Quote/s of the Day – 18 May – The Memorial of St Venantius (Died c 250) Martyr – Wisdom 5:1-5, John 15:1-7
“Remember, then, that you received a spiritual seal,
the spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the spirit of knowledge and reverence,
the spirit of holy fear.
Keep safe what you received.
God the Father sealed you,
Christ the Lord strengthened you
and sent the Spirit into your hearts
as the pledge of what is to come.”
St Ambrose (340-397)
Father & Doctor of the Church
“Every Christian must be a living book
wherein one can read the teaching of the Gospel.
This is what St Paul says to the Corinthians.
Our heart is the parchment;
through my ministry
the Holy Spirit is the writer because
‘my tongue is like the pen of a ready scribe’
St Joseph of Leonissa OFM CAP (1556-1612)
“God’s Spirit is a spirit of peace,
even after our most serious failings
He makes us feel a sorrow
that is peaceful, humble and confident,
precisely because of His mercy.
The spirit of evil, on the other hand,
agitates, irritates and makes us feel
a sort of anger at ourselves when we have failed.
So, when you are bothered
by certain thoughts,
the agitation never comes from God
but from the devil,
since God, being a spirit of peace,
brings you serenity.”
St Pio of Pietralcina
“Padre Pio” (1887-1968)
( Letter 549)
Breathe in Me, O Holy Spirit
By St Augustine (354-420)
Father and Doctor of the Church
Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit,
that my thoughts may all be holy.
Act in me, O Holy Spirit,
that my work, too, may be holy.
Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit,
that I love but what is holy.
Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit,
to defend all that is holy.
Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit,
that I always may be holy.