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Wise Words

Wise Words features some of the thought-provoking, prayerful and inspirational sayings of the founders of Australia’s Catholic Religious Institutes.

Thursday, 30 October 2014 12:11

On consecrated life

pope francis book cvr"They (the consecrated) are men and women who can awaken the world. Consecrated life is prophecy. God asks us to fly the nest and to be sent to the frontiers of the world, avoiding the temptation to ‘domesticate’ them. This is the most concrete way of imitating the Lord." - Pope Francis

Saturday, 02 November 2013 11:09

St Martin de Porres

stmartindeporres150"Forgive my error, and please instruct me, for I did not know that the precept of obedience took precedence over that of charity." - Saint Martin de Porres (to his superior after being reprimanded for taking an injured Indian to his room).

Monday, 11 February 2013 13:56

Mary Ward

"In our calling, a cheerful mind, a good understanding and a great desire after virtue are necessary, but of all these, a cheerful mind is the most so." 

Monday, 21 January 2013 10:06

St John Bosco

"Not all of us can fast, or undertake arduous journeys in God’s service, or give generous alms, but we can all love. All it takes is the sincere desire to do so."

Monday, 03 December 2012 12:39

St Francis Xavier

"It is not the actual physical exertion that counts toward a man's progress, nor the nature of the task, but the spirit of faith with which it is undertaken."

Tuesday, 27 November 2012 11:18

Blessed Charles de Foucauld

"Have that tender care that expresses itself in the little things that are like a balm for the heart. With our neighbours go into the smallest details, whether it is a question of health, of consolation, of prayerfulness, or of need."

Thursday, 09 August 2012 12:11

St Dominic

"Arm yourself with prayer rather than a sword; wear humility rather than fine clothes." -St Dominic

Thursday, 02 August 2012 10:21

St Alphonsus Liguori

“Acquire the habit of speaking to God as if you were alone with Him, familiarly and with confidence and love, as to the dearest and most loving of friends." -St Alphonsus Liguori

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