“Do not be afraid to go out on the streets and
into public places like the first apostles ! to preach Christ and the Good News of Salvation in the squares of cities,
towns and villages.” - Pope John Paul II.
Prayer for the Canonization of Pope John Paul II
we thank You for having graced the Church
with Pope John Paul II and for allowing
of Your Fatherly care,
the glory of the cross of Christ,
and the splendor of the Holy Spirit,
to Shine through him.
Trusting fully in Your infinite mercy
and in the maternal intercession of Mary,
he has given
us a living image of Jesus
the Good Shepherd, and has shown us that
holiness is the necessary measure of ordinary
life and is the way of achieving
eternal communion with You.
Grant us, by his intercession,
and according to Your will,
the graces we implore...,
that he will soon be
numbered among Your saints. Amen.
"We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has gone through. I
do not think that wide circles of the American society or wide circles of the Christian community realize this fully. We are
now facing the final confrontation between the church and the anti-Church, of the Gospel versus the anti-Gospel."Karol Cardinal
Wojtyla (Pope John Paul II .)
“Dear Young People! Trust Christ; listen attentively
to His teachings, fix your eyes on His face, persevere in listening to His Word. Allow Him to focus your search and your aspirations,
all your ideals and the desires of your heart.” Pope John Paul II 2005 Vocation Sunday Message
Saint Quotes ~ Words of Wisdom ~ Catholic Saints
Look, you will soon face
a dangerous crisis; the devil will try to ensnare you. To start with, he will tell you that frequent Communion is good for
children, not for adults, and that once in a great while is quite enough for you. Then he will do his best to keep you from
sermons by making you feel bored by God’s words. He will convince you that certain things are not sinful. Then you’ll
have to tussle with friends and what they might say, with [dangerous] readings, with your own passions, and so on. Be on your
guard. Do not let the devil rob you of that piece of mind and purity of soul which makes you God’s friends!” - Don Bosco
“If teaching and preaching is your job, then study diligently and apply yourself to whatever is necessary
for doing the job well. Be sure that you first preach by the way you live. If you do not, people will notice that you say
one thing, but live otherwise, and your words will bring only cynical laughter and a derisive shake of the head.”
St. Charles Borromeo
“It is the nature of our enemy to become powerless,
lose courage, and take to flight as soon as a person who is following the spiritual life stands courageously against his temptations
and does exactly the opposite of what he suggests.” - Saint Ignatius of Loyola
“Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the
lack of courage on the part of the good.”
— Pope Leo XII
“Not to oppose error is to approve it; and
not to defend truth is to suppress it; and indeed to neglect to confound evil men, when we can do it, is no less a sin than
to encourage them.” -Pope St. Felix III
"Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers,
and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses." -- Pope Paul VI
“A man who governs his passions is master of the world. We must
either command them, or be enslaved by them. It is better to be a hammer than an anvil.” -- St Dominic
“A dead thing goes with the stream. Only a living thing can go
against it.” Chesterton
"The spiritual combat in which we kill our passions to put on the new
man is the most difficult struggle of all. We must never weary of this combat, but fight the holy fight fervently and perseveringly."
-- St Nilus
Virtue is nothing without the trial of temptation, for there is no
conflict without an enemy, no victory without strife.
-- Pope St. Leo the Great
“One who associates with the good will go to Heaven with them.”
- Don Bosco
Saint Alphonsus Maria de Liguori “God says to each of us: “Give
me your heart, that is, your will.” We, in turn, cannot offer anything more precious than to say: “Lord, take
possession of us; we give our whole will to you; make us understand what it is that you desire of us, and we will perform
it.” If we would give full satisfaction to the heart of God, we must bring our own will in everything into conformity
with his; and not only into conformity, but into uniformity also, as regards all that God ordains. Conformity signifies the
joining of our own will to the will of God; but uniformity signifies, further, our making of the divine and our own will one
will only, so that we desire nothing but what God desires, and his will becomes ours. This is the sum and substance of that
perfection to which we ought to be ever aspiring; this is what must be the aim of all we do, and of all our desires, meditations
and prayers. For this we must invoke the assistance of all our patron saints and our guardian angels, and, above all, of our
divine mother Mary, who was the most perfect saint, because she embraced most perfectly the divine will.”
