Seven Quotes from the Saints on Sanctity
Happy All Saints’ Day! The Solemnity of All Saints is the day when the Church honors every saint, known and unknown. While we have information about many saints, and we honor them on specific days, there are many unknown or unsung saints, who may have been forgotten, or never been honored specifically. On All Saints’ Day, we celebrate these holy individuals, and ask for their prayers and intercessions. Here are seven quotes on sanctity from seven saints to help you join them.
- Do not be afraid to be holy! Have the courage and humility to present yourselves to the world determined to be holy, since full, true freedom is born from holiness.”
— Saint John Paul II, World Youth Day, Santiago, Spain, 1989
“Holiness does not consist in doing extraordinary things. It consists in accepting, with a smile, what Jesus sends us. It consists in accepting and following the will of God.”
— Saint Teresa of Calcutta
3, “Sanctity consists in struggling, in knowing that we have defects and in heroically trying to overcome them. Sanctity, I insist, consists in overcoming those defects – although we will still have defects when we die; for if not, as I have told you, we would become proud.”
— Saint Josemaria Escriva The Forge, 312
- “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.”
— Saint Francis de Sales
“Holiness does not consist in one exercise or another, but is a disposition of the heart, which renders us humble and little in the hands of God, conscious of our weakness, and confident, even daringly confident, in His fatherly goodness.”
— Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, Spirit of St. Therese, compiled by the Carmelites of Lisieux (Burns and Oates), 179.
“‘Great’ holiness consists in carrying out the ‘little duties’ of each moment.” — Saint Josemaria Escriva, The Way, 817
7. “Our Lord has created persons for all states in life, and in all of them we see people who achieved sanctity by fulfilling their obligations well.” – Saint Anthony Mary Claret