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God has created me to do Him some definite service; He has committed some work to me, which He has not committed to another.  I have my mission-I never may know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next.
John Henry Cardinal Newman


He alone is God who can never be sought in vain: not even when He cannot be found.
St. Bernard of Clairvaux


It is good to teach, if the one who teaches also acts.
St. Ignatius of Antioch


Don’t suppose that anyone really learns something from another human being.  I can admonish you by the sound of my voice, but if there isn’t within you One who teaches, then my words are only meaningless noise… The instruction that comes from others is a kind of help, a call for attention.  But the One who truly teaches the heart teaches from heaven.
St. Augustine of Hippo


Teaching unsupported by grace may enter our ears, but it never reaches the heart.  When God’s grace does touch our innermost minds to bring understanding, then His Word, which is received by the ear, can sink deep into the heart.
St. Isidore of Seville


All who undertake to teach must be endowed with deep love, the greatest patience and, most of all, profound humility.  The Lord will find them worthy to become fellow workers with Him in the cause of truth.
St. Joseph of Calasanza


It is chiefly by asking questions and in provoking explanations that the master must open the mind of the pupil, make him work, and use his thinking powers, form his judgment, and make him find out for himself the answer.
St. Jean Baptiste de la Salle

He who trusts in himself is lost.  He who trusts in God can do all things.
St. Alphonsus Liguori


We lose everything that we leave behind us in this world; we can bring with us only the right to a reward for our charity and the alms we have given.  For these we shall receive a reward, a just retribution from God.
St. Francis of Assisi


Nothing seems tiresome or painful when you are working for a Master who pays well; who rewards even a cup of cold water given for love of Him.
St. Dominic Savio


Be sure that you first preach by the way you live.  If you do not, people will notice that you say one thing, but live otherwise, and your words will bring only cynical laughter and a derisive shake of the head.
Charles Cardinal Borromeo


Those who, to please their listeners, avoid giving a forthright declaration of the will of God become the slaves of those they would please and abandon the service of God.
St. Basil the Great


We must understand, then, that even though God doesn’t always give us what we want, He gives us what we need for our salvation.
St. Augustine of Hippo


Patient endurance attains to all things.  The one who possesses God is lacking in nothing; God alone is enough.
St. Teresa of Avila


When you encounter difficulties and contractions, don’t try to break them, but bend them with gentleness and time.
St. Francis de Sales

The reason for loving God is God Himself; the measure of loving God is to love Him beyond measure.
St. Bernard of Clairvaux


Love Him totally who gave Himself totally for your love.
St. Clare of Assisi


To love God you need three hearts in one: a heart of fire for Him, a heart of flesh for your neighbor, and a heart of bronze for yourself.
St. Benedict Joseph Labre


Perfect love means putting up with other people’s shortcomings, feeling no surprise at their weaknesses, finding encouragement even in the slightest evidence of good qualities in them.
St. Therese of Lisieux


I do not lend.  I give.  Hasn’t the good God been the first to give to me?
St. John Vianney


Be proud that you are helping God to bear the Cross, and don’t grasp at comforts.  It is only mercenaries who expect to be paid by the day.  Serve Him without pay.
St. Teresa of Avila


Crosses releases us from this world, and by doing so, bind us to God.
St. Charles of Foucauld


Let nothing disturb you, nothing frighten you; all things are passing; God never changes.
St. Teresa of Avila


The heart is rich when it is content, and it is content when its desires are set upon God.
Miguel of Ecuador