Submitted by Andrew on December 9, 2014 - 3:19am

[God] desires all men to be saved and to come ot the knowledge of the truth. (1 Tim 2:4)

You cannot imagine at all how much you interest God; he is interested in you as if there was no one else on earth. Julien Green

God is love 1 Jn 4:16b

The measure of love is love without measure. St. Francis de Sales

God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.  ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ Acts 17:27-28a
In Jesus Christ, God took on a human face and became our friend and brother Pope Benedict XVI

I have no imagination. I cannot picture God the Father. All that I can see is Jesus. Mother Teresa

The happiness you are seeking, the happiness you have a right to enjoy, has a name and a face: it is Jesus of Nazareth. Pope Benedict XVI

There is an urgent need for the emergence of a new generation of apostles anchored firmly in the word of Christ, capable of responding to the challenges of our times and prepared to spread the Gospel far and wide. Pope Benedict XVI

Ignorance of Scritpure is ignorance of Christ. St Jerome.

Only when we meet the living God in Christ do we know what life is. … There is nothing more beautiful than to be surprised by the Gospel, by the encounter with Christ. Pope Benedict XVI

The Bible is God’s love letter to us. Soren Kierkegaard

To read Sacred Scripture means to turn to Christ for advice. St. Francis of Assisi

I would not believe if I did not realize that it is reasonable to believe. St. Thomas Aquinas

To believe in a God means to realize that the facts of the world are not the whole story. To believe in a God means to realize that life has a meaning. Ludwig Wittgenstein.

What we believe is important, but even more important is the One in whom we believe. Pope Benedict XVI

Where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them. Mt 18:20

Wherever there is love, there is a trinity: a lover, a beloved and a fountain of love. St. Augustine

For you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created. Rev 4:11

Even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Mt 10:30

He who made you knows also what he wants to do with you. St. Augustine.

The memory of this Father sheds light on our deepest human identity: where we come from, who we are, and how great is our dignity. Certainly we come from our parents, and we are their children, but we also come from God, who has created us in his image and called us to be his children. Consequently, at the origin of every human being there is not something haphazard or chance, but a loving plan of God. This was revealed to us by Jesus Christ, the true Son of God and a perfect man. He knew whence he came and whence all of us have come: from the love of his Father and our Father. Pope Benedict XVI

Walk with your feet on earth, but in your heart be in heaven. St John Bosco.

Moreover, we read that man cannot exist “alone” he can exist only as a “unity of two”, and therefore in relation to another human person. It is a question here of a mutual relationship: man to woman and woman to man. Being a person in the image and likeness of God thus also involves existing in a relationship, in relation to the other “I”. This is a prelude to the definitive self-revelation ot the Triune God: a living unity in the communion of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Pope John Paul II.

God is so great that he became small. God is so powerful that he can make himself vulnerable and come to us as a defenseless child, so that we can love him. Pope Benedict XVI

As the Father has sent me, even so I send you John 20:21b

Apart from the Cross there is no other ladder by which we may get to heaven. St Rose of Lima

When we look at the cross, we understand the greatness of his love. When we look at the crib, we understand the tenderness of his love for you and for me, for your family and every family. Mother Teresa.

If you carry your cross joyfully, it will carry you. Thomas A Kempis

He who believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live. Jn 11:25

“Behold the lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” Jn 1:29

The Fruits of the Spirit: Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control Gal 5:22-23

He [Christ] is the head of the body, the Church. Gol 1:18a

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well. Mt 6:33

I would create the whole universe again, just to hear you say that you love me. (Jesus is a vision to St. Teresa of Avila)

Most people have no idea what God would make of them if they would only place themselves at his disposal. St Ignatius Loyola

There is only one tragedy in the end, not to have been a saint. Leon Bloy

Just as there are also uncatholic things in the Catholic Church, so too we can find something catholic even outside the Catholic Church. Many who seem to be outside are inside; many who seem to be inside are outside. St Augustine.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord, “plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jer 29:11

After I recognised that there is a God, it was impossible for me not to live for him alone. Bl Charles De Foucauld.

