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  • Godwin Delali Adadzie 2:39 pm on March 15, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Christian Prayer Quotes and Sayings 

    God does nothing except in response to believing prayer. ~John Wesley

    Prayer is the oxygen of the soul. ~St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina

    Prayer is the wing wherewith the soul flies to heaven, and meditation the eye wherewith we see God. ~St. Ambrose of Milan

    God is always available 25 hours a day, 8 days a week just to hear and answer your prayers. ~Godwin Delali Adadzie

    Seven days without prayer makes one weak. ~Allen E. Vartlett

    Pray, hope, and don’t worry. Worry is useless. God is merciful and will hear your prayer. ~St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina

    I have so much to do that I spend several hours in prayer before I am able to do it. ~John Wesley

    I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had absolutely no other place to go. ~Abraham Lincoln

    Prayer is the best weapon we have; it is the key to God’s heart. You must speak to Jesus not only with your lips, but with your heart. In fact on certain occasions you should only speak to Him with your heart. ~St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina

    Prayer can never be in excess. ~C. H. Spurgeon

    The prayer power has never been tried to its full capacity. If we want to see mighty wonders of divine power and grace wrought in the place of weakness, failure and disappointment, let us answer God’s standing challenge, “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not!” ~J. Hudson Taylor

    The men who have done the most for God in this world have been early on their knees. He who fritters away the early morning, its opportunity and freshness, in other pursuits than seeking God will make poor headway seeking Him the rest of the day. If God is not first in our thoughts and efforts in the morning, He will be in the last place the remainder of the day. ~E.M. Bounds

    Satan does not care how many people read about prayer if only he can keep them from praying. ~Paul E. Billheimer

    If I fail to spend two hours in prayer each morning, the devil gets the victory through the day. I have so much business I cannot get on without spending three hours daily in prayer. ~Martin Luther

    Oh brother, pray; in spite of Satan, pray; spend hours in prayer; rather neglect friends than not pray; rather fast, and lose breakfast, dinner, tea, and supper – and sleep too – than not pray. And we must not talk about prayer, we must pray in right earnest. The Lord is near. He comes softly while the virgins slumber. ~Andrew A. Bonar

    No learning can make up for the failure to pray. No earnestness, no diligence, no study, no gifts will supply its lack. ~E.M. Bounds

    The greatest thing anyone can do for God or man is pray. ~S.D. Gordon

    Talking to men for God is a great thing, but talking to God for men is greater still. ~E.M. Bounds

    Prayer will make a man cease from sin, or sin will entice a man to cease from prayer. ~John Bunyon

    Prayer does not change the purpose of God. But prayer does change the action of God. ~Chuck Smith

    The little estimate we put on prayer is evidence from the little time we give to it. ~E.M. Bounds

    Men may spurn our appeals, reject our message, oppose our arguments, despise our persons, but they are helpless against our prayers. ~Sidlow Baxter

    Don’t pray when you feel like it. Have an appointment with the Lord and keep it. A man is powerful on his knees. ~Corrie ten Boom

    Prayer is not learned in a classroom but in the closet. ~E. M. Bounds

    Prayer is the secret of power. ~Evan Roberts

    He who has learned to pray has learned the greatest secret of a holy and happy life. ~William Law

    Prayer does not fit us for the greater work; prayer is the greater work. ~Oswald Chambers

     
  • Godwin Delali Adadzie 10:11 pm on June 10, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Faith Quotes by Christian Saints 

    A collection of faith quotes by some of the finest Christians. “But without faith it is impossible to please God. For he that cometh to God must believe that he is: and is a rewarder to them that seek him.” Hebrews 11:6

    Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe. ~St. Augustine of Hippo

    You must be strong, dear brothers and sisters. You must be strong with the strength that comes from faith. ~Bl. Pope John Paul II

    I believe though I do not comprehend, and I hold by faith what I cannot grasp with the mind. ~St. Bernard of Clairvaux

    Faith has to do with things that are not seen, and hope with things that are not in hand. ~St. Thomas Aquinas

