“I look only at the present, forget the past and am careful never to anticipate the future. When we surrender to discouragement or despair, it is usually because we are thinking too much of the past or the future. Nevertheless, do pray for me; when I call out for help from Heaven, it is then, often enough, that I feel the most abandoned.”
Her novices asked her what she did when she experienced this sense of being abandoned. “I turn to God and the Saints, and in spite of this feeling, I thank them, for I am sure they only want to see how far I am going to trust them. I have really taken to heart the words of Job, ‘Even if God should kill me, I would still trust in Him.’ (Job 13:15).”
“Prayer is the best weapon we possess. It is the key that opens the heart of God.”
“If we only knew how God regards this Sacrifice, we would risk our lives to be present at a single Mass.”
“Love the Madonna and pray the rosary, for her rosary is the weapon against the evils of the world today.”
When asked about Guardian Angels, St. Padre Pio replied, “Treat this dear little Angel, I do not say as a friend, but as one of the family.”
“After my death I will do more. My real mission will begin after my death!”
“I know God won’t give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish he didn’t trust me so much.”
“God doesn’t require us to succeed, He only requires that you try.”
“My secret is simple…I pray.”
“MY LORD GOD, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore I will trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.” (from his book “Thoughts in Solitude”)
“Eternal and earthly happiness depends on the fulfillment of your vocation. Your vocation is one to a material, spiritual, and moral maternity, because God has placed in us an inclination to life. Each of us should make room for our vocation, for the giving of life. If, perchance, we may have to die while carrying out our vocation, that would be the most beautiful day of our lives.”
“I assure you my becoming a Catholic was a very simple consequence of going to a Catholic country where it was impossible for anyone interested in any religion not to see the wide difference between the first established faith given and founded by our Lord and his apostles, and the various forms it has since taken. I determined when I came home both in duty to my children and my own soul to learn all I was capable of understanding on the subject.”
“I seek for nothing more. I have made the sacrifice of everything and of everyone to God. Now I prepare to die.” She gasped, “Now it is indeed true that nothing more remains to me, Jesus I recommend my poor soul to You ……Jesus!” Gemma then smiled a heavenly smile and letting her head drop to one side ceased to live.
“When tempted, invoke your angel. He is more eager to help you than you are to be helped! Ignore the devil and do not be afraid of him: He trembles and flees at the sight of your guardian angel.”
“Consider the birds of the air; they come down to the ground to get food but swiftly fly back into the air. Similarly the servants of God must stay on the earth only as long as is necessary and soar up quickly again to heaven in spirit to praise and glorify God. Note too how careful birds are not to land in muddy places and how they avoid tumbling into the dirt. In like manner men must not involve themselves in things that defile the soul but soar aloft again in the spirit to glorify the Most High God by their holy deeds.”
The Emperor Valerian demanded Deacon Lawrence hand over all the wealth and treasures of the Church. So he gathered up the poor, the blind and the crippled that had been supported by the Church. Lawrence brought them before the Emperor and said, “These are the treasures of the Church.” For this, St. Lawrence was martyred by being burned on a gridiron over a slow fire.
“Compassion, my dear Brother is preferable to cleanliness. Reflect that with a little soap I can easily clean my bed covers, but even with a torrent of tears I would never wash from my soul the stain that my harshness toward the unfortunate would create.”
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray. And do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan and all evil spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.
St. Peregrine Laziosi had a spreading cancer in his foot; he spent the night before it was to have been amputated in prayer before a crucifix, and had a vision of Christ healing him with a touch. The next morning, the cancer was gone. St. Peregrine is therefore invoked on behalf of the sick, especially those suffering from cancer, AIDS, open sores, and skin diseases.
It is known that Sebastian was a member of the Roman army. It is believed that he actually joined the army so he could be close to Christians who were imprisoned for their belief in Jesus, without drawing suspicion on himself. This way he could provide them with comforts, encouragement and help to alleviate their sufferings. When it was found out he was a Christian by the Emperor, he was shot by arrows and left for dead. However, he somehow survived. He returned to confront the Emperor about his wrongful treatment of Christians. The Emperor decided that this time Sebastian would be martyred by being clubbed to death. Unfortunately, St. Sebastian did not survive this second attack on his life.
“Hail, precious cross, that hast been consecrated by the body of my Lord, and adorned with his limbs as with rich jewels. I come to thee exulting and glad. Receive me with joy into thy arms. O good cross, that has received beauty from our Lord’s limbs; I have ardently loved thee; long have I desired and sought thee. Now thou art found by me, and art made ready for my longing soul. Receive me into thy arms, taking me from among men, and present me to my master; that he who redeemed me on thee, may receive me by thee.”