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Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
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For it is in giving that we receive. - Francis of Assisi Quotes
For it is in giving that we receive.
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All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle. - Francis of Assisi Quotes
All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.
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Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words. - Francis of Assisi Quotes
Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.
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If God can work through me, he can work through anyone. - Francis of Assisi Quotes
If God can work through me, he can work through anyone.
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Lord, make me an Instrument of Thy Peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love. Where there is injury, pardon...
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It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching. - Francis of Assisi Quotes
It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching.
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Above all the grace and the gifts that Christ gives to his beloved is that of overcoming self. - Francis of Assisi Quotes
Above all the grace and the gifts that Christ gives to his beloved is that of overcoming self.
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While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart.
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Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take with you nothing that you have received - only what you have given: a full heart, enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice and courage.
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Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love, Where there is injury, pardon; Where there is doubt, faith; Where there is despair, hope; Where there is darkness, light; And where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, Grant that I may not so much seek To be consoled as to console, To be understood as to understand, To be loved, as to love.
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Do all you can to preach the gospel and if necessary use words! - Francis of Assisi Quotes
Do all you can to preach the gospel and if necessary use words!
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Lord, help me to live this day, quietly, easily. To lean upon Thy great strength, trustfully, restfully. To wait for the unfolding of Thy will, patiently, serenely. To meet others, peacefully, joyously. To face tomorrow, confidently, courageously.
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God requires that we assist the animals, when they need our help. Each being (human or creature) has the same right of protection.
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The deeds you do may be the only sermon some persons will hear today. - Francis of Assisi Quotes
The deeds you do may be the only sermon some persons will hear today.
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Ask the beasts and they will teach you the beauty of this earth. - Francis of Assisi Quotes
Ask the beasts and they will teach you the beauty of this earth.
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All things of creation are children of the Father and thus brothers of man. ... God wants us to help animals, if they need help. Every creature in distress has the same right to be protected.
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What do you have to fear? Nothing. Whom do you have to fear? No one. Why? Because whoever has joined forces with God obtains three great privileges: omnipotence without power, intoxication without wine, and life without death.
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What is it that stands higher than words? Action. What is it that stands higher than action? Silence.
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He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist - Francis of Assisi Quotes
He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist
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Where there is Love and Wisdom, there is neither Fear nor Ignorance. Where there is Patience and Humility, there is neither Anger nor Annoyance. Where there is Poverty and Joy, there is neither Cupidity nor Avarice. Where there is Peace and Contemplation, there is neither Care nor Restlessness. Where there is the Fear of God to guard the dwelling, there no enemy can enter. Where there is Mercy and Prudence, there is neither Excess nor Harshness.
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If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.
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Not to hurt our humble brethren is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough. We have a higher mission - to be of service to them whenever they require it.
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The only thing ever achieved in life without effort is failure. - Francis of Assisi Quotes
The only thing ever achieved in life without effort is failure.
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Do few things but do them well, simple joys are holy. - Francis of Assisi Quotes
Do few things but do them well, simple joys are holy.
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The one you are looking for is the one who is looking. - Francis of Assisi Quotes
The one you are looking for is the one who is looking.
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Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love. - Francis of Assisi Quotes
Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
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I have been all things unholy. If God can work through me, he can work through anyone. - Francis of Assisi Quotes
I have been all things unholy. If God can work through me, he can work through anyone.
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You cannot all abandon your possessions, but at least you can change your attitude about them. All getting separates you from others; all giving unites to others.
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The journey is essential to the dream. - Francis of Assisi Quotes
The journey is essential to the dream.
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When I think of the happiness that is in store for me, every sorrow, every pain becomes dear to me. - Francis of Assisi Quotes
When I think of the happiness that is in store for me, every sorrow, every pain becomes dear to me.
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O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
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Sanctify yourself and you will sanctify society. - Francis of Assisi Quotes
Sanctify yourself and you will sanctify society.
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We have been called to heal wounds, to unite what has fallen away, and to bring home those who have lost their way. Many who seem to us to be children of the Devil will still become Christ's disciples.
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Blessed is the servant who loves his brother as much when he is sick and useless as when he is well and an be of service to him. And blessed is he who loves his brother as well when he is afar off as when he is by his side, and who would say nothing behind his back he might not, in love, say before his face.
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By the anxieties and worries of this life Satan tries to dull man's heart and make a dwelling for himself there.
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A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows. - Francis of Assisi Quotes
A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows.
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The greatest security we can have in this world that we are in the grace of God, does not consist in the feelings that we have of love to Him, but rather in an irrevocable abandonment of our whole being into His hands, and in a firm resolution never to consent to any sin great or small.
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Lord, grant that I might not so much seek to be loved as to love. - Francis of Assisi Quotes
Lord, grant that I might not so much seek to be loved as to love.
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Go out and preach the gospel and if you must, use words. - Francis of Assisi Quotes
Go out and preach the gospel and if you must, use words.
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Be patient, because the weaknesses of the body are given to us in this world by God for the salvation of the soul. So they are of great merit when they are borne patiently.
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It is not fitting, when one is in God's service, to have a gloomy face or a chilling look. - Francis of Assisi Quotes
It is not fitting, when one is in God's service, to have a gloomy face or a chilling look.
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Spiritual joy arises from purity of the heart and perseverance in prayer. - Francis of Assisi Quotes
Spiritual joy arises from purity of the heart and perseverance in prayer.
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It would be considered a theft on our part if we didn't give to someone in greater need than we are.