    I will go peaceably and firmly to the Catholic Church: for if Faith is so important to our salvation, I will seek it where true Faith first began, seek it among those who received it from God Himself. ~St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

    It is because of faith that we exchange the present for the future. ~St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen

    The faith of those who live their faith is a serene faith. What you long for will be given you; what you love will be yours for ever. ~St. Leo the Great

    It is not the actual physical exertion that counts towards one’s progress, nor the nature of the task, but by the spirit of faith with which it is undertaken. ~St. Francis Xavier

    If you believe what you like in the gospels, and reject what you don’t like, it is not the gospel you believe, but yourself. ~St. Augustine of Hippo

    One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it. But to sacrifice what you are and to live without belief, that is a fate more terrible than dying. ~St. Joan of Arc

    I shall live and die for the sake of my faith and religion. I take pride in the Cross of my God and Lord. ~Bl. Ignazio Maloyan

    Hold firmly that our faith is identical with that of the ancients. Deny this, and you dissolve the unity of the Church. ~St. Thomas Aquinas

    My confidence is placed in God who does not need our help for accomplishing his designs. Our single endeavor should be to give ourselves to the work and to be faithful to him, and not to spoil his work by our shortcomings. ~St. Isaac Jogues

    Faith is a beam radiating from the face of God. ~St. John Eudes

    To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible. ~St. Thomas Aquinas

    Unless you believe, you will not understand. ~St. Augustine of Hippo

     
  • Godwin Delali Adadzie 8:55 pm on May 29, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Padre Pio Quotes and Padre Pio Sayings 

    Some notable quotes by Saint Padre Pio, the Capuchin friar and mystic from Pietrelcina, Italy.

    The Devil is like a mad dog tied by a chain. Beyond the length of the chain he cannot catch hold of anyone. And you, therefore, keep your distance. If you get too close you will be caught. Remember, the Devil has only one door with which to enter into our soul: our will. There are no secret or hidden doors. No sin is a true sin if we have not willfully consented. ~Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina

    If you have the courage to imitate Mary Magdalene in her sins, have the courage to imitate her penance! ~Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina

    Always humble yourself lovingly before God and man, because God speaks to those who are truly humble of heart, and enriches them with His gifts. ~Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina

    Pray, hope, and don’t worry. Worry is useless. God is merciful and will hear your prayer. ~Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina

    Keep close to the Catholic Church at all times, for the Church alone can give you true peace, since she alone possesses Jesus, the true Prince of Peace, in the Blessed Sacrament. ~Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina

    Oh, how precious time is! Blessed are those who know how to make good use of it. Oh, if only all could understand how precious time is, undoubtedly everyone would do his best to spend it in a praiseworthy manner! ~Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina

    Prayer is the best weapon we have; it is the key to God’s heart. You must speak to Jesus not only with your lips, but with your heart. In fact on certain occasions you should only speak to Him with your heart. ~Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina

    Do you not see the Madonna always beside the tabernacle? ~Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina

    The longer the trial to which God subjects you, the greater the goodness in comforting you during the time of the trial and in the exaltation after the combat. ~Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina

    Fear not because God is with you. ~Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina

    In order to attract us, the Lord grants us many graces that we believe can easily obtain Heaven for us. We do not know, however, that in order to grow, we need hard bread: the cross, humiliation, trials and denials. ~Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina

    Who can assure us that we will be alive tomorrow? Let us listen to the voice of our conscience, to the voice of the royal prophet: “Today, if you hear God’s voice, harden not your heart.” Let us not put off from one moment to another (what we should do) because the (next moment) is not yet ours. ~Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina

    Prayer is the oxygen of the soul. ~Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina

    Through the study of books one seeks God; by meditation one finds him. ~Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina

    Faith guides even us and we follow its sure light on the way which conducts us to God and His homeland. ~Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina

    Every Holy Mass, heard with devotion, produces in our souls marvelous effects, abundant spiritual and material graces which we, ourselves, do not know…It is easier for the earth to exist without the sun than without the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass! ~Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina

    I want to be only a poor friar who prays – if God sees blemishes even in the angels, can you imagine what He sees in me! ~Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina

    The life of a Christian is nothing but a perpetual struggle against self; there is no flowering of the soul to the beauty of its perfection except at the price of pain. ~Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina

    Love the Blessed Mother and make her loved. Always say the Rosary. ~Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina

    Some people are so foolish that they think they can go through life without the help of the Blessed Mother. Love the Madonna and pray the rosary, for her Rosary is the weapon against the evils of the world today. All graces given by God pass through the Blessed Mother. ~Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina

    Go to the Madonna. Love her! Always say the Rosary. Say it well. Say it as often as you can! Be souls of prayer. Never tire of praying, it is what is essential. Prayer shakes the Heart of God, it obtains necessary graces! ~Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina

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  • Godwin Delali Adadzie 3:39 pm on May 7, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    C. S. Lewis: Quotes by Clive Staples Lewis 

    In coming to understand anything we are rejecting the facts as they are for us in favour of the facts as they are. ~C. S. Lewis

    Relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing had yet been done… ~C. S. Lewis

    Christ died for men precisely because men are not worth dying for; to make them worth it. ~C. S. Lewis

    A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, ‘darkness’ on the walls of his cell. ~C. S. Lewis

    A great many of those who ‘debunk’ traditional…values have in the background values of their own which they believe to be immune from the debunking process. ~C. S. Lewis

    If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark. Dark would be without meaning. ~C. S. Lewis

    Whenever you find a man who says he doesn’t believe in a real Right and Wrong, you will find the same man going back on this a moment later. ~C. S. Lewis

    It is safe to tell the pure in heart that they shall see God, for only the pure in heart want to. ~C. S. Lewis

    God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world. ~C. S. Lewis

    It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad. ~C. S. Lewis

    Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil. ~C. S. Lewis

    We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased. ~C. S. Lewis

    An open mind, in questions that are not ultimate, is useful. But an open mind about the ultimate foundations either of Theoretical or of Practical Reason is idiocy. ~C. S. Lewis

    An explanation of cause is not a justification by reason. ~C. S. Lewis

    I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else. ~C. S. Lewis

    If Christianity is untrue, then no honest man will want to believe it, however helpful it might be; if it is true, every honest man will want to believe it, even if it gives him no help at all. ~C. S. Lewis

    Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important. ~C. S. Lewis

    Reality, in fact, is always something you couldn’t have guessed. That’s one of the reasons I believe Christianity. It’s a religion you couldn’t have guessed. ~C. S. Lewis

    There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, “Thy will be done,” and those to whom God says, “All right, then, have it your way.” ~C. S. Lewis

    We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive. ~C. S. Lewis

    Can a mortal ask questions which God finds unanswerable? Quite easily, I should think. All nonsense questions are unanswerable. ~C. S. Lewis

    A young man who wishes to remain a sound atheist cannot be too careful of his reading. ~C. S. Lewis

    Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither. ~C. S. Lewis

    The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts. ~C. S. Lewis

    Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement. ~C. S. Lewis

    Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. ~C. S. Lewis

    Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it. ~C. S. Lewis

    Don’t use words too big for the subject. Don’t say “infinitely” when you mean “very”; otherwise you’ll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite. ~C. S. Lewis

    Humans are amphibians – half spirit and half animal. As spirits they belong to the eternal world, but as animals they inhabit time. ~C. S. Lewis

    If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this. ~C. S. Lewis

    Eros will have naked bodies; Friendship naked personalities. ~C. S. Lewis

    God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing. ~C. S. Lewis

    I gave in, and admitted that God was God. ~C. S. Lewis

    Part of every misery is, so to speak, the misery’s shadow or reflection: the fact that you don’t merely suffer but have to keep on thinking about the fact that you suffer. I not only live each endless day in grief, but live each day thinking about living each day in grief. ~C. S. Lewis