“ Our own evil inclinations are far more dangerous
than any external enemies .”
- Saint Ambrose
Do not err, my brethren. Those that corrupt families
shall not inherit the kingdom of God Saint Ignatius of Antioch
“ No one is truly poor but except the one who lacks
- St. Ephraem the Syrian
True followers of Christ; Be prepared to have a world make jokes at your expense. You can hardly expect
a world to be more reverent to you than to Our Lord. When it does make fun of your faith, its practices, abstinences, and
rituals-then you are moving to a closer identity with Him Who gave us our faith. Under scorn, Our Lord "answered nothing".
The world gets amusement from a Christian who fails to be Christian, but none from his respectful silence. -- Bishop Fulton
“ If God causes you to suffer much,
it is a sign that He certainly intends
to make you a
~ Saint Ignatius
“Inordinate love for the
flesh is cruelty, because under the appearance of pleasing the body, we kill the soul”.
-- St. Bernard of Clairvaux
How can a man say he believes
in Christ if he doesn't do what Christ commanded him to do?
-- St. Cyprian of Carthage
If by a diligent life of virtue,
you wash away the film of dirt that covers your heart, then the divine beauty will shine forth in you.
-- St. Gregory of Nyssa
Nothing can be more dangerous
than keeping wicked companions. They communicate the infection of their vices to all who associate with them.
St. John Baptiste de la Salle
If I had to advise parents,
I should tell them to take great care about the people with whom their children associate . . . Much harm may result from
bad company, and we are inclined by nature to follow what is worse than what is better. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
“He who aspires
the grace of God must be pure, with a heart as innocent as a child's. Purity of heart is to God like a perfume, sweet and
agreeable.” —St. Nicolas of Flue
the Catholic Church
ARTICLE 6 -
within his conscience man discovers a law which he has not laid upon himself but which he must obey. Its voice, ever calling
him to love and to do what is good and to avoid evil, sounds in his heart at the right moment.... For man has in his heart
a law inscribed by God.... His conscience is man's most secret core and his sanctuary. There he is alone with God whose voice
echoes in his depths.”
be afraid to go out on the streets and into public places, like the first Apostles who preached Christ and the Good News of
salvation in the squares of cities, towns and villages. This is no time to be ashamed of the Gospel. It is the time to preach
it from the rooftops,’” JPII
Paul II, when he spoke to the youth in Spain in 1981 about the spiritual background we must have within us for morality gave
us a prescription and a technique for Christ like discipleship, said: “Learn to think, speak, and act in accordance
with the evangelical simplicity and clarity of: YES, YES, NO, NO. Learn to call GOOD, GOOD, and EVIL, EVIL; to call BLACK,
BLACK, and WHITE, WHITE; to call SIN, SIN, and not to call it liberation or progress even if fashion or propaganda are opposed
to this teaching.”
“The nation... doesn't simply need what we have. It needs what we are.” Edith Stein
“As iron is fashioned by the fire on an anvil, so in the fire of suffering and under the weight of
trials, our souls receive the form that our Lord desires for them to have.”
-- St. Madeleine Sophie Barat
If you have too much to do, with God's help you will find time to do it all.
-- St Peter Canisius
By nature, each one of us is enclosed in his own personality, but supernaturally, we are all one. We are made one body
in Christ, because we are nourished by one flesh. As Christ is indivisible, we are all one in him. Therefore, He asked His
Father "that they may all be One as We also are one."
