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In the fallen there is danger of pride and vainglory, since they prefer their own judgment to the judgment of everyone else, usurping what is not their own by setting themselves up as judges in their own cause when the rightful judge is their superior.


Saint Ignatius

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SAINT JEROME
A fat paunch never breeds fine thoughts.
SAINT JEROME
Total abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.
SAINT AUGUSTINE
O Lord, help me to be pure, but not yet.
SAINT AUGUSTINE
Miracles are not contrary to nature, but only contrary to what we know about nature.
SAINT AUGUSTINE
This is the very perfection of a man, to find out his own imperfection.
SAINT AUGUSTINE
Nothing is so much to be shunned as sex relations.
SAINT AUGUSTINE
The greatest evil is physical pain.
SAINT AUGUSTINE
Does not the gratitude of the dog put to shame any man who is ungrateful to his benefactors?
SAINT BASIL
To seek the highest good is to live well.
SAINT AUGUSTINE
The words printed here are concepts. You must go through the experiences.
SAINT AUGUSTINE
He who created us without our help will not save us without our consent.
SAINT AUGUSTINE
Repentant tears wash out the stain of guilt.
SAINT AUGUSTINE
For every benefit conferred, God is to be praised in his gifts. Otherwise when the time of judgment ...
SAINT BERNARD
Keep to the middle if you wish to keep moderation. The mid way is the safe way. Moderation abides in...
SAINT BERNARD
Christian, learn from Christ how you ought to love Christ. Learn a love that is tender, wise, strong...
SAINT BERNARD
God removes the sin of the one who makes humble confession, and thereby the devil loses the sovereig...
SAINT BERNARD
I believe though I do not comprehend, and I hold by faith what I cannot grasp with the mind.
SAINT BERNARD
Among irrational animals the love of the offspring and of the parents for each other is extraordinar...
SAINT BASIL
We do not accost a physician as we do any mere nobody; nor a magistrate as we do a private individua...
SAINT BASIL
Not the power to remember, but its very opposite, the power to forget, is a necessary condition for ...
SAINT BASIL
Many a sin has sullied me in body and in soul because I did not restrain my thoughts nor guard my li...
SAINT AMBROSE
No one is good but God alone. What is good is therefore divine, what is divine is therefore good.
SAINT AMBROSE
Where a man's heart is, there is his treasure also.
SAINT AMBROSE
I was freeborn according to the flesh; I am born of a father who was a decurion, but I sold my noble...
SAINT PATRICK
The Lord discovered to me a sense of my unbelief that, though late, I should remember my transgressi...
SAINT PATRICK
I have a Creator who knew all things, even before they were made - even me, his poor little child.
SAINT PATRICK
I have vowed to my God to teach the heathen, though I be despised by some.
SAINT PATRICK
Never look a gift horse in the mouth. [Lat., Noli equi dentes inspicere donati.]
SAINT JEROME
At this time of the year, with the holidays upon us, nothing says she cares about how I am, where I ...
RANDY SAINT
And behold you were within me,
and I out of myself,
and there I searched for you.
SAINT AUGUSTINE
It is impious to say that evil has its origin from God, because naught contrary is produced by the c...
SAINT BASIL
For, were it not good that evil things should also exist, the omnipotent God would almost certainly ...
SAINT AUGUSTINE
They talk like angels but they live like men.
SAINT JEROME
Law is twofold -- natural and written. The natural law is in the heart, the written law on tables. A...
SAINT AMBROSE
When in Rome, live as the Romans do: when elsewhere, live as they live elsewhere.
SAINT AMBROSE
Due to seeing everything, we begin to stand everything … Due to standing everything, we eventually...
SAINT AUGUSTINE
I have learnt to love you late, Beauty at once so ancient and so new!
SAINT AUGUSTINE
How is it that in Ireland, where they never had any knowledge of God but, always, until now, cherish...
SAINT PATRICK
The gospel way it testify at all times to what you have seen and heard. And I have known too much to...
SAINT PATRICK
He is not wise to me who is wise in words only, but he who is wise in deeds.
SAINT GREGORY
Anyone who truly loves God travels securely.
SAINT TERESA
The face is the mirror of the mind, and eyes without speaking confess the secrets of the heart.
SAINT JEROME
Once you begin to believe there is help out there, you will know it to be true.
SAINT BARTHOLOMEW
Men go abroad to admire the heights of mountains, the mighty billows of the sea, the broad tides of ...
SAINT AUGUSTINE
Conscience and reputation are two things. Conscience is due to yourself, reputation to your neighbou...
SAINT AUGUSTINE
It is no great thing to be humble when you are brought low; but to be humble when you are praised is...
SAINT BERNARD
Forget not, O Lord, that I am one of those whom Thou hast created, and with Thine own blood hast red...
SAINT AMBROSE
Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long cours...
SAINT AUGUSTINE