Saints' Quotes

holy quotations for purification of the soul



Selections

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Prayer






'Man has a noble task:

That of prayer and love.

To pray and love, that is the happiness of man on earth.'

St. Jean Marie Baptiste Vianney


'Prayer is the place of refuge for every worry, a foundation for cheerfulness, a source of constant happiness, a protection against sadness.'

St. John Chrysostom


'Prayer is the inner bath of love into which the soul plunges itself.'

St. Jean Marie Baptiste Vianney


'Faith furnishes prayer with wings, without which it cannot soar to heaven.'

St. John Climacus


'Without prayer we have neither light nor strength to advance in the way which leads to God.'

St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori


'Many cry to God, but not with the voice of the soul, but with the voice of the body; only the cry of the heart, of the soul, reaches God.'

St. Augustine


'Virtues are formed by prayer. Prayer preserves temperance. Prayer suppresses anger. Prayer prevents emotions of pride and envy.

Prayer draws into the soul the Holy Spirit, and raises man to Heaven.'

St. Ephraem of Syria


'It is simply impossible to lead, without the aid of prayer, a virtuous life.'

St. John Chrysostom


'We set forth our petitions before God, not in order to make known to Him our needs and desires, but rather so that we ourselves may realize that in these things it is necessary to turn to God for help.'

St. Thomas Aquinas


'We meditate before, during and after everything we do. The prophet says: "I will pray, and then I will understand." This is the way we can easily overcome the countless difficulties we have to face day after day, which, after all, are part of our work. In meditation we find the strength to bring Christ to birth in ourselves and in others.'

St. Charles Borromeo


'Seek by reading and you will find by meditating. Knock by praying, and it will be opened to you in contemplation.'

St. John of the Cross


'In order to succeed in prayer, it should be done when we first awaken, when our whole being is calm and recollected. We need to make our meditation before anything else.'

St. Peter Julian Eymard


'Never forget that it is at the beginning of each day that God has the necessary grace for the day ready for us. He knows exactly what opportunities we shall have to sin, and will give us everything we need if we ask him then. That is why the devil does all he can to prevent us from saying our morning prayers or to make us say them badly.'

St. Jean Marie Baptiste Vianney


'Christian perfection consists in three things: praying heroically, working heroically, and suffering heroically.'

St. Anthony Mary Claret


'During mental prayer, it is well, at times, to imagine that many insults and injuries are being heaped upon us, that misfortunes have befallen us, and then strive to train our heart to bear and forgive these things patiently, in imitation of our savior. This is the way to acquire a strong spirit.'

St. Phillip Neri


'Prayer is nothing else than union with God. When the heart is pure and united with God it is consoled and filled with sweetness; it is dazzled by a marvelous light.'

St. Jean Marie Baptiste Vianney


'Prayer ought to be humble, fervent, resigned, persevering and accompanied with great reverence. One should consider that he stands in the presence of a God, and speaks with a Lord before whom the angels tremble from awe and fear.'

St. Mary Magdelen de Pazzi


'As far as possible, you should pray in quiet silent devotion. Try to have a favourite topic of prayer, such as a devotion to the passion of Jesus, the Blessed Sacrament, awareness of the divine presence: go directly to Jesus without too much fuss.'

St. Peter Julian Eymard


'It is an old custom of the saints of God to have some little prayers ready and to be frequently darting them up to heaven during the day, lifting their minds to God out of the mire of this world. He who adopts this plan will obtain great fruits with little pain.'

St. Phillip Neri


'Have confidence in prayer. It is the unfailing power which God has given us. By means of it you will obtain the salvation of the dear souls whom God has given you and all your loved ones. "Ask and you shall receive", Our Lord said, be yourself good with the Lord.'

St. Peter Eymard


'We should to keep our hearts open to the sufferings and wretchedness of other people, and pray continually that God may grant us that spirit of compassion which is truly the spirit of God.'

St. Vincent de Paul


'What souls we can convert by our prayers. The one who saves a soul from hell saves this soul and his own as well.'

St. Jean Marie Baptiste Vianney


'What prayer could be more true before God the Father than that which the Son, who is truth, uttered with his own lips.'

St. John Chrysostom


'Much more is accomplished by a single word of the Our Father said, now and then, from our heart, than by the whole prayer repeated many times in haste and without attention.'

St. Teresa of Avila


'He who prays most receives most.'

St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori


'My little children, your hearts, are small, but prayer stretches them and makes them capable of loving God. Through prayer we receive a foretaste of heaven and something of paradise comes down upon us. Prayer never leaves us without sweetness. It is honey that flows into the soul and makes all things sweet.

When we pray properly, sorrows disappear like snow before the sun.'

St. Jean Marie Baptiste Vianney


'It is not enough to pray only with the tongue: we must, according to the Apostle, pray also with the heart if we wish to receive God's graces: "Praying at all times in the spirit."'

St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori


'There are those who lose themselves in prayer, like fish in water, because they are absorbed in God. There is no division in their hearts. How I love those noble souls.'

St. Jean Marie Baptiste Vianney





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