-- St Cyril of Alexandria
"This very body will rise again, not indeed in its present weakness, yet it will be the same body that rises. Endowed with
incorruptibility, it will be transformed, just as iron when put in the fire becomes fire, or rather as the Lord Who raises
it up knows how. The body, then, will rise again; but it will not remain as it now is, but will be eternal; no longer will
it need for life's support the food we now make use of. For it will be something wonderful, spiritual, and in dignity something
beyond what words can depict... we shall, then, rise again, and we shall all have eternal, though not all of us similar bodies.
For if any man is just he will receive a heavenly body so as to live fittingly with the angels; if any is a sinner he will
receive an eternal body capable of enduring the penalties of his sins, so that, burning for ever in the fire, he may never
St. Cyril of Jerusalem
"Our actions have a tongue of their own; they have an eloquence of their own, even when the tongue is silent. For deeds
prove the lover more than words." - Saint Cyril of Jerusalem
Lord Jesus Christ, King of kings, you have power over life and death. You know even things that are uncertain and obscure,
and our very thoughts and feelings are not hidden from you. Cleanse me from my secret faults, and I have done wrong and you
saw it. You know how weak I am, both in soul and in body. Give me strength, O Lord, in my frailty and sustain me in my sufferings.
Grant me a prudent judgement, dear Lord, and let me always be mindful of your blessings. Let me retain until the end your
grace that has protected me till now.
~~ St Ephrem of Syria, Deacon, Poet and Doctor
Prayer to the Father of truth, of wisdom, and of blessedness
"O God, Framer of the universe, grant me first rightly to invoke Thee; then to show myself worthy to be heard by Thee;
lastly, deign to set me free. God, through whom all things, which of themselves were not, tend to be. God, who withholdest
from perishing even that which seems to be mutually destructive. God, who, out of nothing, hast created this world, which
the eyes of all perceive to be most beautiful. God, who dost not cause evil, but causest that it be not most evil. God, who
to the few that flee for refuge to that which truly is, showest evil to be nothing. God, through whom the universe, even taking
in its sinister side, is perfect. God, from whom things most widely at variance with Thee effect no dissonance, since worser
things are included in one plan with better. God, who art loved, wittingly or unwittingly, by everything that is capable of
loving. God, in whom are all things, to whom nevertheless neither the vileness of any creature is vile, nor its wickedness
harmful, nor its error erroneous. God, who hast not willed that any but the pure should know the truth. God, the Father of
truth, the Father of wisdom, the Father of the true and crowning life, the Father of blessedness, the Father of that which
is good and fair, the Father of intelligible light, the Father of our awakening and illumination, the Father of the pledge
by which we are admonished to return to Thee.
Thee I invoke, O God, the Truth, in whom and from whom and through whom all things are true which anywhere are true. God,
the Wisdom, in whom and from whom and through whom all things are wise which anywhere are wise. God, the true and crowning
Life, in whom and from whom and through whom all things live, which truly and supremely live. God, the Blessedness, in whom
and from whom and through whom all things are blessed, which anywhere are blessed. God, the Good and Fair, in whom and from
whom and through whom all things are good and fair, which anywhere are good and fair. God, the intelligible Light, in whom
and from whom and through whom all things intelligibly shine, which anywhere intelligibly shine. God, whose kingdom is that
whole world of which sense has no ken. God, from whose kingdom a law is even derived down upon these lower realms. God, from
whom to be turned away, is to fall: to whom to be turned back, is to rise again: in whom to abide, is to stand firm. God,
from whom to go forth, is to die: to whom to return, is to revive: in whom to have our dwelling, is to live. God, whom no
one loses, unless deceived: whom no one seeks, unless stirred up: whom no one finds, unless made pure. God, whom to forsake,
is one thing with perishing; towards whom to tend, is one thing with living: whom to see is one thing with having. God, towards
whom faith rouses us, hope lifts us up, with whom love joins us. God, through whom we overcome the enemy, Thee I entreat.
