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This week we continue a new feature that brings together some of the best know and most inspiration quotes from the saints of the Church. Idea: copy and paste these to include in your parish bulletin. Seven quotes for the next seven days. Another seven next week.

‘Through the Holy Spirit we are all called participators of God…we enter to form part of divine nature through participation in the Spirit…This is why the Spirit makes divine all those in which he is present’ St Athanasius, Letter to Serapion, I, 14.

“Some people, in order to discover God, read books. But there is a great book: the very appearance of created things. Look above you! Look below you! Read it. God, whom you want to discover, never wrote that book with ink. Instead, He set before your eyes the things that He had made. Can you ask for a louder voice than that? Why heaven and earth cry out: God made me!’ St Augustine, Sermon 123.

‘ God is more deeply present to me than I am to myself’. St Augustine, Confessions III, 6, 11.

‘If you see charity, you see the Trinity’, St Augustine, De Trinitatae, VIII, 8, 12.

‘A State which is not governed according to justice would be just a bunch of thieves’ St Augustine, City of God, IV, 4.

'Si comprehendis, non est Deus...if you think you have understood God, what you have understood is not God’ St Augustine, Sermon 52, 16.

St Alphonsus cites St Philip Neri who ‘at the very moment when he awoke in the morning, said to God ‘Lord keep thy hands over Philip this day; for if not, Philip will betray thee’’ (The Great Means of Prayer, III, 3).

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