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Let us take refuge from this world. You can do this in spirit, even if you are kept here in the body. You can at the same time be here and present to the Lord. Your soul must hold fast to him, you must follow after him in your thoughts, you must tread his ways by faith, not in outward show.


Saint Ambrose

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God will not suffer man to have a knowledge of things to come; for if he had prescience of his prosp...
SAINT AUGUSTINE
We are certainly in a common class with the beasts; every action of animal life is concerned with se...
SAINT AUGUSTINE
Love, and do what you will.
SAINT AUGUSTINE
Women should not be enlightened or educated in any way. They should, in fact, be segregated as they ...
SAINT AUGUSTINE
He cannot have God for his Father who will not have the Church for his mother.
SAINT AUGUSTINE
And behold you were within me,
and I out of myself,
and there I searched for you.
SAINT AUGUSTINE
At this time of the year, with the holidays upon us, nothing says she cares about how I am, where I ...
RANDY SAINT
No one who is in this world will deny that evils exist. What, then, do we say? That evil is not a li...
SAINT BASIL
The wellbeing of the head resounds throughout the whole body, and as are the Superiors, so, in turn,...
SAINT IGNATIUS
Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first th...
SAINT AUGUSTINE
We make ourselves a ladder out of our vices if we trample the vices themselves underfoot.
SAINT AUGUSTINE
Passion is the evil in adultery. If a man has no opportunity of living with another man's wife, ...
SAINT AUGUSTINE
What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and...
SAINT AUGUSTINE
In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?
SAINT AUGUSTINE
O Holy Spirit, descend plentifully into my heart. Enlighten the dark corners of this neglected dwell...
SAINT AUGUSTINE
Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.
SAINT AUGUSTINE
What I needed most was to love and to be loved, eager to be caught. Happily I wrapped those painful ...
SAINT AUGUSTINE
It is not the punishment but the cause that makes the martyr.
SAINT AUGUSTINE
Thou hast created us for Thyself, and our heart is not quiet until it rests in Thee.
SAINT AUGUSTINE
Grant what thou commandest and then command what thou wilt.
SAINT AUGUSTINE
I found thee not, O Lord, without, because I erred in seeking thee without that wert within.
SAINT AUGUSTINE
Don't you believe that there is in man a deep so profound as to be hidden even to him in whom it...
SAINT AUGUSTINE
If we did not have rational souls, we would not be able to believe.
SAINT AUGUSTINE
We make a ladder for ourselves of our vices, if we trample those same vices underfoot.
SAINT AUGUSTINE
We cannot pass our guardian angel's bounds, resigned or sullen, he will hear our sighs.
SAINT AUGUSTINE
Who can map out the various forces at play in one soul? Man is a great depth, O Lord. The hairs of h...
SAINT AUGUSTINE
God is best known in not knowing him.
SAINT AUGUSTINE
Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by other...
SAINT AUGUSTINE
He fashioned hell for the inquisitive.
SAINT AUGUSTINE
What then is time? If no one asks me, I know what it is. If I wish to explain it to him who asks, I ...
SAINT AUGUSTINE
Love is the beauty of the soul.
SAINT AUGUSTINE
Will is to grace as the horse is to the rider.
SAINT AUGUSTINE
The most High approveth not the gifts of the wicked.
SAINT PATRICK
He that offereth sacrifice of the goods of the poor is as one that sacrificeth the son in the presen...
SAINT PATRICK
I have had the good fortune through my God that I should never abandon his people whom I have acquir...
SAINT PATRICK
The Lord opened the understanding of my unbelieving heart, so that I should recall my sins.
SAINT PATRICK
It was not any grace in me, but God that put this earnest care into my heart, that I should be one o...
SAINT PATRICK
Sufficient for me is that honour which is not seen of men but is felt in the heart, as faithful is H...
SAINT PATRICK
We should love the body insofar as it is obedient and helpful to the soul, since the soul, with the ...
SAINT IGNATIUS
Teach us to give and not to count the cost.
SAINT IGNATIUS
Sorrow for sin is indeed necessary, but it should not be an endless preoccupation. You must dwell al...
SAINT BERNARD
We seek for truth in ourselves; in our neighbours, and in its essential nature. We find it first in ...
SAINT BERNARD
To lovers of the truth, nothing can be put before God and hope in Him.
SAINT BASIL
By nature, men desire the beautiful.
SAINT BASIL
Many a man curses the rain that falls upon his head, and knows not that it brings abundance to drive...
SAINT BASIL