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The Book of Catholic Quotations
John Chapin, Editor

1 "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

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

3 "To love is to wish the other's highest good." R. H. Benson, 'Come Rack! Come Rope!' (20th century)

4 "The law of nature is the same as the eternal law implanted in rational creatures, and inclining them to their right action and end; and can be nothing else but the eternal reason of God, the Creator and Ruler of all the world." Pope Leo XIII, 'Libertas Praestantissimum', June 20, 1888

5 "Man was by God constituted free, master of his own will and power; indicating the presence of God's image and likeness in him by nothing so well as by this constitution of his nature." Tertullian, 'Tertullian Against Marcion' (3rd century)

6 "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)

7 "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

8 "Faith is the beginning and the end is love, and God is the two of them brought into unity." St. Ignatius of Antioch, 'Letter to the Ephesians', (2nd century)

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

10 "Human nature is in all ages and in all countries the same." Cardinal Newman, 'Idea of a University' (19th century)

11 "Virtue is a gift from God implanted in our nature." St. John of Damascus, 'Exposition of the Orthodox Faith' (8th century)

12 "Charity is both the means and the end, the one and only way by which we can attain that perfection which in truth is charity itself." J. P. Camus, 'The Spirit of St. Francis deSales' (17th century)

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

14 "God Who made things is more nigh to us than are those many things which He has made." St. Augustine (5th century)

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

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

17 "To discover God is not to discover an idea but to discover oneself." Bede Griffiths, 'The Golden String' (20th century)

18 "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)

19 "'One loving soul,' says St. Augustine, 'sets another on fire.'" Arnold Lunn, 'Now I See' (20th century)

20 "Prophets and apostles, evangelists and saints, speak to us with voices that never die." Cardinal Manning, 'The Eternal Priesthood' (19th century)

21 "There is one Being Which is supremely good, and supremely great." St. Anselm, 'Monologium' (11th century)

22 "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)

23 "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)

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

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

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite