This week we begin a new feature that brings together some of the best know and most inspiration quotes from the saints of the Church. Seven quotes for the next seven days. Another seven next week

“We must always remind ourselves that we are pilgrims until we arrive at our heavenly homeland, and we must not let our affections delay us in the roadside inns and lands through which we pass, otherwise we will forget our destination and lose interest in our final goal.” St Ignatius Loyola

“We need to train ourselves to be indifferent in our attitude to all created things, in all that is permitted to our free will and not forbidden; so that on our part, we do not set our hearts on good health rather than bad, riches rather than poverty, honour rather than dishonour, a long life rather than a short one, and so in all the rest”. St Ignatius Loyola.

‘Justice without mercy is cruelty; mercy without justice means the dissolution of all right order’ St Thomas Aquinas.

‘The blood of the martyrs is the seed of Christians’ Tertullian

'Our participation in the Body and Blood of Christ aspires to nothing other than to become what we receive" St Leo the Great.

‘See, they say, how they love one another, for themselves [i.e. the pagans] are animated by mutual hatred; how they [the Christians] are ready even to die for one another, for they themselves [the pagans] will sooner put to death. And they are angry with us, too, because we call each other “brother” and “sister”; for no other reason, I think, than because among themselves names of consanguinity are assumed in mere pretence of affection [i.e. the pagans do not even have sincere love even for members of their own blood family]. ’ Tertullian.

Our Lord does not care so much for the importance of our works

as for the love with which they are done.

St. Teresa of Ávila