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The Book of Catholic Quotations
John Chapin, Editor

1 "God clothes himself actually and literally with His whole creation." Coventry Patmore, 'The Rod, the Root and the Flower' (19th century)

2 "In order that you may know that God is one, ask What God is, and you will find Him to be not otherwise than one." Tertullian, 'Against Marcion' (3rd century)

3 "God is the cause of everything, He is one and wise." St. Thomas Aquinas, 'Commentary on 2nd Corinthians' (13th century)

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

5 "There are no galley slaves in the royal vessel of divine love – every one works his oar voluntarily." Jean Pierre Camus, 'The Spirit of St. Francis deSales' (17th century),

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

7 "Regard the providence of God in the contraditions which are offered to you, for God permits them in order to unite you to Himself." St. Francis deSales, 'Letters to Persons in Religion', (17th century)

8 "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

9 "Love and faith are as much realities as artistic faculties, and need similar cultivation." R. H. Benson, 'Lord of the World' (20th century)

10 "Catholicism admits the presence of God in creation, which is a continual act….God is maintaining the creation in its existence; He is concurring with every act of movement…. The whole earth is full of his glory." M. C. D'Arcy 'The Idea of God' (20th century),

11 "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)

12 "One God! One Majesty! There is no God but Thee! Unbounded, an extended Unity!" F. Faber, 'The Unity of God' (19th century)

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

14 "Make many acts of love, for they set the soul on fire and make it gentle." St. Teresa of Jesus, 'Maxims' (16th century)

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

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

17 "Humanity is the one name belonging to every nation on earth; there is one soul and many tongues, one spirit and many sounds; every country has its own speech, but the subjects of speech are common to all." Tertullian, 'The Testimony of the Christian Soul' (3rd century)

18 "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)

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

20 "The perfect ideal is the synoptic vision of all reality as included within the divine Love, and therefore most lovable in itself. And it is this ideal which is at the back of progress and civilization." M. C. D'Arcy, 'The Idea of God' (20th century)

21 "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)

22 "All is love's, and in love, for love." St. Francis deSales, 'Treatise on the Love of God'

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

24 "Charity brings to life again those who are spiritually dead." St. Thomas Aquinas, 'Disputations Concerning Charity', (13th century)

25 "The future belongs to those who love, not to those who hate." Pope Pius XII, address to the College of Cardinals, June 2, 1947

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite