means becoming the image of the beloved, an image disclosed through transformation. This means we are to become vessels of God’s compassionate love for others.”




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