“Love to be real, it must cost—it must hurt—it must empty us of self. ” — Mother Teresa. Here are 60 Inspirational Catholic Quotes.

Catholic Quotes

1. “The more a man uses moderation in his life, the more he is at peace, for he is not full of cares for many things.” — St Anthony the Great

2. “Disorder in society is the result of disorder in the family.” — St Angela Merici

3. “A servant is not holy if she is not busy.” — St Zita

4. “To love God is something greater than to know Him.” — St. Thomas Aquinas

5. “Devotion is a certain act of the will by which man gives himself promptly to divine service.” — St. Thomas Aquinas

6. “A man may stand for the justice of God, but a woman stands for His Mercy.” ― Fulton J. Sheen

7. “ Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.” — St. Augustine

8. “What you are is God's gift to you, what you become is your gift to God.” ― Hans Urs von Balthasar

9. “Occupy your minds with good thoughts, or the enemy will fill them with bad ones. Unoccupied, they cannot be.” — St Thomas More

10. “Pride makes us forgetful of our eternal interests. It causes us to neglect totally the care of our soul.” — St John Baptist de La Salle

11. “Unless there is a Good Friday in your life, there can be no Easter Sunday.” ― Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

12. “The devil strains every nerve to secure the souls which belong to Christ. We should not grudge our toil in wresting them from Satan and giving them back to God.” — St Sebastian

13. “The Catholic Church is like a thick steak, a glass of red wine, and a good cigar.” ― G.K. Chesterton

14. “He must increase, I must decrease.” — St John the Baptist

15. “To convert somebody go and take them by the hand and guide them.” — St. Thomas Aquinas

Catholic Quotes

16. “To attribute to God, and not to self, whatever good one sees in oneself; but to recognize always that the evil is one’s own doing, and to impute it on one’s self. ” — St. Benedict

17. “If you believe what you like in the Gospel, and reject what you don't like, it is not the Gospel you believe, but yourself.” ― Augustine

18. “There must be must be a first mover existing above all – and this we call God.” ― Thomas Aquinas

19. “Charity is certainly greater than any rule. Moreover, all rules must lead to charity.” ― St. Vincent de Paul

20. “There are more tears shed over answered prayers than over unanswered prayers.” — St. Teresa of Avila 

21. “We are not some casual and meaningless product of evolution. Each of us is the result of a thought of God.”
― Pope Benedict XVI

22. “Love to be real, it must cost—it must hurt—it must empty us of self. ” — Mother Teresa

23. “Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ.” — St. Jerome

24. “This is the very perfection of a man, to find out his own imperfections.” — St. Augustine

25. “This is the secret of life: the self lives only by dying, finds its identity (and its happiness) only by self-forgetfulness, self-giving, self-sacrifice, and agape love.” ― Peter Kreeft

26. “We always find that those who walked closest to Christ were those who had to bear the greatest trials.” — St. Teresa of Avila

27. “You cannot be half a saint; you must be a whole saint or no saint at all.” — St. Therese of Lisieux

28. “We are to love God for Himself, because of a twofold reason; nothing is more reasonable, nothing more profitable.” — St. Bernard of Clairvaux

29. “Ours is the Spirit of the Eucharist, the total Gift of Self.” — St Katherine Drexel

30. “If you don't behave as you believe, you will end by believing as you behave.” ― Fulton J. Sheen

Catholic Quotes

31. “Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.” — Pope John Paul II

32. “Charity is no substitute for justice withheld.” — St. Augustine

33. “He who climbs never stops going from beginning to beginning, through beginnings that have no end. He never stops desiring what he already knows.” —  St. Gregory of Nissa

34. “Once you have surrendered yourself, you make yourself receptive. In receiving from God, you are perfected and completed.” ― Fulton J. Sheen

35. “Understanding is the sure and clear knowledge of some invisible thing.” — St. Bernard

36. “The Church is a perpetually defeated thing that always outlives her conquerers.” ― Hilaire Belloc

37. “Christ beside me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ within me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me.” — St Patrick

38. “Miracles are not contrary to nature but only contrary to what we know about nature.”― St. Augustine

39. “Everything smaller than Heaven bores us because only Heaven is bigger than our hearts.” ― Peter Kreeft

40. “You can’t give God deadlines.” – St. Padre Pio

41. “Prayer purifies us, reading instructs us. Both are good when both are possible. Otherwise, prayer is better than reading.” — St Isidore of Seville

42. “To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible. ” — St. Thomas Aquinas

43. “Charity and devotion differ no more, the one from the other, than the flame from the fire. ” — St. Francis de Sales

44. “Pray, hope, and don't worry.” — Padre Pio

45. “When man is with God in awe and love, then he is praying.” ― Karl Rahner

Catholic Quotes

46. “To be a servant of Christ is to be truly free.” — St Agatha

47. “Be good, love the Lord, pray for those who do not know Him. What a great grace it is to know God!” — St Josephine Bakhita 

48. “Without the burden of afflictions, it is impossible to reach the height of grace. The gift of grace increases as the struggle increases.” – St. Rosa de Lima

49. “Jesus loves hidden souls. A hidden flower is the most fragrant. I must strive to make the interior of my soul a resting place for the Heart of Jesus.” — Maria Faustina Kowalska

50. “Grace is nothing else but a certain beginning of glory within us.” — St Thomas Aquinas

51. “Faith means battles; if there are no contests, it is because there are none who desire to contend.” — St. Ambrose

52. “Charity brings to life again those who are spiritually dead.” — St. Thomas Aquinas

53. “Do not say that you have chaste minds if you have unchaste eyes, because an unchaste eye is the messenger of an unchaste heart.” — St. Augustine

54. “Apart from the cross, there is no other ladder by which we may get to heaven.” — St. Rose of Lima

55. “Patience is the companion of wisdom.” — St. Augustine

56. “When you approach the tabernacle remember that he has been waiting for you for twenty centuries.” – St. Josemaria Escriva

57. “Faith does not quench desire, but inflames it.” — St. Thomas Aquinas

58. “Love God, serve God; everything is in that.” — St. Clare of Assisi

59. “The dress of the body should not discredit the good of the soul.” —  St. Cyprian

60. “Great are those two gifts, wisdom, and continence: wisdom, forsooth, whereby we are formed in the knowledge of God; continence whereby we are not conformed to this world.” — St. Augustine

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