Quote/s of the Day – 5 January – Christmas Weekday and the Memorial of St John Neumann (1811-1860)
“You shall love the Lord your God
with all your heart
and with all your soul
and with all your mind.
And the second is like it:
You shall love your neighbour as yourself.”
“We must make our way towards eternity,
never regarding what men think of us,
or of our actions,
studying only to please God.”
St Francis Borgia (1510-1572)
“Give yourself to prayer
and try by it, to procure,
first the amendment
of your fault,
then the practice of Christian virtues
and finally a great love of God.”
Bl Sebastian Valfre (1629-1710)
“Only one thing is necessary:
Think unceasingly of Him. ”
St John Gabriel Perboyre CM (1802-1840)
Martyr for Christ
“Everyone who breathes, high and low,
educated and ignorant, young and old,
man and woman, has a mission, has a work.
We are not sent into this world for nothing;
we are not born at random;
we are not here, that we may go to bed at night
and get up in the morning, toil for our bread,
eat and drink, laugh and joke,
sin when we have a mind
and reform when we are tired of sinning,
rear a family and die.
God sees every one of us,
He creates every soul . . .
FOR A PURPOSE.
He needs, He deigns to need, every one of us.
He has an end for each of us.
We are all equal in His sight and we are placed
in our different ranks and stations,
not to get what we can out of them for ourselves
but to labour in them for Him.
As Christ has His work, we too have ours –
as He rejoiced to do His work,
we must rejoice in ours also.”
“Man must always be ready,
for death comes when
and where God wills it.”
St John Neumann (1811-1860)
“Our vocation, yours and mine,
is not to go harvesting in the fields of ripe corn,
Jesus does not say to us;
“Lower your eyes, look at the fields and go and reap them,”
our mission is still loftier.
Here are Jesus’ words: “Lift up your eyes and see….”
See how in My Heaven there are places empty,
it is for you to fill them! …
each one of you is my Moses praying on the mountain (Ex 17:8f),
ask Me for labourers and I shall send them,
I await only a prayer, a sigh from your heart!”
St Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face (1873 – 1897)
Doctor of the Church
nothing good is done.
God’s works are done
with our hands joined
and on our knees.
Even when we run,
we must remain spiritually
kneeling before Him.”
Bl Luigi Orione (1872-1940)