    I sometimes wonder whether all pleasures are not substitutes for joy. ~C. S. Lewis

    Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours. ~C. S. Lewis

    Reason is the natural order of truth; but imagination is the organ of meaning. ~C. S. Lewis

    Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see. ~C. S. Lewis

    Miracles do not, in fact, break the laws of nature. ~C. S. Lewis

    If we cut up beasts simply because they cannot prevent us and because we are backing our own side in the struggle for existence, it is only logical to cut up imbeciles, criminals, enemies, or capitalists for the same reasons. ~C. S. Lewis

    It’s so much easier to pray for a bore than to go and see one. ~C. S. Lewis

    The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is. ~C. S. Lewis

    Some people feel guilty about their anxieties and regard them as a defect of faith but they are afflictions, not sins. Like all afflictions, they are, if we can so take them, our share in the passion of Christ. ~C. S. Lewis

    If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair. ~C. S. Lewis

    You don’t have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body. ~C. S. Lewis

    If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world. ~C. S. Lewis

    The real problem is not why some pious, humble, believing people suffer, but why some do not. ~C. S. Lewis

    The safest road to hell is the gradual one – the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts. ~C. S. Lewis

    You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me. ~C. S. Lewis

    Joy is the serious business of Heaven. ~C. S. Lewis

    God is not merely good, but goodness; goodness is not merely divine, but God. ~C. S. Lewis

    You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. ~C. S. Lewis

    It still remains true that no justification of virtue will enable a man to be virtuous. ~C. S. Lewis

    Do not let us mistake necessary evils for good. ~C. S. Lewis

    The heart never takes the place of the head: but it can, and should, obey it. ~C. S. Lewis

    Mortal lovers must not try to remain at the first step; for lasting passion is the dream of a harlot and from it we wake in despair. ~C. S. Lewis

    Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: What! You too? I thought I was the only one. ~C. S. Lewis

    Wherever any precept of traditional morality is simply challenged to produce its credentials, as though the burden of proof lay on it, we have taken the wrong position. ~C. S. Lewis

    The trouble about trying to make yourself stupider than you really are is that you very often succeed. ~C. S. Lewis

    As the king governs by his executive, so Reason in man must rule the mere appetites by means of the ‘spirited element.’ ~C. S. Lewis

    No doubt those who really founded modern science were usually those whose love of truth exceeded their love of power. ~C. S. Lewis

    History is a story written by the finger of God. ~C. S. Lewis

    Badness is only spoiled goodness. ~C. S. Lewis

    This year, or this month, or, more likely, this very day, we have failed to practise ourselves the kind of behaviour we expect from other people. ~C. S. Lewis

    Now is our chance to choose the right side. God is holding back to give us that chance. It won’t last forever. We must take it or leave it. ~C. S. Lewis

    And then she understood the devilish cunning of the enemies’ plan. By mixing a little truth with it they had made their lie far stronger. ~C. S. Lewis

    The worst attitude of all would be the professional attitude which regards children in the lump as a sort of raw material which we have to handle. ~C. S. Lewis

    If you are really a product of a materialistic universe, how is it that you don’t feel at home there? ~C. S. Lewis

    The more lucidly we think, the more we are cut off: the more deeply we enter into reality, the less we can think. ~C. S. Lewis

    If God is satisfied with the work, the work may be satisfied with itself. ~C. S. Lewis

     
  • Godwin Delali Adadzie 2:32 pm on May 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Modesty and Purity Quotes, Sayings and Thoughts to keep You modest 

    A collection of modesty quotes and sayings from Popes, Saints and Devout Souls.