God, through whose gift it is, that we do not perish utterly. God, by whom we are warned to watch. God, by whom we distinguish
good from ill. God, by whom we flee evil, and follow good. God, through whom we yield not to calamities. God, through whom
we faithfully serve and benignantly govern. God, through whom we learn those things to be another's which aforetime we accounted
ours, and those things to be ours which we used to account as belonging to another. God, through whom the baits and enticements
of evil things have no power to hold us. God, through whom it is that diminished possessions leave ourselves complete. God,
through whom our better good is not subject to a worse. God, through whom death is swallowed up in victory. God, who dost
turn us to Thyself. God, who dost strip us of that which is not, and arrayest us in that which is. God, who dost make us worthy
to be heard. God, who dost fortify us. God, who leadest us into all truth. God, who speakest to us only good, who neither
terrifiest into madness nor sufferest another so to do. God, who callest us back into the way. God, who leadest us to the
door of life. God, who causest it to be opened to them that knock. God, who givest us the bread of life. God, through whom
we thirst for the draught, which being drunk we never thirst. God, who dost convince the world of sin, of righteousness, and
of judgment. God, through whom it is that we are not commoved by those who refuse to believe. God, through whom we disapprove
the error of those, who think that there are no merits of souls before Thee. God, through whom it comes that we are not in
bondage to the weak and beggarly elements. God, who cleansest us, and preparest us for Divine rewards, to me propitious come
Whatever has been said by me, Thou the only God, do Thou come to my help, the one true and eternal substance, where is
no discord, no confusion, no shifting, no indigence, no death. Where is supreme concord, supreme evidence, supreme steadfastness,
supreme fullness, and life supreme. Where nothing is lacking, nothing redundant. Where Begetter and Begotten are one. God,
whom all things serve, that serve, to whom is compliant every virtuous soul. By whose laws the poles revolve, the stars fulfill
their courses, the sun vivifies the day, the moon tempers the night: and all the framework of things, day after day by vicissitude
of light and gloom, month after month by waxings and wanings of the moon, year after year by orderly successions of spring
and summer and fall and winter, cycle after cycle by accomplished concurrences of the solar course, and through the mighty
orbs of time, folding and refolding upon themselves, as the stars still recur to their first conjunctions, maintains, so far
as this merely visible matter allows, the mighty constancy of things. God, by whose ever-during laws the stable motion of
shifting things is suffered to feel no perturbation, the thronging course of circling ages is ever recalled anew to the image
of immovable quiet: by whose laws the choice of the soul is free, and to the good rewards and to the evil pains are distributed
by necessities settled throughout the nature of everything. God, from whom distil even to us all benefits, by whom all evils
are withheld from us. God, above whom is nothing, beyond whom is nothing, without whom is nothing. God, under whom is the
whole, in whom is the whole, with whom is the whole. Who hast made man after Thine image and likeness, which he discovers,
who has come to know himself. Hear me, hear me, graciously hear me, my God, my Lord, my King, my Father, my Cause, my Hope,
my Wealth, my Honor, my House, my Country, my Health, my Light, my Life. Hear, hear, hear me graciously, in that way, all
Thine own, which though known to few is to those few known so well."
Sant'Augustine, Soliloquies, 1,1.2-4
"My dear brethren, I call that man bad company who is without religion, who does not concern himself with
either the commandments of God or those of the Church, who does not recognise Lent or Easter, who seldom comes to church or,
if he does come, then only to scandalise others by his irreligious ways. You ought to shun his company; otherwise you will
not be long in becoming like him without your even noticing it. He will teach you, with his bad talk as much as by his bad
example, to despise the holiest things and to neglect your own most sacred duties. He will begin to turn your devotion into
ridicule, to make some jokes about religion and its ministers. He will speak to you at length, in scandalous terms, about
the priests or about Confession to such effect that he will cause you to lose entirely your taste for the frequent reception
of the Sacraments. He will discuss the instructions of your pastors only in order to turn them into ridicule, and you can
be quite certain that if you keep company with him for any length of time, you will see that, without even realising it, you
will begin to lose all taste for anything which is profitable towards the salvation of your soul.
