He fashioned hell for the inquisitive.
The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.
We make a ladder for ourselves of our vices, if we trample those same vices underfoot.
To many, total abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.
Love, and do what you like.
If we live good lives, the times are also good. As we are, such are the times.
Oh Lord, give me chastity, but do not give it yet.
Fasting cleanses the soul, raises the mind, subjects one's flesh to the spirit, renders the heart contrite and humble, scatters the clouds of concupiscence, quenches the fire of lust, and kindles the true light of chastity. Enter again into yourself.
God is not what you imagine or what you think you understand. If you understand you have failed.
He cannot have God for his Father who will not have the Church for his mother.
All truth and understanding is a result of a divine light which is God Himself.
He who does not have the church as his mother, does not have God as his father.
There is no saint without a past, no sinner without a future.
Seek not to understand that you may believe, but believe that you may understand.
Because God has made us for Himself, our hearts are restless until they rest in Him.
Love begins with a smile, grows with a kiss, and ends with a teardrop.
The cost of obedience is small compared with the cost of disobedience.
Every morning you put on your clothes to cover your nakedness and protect your body from inclement weather. Why don't you also clothe your soul with the garment of faith? Remember each morning the truths of your creed, and look at yourself in the mirror of your faith. Otherwise, your soul will soon be naked with the nakedness of oblivion.
God has promised forgiveness to your repentance, but He has not promised tomorrow to your procrastination.
Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.
Do you desire security? Here you have it. The Lord says to you, "I will never abandon you, I will always be with you." If a good man made you such a promise, you would trust him. God makes it, and do you doubt? Do you seek a support more sure than the word of God, which is infallible? Surely, He has made the promise, He has written it, He has pledged His word for it, it is most certain.
What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.
Learn to dance, so when you get to heaven the angels know what to do with you.
Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.
Take care of your body as if you were going to live forever; and take care of your soul as if you were going to die tomorrow.
Since you cannot do good to all, you are to pay special attention to those who, by the accidents of time, or place, or circumstances, are brought into closer connection with you.
Women should not be enlightened or educated in any way. They should, in fact, be segregated as they are the cause of hideous and involuntary erections in holy men.
Remember this. When people choose to withdraw far from a fire, the fire continues to give warmth, but they grow cold. When people choose to withdraw far from light, the light continues to be bright in itself but they are in darkness. This is also the case when people withdraw from God.
To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek him the greatest adventure; to find him, the greatest human achievement.
A Christian is: a mind through which Christ thinks, a heart through which Christ loves, a voice through which Christ speaks, and a hand through which Christ helps.
In all trouble you should seek God. You should not set Him over against your troubles, but within them. God can only relieve your troubles if you in your anxiety cling to Him. Trouble should not really be thought of as this thing or that in particular, for our whole life on earth involves trouble; and through the troubles of our earthly pilgrimage we find God.
Sin is believing the lie that you are self-created, self-dependent and self-sustained.
If you should ask me what are the ways of God, I would tell you that the first is humility, the second is humility, and the third is humility. Not that there are no other precepts to give, but if humility does not preceed all that we do, our efforts are fruitless.
Since love grows within you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul.
Don't you believe that there is in man a deep so profound as to be hidden even to him in whom it is?
Trust the past to the mercy of God, the present to His love, and the future to His providence.
Do not be afraid to throw yourself on the Lord! He will not draw back and let you fall! Put your worries aside and throw yourself on him; He will welcome you and heal you.
To sing is to pray twice.
Two criminals were crucified with Christ. One was saved; do not despair. One was not; do not presume.
There is no love without hope, no hope without love, and neither love nor hope without faith.