Dial-Thoughts of the Saints

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St. Philip Neri


The saints are like a group of trees, each bearing different fruit, but watered from the same source. 
The practices of one saint differ from those of another, but it is the same spirit that works in all of them.

(Sayings of the Desert Fathers)


02  December  Chromatius

Since he is the Sun of Justice, he fittingly calls disciples the light of the world.  The reason for this is that through them, as through shining rays, he has poured out the light of the knowledge of himself upon the entire world.  For by manifesting the light of truth, they have dispelled the darkness of error from the hearts of men.

03  December  Francis Xavier

 It is not actual physical exertion that counts towards a man's spiritual progress, nor the nature of the task, but the spirit of faith with which it is undertaken.

03  December  Sola

Do not be anxious about a house on earth when we have such a beautiful one in heaven.  We are poor, but charity compels us.  We must share what God gives among the poor.

04  December  Peter Chrysologus

 I heard and trembled with fear at the sound of the voice that came from my lips.  I, a man, called God my father!

07  December  Ambrose

 Know O beautiful soul, that you are the image of God.  Know that you are the glory of God.  Know O man, your greatness, and be vigilant.

 Our own evil inclinations are far more dangerous than any external enemies.

09  December  Peter Fourier

You should do nod harm to anybody whatsoever, and as much as it is possible, do good to all.

11  December  Daniel the Stylite

The gates of hell shall not prevail against the holy Church.  Wait patiently and the will of God shall be done shall be done. 

13  December  Lucy

Those whose hearts are pure and chaste are the temples of the Holy Spirit.

14  December  John of the Cross

 What captures and harms the soul is not the things of this world but rather the will and desire for them: for what enters into the soul and dwells in it is not things but the desire for things.

 The Lord measures our perfection neither by the quantity nor the greatness of our deeds, but by the manner in which we perform them.

21  December  Peter Canisius

 Let the world indulge its madness, for it cannot endure and passes like a shadow.  It is growing old, and I think, is in its last decrepit state.  But we, buried deep in the wounds of Christ, why should we be dismayed?

23  December  John of Kanti

Fight all error, but do it with good humor, patience, kindness, and love.  Harshness will damage your own soul and spoil the best cause.

27  December  John, the apostle

 He who has the means, but does not offer them to another who is in need does not possess the charity of God.  Let us not love in word, nor in tongue, but in deed, and in truth.

 Whatever we ask of God which is for our spiritual good will be answered.

29  December  Thomas a Becket

If all the swords in England were brandished over my head, your threats could not budge me from keeping God's justice and obedience to the pope.