If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honoured, all rejoice together. 1 Cor 12:26

If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die for the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. Rom 14:8

Nature is fleeting; we will outlive it. Even when all suns and mists are gone, each one of us will still be alive. C. S. Lewis

For now we see as in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall understand fully, even as I have been fully understood. 1 Cor 13:12

Power came forth from him and healed them all. Lk 6:19b

“I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” Jn 10:10b

As each one has received a gift, employ it for one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace. 1 Pet 4:10

As one candle is lit from the flame of another, so is faith kindled by faith. Romano Guardini

Therefore if any one is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold, the new has come. 2 Cor 5:17

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Mt 28:19

The night is far gone, the day is at hand. Let us then cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light… Put on the Lord Jesus Christ [like a new garmet]. Rom 13: 12,14

And if [we are] children, then heirs, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ. Rom 8:17

Create in me a clearn heart, O God and put a new and right spirit within me. Ps 51:12

I am created to do or to be something for which no one else is created: I have a place in God’s counsels, in God’s world, which no one else has. Whether I be rich or poor, despised or esteemed by man, God knows me and calls me by my name. Bl. John Henry Newman.

God would have given us something greater if he had had something greater than himself. St. John Vianney.

The actual effect of the Eucharist is the transformation of man into God. St. Thomas Aquinas.

Draw near to God and he will draw near to you. Jas 4:8

In the Holy Eucharist we become one with God like food with the body. St Francis de Sales

Your life must be woven around the Eucharist. Direct your eyes to Him, who is the Light; bring your hearts very close to His Divine Heart; ask Him for the grace to know Him, for the charity to love Him, for the courage to serve Him. Seek him longingly. Mother Teresa

We must separate our life from the Eucharist. The moment we do so, something shatters. People ask us, “Where do the Sisters get the joy and the strength to do what they do?” The Eucharist contains more than just receiving; it contains also the satisfaction of Christ’s hunger. He says, “Come to me.” He hungers for souls. Mother Teresa

We break the one bread that provides the medicine of immortality, the antidote for death, and the food that makes us live forever in Jesus Christ. St. Ignatius of Antioch.

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 1 Jn 1:8

Love covers a multitude of sins 1 Pet 4:8

After a fall, stand up again right away! Do not leave sin in your heart for even a moment! St John Vianney.

A sign of sincere repentance is avoiding the occasion of sin. St Bernard of Clairvaux

However awkward confession may be, it is the decisive place where one experiences anew the freshness of the Gospel, where one is reborn. There we also learn to blow away our pangs of conscience, just as a child blows a falling autumn leaf. There we find the happiness of God, the dawn of perfect joy. Brother Roger Schutz

One drop of love is more than an ocean of understanding. Blaise Pascal.

To love a person means to see him as God intended him. Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

Christ has no hands but ours to do his work today. Anonymous 14th Century.

Cast all your anxieties on him, for he cares about you. 1 Pet 5:7

Apart from me you can do nothing. Jn 15:5

Let nothing trouble you. Let nothing frighten you. Everyting passes. God never changes. Patience obtains all. Whoever has God wants for nothing. God alone is enough. St Teresa of Avila

Happiness is not in us, nor is happiness outside of us. Happiness is in God alone. And if we have found him, then it is everywhere. Blaise Pascal.

For he alone is the way that is worth following, the light that is worth lighting, the life that is worth living, and the love this is worth loving. Mother Teresa

Man is so great that nothing on earth can satisfy him. Only when he turns to God is he content. St John Vianney

Only he who made man makes him happy. St. Augustine.

The person who abandons himself totally in God’s hands does not become God’s puppet, a boring “yes man”; he does not lose his freedom. Only the person who entrusts himself totally to God finds true freedom, the great, creative immensity of the freedom of good. The person who turns to God does not become smaller but greater, for through God and with God he becomes great, he becomes divine, be becomes truly himself. Pope Benedict XVI

So faith, hope and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. 1 Cor 13:13

For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy. St Theresa of Lisieux.

The desire to pray is already a prayer. Georges Bernanos

Praying does not mean listening to yourself speak; praying means calming down and being still and waiting until you hear God. Soren Kierkegaard

Suddenly I experience the silence like a presence. At the heart of this silence was the One who is himself silence, peace and tranquility. Georges Bernanos

To pray means to think lovingly about Jesus. Prayer is the soul’s attention that is concentrated on Jesus, the better you pray. Bl Charles de Foucauld.

Prayer in my opinion is nothing else than a close sharing between friends; it means taking time frequently to be alone with him who we know loves us. St Teresa of Avila.

My secret is quite simple: I pray. And through my prayer I become one with the love of Christ and see that praying is loving him, that praying is living with him, and that means making his words come true… For me, praying means being one with the will of Jesus twenty-four hours a day, living for him, through him and with him. Mother Teresa.

Keep your soul in peace. Let God work in you. Welcome thoughts that raise your heart to God. Open wide the window of your soul. St Ignatius of Loyola.

All difficulties in prayer have just one cause: praying as though God were not there. St Teresa of Avila.

Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. Col 3:2