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Vocations & Spirituality

Confession

Discerning a Religious Vocation (Men)

Discerning a Religious Vocation (Women)

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Vocations & Spirituality

Vocations & Spirituality

Confession

  • “‘You told me, Father, that after my past life it is still possible to become another St. Augustine. I don’t doubt it, and today more than yesterday I want to try to prove it.’ But you have to cut out sin courageously from the root, as the holy Bishop of Hippo did.”

    – St. Josemaria Escriva
  • “At the time of your examination beware of the devil that ties your tongue.”

    – St. Josemaria Escriva
  • “A soul does not benefit from the sacrament of confession if it is not humble. Pride keeps it in darkness. The soul neither knows how, nor is it willing, to probe with precision the depths of its own misery. It puts on a mask and avoids everything that might bring it recovery.”

    – St. Faustina
  • “Confession is like a bridle that keeps the soul which reflects on it from committing sin, but anything left unconfessed we continue to do without fear as if in the dark.”

    – St. John Climacus
  • “In failing to confess, Lord, I would only hide You from myself, not myself from You.”

     

    – St. Augustine

Discerning a Religious Vocation (Men)

  • “Priesthood is the love of the heart of Jesus. When you see a priest, think of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

    – St. John Vianney
  • “For everyone, whatever his state — single, married, widowed, or priest — chastity is a triumphant affirmation of love.”

    – - St. Josemaria Escriva
  • “Leave a parish twenty years without a priest and they’ll be worshipping the animals”

    – St. John Vianney
  • “In the first place I say this: you must never think that you are alone in deciding your future! And second: when deciding your future, you must not decide for yourself alone.”

    – Pope John Paul II

Discerning a Religious Vocation (Women)

  • “[young people] know that their life has meaning to the extent that it becomes a free gift for others.”

    – Pope John Paul II
  • “For everyone, whatever his state — single, married, widowed, or priest — chastity is a triumphant affirmation of love.”

  • “[young people] know that their life has meaning to the extent that it becomes a free gift for others.”

    – Pope John Paul II
  • “In the first place I say this: you must never think that you are alone in deciding your future! And second: when deciding your future, you must not decide for yourself alone.”

     

     

    – Pope John Paul II

Our Lady

  • “Devotion to the Blessed Sacrament and devotion to the Blessed Virgin are not simply the best way, but in fact the only way to keep purity. At the age of twenty nothing but Communion can keep one’s heart pure . . . Chastity is not possible without the Eucharist.”

    – St. Philip Neri
  • “You always leave the Rosary for later, and you end up not saying it at all because you are sleepy. If there is no other time, say it in the street without letting anybody notice it. It will, moreover, help you to have presence of God.”
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    – St. Josemaria Escriva
  • “To serve the Queen of Heaven is already to reign there, and to live under her commands is more than to govern.”

    – St. John Vianney
  • “When you see the storm coming, if you seek safety in that firm refuge which is Mary, there will be no danger of your wavering or going down.”

    – St. Josemaria Escriva
  • “May I give you some advice for you to put into practice daily? When your heart makes you feel those low cravings, say slowly to the Immaculate Virgin: Look on me with compassion. Don’t abandon me. Don’t abandon me, my Mother! — And recommend this prayer to others.”

    – St. Josemaria Escriva
  • “All the sins of your life seem to be rising up against you. Don’t give up hope! On the contrary, call your holy mother Mary, with the faith and abandonment of a child. She will bring peace to your soul.”

    – St. Josemaria Escriva
  • “So your strength is failing you? Why don’t you tell your mother about it? . . . Mother! Call her with a loud voice. She is listening to you; she sees you in danger, perhaps, and she — your holy mother Mary — offers you, along with the grace of her son, the refuge of her arms, the tenderness of her embrace . . . and you will find yourself with added strength for the new battle.”

    – St. Josemaria Escriva
  • “Have confidence. Return. Invoke our Lady and you’ll be faithful.”

    – St. Josemaria Escriva
  • “Love our Lady. And she will obtain abundant grace to help you conquer in your daily struggle.”

