It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.
So the Church imitates the Lord's mother - not in the bodily sense, which it could not do - but in mind it is both mother and virgin. In no way, then, did Christ deprive his mother of her virginity by being
We were ensnared by the wisdom of the serpent; we are set free by the foolishness of God.
The greatest evil is physical pain.
Nobody should ever doubt that in the washing of rebirth (Titus 3: 5) absolutely all sins, from the least to the greatest, are altogether forgiven.
No eulogy is due to him who simply does his duty and nothing more.
In doing what we ought we deserve no praise, because it is our duty.
What has the Church done to thee, that thou shouldst wish to decapitate her? Thou wouldst take away her Head, and believe in the Head alone, despising the body. Vain is thy service, and false thy devotion to the Head. For to sever it from the body is an injury to both Head and body. (p. 420).
The honors of this world, what are they but puff, and emptiness, and peril of falling?
We are members of this Head, and this body cannot be decapitated. If the Head is in glory forever, so too are the members in glory forever, that Christ may be undivided forever. (p. 433).
I have read in Plato and Cicero sayings that are wise and very beautiful; but I have never read in either of them: Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden.
I have read in Plato and Cicero sayings that are very wise and very beautiful; but I never read in either of them, Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden.
Will is to grace as the horse is to the rider.
Habit, if not resisted, soon becomes necessity.
The weakness of little children's limbs is innocent, not their souls.