QUOTES FROM ST ANTHONY OF PADUA

“Actions speak louder than words; let your words teach and your actions speak.”

“The saints are like the stars. In his providence Christ conceals them in a hidden place that they may not shine before others when they might wish to do so. Yet they are always ready to exchange the quiet of contemplation for the works of mercy as soon as they perceive in their heart the invitation of Christ.”

“The measure of love is to love without measure.”

“Charity is the soul of faith.”

“Attribute to God every good that you have received. If you take credit for something that does not belong to you, you will be guilty of theft.”

“The spirit of humility is sweeter than honey, and those who nourish themselves with this honey produce sweet fruit.”

“Holy humility confounds pride and all the men of this world and all things that are in the world.”

“The saint is not someone who never sins, but one who sins less and less frequently and gets up more and more quickly.”

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”

“Oh, how great is the power of prayer! One cannot imagine it until one has experienced it.”

“The devil is afraid of us when we pray and make sacrifices. He is also afraid when we are humble and good. He is especially afraid when we love Jesus very much. He runs away when we make the Sign of the Cross.”

“The cross is suffering viewed in the light of love.”

“No love is more sincere than the love of food.”

“If you want to possess lightness and clarity, first empty yourself of what is impure.”

“Love is a great thing, a good above all others, which alone maketh every burden light, and equaliseth every inequality.”

“If you wish to find rest in this life, make yourself little in all things, and seek the lowest place and prefer it to all others.”

“The saints did not all begin well, but they all ended well.”

“Do not be distressed, do not be fearful, for God is eternal and knows all things.”

“Everything passes, only God remains.”

“It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.”

“The secret of prayer is union with God. Our prayer is very fierce and persecutes Jesus Christ in his members… The prayer of the man who is united with God is gentle, humble, and full of compassion.”

“The most excellent thing in the world is humility; without it, whoever possesses all the other virtues is proud.”

“Love God and do whatever you please: for the soul trained in love to God will do nothing to offend the One who is Beloved.”

“Love is the force that transforms and improves the Soul of the World.”

“If you seek understanding, hunger for knowledge of the highest kind: to know the love of the Sacred Heart.”

“In temptations against chastity, the spiritual masters advise us, not so much to contend with the bad thought, as to turn the mind to some spiritual, or, at least, indifferent object.”

“Once the spoken word is said, it is no longer ours but possesses us.”

“You are like the first apostles, when they received the Holy Spirit, you now, too, received God’s Word for the first time in the conversion of your souls. The Holy Spirit dwelt first within you when you believed.”

“Happiness is not found in the greatness of worldly goods, but in our relationship with God.”

“Prayer is the key to heaven, but faith unlocks the door.”