Sainthood Quotes

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Christopher Hitchens
“When the late Pope John Paul II decided to place the woman so strangely known as “Mother” Teresa on the fast track for beatification, and thus to qualify her for eventual sainthood, the Vatican felt obliged to solicit my testimony and I thus spent several hours in a closed hearing room with a priest, a deacon, and a monsignor, no doubt making their day as I told off, as from a rosary, the frightful faults and crimes of the departed fanatic. In the course of this, I discovered that the pope during his tenure had surreptitiously abolished the famous office of “Devil’s Advocate,” in order to fast‐track still more of his many candidates for canonization. I can thus claim to be the only living person to have represented the Devil pro bono.”
Christopher Hitchens, Hitch 22: A Memoir

Paul   Newman
“We are such spendthrifts with our lives, the trick of living is to slip on and off the planet with the least fuss you can muster. I’m not running for sainthood. I just happen to think that in life we need to be a little like the farmer, who puts back into the soil what he takes out.”
Paul Newman

Dorothy Day
“Don't call me a saint. I don't want to be dismissed so easily. ”
Dorothy Day

Ellis Peters
“One century's saint is the next century's heretic ... and one century's heretic is the next century's saint. It is as well to think long and calmly before affixing either name to any man.”
Ellis Peters, The Heretic's Apprentice

Abhijit Naskar
“The divinity that you keep seeking in the mountains, in the jungles, in the deserts, lies dormant within yourself.”
Abhijit Naskar, Monk Meets World

“The most prominent members of civilizations are saints, heroes, and geniuses. The most prominent members of anti-civilizations are heretics, dictators, and sophists. The most prominent members of pseudo-civilizations are “trendsetters”, ”entertainers”, and “public intellectuals”.”
Jakub Bożydar Wiśniewski

Ram Dass
“The eyes of a saint are always concentrated on the Supreme Self. The minute he is aware of himself, sainthood is lost. – Neem Karoli Baba”
Ram Dass, Miracle of Love

Mikhail Naimy
“القداسة جِبة يتهرب من لبسها الأبرار ويتسابق إلى التدثر بها الأشرار”
Mikhail Naimy, كرم على درب

John M. Sheehan
“Think and thank about what is to come saint
The day you stand in astonishment when the veil is lifted, the souls that have been reaped by you because of what Christ has done through you all because you had been in the habit of just simply going out into the world as Jesus said!”
John M. Sheehan

Abhijit Naskar
“I do not want your blind and rigid loyalty towards my ideas, I want you to explore, I want you to expand, I want you to expand to such an extent that even my ideas become obsolete.”
Abhijit Naskar, Mücadele Muhabbet: Gospel of An Unarmed Soldier

Thérèse of Lisieux
“Your lot is indeed a beautiful one, since Our Lord has chosen it for you, and has first touched with His own Lips the cup which He holds out to yours. A Saint has said: "The greatest honour God can bestow upon a soul is not to give to it great things, but to ask of it great things." Jesus treats you as a privileged child. It is His wish you should begin your mission even now, and save souls through the Cross. Was it not by suffering and death that He ransomed the world? I know that you aspire to the happiness of laying down your life for Him; but the martyrdom of the heart is not less fruitful than the shedding of blood, and this martyrdom is already yours.”
Thérèse de Lisieux, Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Thérèse of Lisieux

Abhijit Naskar
“Saints don't turn water into wine,
Saints just turn tears into cheer.
Saints don't walk on water,
Saints just walk on land,
without drowning in hate and fear.
Saints are not magical beings,
whose basket never runs empty.
Saints are just mortal beings,
whose heart never runs out of amity.”
Abhijit Naskar, Sin Dios Sí Hay Divinidad: The Pastor Who Never Was

“You cannot see God. But He sees you, and He knows how much you suffer. He protects you, and He will always be beside you to protect you. And He will give you signs to let you know that He is there. God is there for everyone. If you open your heart to Him, He will show you the way.”
Carlo Acutis

Abhijit Naskar
“Jesus died about two thousand years ago - Buddha died about five hundred years before that - and so will I. But our ideas of liberty, conscience and character will never perish from the face of this earth, so long as there is even one human being awake enough to see the society as their own family.”
Abhijit Naskar, Every Generation Needs Caretakers: The Gospel of Patriotism