    “Those who glory in their looks – not in their hearts – dress to please others.” Saint Clement of Alexandria

    “You carry your snare everywhere and spread your nets in all places. You allege that you never invited others to sin. You did not, indeed, by your words, but you have done so by your dress and your deportment, and much more effectively than you could by your voice. When you have made another sin in his heart, how can you be innocent? Tell me, whom does this world condemn? Whom do judges in court punish? Those who drink poison or those who prepare it and administer the fatal potion? You have prepared the abominable cup, you have given the death-dealing drink, and you are more criminal than are those who poison the body; you murder not the body, but the soul. And it is not to enemies that you do this, nor are you urged on by any imaginary necessity, nor provoked by injury, but out of foolish vanity and pride.” Saint John Chrysostom

    “Either we must speak as we dress, or dress as we speak. Why do we profess one thing and display another? The tongue talks of chastity, but the whole body reveals impurity.” Saint Jerome

    “Purity is a precious jewel, and the owner of a precious stone would never dream of making a display of his riches in the presence of thieves.” Saint John Bosco

    “It might be said that society speaks through the clothing it wears. Through its clothing it reveals its secret aspirations and uses it, at least in part, to build or destroy its future.” Pope Pius XII

    “But by no manner of means are women to be allotted to uncover and exhibit any part of their person, lest both fall,–the men by being excited to look, they by drawing on themselves the eyes of the men.” Saint Clement of Alexandria

    “Luxurious clothing that cannot conceal the shape of the body is no more a covering. For such clothing, falling close to the body, takes its form more easily. Clinging to the body as though it were the flesh, it receives its shape and outlines the woman’s figure. As a result, the whole make of the body is visible to spectators, although they cannot see the body itself.” Saint Clement of Alexandria

    “The good of our soul is more important than that of our body; and we have to prefer the spiritual welfare of our neighbor to our bodily comforts. . . If a certain kind of dress constitutes a grave and proximate occasion of sin, and endangers the salvation of your soul and others, it is your duty to give it up.” Pope Pius XII

    “We must practice modesty, not only in our looks, but also in our whole deportment, and particularly in our dress, our walk, our conversation, and all similar actions.” Saint Alphonsus Maria de Liguori

    “Purity requires modesty, an integral part of temperance. Modesty protects the intimate center of the person. It means refusing to unveil what should remain hidden. It is ordered to chastity to whose sensitivity it bears witness. It guides how one looks at others and behaves toward them in conformity with the dignity of persons and their solidarity.” Catechism of the Catholic Church §2521

    “There are mothers who have so little religion or, if you like, are so ignorant that if they want to show off their baby to some neighbouring mothers, they will show it to them naked. Others, when they are putting on diapers, will leave the babies, for a long period of time, uncovered before everyone. Now even if there is no one present at all, you should not do this. Should you not respect the presence of their Guardian Angels? It is the same thing when you are feeding them. Should any Christian mother allow her breasts to remain exposed? And even if they are covered, should she not turn aside to some place where there is no one else? Then there are others who, under the pretext of being foster-nurses, are continually only half-covered. This is very disgusting. It is enough to make even the pagans blush. People are compelled to avoid their company in order not to expose themselves to evil thoughts.

    But, you will say to me, even if everyone is around, we must feed our children and change their diapers when they cry! And I shall tell you that when they cry, you ought to do everything you possibly can to quieten them but that it is a far better thing to let them cry a little than to offend God. Alas! How many mothers are the cause of evil glances, of bad thoughts, of immodest touches! Tell me, are these the Christian mothers who should be so reserved? Oh, dear God! What judgment should they expect? Others are so cruel that they let their children run around for the whole morning, during the summer, only half-dressed. Tell me, unhappy people, would it not be better for you to take your places among the savage beasts? Where is your religion, then, and your anxiety to do your duty? Alas! As far as religion is concerned, you have none. As for your duties, have you ever known what they were? That you have not, you give proof every day. Ah, poor children, how unfortunate you are to belong to such parents!” Saint Jean Marie Baptiste Vianney

    “For those women sin against God when they rub their skin with ointments, stain their cheeks with rouge, and make their eyes prominent with antimony. To them, I suppose, the artistic skill of God is displeasing!” Tertullian of Carthage

    “In all your movements, let nothing be evident that would offend the eyes of another.” Saint Augustine of Hippo

    “A special danger to morals is represented by public bathing at beaches, in pool and river banks. . . Mixed bathing between men and women, which nearly always is a proximate occasion of sin and a scandal, must be avoided.” Cardinal Pia y Daniel

    “One cannot sufficiently deplore the blindness of so many women of every age and condition; made foolish by desire to please, they do not see to what a degree the indecency of their clothing shocks every honest man, and offends God.

