Words to Live by – from Catholic Tradition

Trust in Divine Providence

The Voice of Christ:

My child, allow me to do what I will with you.  I know what is best for you.

The Disciple:

Lord, what You say is true.  Your care for me is greater than all the care I can take of myself.

Imitation of Christ, Thomas à Kempis; Book III, Ch. 17.


Words to Live by – from Catholic Tradition


St. John Chrysostom, Doctor of the Church, quotes this phrase from Colossians, 3:16: “Let the word of Christ dwell in you abundantly, in all wisdom”.


From this verse, St. John Chrysostom teaches how the priceless treasure of wisdom, helps us in our time of tribulation:


As the rich in money can bear fines and damages, so he that is rich in the doctrines of philosophy will bear not poverty only, but all calamities also easily, yea, more easily than that one [viz., those “rich in money”].


For as for him, by discharging the fine, the man who is rich [in money] must needs be impoverished, and found wanting, and if he should often suffer in that way, will no longer be able to bear it, but in this case [viz., the man rich in this philosophy] it is not so; for we do not even expend our wholesome thoughts when it is necessary for us to bear aught [i.e., anything] we would not choose, but they abide with us continually.


And mark the wisdom of this blessed man [viz., St. Paul].  He said not, “Let the word of Christ” be in you, simply, but what? “dwell in you”, and “richly”.


St. John Chrysostom, Sermon 9 on Colossians, 3:16 (bracketed words added to show context).




Words to Live by – from Catholic Tradition


When thou seest any enemy of God wealthy, with armed attendants and many flatterers, be not cast down, but lament, weep, call upon God, that He may enroll that enemy to become numbered amongst His friends: and the more he prospers being God’s enemy, so much the more do thou mourn for him. For sinners we ought always to bewail, but especially when they enjoy wealth and abundance of good days; even as one should the sick, when they eat and drink to excess. 


Words of St. John Chrysostom, Sermon 39 on 1 COR. 15:27-8.


Words to Live by – from Catholic Tradition


Peace and Happiness Comes from Mortifying our Lower Nature


“True peace of heart, then, is found in resisting passions, not in satisfying  them.”


Imitation of Christ, Thomas à Kempis; Book I, Ch. 6.


Words to Live by – from Catholic Tradition

An Apostolic Spirit in Times of Great Apostasy


As the world becomes more evil, not only should we not cease our efforts to saves the souls of those around us, but we should increase our efforts.


Words of Pope St. Gregory the Great, Sermon 18 on St. John’s Gospel.

Words to Live by – from Catholic Tradition

The Month of the Holy Rosary is upon us!

In 1481, Our Lady appeared to Venerable Dominic, the Carthusian … and said to him: “Whenever one of the faithful who is in a state of grace says the Rosary while meditating on the mysteries of the life and passion of Jesus Christ, he obtains full and entire remission of all his sins.”

Our Lady also said to Blessed Alan [de la Roche]: “I want you to know that although there are numerous indulgences already attached to the recitation of my Rosary, I shall add many more to every fifty Hail Marys (each group of five decades) for those who say them devoutly, on their knees – being, of course, free from mortal sin.  And whosoever shall persevere in the devotion of the Holy Rosary, saying these prayers and meditations, shall be rewarded for it; I shall obtain for him full remission of the penalty and of the guilt of all his sins at the end of his life.”

The Secret of the Rosary, St. Louis Marie Grignone de Monfort, Ch. 28, Twenty-eighth Rose, pages 78 and 79.


Words to Live by – from Catholic Tradition

The Tremendous Value of the Crosses Which God Sends to Us

By trials the sensory part of the soul is purified and strengthened, and the spiritual part is refined, purged, and disposed.  Since unpurified souls must undergo the sufferings of fire in the next life [viz., in Purgatory] to attain union with God in glory, so in this life they must undergo the fire of these sufferings to reach the union of perfection.  This fire [viz., trials] acts on some more vigorously than on others, and on some for a longer time than on others, according to the degree of union to which God wishes to raise them, and according to what they must be purged of.

St. John of the Cross, Mystical Doctor of the Church, Living Flame of Love, Stanza 2, #25 (emphasis and bracketed words added).

What We Hold

If you want to know what is your “god”, and what is most important to you, reflect on what you like most to talk about and to think about.

Words to Live by – from Catholic Tradition


All that happens to us in this world against our will (whether due to men or to other causes) happens to us only by the will of God, by the disposal of Providence, by His orders and under His guidance; and if from the frailty of our understanding we cannot grasp the reason for some event, let us attribute it to Divine Providence, show Him respect by accepting it from His hand, believe firmly that He does not send it to us without cause.


Words of St. Augustine, quoted in Trustful Surrender to Divine Providence –The Secret of Peace and Happiness, Father Jean Baptiste Saint Jure, S.J., and

 St. Claude De La Colombiere, S.J., TAN Books and Publishers, Rockford, IL, 1983, pp. 17-18.





Words to Live by – from Catholic Tradition

We are at War!  This Fight should be our only Focus!

To fight is our business now: it is war and battle.  In war one does not seek to have rest, in war one does not seek to have dainty living, one is not anxious about riches; … one thing only he looks at, how he may overcome his foes.  Be this our care likewise: if we overcome, and return with the victory, God will give us all things.  Be this alone our study, how we may overcome the devil ….

Quoted from St. John Chrysostom’s Sermon #15 on the Acts of the Apostles, ch.6, v.9.



Idea Promoting Salvation

The following words are the secret to being a straight-to-heaven saint.  Repeat them slowly whenever you see them, to help them to “sink into your bones” and to be your principle of life.

Everything I do today, I must do
Purely for the love of God and for His greater honor and glory

Tape these words on your alarm clock so you see them first thing in the morning, or on the mirror in the bathroom, or on the kitchen refrigerator door. 

What We Hold

Striving for Complete Trust in God

If our doctor tells us to take a cancer-screening test and we are even slightly anxious that the test results might show we have cancer, then we don’t trust enough in God, that whatever the test’s result, it is for our good.

Words to Live by – from Catholic Tradition


The Great Value of Withstanding Temptations


Fire tempers iron and temptation steels the just.  Often, we do not know what we can stand, but temptation shows us what we are.  Above all, we must be especially alert against the beginnings of temptation, for the enemy is more easily conquered if he is refused admittance to the mind and is met beyond the threshold when he knocks.


Imitation of Christ, Thomas à Kempis; Book I, Ch. 13.

What We Hold


Let us make this resolution


We should always strive to make sure that everything we do, say, and think is what, at our Particular Judgment, we would wish we had done, said, or thought.


Cf., Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, Section: How to make a good choice, Second Way, Fourth Rule.