Holiness/Devout Life

In a world where there is so much noise, so much bewilderment, there is a need for silent adoration of Jesus concealed in the Host. Be assiduous in the prayer of adoration and teach it to the faithful. It is a source of comfort and light, particularly to those who are suffering.

Pope Benedict XVI – from his meeting with members of the Roman clergy
March 2, 2006

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There are in truth three states of the converted: the beginning, the middle, and the perfection. In the beginning, they experience the charms of sweetness; in the middle, the contests of temptation; and in the end, the fullness of perfection.

Pope St. Gregory the Great

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May all Christians be found worthy of either the pure white crown of a holy life or the royal red crown of martyrdom.

St. Cyprian

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If we truly think of Christ as our source of holiness, we shall refrain from anything wicked or impure in thought or act and thus show ourselves to be worthy bearers of his name. For the quality of holiness is shown not by what we say but by what we do in life.

St. Gregory of Nyssa

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When you happen to be entirely unoccupied with created things so that you seem to be thinking of nothing and desiring nothing, you should know that then your soul in unconsciously occupied with God and in God.

Father de Caussade

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We should not accept in silence the benefactions of God, but return thanks for them.

St. Basil

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If you want to know who I am,” he said, “Christian is my name, Catholic is my surname.

St. Pacian

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Lord, if your people need me, I will not refuse the work. Your will be done.

St. Martin de Tours

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By your work you show what you love and what you know.

St. Bruno

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A man who governs his passions is master of his world. We must either command them or be enslaved by them. It is better to be a hammer than an anvil.

St. Dominic

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