I call bad company, my dear brethren, this young or this old slanderer who has nothing but bad and foul words in his mouth.
Take good care, my children, for this type of person has a poison of his own! If you frequent his company, you may be quite
certain that you will imbibe it and that, without a miracle of grace, you will die spiritually. The Devil will make good use
of this wretch to sully your imagination and to corrupt your heart.
I would call that person bad company, my dear brethren, who is curious or restless or backbiting, who wants to know all
that goes on in other people's houses, and who is always ready to form judgments about what he does not see at all. The Holy
Ghosts tells us that these people are not only hateful to the whole world but are also accursed of God. Fly from them, my
dear brethren; otherwise you will become like them. You yourselves will perish with them."
SERMONS OF THE CURE OF ARS
Mary speaks to Sister Mary of Agreda, Spain.)
is an act of justice due to the eternal God that the creature coming to the use of reason, direct its very first movement
toward God. By knowing, it should begin to love Him, reverence Him and adore Him as its Creator and only true Lord. The parents
are naturally bound to instruct their children from their infancy in this knowledge of God and to direct them with solicitous
care, so that they may at once see their ultimate end and seek it in their first acts of the intellect and will. They should
with great watchfulness withdraw them from the childishness and puerile trickishness to which depraved nature will incline
them if left without direction. If the fathers and mothers would be solicitous to prevent these vanities and perverted habits
of their children and would instruct them from their infancy in the knowledge of their God and Creator, then they would afterwards
easily accustom them to know and adore Him. My holy mother, who knew not of my wisdom and real condition, was most solicitously
beforehand in this matter, for when She bore me in her womb, she adored in my name the Creator and offered worship and thanks
for his having created me, beseeching Him to defend me and bring me forth to the light of day from the condition in which
I then was. So also parents should pray with fervor to God, that the souls of their children, through his Providence, may
obtain Baptism and be freed from the servitude of original sin.
the rational creature has not known and adored the Creator from the first dawn of reason, it should do this as soon as it
obtains knowledge of the essential God by the light of faith. From that very moment the soul must exert itself never to lose
Him from her sight, always fearing Him, loving Him, and reverencing Him”.
City of God
PRAYER FOR THE
PRESERVATION OF THE FAITH
O my Redeemer,
that dreadful time ever come,
when but few Christians shall be left
who are inspired by the spirit of faith,
time when Thine anger shall be provoked
and Thy protection shall be take away from us?
Have our vices and our evil
irrevocably moved Thy justice to take vengeance,
perhaps this very day,
upon Thy children?
O Thou, the
beginning and end of our faith,
we conjure Thee,
in the bitterness of our contrite and humbled hearts,
suffer the fair light of faith
to be extinguished in us.
Remember Thy mercies of old,
turn Thine eyes in mercy
upon the vineyard
planted by Thine own right hand,
and watered by the sweat of the Apostles,
by the precious blood
of countless Martyrs
and by the tears of so many sincere penitents,
and made fruitful by the prayers
of so many
Confessors and innocent Virgins.
O divine Mediator,
look upon those zealous souls
who raise their hearts to Thee
and pray ceaselessly
for the maintenance of that most precious gift of Thine,
the true faith.
We beseech Thee,
O God of justice,
to hold back the decree of our rejection,
and to turn away Thine eyes from our vices
regard instead the adorable Blood
shed upon the Cross,
which purchased our salvation
and daily intercedes for
us upon our altars.
Ah, keep us safe in the true Catholic and Roman faith.
Let sickness afflict us,
misfortunes overwhelm us!
But preserve in us Thy holy faith;
for if we are rich with this precious gift,
we shall gladly endure every sorrow,
and nothing shall ever be able to change our happiness.