    Most of them would formerly have blushed for those outfits as for a grave fault against Christian modesty; now it does not suffice for them to exhibit them on the public thoroughfares; they do not fear to cross the threshold of the churches, to assist at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, and even to bear the seducing food of shameful passions to the Eucharistic Table where one receives the Heavenly Author of purity.

    And we speak not of these exotic and barbarous dances recently imported into fashionable circles, one more shocking than the other; one cannot imagine anything more suitable for banishing all the remains of modesty. ” Pope Benedict XV

    “The most insidious of sophisms are usually repeated to justify immodesty and seem to be the same everywhere.” Pope Pius XII

    “We recall that a dress cannot be called decent which is cut deeper than two fingers breadth under the pit of the throat, which does not cover the arms at least to the elbows, and scarcely reaches a bit beyond the knee. Furthermore, dresses of transparent material are improper. Let parents keep their daughters away from public gymnastic games and contests; but, if their daughters are compelled to attend such exhibitions, let them see to it that they are fully and modestly dressed. Let them never permit their daughters to don immodest garb.” The Sacred Congregation of the Council (by the mandate of Pope Pius XI), January 12, 1930 A.D.

    “Frequent not the company of immodest persons, especially if they be also impudent, as is generally the case; …these corrupted souls and infected hearts scarcely speak to any, either of the same or a different sex, without causing them to fall in some degree from purity; they have poison in their eyes and in their breath, like basilisks. On the contrary, keep company with the chaste and virtuous; often meditate upon and read holy things; for the word of God is chaste, and makes those also chaste that delight in it.” Saint Francis de Sales, Introduction to a Devout Life, Part Third, Chapter XIII.

    “Be neat, Philothea; let nothing be negligent about you. It is a kind of contempt of those with whom we converse, to frequent their company in uncomely apparel; but, at the same time, avoid all affectation, vanity, curiosity, or levity in your dress. Keep yourself always, as much as possible, on the side of plainness and modesty, which, without doubt, is the greatest ornament of beauty, and the best excuse for the want of it.” Saint Francis de Sales, Introduction to a Devout Life, Part Third, Ch. 25

    “By Padre Pio’s explicit wish, women must enter the confessional wearing skirts AT LEAST 8 INCHES BELOW THE KNEE.  IT IS FORBIDDEN TO BORROW LONGER DRESSES IN CHURCH AND TO WEAR THEM TO CONFESSION.”

    “The Church is the house of God. It is forbidden for men to enter with bare arms or in shorts. It is forbidden for women to enter in trousers, without a veil on their head, in short clothing, low necklines, sleeveless or immodest dresses.” Saint Padre Pio

    “the sins which bring most souls to hell are the sins of the flesh.  Certain fashions are going to be introduced which will offend Our Lord very much… the Church has no fashions; Our Lord is always the same…” Our Lady of Fatima to Blessed Jacinta Marto

    “How beautiful then is modesty and what a gem among virtues it is.” St. Bernard of Clairvaux

    “Modesty in a woman is the sign that Jesus Christ dwells in her heart. It is a sweet perfume of edification which she is called upon to diffuse.” Fatima Crusader

    “The Church asks no more of women with their modesty of dress/conduct as She exhorts men to be with their eyes.” Lawrence Scheeler

    “How many young girls there are who do not see any wrongdoing in following certain shameless styles like so many sheep. They certainly would blush if they could guess the impression they make and the feelings they evoke in those who see them. Do they not see the harm resulting from excess in certain gymnastic exercises and sports not suitable for virtuous girls? What sins are committed or provoked by conversations which are too free, by immodest shows, by dangerous reading. How lax have consciences become, how pagan morals!” Pope Pius XII, July 17, 1954