“He was what I would call one of the Hidden Ones (Saints). His patience with me was extraordinary. He was connected with Allah. That was the only important thing for him, nanosecond to nanosecond. There was nothing else that mattered. And all the spiritual courtesy (adab) of the conventional Muslim – don‘t waste time, don‘t talk about trivia, all of these things – it came from the fact that he was connected. He didn‘t have to make the effort. He wouldn‘t involve himself in trivia. (p. 206)”
Michael Sugich, Hearts Turn: Sinners, Seekers, Saints and the Road to Redemption

M.R. Bawa Muhaiyaddeen
“We will attain a state where Allah's prophets and saints become our relatives who will come to meet us and talk with us. (p. 67)”
M.R. Bawa Muhaiyaddeen, To Die Before Death: The Sufi Way of Life

Abhijit Naskar
“Who the hell is the Vatican to declare who is saint and who is not - sacrifice makes a saint, not allegiance to the Vatican. A saint is determined by action and action alone - saintliness is not the possession of any barbaric institution to be endowed on people - saintliness is the plain ordinary drive within each human to become less animal and more human.”
Abhijit Naskar, Heart Force One: Need No Gun to Defend Society

Aiyaz Uddin
“The Earth is a testing ground for every one of us including the most prominent and of the most eminent ones.

A place where we find duality in everything including how we see it and how it actually is in reality.

Similarly, the duality concept is in people you see and meet who are either good, bad, or people who have two faces, one that they show and one that they are within.

One is the duality of the personalities we veil through ourselves and another is the duality of the soul within.

Whether are you a soul having fire within or are you a soul having light within and whichever you feed the most becomes your abode within and hereafter.

You are both, your heaven and hell, fire and light, and finally, love or hate within.

And our creator wants us to purify ourselves of the fire within and become light by being on the side of truth within and outside, righteousness within and outside, and pious within and outside, and finally sincere within and outside.

Creator loves the one who has one tongue, one thing which is in the heart and which is on the tongue. The thing you are within is outside and the thing outside is within so you become successful.

Like Rocky has said: “The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It is a very mean and nasty place and it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain't how hard you hit; it's about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward."

The matter is not that you have truth with you but the question is are you truthful?!.

The truth will only set you free when you are truthful within yourself.”
Aiyaz Uddin, The Inward Journey

Aiyaz Uddin
“Every Saint Was Not About
Himself But About God,
But Today's Generation Made
Everything About Themselves &
Their Forefathers.”
Aiyaz Uddin

Abhijit Naskar
“World Administrative Service (The Sonnet)

Awake, Arise, Oh Saint Soldiers,
Don't stop till you reach your goal!
Awake, Arise, Oh Saint Soldiers,
Don't stop till your dreams are whole!
Awake, Arise, Oh Saint Soldiers,
Don't stop till there is no injustice.
Awake, Arise, Oh Saint Soldiers,
Don't stop till the world is in peace.
Awake, Arise, Oh Saint Soldiers,
Do not stop till love is the only way.
Awake, Arise, Oh Saint Soldiers,
Don't stop till all prejudice is thrown away.
Civilization is born when all our sentience converge.
Puny minds make puny-verse, uni-minds make universe.”
Abhijit Naskar, Amantes Assemble: 100 Sonnets of Servant Sultans

Bohumil Hrabal
“Once, for three hundred crowns, I became a saint for an instant: I bought up all the goldfinches, then released them from my hand. Oh, what a feeling when a terrified little bird flies from your palm to freedom!”
Bohumil Hrabal, Mr. Kafka: And Other Tales from the Time of the Cult

Thérèse of Lisieux
“O my Beloved! this was but the prelude of graces yet greater which Thou didst desire to heap upon me. Let me remind Thee of them to-day, and forgive my folly if I venture to tell Thee once more of my hopes, and my heart's well nigh infinite longings—forgive me and grant my desire, that it may be well with my soul. To be Thy Spouse, O my Jesus, to be a daughter of Carmel, and by my union with Thee to be the mother of souls, should not all this content me? And yet other vocations make themselves felt—I feel called to the Priesthood and to the Apostolate—I would be a Martyr, a Doctor of the Church. I should like to accomplish the most heroic deeds—the spirit of the Crusader burns within me, and I long to die on the field of battle in defence of Holy Church.

