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10 Saint Quotes on the Christian Life

John of the Cross
St. John of the Cross portrayed in the Our Lady of Carmel Chapel

What does it mean to live as a Christian? How can we as Christians find peace and joy in every day? How can we embody the love of Christ? In this collection of quotes from saints throughout the ages, gain insight on the meaning of the Christian life and find encouragement for your daily walk with the Lord.

On Placing Our Trust in Christ

“Life is to live in such a way that we are not afraid to die.” – St. Teresa of Avila

“He who trusts in himself is lost. He who trusts in God can do all things.” – St. Alphonsus Liguori

“The past must be abandoned to God’s mercy, the present to our faithfulness, the future to divine providence.” – St. Francis de Sales

On Appreciating Beauty Given by God

“God passes through the thicket of the world, and wherever His glance falls, He turns all things to beauty.” – St. John of the Cross

On Finding Peace in Christ

“You have made us for Yourself, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in You.”
– St. Augustine of Hippo

Saint Josephine Bakhita Trinity Dome
St. Josephine Bakhita portrayed in the Trinity Dome

“In God’s will, there is great peace.” – St. Josephine Bakhita

On Living in Love

“Perfect love means putting up with other people’s shortcomings, feeling no surprise at their weaknesses, finding encouragement even in the slightest evidence of good qualities in them.”
– St. Thérèse of Lisieux

On Keeping Our Eyes on Heaven

“We are pilgrims and strangers on earth. Pilgrims sleep in tents and sometimes cross deserts, but the thought of their homeland makes them forget everything else.” – St. Charles de Foucauld

On Living According to God’s Will

“In uniting yourself to God’s will, you take on new life and gather great courage, willingly embracing the cross and kissing His hand even when it chastises you, a hand that reaches out to you in love and has no other intention but your greater spiritual well-being.”
– St. Paul of the Cross

St. Vincent De Paul Chapel
Mosaic detail of the St. Vincent de Paul Chapel

On God’s Strength in Our Weakness

“Consider God’s generosity toward you rather than your own unworthiness in His sight, and live in His strength, rather than in thoughts of your own weakness.” – St. Vincent de Paul


A Dictionary of Quotes from the Saints, Dr. Paul Thigpen.

“Wisdom of the Day,” Aleteia.

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