    – St. Josemaria Escriva
  • “If you ever feel distressed during your day — call upon our Lady — just say this simple prayer: ‘Mary, Mother of Jesus, please be a mother to me now.’ I must admit — this prayer has never failed me.”

    – Mother Teresa
  • “The Immaculate alone has from God the promise of victory over Satan. She seeks souls that will consecrate themselves entirely to her, that will become in her hands forceful instruments for the defeat of Satan and the spread of God’s kingdom.”

    – St. Maximilian Kolbe
  • “When we were little, we kept close to our mother in a dark alley or if dogs barked at us. Now, when we feel temptations of the flesh, we should run to the side of our Mother in Heaven, by realizing how she is to us, and by means of aspirations. She will defend us and lead us to the light.”

    – St. Josemaria Escriva
  • “Men do not fear a powerful hostile army as the powers of hell fear the name and protection of Mary.”

    – St. Bonaventure
  • “If you invoke the Blessed Virgin when you are tempted, she will come at once to your help, and Satan will leave you.”

    – St. John Vianney
  • “Before, by yourself, you couldn’t. Now, you’ve turned to our Lady, and with her, how easy!”

    – St. Josemaria Escriva
  • “Mary, give me your Heart: so beautiful, so pure, so immaculate; your Heart so full of love and humility that I may be able to receive Jesus in the Bread of Life and love Him as you love Him and serve Him in the distressing guise of the poor.”

    – Mother Teresa
  • “It is the boast of the Catholic religion that it has the gift of making the young heart chaste; and why is this but that it gives us Jesus Christ for our food, and Mary for our nursing Mother?”

    – John Henry Cardinal Newman

The Holy Eucharist

  • “Devotion to the Blessed Sacrament and devotion to the Blessed Virgin are not simply the best way, but in fact the only way to keep purity. At the age of twenty nothing but Communion can keep one’s heart pure . . . Chastity is not possible without the Eucharist.”

    – St. Philip Neri
  • “The Eucharist is a fire that inflames us, that, like lions breathing fire, we may retire from the altar being made terrible to the devil.”

    – St. John Chrysostom
  • “Jesus has made Himself the Bread of Life to give us life. Night and day, He is there. If you really want to grow in love, come back to the Eucharist, come back to that Adoration.”

    – Mother Teresa
  • “Of all devotions, that of adoring Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the greatest after the sacraments, the one dearest to God and the one most helpful to us.”

    – St. Alphonsus Liguori
  • “We must understand that in order ‘to do’, we must first learn ‘to be’, that is to say, in the sweet company of Jesus in adoration.”

    – Pope John Paul II
  • “We can afford to lose castles, but we cannot let a day go by without attending holy Mass.”
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    – Saint Charles of Blois
  • “Many Christians take their time and have leisure enough in their social life (no hurry here). They are leisurely, too, in their professionally activities, at table and recreation (no hurry here either). But isn’t it strange how those same Christians find themselves in such a rush and want to hurry the priest, in their anxiety to shorten the time devoted to the most holy sacrifice of the altar?”

    – St. Josemaria Escriva
  • “Always remain close to the Catholic Church, because it alone can give you true peace, since it alone possesses Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, the true Prince of Peace.”
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    – St. Padre Pio
  • “With all the strength of my soul I urge you young people to approach the Communion table as often as you can. Feed on this bread of angels whence you will draw all the energy you need to fight inner battles. Because true happiness, dear friends, does not consist in the pleasures of the world or in earthly things, but in peace of conscience, which we have only if we are pure in heart and mind.”

    – Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati
  • “When you approach the tabernacle remember that he has been waiting for you for twenty centuries.”

    – St. Josemaria Escriva

The Rosary

  • “Say the Holy Rosary. Blessed be that monotony of Hail Mary’s which purifies the monotony of your sins!”

    – St. Josemaria Escriva
  • “If you say the Holy Rosary every day, with a spirit of faith and love, our Lady will make sure she leads you very far along her Son’s path.”

    – St. Josemaria Escriva
  • “The holy Rosary is a powerful weapon. Use it with confidence and you’ll be amazed at the results.”

     

    – St. Josemaria Escriva

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