Quote/s of the Day – 4 January – The Memorial of St Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774-1821)
“Faith lifts the soul,
Hope supports it,
Experience says it must
and Love says…let it be!”
“God is everywhere, in the very air I breathe,
but in His Sacrament of the Altar
He is as present actually and really
as my soul within my body;
in His Sacrifice daily offered
as really as once offered on the Cross!”
“Our Lord Himself I saw in this venerable Sacrament . . .
I felt as if my chains fell, as those of St Peter,
at the touch of the Divine messenger.”
“How sweet, the presence of Jesus
to the longing, harassed soul!
It is instant peace and balm to every wound.”
“We must pray without ceasing,
in every occurrence and employment
of our lives – that prayer which is rather
a habit of lifting up the heart to God
as in a constant communication with Him.”
“What was the first rule of our dear Saviour’s life?
You know it was to do his Father’s will.
Well, then, the first purpose of our daily work
is to do the will of God;
secondly, to do it in the manner He wills;
and thirdly, to do it because it is His will.
We know certainly that our God
calls us to a holy life.
We know that He gives us every grace,
every abundant grace
and though we are so weak of ourselves,
this grace is able to carry us through
every obstacle and difficulty.”
“Afflictions are the steps to heaven.”
“Can you expect to go to heaven for nothing?
Did not our Saviour track the whole way to it
with His tears and blood?
And yet you stop at every little pain?”
“The gate of heaven is very low;
only the humble can enter it.”