    “Avoid failing, not only against purity, but even against the least rules of an exact modesty.” St. Paul of the Cross

    “Beyond fashion and its demands, there are higher and more pressing laws, principles superior to fashion, and unchangeable, which under no circumstances can be sacrificed to the whim of pleasure or fancy, and before which must bow the fleeting omnipotence of fashion. These principles have been proclaimed by God, by the Church, by the Saints, by reason, by Christian morality.” Pope Pius XII

    “When she was thrown into the air by a savage bull in the amphitheatre at Carthage, her first thought and action when she fell to the ground was to rearrange her dress to cover her thigh, because she was more concerned for modesty than pain.”  Pope Pius XII, Allocution to the Girls of Catholic Action, speaking of Saint Perpetua

    “A dress cannot be called decent which is cut deeper than two fingers breadth under the pit of the throat; which does not cover the arms at least to the elbows; and scarcely reaches a bit beyond the knees. Furthermore, dresses of transparent materials are improper.” The Cardinal Vicar of Pope Pius XI

    “The parish priest and especially the preacher, when occasion arises, should according to the words of the Apostle Paul (2 Tim. iv, 2) insist, argue, exhort and command that feminine garb be based on modesty and womanly ornament be a defense of virtue. Let them likewise admonish parents to cause their daughters to cease wearing indecorous dress.” Decree of the Congregation of the Council (by the mandate of Pope Pius XI), 1930 A.D.

    “These principles with due regard to time and place, must, in accordance with Christian prudence, be applied to all schools, particularly in the most delicate and decisive period of formation, that, namely, of adolescence; and in gymnastic exercises and deportment special care must be had of Christian modesty in young women and girls which is so gravely impaired by any kind of exhibition in public.” Pope Pius XI, ‘Divini Illus Magistri’, 1929 A.D.

    “Women must be decently dressed, especially when they go to church. The parish priest may, with due prudence, refuse them entrance to the church and access to the reception of the Sacraments [each] and every time that they come to church immodestly dressed.” General Pastoral Directive, 1915 A.D.

    “We lament, too, the destruction of purity among women and young girls as is evidenced by the increasing immodesty of their dress and conversation and by their participation in shameful dances.” Pope Pius XI

    “Girls and women dressed immodestly are to be debarred from Holy Communion and from acting as sponsors at the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation; further, if the offense be extreme, they may even be forbidden to enter the church.” Decree of the Congregation of the Council (by the mandate of Pope Pius XI), 1930 A.D.

    “Louis of Granada speaks of a young woman whose damnation had no other source than vanity and the desire to please. She led a regular life, but her passion to attract attention by the charm of her beauty was the moving cause of her whole conduct. Having fallen sick, she died, having received all the Sacraments. While her confessor was praying for her soul, she appeared to him, saying that she was damned, and that the cause of her damnation was vanity. ‘I sought,’ she added, ‘only to please the eyes of men. This passion caused me to commit a multitude of sins; it prevented me from receiving the Sacraments well, and it has led me to everlasting torments.’”Rev. F.X. Schouppe, S.J.

    “A mortal sin of scandal is committed by women who go about with their bosom immodestly exposed, or who expose their limbs improperly. Also by actors in immodest comedies, and still more by the persons who compose such comedies; also by painters who paint obscene pictures, and by the heads of families who keep such pictures in their houses. The father who speaks obscenely, or blasphemes the saints, in presence of his children, and the mother who brings into her house to live among her daughters young men who are in love with them, or betrothed to them, or other suspected persons, are guilty of a still more grievous sin of scandal. Some mothers say: do not suspect any evil. I answer, that it is their duty to suspect; otherwise they will have to render to God an account of all the sins which may follow.

