Thursday, July 4, 2013

Inspirational Quotes: 61-100

BEADS OF JOY 07-04-13
Inspirational Quotes: 61-100
©2013 James Dacey, Jr. OFS

My Friends,

First of all HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA. I pray that you are being blessed by having these most blessed quotes more easily at hand now. I think throughout the summer from time to time, I will continue to assemble and post all the quotes I have saved in my journals and writings throughout the 30 Years of Ministry I have experienced. I have found that so many of these quotes, help inspire and even encourage so many wonderful aspects of our Spiritual Walk.

61. “Men do not fear a powerful hostile army as the powers of hell fear the name and protection of Mary.” ~St. Bonaventure

62. “To give worthy praise to the Lord's mercy, we unite ourselves with Your Immaculate Mother, for then our hymn will be more pleasing to You, because She is chosen from among men and angels. Through Her, as through a pure crystal, Your mercy was passed on to us. Through Her, man became pleasing to God; Through Her, streams of grace flowed down upon us.” (1746) ~St. Faustina
63. “Never be afraid of loving the Blessed Virgin too much. You can never love her more than Jesus did.” ~St Maximilian Kolbe

64. “Before, by yourself, you couldn't. Now, you've turned to our Lady, and with her, how easy!” ~St. Josemaria Escriva
65. “In dangers, in doubts, in difficulties, think of Mary, call upon Mary. Let not her name depart from your lips, never suffer it to leave your heart. And that you may obtain the assistance of her prayer, neglect not to walk in her footsteps. With her for guide, you shall never go astray; while invoking her, you shall never lose heart; so long as she is in your mind, you are safe from deception; while she holds your hand, you cannot fall; under her protection you have nothing to fear; if she walks before you, you shall not grow weary; if she shows you favor, you shall reach the goal.” ~St. Bernard of Clairvaux, Father and Doctor of the Church

66. “O sinner, be not discouraged, but have recourse to Mary in all you necessities. Call her to your assistance, for such is the divine Will that she should help in every kind of necessity.” ~St. Basil the Great
67. “Mary, give me your Heart: so beautiful, so pure, so immaculate; your Heart so full of love and humility that I may be able to receive Jesus in the Bread of Life and love Him as you love Him and serve Him in the distressing guise of the poor.” ~Blessed Mother Teresa

68. “If you invoke the Blessed Virgin when you are tempted, she will come at once to your help, and Satan will leave you.” ~St. John Vianney
69. “When we were little, we kept close to our mother in a dark alley or if dogs barked at us. Now, when we feel temptations of the flesh, we should run to the side of our Mother in Heaven, by realizing how she is to us, and by means of aspirations. She will defend us and lead us to the light.” ~St. Josemaria Escriva

70. “The Immaculate alone has from God the promise of victory over Satan. She seeks souls that will consecrate themselves entirely to her, that will become in her hands forceful instruments for the defeat of Satan and the spread of God's kingdom.” ~St. Maximilian Kolbe
71. “If you ever feel distressed during your day — call upon our Lady — just say this simple prayer: 'Mary, Mother of Jesus, please be a mother to me now.' I must admit — this prayer has never failed me.” ~Blessed Mother Teresa

72. “Love our Lady. And she will obtain abundant grace to help you conquer in your daily struggle.” ~St. Josemaria Escriva
73. “Have confidence. Return. Invoke our Lady and you'll be faithful.” ~St. Josemaria Escriva

74. “So your strength is failing you? Why don't you tell your mother about it? . . . Mother! Call her with a loud voice. She is listening to you; she sees you in danger, perhaps, and she—your holy mother Mary—offers you, along with the grace of her son, the refuge of her arms, the tenderness of her embrace . . . and you will find yourself with added strength for the new battle.” ~St. Josemaria Escriva
75. “All the sins of your life seem to be rising up against you. Don't give up hope! On the contrary, call your holy mother Mary, with the faith and abandonment of a child. She will bring peace to your soul.” ~St. Josemaria Escriva

76. “May I give you some advice for you to put into practice daily? When your heart makes you feel those low cravings, say slowly to the Immaculate Virgin: Look on me with compassion. Don't abandon me. Don't abandon me, my Mother! -- And recommend this prayer to others.” ~St. Josemaria Escriva
77. “When you see the storm coming, if you seek safety in that firm refuge which is Mary, there will be no danger of your wavering or going down.” ~St. Josemaria Escriva

78. “Only after the Last Judgment will Mary get any rest; from now until then, she is much too busy with her children.” ~St. John Vianney
79. “To serve the Queen of Heaven is already to reign there, and to live under her commands is more than to govern.” ~St. John Vianney

80. “Let us run to Mary, and, as her little children, cast ourselves into her arms with a perfect confidence.” ~St. Francis de Sales
81. “After the love which we owe Jesus Christ, we must give the chief place in our heart to the love of His Mother Mary.” ~St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori

