How often I failed in my duty to God, because I was not leaning on the strong pillar of prayer.
- St. Teresa of Avila

Don't imagine that, if you had a great deal of time, you would spend more of it in prayer. Get rid of that idea; it is no hindrance to prayer to spend your time well.
- St. Teresa of Avila

Jacob did not cease to be a Saint because he had to attend to his flocks.
- St.  Teresa of Avila

The most potent and acceptable prayer is the prayer that leaves the best effects. I don't mean it must immediately fill the soul with desire . . . The best effects [are] those that are followed up by actions---when the soul not only desires the honor of God, but really strives for it.
- St. Teresa of Avila

We must pray without tiring, for the salvation of mankind does not depend upon material success . . . but on Jesus alone.
- St. Frances Xavier Cabrini

Anyone who has the habit of speaking before God's majesty as if he were speaking to a slave, careless about how he is speaking, and saying whatever comes into his head and whatever he's learned from saying prayers at other times, in my opinion is not praying. Please, God, may no Christian pray in this way.
- St. Teresa of Avila

I would never want any prayer that would not make the virtues grow within me.
- St. Teresa of Avila

Let him never cease from prayer who has once begun it, be his life ever so wicked; for prayer is the way to amend it, and without prayer such amendment will be much more difficult.
- St. Teresa of Avila

Vocal prayer . . . must be accompanied by reflection. A prayer in which a person is not aware of Whom he is speaking to, what he is asking, who it is who is asking and of Whom, I don't call prayer-----however much the lips may move.

-St. Teresa of Avila

You pay God a compliment by asking great things of Him.
- St. Teresa of Avila


Be sure that you first preach by the way you live. If you do not, people will notice that you say one thing, but live otherwise, and your words will bring only cynical laughter and a derisive shake of the head.
- St. Charles Borromeo

When I see the need for Divine teaching and how hungry people are to hear it, I am atremble to be off and running throughout the world, preaching the word of God. I have no rest, my soul finds no other relief, than to rush about and preach.
- St. Anthony Mary Claret


Those whose hearts are pure are the temples of the Holy Spirit.
- St. Lucy


I wealthiest am when richest in remorse.
- St. Robert Southwell

Where sin was hatched, let tears now wash the nest.
- St. Robert Southwell


Leave sadness to those in the world. We who work for God should be lighthearted.
- St. Leonard of Port Maurice