On the other hand,
without this great treasure of faith,
our unhappiness would be unspeakable and without limit!
O good Jesus, author
of our faith,
preserve it untainted within us;
keep us safe in the bark of Peter,
faithful and obedient to his
and Thy Vicar here on earth,
that so the unity of Holy Church may be maintained,
the Holy See protected in freedom,
and the Church universal extended
to the benefit of souls.
O Jesus, author
of our faith,
humble and convert the enemies of Thy Church;
grant true peace
and concord to all Christian kings
and to all believers;
strengthen and preserve us in Thy holy service,
so that we may live in Thee
and die in Thee.
O Jesus, author of our faith,
let me live for Thee and die for Thee.
Hofbauer: An indulgence of 500 days once a day.)
“The world suffers nothing from Christians but hates them because they reject its pleasures.” St. Justin
"Although martyrdom represents the high point of the witness to moral truth, and one to which relatively few people are
called, there is nonetheless a consistent witness which all Christians must daily be ready to make, even at the cost of suffering
and grave sacrifice. Indeed, faced with the many difficulties which fidelity to the moral order can demand, even in the most
ordinary circumstances, the Christian is called, with the grace of God invoked in prayer, to a sometimes heroic commitment.
In this he or she is sustained by the virtue of fortitude, whereby--as Gregory the Great teaches--one can actually "love the
difficulties of this world for the sake of eternal rewards." From the Encyclical Letter Veritatis Splendor (the Splendor of
Truth) by Pope John Paul II.
“And of what should we be afraid? Our captain on this battlefield is Christ Jesus. We have discovered what we have
to do. Christ has bound our enemies for us and weakened them that they cannot overcome us unless we so choose to let them.
So we must fight courageously and mark ourselves with the sign of the most Holy Cross.”
-- St Catherine of Siena
"Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye when
they shall revile you, and persecute you, and speak all that is evil against you, untruly, for my sake. Be glad and rejoice
for your reward is very great in heaven. For so they persecuted the prophets that were before you. ... You are the light of
the world. A city seated on a mountain cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel, but upon a
candlestick, that it may shine to all that are in the house. So let your light shine before men, that they may see your good
works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven." (Matt. 5:10-12,14-16)
St. John Vianney:
"If you want to belong entirely to God you must be prepared to be despised and rejected by the world. Blessed is he,
my friends, who belongs to these, and who follows in the footsteps of the Lord with courage and carries his cross with patience.
It is only by doing so that we may obtain the happiness of reaching heaven."
“There are two sides to every sin: the turning of the will toward fleeting satisfaction and the turning away from
everlasting value. As regards to the first, the principle of all sins can be called lust--- lust in its most general sense,
namely, the unbridled desire for one's own pleasure. As regards to the second, the principle is pride---pride in its general
sense, the lack of submission to God. ”
-- St. Thomas Aquinas
“It is impossible for a person who prays regularly to remain in serious sin; because the two are incompatible,
one or the other will have to be given up. ” -- St Teresa of Avila
“Don't say you have a chaste mind if you have unchaste eyes, because an unchaste eye is the messenger of an unchaste
-- St. Augustine
“God overthrows the thrones of those who are disobedient to His law. My political views are those of the Our Father.”
-- St. Avitus of Vienna
Unhappy is the soul enslaved by the love of anything that is mortal.
-- St. Augustine
A PRAYER FOR PEACE OF MIND
(By Saint Francis Xavier Cabrini)
Fortify me with the grace of Your Holy Spirit and give Your peace to my
soul that I may be free from all needless anxiety, solicitude and worry. Help me to desire always that which is pleasing and
acceptable to You so that Your will may be my will.
"I Love Jesus Christ and that is why I am on fire
with the desire
to give Him souls, first of all my own,
and then an incalculable number of others."
