10 Quotes on Sainthood from the Saints

Today in the Catholic Church we celebrate one of the great solemnities of the year – The Solemnity of All Saints. It is the solemnity that focuses on all the unknown saints who are now in Heaven. Since holiness is reachable by all and the call to be holy is given to us at our Baptism, it is through the Communion of Saints that each piece of the Mystical Body of Christ assists every other to grow and seek holiness.

Although today is about All Saints, particularly the unknown saints, below are 10 quotes about Sainthood from some of the more well-known Canonized Saints in the Catholic Church –

1. “We can, if we will, become a saint, for God will never refuse to help us to do so.” – St. John Vianney

2. “What saint has ever won his crown without first contending for it? – St. Jerome

3. “Let us become saints so that after having been together on earth, we may be together in Heaven.” – St. Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio)

4. “After seven years in the religious life, I still am weak and imperfect. I always feels, however, the same bold confidence of becoming a great saint because I don’t count on my merits since I have none, but I trust in Him who is Virtue and Holiness.” – St. Therese of Lisieux

5. “The saints live not after the fashion of the world…The dignity of the saints is so great because they are not of this world, but ‘of the household of God.’” – St. Thomas Aquinas

6. “One should not wish to become a saint in four days but step by step.” – St. Philip Neri

7. “A saint was once asked, while playing happily with his companions, what he would do if any angel told him that in a quarter of an hour he would die and have to appear before the judgment seat of God. The saint properly replied that he would continue playing because I am certain these games are pleasing to God.” – St. John Bosco

8. “Though you have recourse to many saints as your intercessors, go especially to St. Joseph, for he has great power with God.” – St. Teresa of Avila

9. “All the science of the Saints is included in these two things: To do, and to suffer. And whoever had done these two things best, has made himself most saintly.” – St. Francis de Sales

10. “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.:” – St. Anthony of Padua

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10 Quotes from the Saints on Death

Today is the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed, which is also known as All Souls Day. After the celebration of All Saints, the Church prays for all of those souls that are currently suffering and being purified in Purgatory.

Although we can offer our sufferings here on earth for these souls, the primary means that the Church prays for the dead is by offering up the Holy Mass, the Sacrifice of Christ on the Cross. The Holy Mass displays the perfect and most complete means of charity for the dead. Even in death, the Mystical Body of Christ remains intact. The Church Militant (on earth), the Church Suffering (in Purgatory), and Church Triumphant (in Heaven) are all united through the love of Jesus Christ.

Even though these souls have departed from our presence, it doesn’t mean they have left us or we will forget them. The connection and love that unites us is through the Communion of Saints and today’s feast of All Souls. Ever since my Dad passed away, I have felt a connection to him even greater than when he was still here on earth and in the hospital.

The Catholic Church isn’t afraid to talk about suffering and death; since suffering and death is an element of life. So many of the saints have looked forward to death, for they knew in their death they would be united with Jesus Christ.

Madonna and Child with the Souls in Purgatory - Luca Giodarno

Madonna and Child with the Souls in Purgatory – Luca Giodarno

To conclude this post, here are 10 quotes from the Saints on Death –

I. “The more we are afflicted in this world, the greater is our assurance in the next; the more sorrow in the present, the greater will be our joy in the future.” – St. Isidore of Seville

II. “Death is more than falling blindly into the arms of God.” – St. Maria Maravillas de Jesus

III. “After my death, I will let fall a shower of roses. I will spend my heaven doing good upon the earth. I will raise up a mighty host of little saints. My mission is to make God loved.” – St. Therese of Lisieux

IV. “Live so as not to fear death. For those who live well in the world, death is not frightening but sweet and precious.” – St. Rose of Viterbo

V. “He who bears his sufferings with patience for God’s sake, will soon arrive at high perfection. He will be Master of the world and will already have one foot in the other world.” – St. Giles of Assisi

VI. “Go forth in peace, for you have followed the good road. Go forth without fear; for He that created you has sanctified you, has always protected you, and loves you as a mother. Blessed be Thou, O God, for having created me.” – St. Clare, on her deathbed speaking to herself

VII. “They must be esteemed to have lost their sense, who either pursuing abundance, or fearing lack of temporal goods, lose those who are eternal. – St. Thomas Aquinas

VIII. “Christ’s martyrs feared neither death nor pain. He triumphed in them who lived in them; and they, who lived not for themselves but for Him, found in death itself the way to life.” – St. Augustine of Hippo

IX. “A man may very well lose his head and yet come to no harm – yea, I say to unspeakable good and everlasting happiness.” – St. Thomas More

X. “For I trust, in whatever manner I die, that I shall not be deprived of the mercy of my God, without which my eternal ruin would be inevitable, whether I die an unprepared death, or whether I have long anticipated my end.” – St. Gertrude

All the Holy Souls…Pray for Us as We Pray for You

All the Holy Saints in Heaven…Pray for Us