    Woe to that man by whom the scandal cometh. Listen to a horrible thing that happened in the city of Savona in the year 1560. I have read it in the chronicles of the Capuchins, and it is also related by Father Ardia. There was a woman who, even after marriage, did not cease giving scandal. This woman one day fell into a fit, and while she was in a state of unconsciousness, she saw the Lord condemning her to eternal fire. When she recovered the use of her senses, she did nothing but cry out, “Alas! I am damned, I am damned!” A confessor came to comfort her, but she answered, “What have I to do with confession? I am damned.” Then her daughter approached the bed, in order to encourage her, but she cried out: “Ah, accursed child! on your account, too, I am damned: for through you I have given scandal to others.” After these words the devils, in presence of all who were in the apartment, raised her up to the ceiling, and then dashed her so violently against the floor that she instantly expired.” Saint Alphonsus Maria de Liguori

    “The body should be bedecked naturally and without affectation, with simplicity, with neglect rather than nicety, not with costly and dazzling apparel, but with ordinary clothes, so that nothing be lacking to honesty and necessity, yet nothing be added to increase its beauty.” Saint Ambrose of Milan

    “Whatever is born is the work of God. So whatever is plastered on, is the devil’s work…. How unworthy of the Christian name it is to wear a fictitious face — you on whom simplicity in every form is enjoined! You, to whom lying with the tongue is not lawful, are lying in appearance.” Tertullian of Carthage

    “If you desire to be one of the faithful and to please the Lord, O wife, do not add adornments to your beauty, in order to please other men. Do not wear fine embroidery, garments, or shoes, to entice those who are allured by such things. It may be that you do not do these wicked things for the purpose of sinning yourself — but only for the sake of adornment and beauty. Nevertheless, you still will not escape future punishment for having compelled another to look so close at you as to lust after you.” Apostolic Constitutions

    “To dye oneself with paints in order to have a rosier or a paler complexion is a lying counterfeit.” Saint Augustine of Hippo

    “What does God think of spurious beauty, rejecting utterly as He does all falsehood?” Saint Clement of Alexandria

    “Moreover, know that just as all mortal sins are very serious, so too a venial sin is made mortal if a human being delights in it with the intention of persevering.

    Wherefore, know that two sins, which I now name to you, are being practiced and that they draw after them other sins that all seem as if venial.

    But because the people delight in them with the intention of persevering, they are therefore made mortal. . .

    The first of the two sins is that the faces of rational human creatures are being painted with the various colors with which insensible images and statues of idols are colored so that to others, these faces may seem more beautiful than I made them.

    The second sin is that the bodies of men and women are being deformed from their natural state by the unseemly forms of clothing that the people are using.” Our Lord Jesus Christ, The Revelations of Saint Bridget of Sweden

    A collection of modesty quotes and modesty sayings from the Scriptures.

    “You have heard that it was said to them of old: Thou shalt not commit adultery. But I say to you, that whosoever shall look on a woman to lust after her, hath already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Our Lord Jesus Christ in Matthew 5:27-28

    “A woman shall not be clothed with man’s apparel, neither shall a man use woman’s apparel: for he that doth these things is abominable before God.” Deuteronomy 22:5

    “I made a covenant with my eyes, that I would not so much as think upon a virgin.” Job 31:1

    “A golden ring in a swine’s snout, a woman fair and foolish.”
    Proverbs 11:22

    “Let your modesty be known to all men. The Lord is nigh.” Philippians 4:5

    “Whose adorning, let it not be the outward plaiting of the hair, or the wearing of gold, or the putting on of apparel: But the hidden man of the heart, in the incorruptibility of a quiet and a meek spirit which is rich in the sight of God.” 1 Peter 3:3-4

    “In like manner, women also in decent apparel: adorning themselves with modesty and sobriety, not with plaited hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly attire.” 1 Timothy 2:9

    “I urge you, therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, your spiritual worship. Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.” Romans 12:1-2

    “And the king went in to see the guests: and he saw there a man who had not on a wedding garment. And he saith to him: Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? But he was silent. Then the king said to the waiters: Bind his hands and feet, and cast him into the exterior darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen.” Matthew 22:11-14

     
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