Wednesday, March 14, 2007

There is a survey question in the March edition of the Catholic Educators Newsletter the question is the following: What is your favorite quotation from a saint or a great Catholic?

Thus far, 23 persons have answered. I post their answers below. The (X ) indicates multiple answers containing the given quotation.

I invite you to take a minute to visit the newsletter at and to add your favorite quotation as well if you have not already done so. It is, of course, perfectly all right to use one of the quotations below if that is in fact your favorite as well!

Mother Teresa

"Spread love everywhere you go: first of all in your own house. Give love to your children, to your wife or husband, to a next door neighbor... Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting."

"Do small things in great ways."

"I can do no great things, only small things with great love."

Mother Teresa the first time speaking to a large crowd in Toronto in 1975 caused some of the audience to want to join her in her work in India...she said we had a greater problem in Toronto because it was not visibly noticeable...and that is what we should work on...not come to India...the problem?...:"Loneliness"

"God does not need our ability, rather our availability"

"Before you speak it is necessary to listen, for God speaks in the silence of the heart."

Saint Theresa

St Therese definition of sanctity: "a disposition of the heart which makes us humble and small in the arms of God, conscious of our weakness, and confident to the point of audacity in the goodness of our Father."

"We may not know if we are loving God but we do know if we are loving our neighbor."

John Henry Cardinal Newman

We can believe what we choose; we are answerable for what we choose to believe.

Saint Padre Pio

“Pray, hope and don’t worry.” (X3)

Saint Augustine

"Come down so that you may ascend, and make your ascent to God"

“He who sings prays twice”

Francis of Assisi

"Preach the Gospel always, if necessary, use words" (X2)

Blessed Sebastian Valfre

"When it is all over, you will not reget having suffered; rather you will regret having suffered so little and suffered that little so badly."


“Alive in Christ”

From the Gospel of Luke

My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour.

Thomas More

"I am the king's good servant, but God's first."

And when we die, and you are sent to heaven for doing your conscience, and I am sent to hell for not doing mine, will you come with me, for fellowship?

St. Teresa of Avila

"Lord, no wonder you have few friends, ....because they suffer...."

Archbishop Oscar Romero

"We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs. We are prophets of a future that is not our own."

St John Baptist De La Salle

“You can perform miracles by touching the hearts of those entrusted to your care.”

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