Quote/s of the Day – 5 November – All Saints and Blesseds of the Society of Jesus (SJ)
“God’s love calls us to move beyond fear.
We ask God for the courage
to abandon ourselves unreservedly,
so that we might be moulded
by God’s grace,
even as we cannot see
where that path may lead us.”
“Hate what the world seeks
and seek, what it avoids.”
“He who carries God in his heart
bears heaven with him,
wherever he goes.”
St Ignatius Loyola SJ (1491-1556)
“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 SJ (1510-1572)
“Better that only a few Catholics
should be left,
staunch and sincere in their religion,
than that they should,
desire as it were,
to be in collusion
with the Church’s enemies
and in conformity with the open foes
of our faith.”
St Peter Canisius SJ (1521-1597)
Doctor of the Church
“The path to Heaven is narrow,
rough and full of wearisome
and trying ascents,
nor can it be trodden without great toil
and, therefore, wrong is their way,
gross their error
and assured their ruin,
who, after the testimony
of so many thousands of Saints,
will not learn where to settle their footing!”
St Robert Southwell SJ (1561-1595)
Priest and Martyr
“Recommend yourself to your Angel Guardian
three times a day –
in the morning. by the prayer “Angele Dei”
in the evening, by the same prayer
and during the day,
when you visit the Altars in Churches.
Remember that you are to be guided
by your Angel, like a blind man
who cannot see the dangers of the streets
and trusts entirely.
to the person who leads him.”
St Aloysius de Gonzaga (SJ 1568-1591)
“My child, it is indeed
the Voice of God you have heard.
He has given you a great grace
in thus calling you into His one true Church.
While you live,
never cease to thank Him
and bless Him for it.”
St John Francis Régis SJ (1597-1640)
“Teach Us Good Lord”
By St Ignatius Loyola SJ (1491-1556)
Teach us, good Lord,
to serve You as You deserve;
and not to count the cost,
and not to heed the wounds,
and not to seek for rest,
and not to ask for reward,
except that of knowing
that we are doing Your will.
My God, I Love Thee
By St Francis Xavier (1506-1552) (Attri)
Transr: Fr Edward Caswall CO (1814-1878)
My God, I love Thee, not because
I hope for heav’n thereby,
nor yet for fear, that loving not,
I might forever die
but for that Thou didst all mankind
upon the Cross embrace;
for us didst bear the nails and spear
and manifold disgrace.
And griefs and torments numberless
and sweat of agony;
e’en death itself and all for man,
who was Thine enemy.
Then why, most loving Jesus Christ,
should I not love Thee well?
Not for the sake of winning heav’n,
nor any fear of hell.
Not with the hope of gaining aught,
nor seeking a reward
but as Thyself hast loved me,
O ever loving Lord!
E’en so I love Thee and will love
and in Thy praise will sing,
solely because Thou art my God
and my eternal King!