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The Book of Catholic Quotations
John Chapin, Editor

1 "This, then is the full satisfaction of souls, this the happy life: to recognize piously and completely the One through Whom you are led into the truth, the nature of the truth you enjoy, and the bond that connects you with the supreme measure." St. Augustine, 'De Vita Beata' (4th century)

2 "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),

3 "The goodness of God knows how to use our disordered wishes and actions, often lovingly turning them to our advantage while always preserving the beauty of His order." St. Bernard of Clairvaux, 'Letters', 90,6 (12th century)

4 "Every little spark of beauty's burning is but a fragment of the central fire." Sister M. Angelita, 'Lesser Fires' (20th century)

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

6 "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)

7 "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),

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

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

10 "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)

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

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

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

14 "No one is so rich that he does not need another's help; and no one so poor as not to be useful in some way to his fellow man; and the disposition to ask assistance from others with confidence, and to grant it with kindness, is part of our very nature." Pope Leo XIII 'Graves de communi', January 18, 1901

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

16 "All human beings, without any exception whatever, were specially made, were shaped and pointed like shining arrows, for the end of hitting the mark of beatitude." G. K. Chesterton, 'The Thing' (20th century)

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

18 "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)

19 "That Being through Which all exist must be one….There is, then, some one Being Which alone exists in the greatest and highest degree of all." St. Anselm, 'Monologium', (11th century)

20 "The Deity is one." St. John of Damascus, 'Exposition of the Orthodox Faith', (8th century)

21 "Immortality is a nature-given, inalienable property of the human soul." Jacques Maritain, 'The Range of Reason' (20th century)

22 "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)

23 "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)

24 "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

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

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite