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The Book of Catholic Quotations
John Chapin, Editor

1 "Humility, obedience, simplicity – these are the virtues on which the divine friendship, as well as human friendships, alone can thrive." R. H. Benson, 'Christ in the Church' (20th century)

2 "That Being through Which all exist must be one….There is, then, some one Being Which alone exists in the greatest and highest degree of all." St. Anselm, 'Monologium', (11th century)

3 "Faith opens the door to understanding." St. Augustine, Letter 137, 15 (5th century)

4 "The life of virtue [is] a climb from the many to the One." St. Thomas Aquinas, 'Summa Theologica' 1-2, 71, 1 (13th century)

5 "In the most noble part of the soul, the domain of our spiritual powers, we are constituted in the form of a living and eternal mirror of God; we bear in it the imprint of His eternal image and no other image can enter there." John Ruysbroeck, 'The Mirror of Eternal Salvation' (14th century)

6 "Man is a noble being, created to the image and likeness of God." St. Augustine, 'De Doctrina Christiana' (4th century)

7 "We believe that God is present everywhere." St. Benedict, 'The Rules of St. Benedict', Rule 19 (6th century)

8 "There is naturally ingrafted in men's minds an earnest desire of that which is truly good." Boethius, 'De Consolatione Philosophiae' (6th century),

9 "Charity is the bond of brotherhood, the foundation of peace, the mainstay and security of unity." St. Cyprian, 'On Patience' (3rd century)

10 "As the Catholic Church declares in the strongest terms the simplicity, spirituality, and immortality of the soul, so with constancy she ever asserts its freedom also." Pope Leo XIII, 'Libertas Praestantissimum', June 20, 1888

11 "There is but one point in the universe where God communicates with us, and that is the center of our own soul." Archbishop Ullathorne, 'Humility and Patience' (19th century)

12 "It is for this we are created: that we may give a new and individual expression of the absolute in our own peculiar character….Ever the mystery is revealed in each new birth; so must it be to eternity. The Eternal-Absolute is ever creating new forms of expressing Itself." Isaac T. Hecker, 19th century

13 "Immortality is a nature-given, inalienable property of the human soul." Jacques Maritain, 'The Range of Reason' (20th century)

14 "That our will is free is self-evident." Rene Descartes, 'Principles of Philosophy' (17th century)

15 "The goodness of God knows how to use our disordered wishes and actions, often lovingly turning them to our advantage while always preserving the beauty of His order." St. Bernard of Clairvaux, 'Letters', 90,6 (12th century)

16 "We are not constrained by servile necessity, but act with freewill." St. Ambrose, 'Concerning Jacob', (4th century)

17 "No one is so rich that he does not need another's help; and no one so poor as not to be useful in some way to his fellow man; and the disposition to ask assistance from others with confidence, and to grant it with kindness, is part of our very nature." Pope Leo XIII 'Graves de communi', January 18, 1901

18 "One of the greatest paradoxes of the mystical life is this: that a man cannot enter into the deepest center of himself and pass through that center into God, unless he is able to pass entirely out of himself and empty himself and give himself to other people in the purity of a selfless love." Thomas Merton, 'Seeds of Contemplation' (20th century)

19 "The greatness of the soul is her capacity for God." Archbishop Ullathorne, 'Humility and Patience' (19th century)

20 "Every little spark of beauty's burning is but a fragment of the central fire." Sister M. Angelita, 'Lesser Fires' (20th century)

21 "Love is the movement, effusion and advancement of the heart toward the good." St. Francis deSales, 'Treatise on the Love of God' (17th century)

22 "Natural law is a certain quality planted in humanity by nature, which leads them to do what is good." Rufinus, 'Summa Decretorum' (12th century)

23 "The universe..is a masterpiece of divine Providence." St. Thomas Aquinas, 'Contra Gentiles', 3, 77 (13th century)

24 "Do not think of the faults of others, but of what is good in them." St. Teresa of Jesus, 'Maxims' (16th century),

25 "Man is an epitome of the world; he is a little world in himself, in which all that is to be found in the great world of the universe is to be found." St. Francis deSales, 'Spiritual Conferences' (17th century)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite