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St. Philip Neri

 

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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)

 

01 April  Melito of Sardis
There is nothing to keep you from changing your evil way of life.  You are a free man.

02 AprilFrancis of Paola

The devil has a consuming hatred against the servants of Christ.The malignant one, seeing that he cannot steal their souls, vents his most terrible wrath on them, forcing them to resist every type of temptation.

 

Pardon one another so that later on, you will not remember the injury.The recollection of an injury is in itself wrong.It adds to our anger, nurtures our sin, and hates what is good.It is a rusty arrow and poison for the soul.It puts all virtue to flight.

 

03  April  Richard of Chichester
God is faithful, and if we serve him faithfully, he will provide for our needs.


04 April
Isidore of Seville

Study as if you were to live forever.Live as if you were to die tomorrow.

 

The whole science of the saints consists in knowing and following the will of God.

 

07 April John Baptist de la Salle

To abstain from sinful actions is not sufficient for the fulfillment of Godís law.The very desire of what is forbidden is evil.

 

We should have frequent recourse to prayer, and persevere a long time in it.God wishes to be solicited.He is not weary of hearing us.The treasure of his graces is infinite.We can do nothing more pleasing to him than to beg incessantly that he bestow them upon us.

 

11  April  Gemma Galgani
Oh, if all were to know how beautiful Jesus is, how amiable He is!  They would all die of love.

 

16 April Bernadette

Always remember to see our Lord in the person of the poor.The more sickly the poor person is, the more one must love him or her.

 

Donít you see that itís just the old devil.When he comes near to you, you must spit in his eye.

 

Come on, my sick friend, we must all suffer for the good God.He suffered enough for us.

 

18  April   Alexander of Alexandria
They hanged upon a tree Him who stretches out the earth; they transfixed Him with nails who laid firm the foundation of the world; they circumscribed Him who circumscribed the heavens; they bound Him who frees sinners.

 

21 April Anselm of Canterbury

If we ask many graces of God, we will not obtain them; if we ask them of Mary, we will obtain them, not because she is more powerful but because God intends to honor her in this manner.

 

No one is equal to you, O Mary, for all are either above or beneath you; above Mary is God only, beneath Mary is all that is not God.

 

22  April  Theodore of Sykeon

Every man, it is written, is grass and all the glory of man is as the flower of grass, the grass withers and its flowers fall.

24  April  Fidelis of Sigmaringen
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t is because of faith that we exchange the present for the future.  What made the holy apostles and martyrs endure fierce agony and bitter torments except faith, and especially faith in the resurrection.
 

27 AprilZita

All devotion which leads to laziness is false.We must love work.

 

A servant is not good if she is not industrious: work-shy piety in people of our position is sham piety.

 

28  April  Paul of the Cross

When you feel the assaults of passion and anger, that is the time to be silent as Jesus was silent in the midst of his humiliations and sufferings.


29 April
Catherine of Siena

To sin is human, but to persist in sin is to cooperate with the devil.

 

The love of the I, or self-love is the beginning of darkness: just as the love of God is the beginning of all light.


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