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What could you do to a man who owns nothing? You can't starve a fasting man, you can't steal from someone who has no money, you can't ruin someone who hates prestige.
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We should seek not so much to pray but to become prayer. - Francis of Assisi Quotes
We should seek not so much to pray but to become prayer.
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Let us also love our neighbors as ourselves. Let us have charity and humility. Let us give alms because these cleanse our souls from the stains of sin. Men lose all the material things they leave behind them in this world, but they carry with them the reward of their charity and the alms they give. For these they will receive from the Lord the reward and recompense they deserve.
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You can show your love to others by not wishing that they should be better Christians. - Francis of Assisi Quotes
You can show your love to others by not wishing that they should be better Christians.
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Make me an instrument of thy peace. - Francis of Assisi Quotes
Make me an instrument of thy peace.
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God could not have chosen anyone less qualified, or more of a sinner, than myself. And so, for this wonderful work He intends to perform through us, He selected me- for God always chooses the weak and the absurd, and those who count for nothing.
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It was easy to love God in all that was beautiful. The lessons of deeper knowledge, though, instructed me to embrace God in all things.
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Do not put off any longer confessing all your sins, for death will soon come. Give and it will be given you; forgive and you will be forgiven. . . Blessed are they who die repentant, for they shall go to the Kingdom of Heaven!
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Grant me the treasure of sublime poverty. - Francis of Assisi Quotes
Grant me the treasure of sublime poverty.
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St. Francis of Assisi was hoeing his garden when someone asked what he would do if he were suddenly to learn that he would die before sunset that very day. "I would finish hoeing my garden," he replied.
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Be praised, My Lord, through Sister Water; she is very useful, and humble, and precious, and pure. - Francis of Assisi Quotes
Be praised, My Lord, through Sister Water; she is very useful, and humble, and precious, and pure.
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Be patient in trials, watchful in prayer, and never cease working. - Francis of Assisi Quotes
Be patient in trials, watchful in prayer, and never cease working.
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We should all realize that no matter where or how a man dies, if he is in the state of mortal sin and does not repent, when he could have done so and did not, the Devil tears his soul from his body with such anguish and distress that only a person who has experienced it can appreciate it.
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Dear God, please reveal to us your sublime beauty, that is everywhere, everywhere, everywhere, so that we will never again feel frightened.
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No one is to be called an enemy, all are your benefactors, and no one does you harm. You have no enemy except yourselves.
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When we pray to God we must be seeking nothing - nothing. - Francis of Assisi Quotes
When we pray to God we must be seeking nothing - nothing.
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I believe that You, O Jesus, are in the most holy Sacrament. I love You and desire You. Come into my heart. I embrace You. Oh, never leave me. May the burning and most sweet power of Your love, O Lord Jesus Christ, I beseech You, absorb my mind that I may die through love of Your love, Who were graciously pleased to die through love of my love.
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Here is one of the best means to acquire humility; fix well in mind this maxim: One is as much as he is in the sight of God, and no more.
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Hold back nothing of yourselves for yourselves so that He who gives Himself totally to you may receive you totally.
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The world is a great stage on which God displays his many wonders. - Francis of Assisi Quotes
The world is a great stage on which God displays his many wonders.
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Our hands imbibe like roots, so i place them on what is beautiful in this world. And I fold them in prayer, and they draw from the heavens light
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You should never praise anyone until you see how he turns out in the end! - Francis of Assisi Quotes
You should never praise anyone until you see how he turns out in the end!
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If we endure all things patiently and with gladness, thinking on the sufferings of our Blessed Lord, and bearing all for the love of Him: herein is perfect joy.
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Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance. - Francis of Assisi Quotes
Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance.
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Nor did demons crucify Him; it is you who have crucified Him and crucify Him still, when you delight in your vices and sins.
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The Lord called me by the way of simplicity and humility, and this way He hath shown me in truth for me and those who will believe and imitate me. And therefore I would that ye name not to me any rule, neither of St. Augustine, nor St. Benedict, nor of Bernard, nor any way or form of living, but that which was mercifully shown and given me by the Lord.
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Where there is discord may we bring harmony. Where there is error, may we bring truth. Where there is doubt, may we bring faith. Where there is despair, may we bring hope.
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Don't canonize me too soon. I'm perfectly capable of fathering a child. - Francis of Assisi Quotes
Don't canonize me too soon. I'm perfectly capable of fathering a child.
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We should have no more use or regard for money in any of its forms than we have for dust. Those who think it is worth more, or who are greedy for it, expose themselves to the danger of being deceived by the Devil.
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The tree of love its roots hath spread Deep in my heart, and rears its head; Rich are its fruits: they joy dispense; Transport the heart, and ravish sense. In love's sweet swoon to thee I cleave, Bless'd source of love.
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Jesus is happy to come with us, as truth is happy to be spoken, as life to be lived, as light to be lit, as love is to be loved, as joy to be given, as peace to be spread.
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...In this world I cannot see the Most High Son of God with my own eyes, except for His Most Holy Body and Blood.
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A man has only so much knowledge as he puts to work.
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Man should tremble, the world should vibrate, all heaven should be deeply moved when the Son of God appears on the altar in the hands of the priest.
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For One in such a lofty position to stoop so low is a marvel that is staggering. What sublime humility and humble sublimeness, that the Lord of the Universe, the Divine Son of God, should stoop as to hide Himself under the appearance of bread for our salvation! Behold the humble way of God, my brothers. Therefore, do not hold yourselves to be anything of yourselves, so that you may be entirely acceptable to One Who gives Himself entirely to you.
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Don't change the world, change worlds.
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