Quote/s of the Day – 26 September – Saturday of the Twenty Fifth week in Ordinary Time, Readings: Ecclesiastes 11:9–12:8, Psalms 90:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14,17, Luke 9:43-45
“Let these words sink into your ears:
the Son of Man is about to be delivered
into the hands of men.”
“The language of the cross
is foolishness to those who are perishing
but to us, who are being saved,
it is the power of God”
1 Corinthians 1:18
“We give glory to You, Lord,
who raised up Your Cross to span the jaws of death
like a bridge by which souls might pass
from the region of the dead to the land of the living. ..
You are incontestably alive.
Your murderers sowed Your living body in the earth
as farmers sow grain but it sprang up
and yielded an abundant harvest of men
raised from the dead.”
St Ephrem (306-373)
Father and Doctor of the Church
“On the cross, Christ
effected a great exchange.
There the purse
containing the price
to be paid for us,
“Great thing is the knowledge of the crucified Christ.
How many things are enclosed inside this treasure!
Such is the hidden treasure of wisdom and science.
Do not be deceived, then, under the pretext of wisdom.
Gather before the covering and pray, that it may be uncovered.
Foolish philosopher of this world, what you are looking for is worthless…
What is the advantage of being thirsty, if you despise the source? …
And what is His precept but that we believe in Him and love each other?
In whom? In Christ crucified.
This is His commandment – that we believe in Christ crucified …
But where humility is, there is also majesty,
where weakness is, there shall one find power,
where death is, there shall be life as well.
If you wish to arrive at the second part, do not despise the first!“
St Augustine (354-430)
Father and Doctor of Grace
“Christ, who is your life, is hanging before you,
so that you may look at the Cross, as in a mirror.
There you will be able to know, how mortal were your wounds,
that no medicine other, than the Blood of the Son of God, could heal.
If you look closely, you will be able to realise,
how great your human dignity and your value are….
Nowhere other than looking at himself,
in the mirror of the Cross,
can man better understand how much he is worth”
(Sermones Dominicales et Festivi III, pp. 213-214)
St Anthony of Padua (1195-1231)
Evangelical Doctor of the Church
“Fix your minds on the passion of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Inflamed with love for us,
He came down from heaven to redeem us.
For our sake He endured every torment of body and soul
and shrank from no bodily pain.
He Himself gave us an example of perfect patience and love.
We, then, are to be patient in adversity.”
St Francis of Paola OM (1416-1507)
“Jesus will be in agony
even to the end of the world;
we must not sleep
during that time”
Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)
“My beloved Redeemer,
how much did it cost You to raise me from the ruin,
which I brought on myself through my sins?
What can I do without Your grace?
I can do nothing but pray
that You will help me
but even this prayer comes
from the merits of Your suffering and death!
O my Jesus, help me!”
St Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787)
Most zealous Doctor