~ St. Alphonsus Liguori
The Role of the Laity in the 'New Evangelization'
"...Be holy men
and women! Do not forget that the fruits of the apostolate
depend on the depth of the spiritual life, on the intensity
of continual formation and sincere adhesion
to the directives of the Church."
"HOUR OF THE LAITY
HAS STRUCK," JOHN PAUL II
For men are most anxious to find truth, but very reluctant to accept it.
... In short, finding out truth is not so hard; what is hard is not to run away from truth once we have found it.... The greatest
among philosophers are those who do not flinch in the presence of truth, but welcome it with the simple words: yes, Amen.
Saint Thomas Aquinas.
"Conversion is a form of martyrdom. It involves the surrender of oneself
- body, mind intellect and faith to Christ. It requires docility and a willingness to be led to the truth, and for many the
truth lies in a direction 'where you do not want to go.' (John 21:18-19) "
~ Patrick Madrid, convert to Catholicism &
author of Surprised by Truth.
"I tell you that you have less to suffer in following the cross than in serving the
world and its pleasures." ~St. John Mary Vianney
If we say, “We have fellowship with him,” while we
continue to walk in darkness, we lie and do not act in truth.
1 John 1:6
“Ubi Petrus ibi ecclesia; ubi ecclesia ibi nulla mors sed vita aeterna”
Where there is Peter there is the Church,And where the Church, no death is there, but life eternal!
— St. Ambrose of Milan- 4th century
To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe,
nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted.
2 Timothy 2:21-22
Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from these things, he will
be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work. Now flee from youthful lusts and pursue
righteousness, faith, love and peace, with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.
1 Timothy 4:12
Don’t let anyone look down on you because you
are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity
Grant me, O Lord my God, a mind to know you, a heart to seek you, wisdom
to find you, conduct pleasing to you, faithful perseverance in waiting for you, and a hope of finally embracing you. - Saint
"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill can't
be hidden. Also, people do not light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand. Then it gives
light to everyone in the house.
"In the same way, let your light shine in front of others. Then they will see the
good things you do. And they will praise your Father who is in heaven.
SAINT JOHN CHRYSOSTOM Said
“Nothing is more frigid
than a Christian who is indifferent to the salvation of others. Indeed I wonder if such a person can be a true Christian.
To become a disciple of Christ is to obey his law of love; and obedience to the law brings joy beyond measure and description.
Love means to want the best for others, sharing with them the joy of love. So the Christian feels compelled to speak to others
about the law of love, and the joy of obeying this law. Of course, many people are shy about speaking to others; in their
case actions motivated by love will be a most eloquent testimony. But those who are not shy will surely want to express their
joy at every opportunity. There is no need to use fine words or elegant phrases; even the most uneducated people can convey
joyful love by the spirit which accompanies their words. Even slaves have been known to convert their masters and mistresses
by the sincerity of their speech.” – On Living Simply
Saint John Chrysostom, Homily 20 on the Acts of the Apostles
How can such a person be a Christian? Tell me, if yeast did not
make the whole mass like itself, is it really yeast? Again if perfume failed to pervade all around it with its fragrance,
would we call it perfume?
Do not say: it is impossible for me to influence others. If you are a Christian, it is impossible
for this not to happen. Things found in nature cannot be denied; so here, for it is a question of the nature of the Christian.
Do not insult God. If you say that the sun cannot shine, you have insulted him. If you say that a Christian cannot help
others, you have insulted God and called him a liar. It is easier for the sun not to give warmth or shine than for the Christian
not to shed his light. It is easier for light to be darkness than for this to happen.
Do not say then that it is
impossible. The opposite is impossible. Do not insult God. If we have put our affairs in order, these things will certainly
come to be, and will follow as a natural consequence. The light of a Christian cannot escape notice. So bright a lamp cannot
“I will go anywhere and do anything in order to communicate the love of Jesus to those who do not know him or have
forgotten him.” - St. Frances Xavier Cabrini