Quote/s of the Day – 14 November – The Memorial of St Serapion of Algiers OdeM (c 1179–1240) Mercadarian Priest and Martyr
“How precious the gift of the Cross,
how splendid to contemplate!
In the Cross there is no mingling of good and evil,
as in the Tree of Paradise;
it is wholly beautiful to behold
and good to taste.
The fruit of this Tree is not death but life,
not darkness but light.
This Tree does not cast us out of Paradise
but opens the way for our return.”
St Theodore the Studite (750–826)
Father, Abbot, Theologian, Writer
“O sweet and precious wood,
the perfect image of the
Wood on which my beloved Jesus died,
through you, I hope
to ascend to eternal happiness!”
St Serapion of Algiers (c 1179–1240)
“There is no better Wood
for feeding the fire of God’s love
than the Wood of the Cross.”
St Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556)
“Holy Mother, pierce me through,
In my heart each wound renew
Of my Saviour Crucified.”
St Serafino of Montegranaro (1540-1604)
“The Crucifix is the open book
in which men can read
of God’s infinite love for them.
The Saints wept before the Crucifix
because they realised
that the sufferings and death
of the Redeemer were the result
of sin and so, they learned
to avoid sin at all costs.
… Let the Crucifix be
the most precious object in our homes
and let us love to hold it in our hands.
Let us weep for sins
and increase in love
for our divine Redeemer.”