18 July, 2011

Quotes on Prayer

He who prays most receives most.
St. Alphonsus Ligouri (1696-1787)

When prayer is poured forth, sins are covered.
St. Ambrose (340-97)

By prayer, man gives God the greatest glory possible.
St. Peter Julian Eymard (1811-68)

Diligence in prayer is the perfection of the Gospel.
St. Aloysius Gonzaga (1568-91)

Prayer is to our soul what rain is to the soil. Fertilize the soil ever so richly, it will remain barren unless fed by frequent rains.
St. John Vianney (1786-1859)

It is essential to begin the practice of prayer with a firm resolution of persevering in it.
St. Teresa of Avila (1515-82)

By humble and faithful prayer, the soul acquires, with time and perseverance, every virtue.
St. Catherine of Siena

When you ask the Holy Spirit to help you pray well, put yourself for a moment in the presence of God.
St. Louis de Montfort (1673-1716)

God is more anxious to bestow His blessings on us than we are to receive them.
St. Augustine (354-430)

He who fights even the smallest distractions faithfully when he says even the very smallest prayer will also be faithful in great things.
St. Louis de Montfort (1673-1716)

The grating in a ... monastery is not to keep the sisters in, but to keep the world out.
Bishop Fulton J. Sheen

"... there are not two kinds of answers to prayer but three: One is "Yes". Another is "No". The third is "Wait".
Bishop Fulton J. Sheen

"Prayer can truly change your life. For it turns your attention away from yourself and directs your mind and your heart toward the Lord."
Pope John Paul II

"You can pray while you work. Work doesn't stop prayer and prayer doesn't stop work. It requires only that small raising of the mind to Him."
Mother Teresa of Calcutta

"Everything starts from prayer."
Mother Teresa of Calcutta

"If we really want to pray, we must first learn to listen: for in the silence of the heart God speaks."
Mother Teresa of Calcutta

"Love to be true has to begin with God in prayer."
Mother Teresa of Calcutta

"God has created us to love and to be loved, and this is the beginning of prayer - to know that He loves me, that I have been created for greater things."
Mother Teresa of Calcutta

"When we contemplate God, we are made like unto God."
Julian of Norwich (14th cent.)
"... the rosary is being presented as a genuinely evangelical prayer and even as a way of teaching people how to ponder over the scriptures in prayer and faith."

"the rosary is very well adapted to teaching the life of faith."

"The rosary, which is a school of life open to the simplest of people, far from tying them down to the rudiments of the faith, leads them step by step along the paths of meditation, prayer and contemplation of the Lord. It teaches us to leave words behind when we pray."

He causes his prayers to be of more avail to himself, who offers them also for others.
St. Gregory the Great (d.604)

He knows how to live well who knows how to pray well.
St. Augustine (354-430)

We ought to be persuaded that what God refuses to our prayer, He grants to our salvation.
St. Augustine (354-430)

It is simply impossible to lead, without the aide of prayer, a virtuous life.
St. John Chrysostom (347-407)

As our body cannot live without nourishment, so our soul cannot spiritually be kept alive without prayer.
St. Augustine (347-430)

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