82. “With reason did the Most Holy Virgin predict that all generations would call her blessed, for all the Elect obtain eternal salvation through the means of Mary.” ~St. Ildephonsus, Bishop
83. “No one will ever be the servant of the Son without serving the Mother.” ~St. Ildephonsus, Bishop

84. “Devotion to you, O Blessed Virgin, is a means of salvation which God gives to those whom he wishes to save.” ~St. John Damascene
85. “There is no one, O Most Holy Mary, who can know God except through thee; no one who can be saved or redeemed but through thee, O Mother of God; no one who can be delivered from dangers but through thee, O Virgin Mother; no one who obtains mercy but through thee, O Filled-With-All-Grace!” ~St. Germanus of Constantinople, Patriarch of Constantinople

86. “For if we are bidden to honor carnal fathers and mothers, how much more the spiritual? . . . If this virtue of charity has been overlooked, a man will lose any fruit of salvation in any good he may do.” ~Pope Saint Gregory VII
87. “It is impossible to save one's soul without devotion to Mary and without her protection.” ~St. Anselm, Archbishop and Doctor of the Church

88. “Not only do they offend thee, O Lady, who outrage thee, but thou art also offended by those who neglect to ask thy favors . . . He who neglects the service of the Blessed Virgin will die in his sins . . . He who does not invoke thee, O Lady, will never get to Heaven . . . Not only will those from whom Mary turns her countenance not be saved, but there will be no hope of their salvation . . . No one can be saved without the protection of Mary.” ~St. Bonaventure, Cardinal-Bishop and Doctor of the Church
89. “We may seek graces, but shall never find them without the intercession of Mary.” ~St. Cajetan, Founder of the Theatines

90. “I have great doubts about the salvation of those who do not have special devotion to Mary.” ~St. Francis Borgia
91. “It seems unbelievable that a man should perish in whose favor Christ said to His Mother: ‘Behold thy son’, provided that he has not turned a deaf ear to the words, which Christ addressed to him: ‘Behold thy Mother.” ~St. Robert Bellarmine, Cardinal-Bishop and Doctor of the Church

92. “A man is no true Christian if he has no devotion to the Mother of Jesus Christ.” ~St. John Eudes
93. “All true children of God have God for their father and Mary for his mother; anyone who does not have Mary for his mother, does not have God for his father.” ~St. Louis Marie de Montfort

94. “Let not that man presumes to look for mercy from God who offends His Holy Mother!” ~St. Louis Marie de Montfort
95. “For God, having given her power over his only-begotten and natural Son, also gave her power over his adopted children - not only in what concerns their body - which would be of little account - but also in what concerns their soul.” ~St. Louis Marie de Montfort

96. “We must conclude that, being necessary to God by a necessity which is called "hypothetical", (that is, because God so willed it), the Blessed Virgin is all the more necessary for men to attain their final end. Consequently we must not place devotion to her on the same level as devotion to the other saints as if it were merely something optional.” ~St. Louis Marie de Montfort
97. “The pious and learned Jesuit, Suarez, Justus Lipsius, a devout and erudite theologian of Louvain, and many others have proved incontestably that devotion to our Blessed Lady is necessary to attain salvation. This they show from the teaching of the Fathers, notably St. Augustine, St. Ephrem, deacon of Edessa, St. Cyril of Jerusalem, St. Germanus of Constantinople, St. John Demascene, St. Anselm, St. Bernard, St. Bernardine, St. Thomas and St. Bonaventure. Even according to Oecolampadius and other heretics, lack of esteem and love for the Virgin Mary is an infallible sign of God's disapproval. On the other hand, to be entirely and genuinely devoted to her is a sure sign of God's approval.” ~St. Louis Marie de Montfort

98. “The Son of God became man for our salvation but only in Mary and through Mary.” ~St. Louis Marie de Montfort
99. “If devotion to the Blessed Virgin is necessary for all men simply to work out their salvation, it is even more necessary for those who are called to a special perfection. I do not believe that anyone can acquire intimate union with our Lord and perfect fidelity to the Holy Spirit without a very close union with the most Blessed Virgin and an absolute dependence on her support.” ~St. Louis Marie de Montfort

100. “From day to day, from moment to moment, she increased so much this twofold plenitude that she attained an immense and inconceivable degree of grace. So much so, that the Almighty made her the sole custodian of his treasures and the sole dispenser of his graces. She can now ennoble, exalt and enrich all she chooses. She can lead them along the narrow path to heaven and guide them through the narrow gate to life. She can give a royal throne, scepter and crown to whom she wishes. Jesus is always and everywhere the fruit and Son of Mary and Mary is everywhere the genuine tree that bears that Fruit of life, the true Mother who bears that Son.” ~St. Louis Marie de Montfort

Your brother in Christ Jesus
And His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr OFS

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