The vocation of a Priest! With what love, my Jesus, would I bear Thee in my hand, when my words brought Thee down from Heaven! With what love would I give Thee to souls! And yet, while longing to be a Priest, I admire and envy the humility of St. Francis of Assisi, and am drawn to imitate him by refusing the sublime dignity of the Priesthood. How reconcile these opposite tendencies?

Like the Prophets and Doctors, I would be a light unto souls, I would travel to every land to preach Thy name, O my Beloved, and raise on heathen soil the glorious standard of Thy Cross. One mission alone would not satisfy my longings. I would spread the Gospel to the ends of the earth, even to the most distant isles. I would be a Missionary, not for a few years only, but, were it possible, from the beginning of the world till the consummation of time. Above all, I thirst for the Martyr's crown. It was the desire of my earliest days, and the desire has deepened with the years passed in the Carmel's narrow cell. But this too is folly, since I do not sigh for one torment; I need them all to slake my thirst. Like Thee, O Adorable Spouse, I would be scourged, I would be crucified! I would be flayed like St. Bartholomew, plunged into boiling oil like St. John, or, like St. Ignatius of Antioch, ground by the teeth of wild beasts into a bread worthy of God.

With St. Agnes and St. Cecilia I would offer my neck to the sword of the executioner, and like Joan of Arc I would murmur the name of Jesus at the stake.

...Open, O Jesus, the Book of Life, in which are written the deeds of Thy Saints: all the deeds told in that book I long to have accomplished for Thee.”
Thérèse de Lisieux, Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Thérèse of Lisieux

Thérèse of Lisieux
“MY DEAR LITTLE SISTER,—Jesus is "a Spouse of blood." He wishes for Himself all the blood of our hearts. You are right—it costs us dear to give Him what He asks. But what a joy that it does cost! It is happiness to bear our crosses, and to feel our weakness in doing so.

Céline, far from complaining to Our Lord of this cross which He sends us, I cannot fathom the Infinite Love which had led Him to treat us in this way. Our dear Father must indeed be loved by God to have so much suffering given to him. I know that by humiliation alone can Saints be made, and I also know that our trial is a mine of gold for us to turn to account. I, who am but a little grain of sand, wish to set to work, though I have neither courage nor strength. Now this very want of power will make my task easier, for I wish to work for love. Our martyrdom is beginning . . . Let us go forth to suffer together, dear sister, and let us offer our sufferings to Jesus for the salvation of souls.”
Thérèse de Lisieux, Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Thérèse of Lisieux

Volodymyr Vynnychenko
“Святість - найслабша перепона... Святість легше всього рветься.”
Volodymyr Vynnychenko, Афоризми відомих українців

Abhijit Naskar
“Never measure a saint from yesterday based on the standards of today. Measure them against the norm of their own time. Were they able to reject the inhuman elements of their time - that is the question.”
Abhijit Naskar, The Centurion Sermon: Mental Por El Mundo

Jon M. Sweeney
“Where Francis self-consciously modeled his actions after the Jesus he met in the Gospels, many later saints read accounts of earlier saints like Francis in order to chart their paths and make their decisions according to what the blessed are supposed to do.”
Jon M. Sweeney, When Saint Francis Saved the Church: How a Converted Medieval Troubadour Created a Spiritual Vision for the Ages

Jon M. Sweeney
“One way to express Francis's approach is to say that his life was focused on orthopraxy (right action) over orthodoxy (right belief).... The Gospel was not something to believe as much it was a vocation to a changed life.”
Jon M. Sweeney, When Saint Francis Saved the Church: How a Converted Medieval Troubadour Created a Spiritual Vision for the Ages

Jon M. Sweeney
“It is also instructive to pause and consider what Francis did not speak about. Nowhere in his writings does he ever mention his mother, for instance. Only directly does he ever speak of his father.... He was— at least at some level— a disrespectful son; he believed that he couldn't ultimately respect his earthly and heavenly fathers, both.”
Jon M. Sweeney, When Saint Francis Saved the Church: How a Converted Medieval Troubadour Created a Spiritual Vision for the Ages

“Rejoice in our Lord Jesus Christ, for you've received the image of a true love, becoming a saint; the crown of the truly chosen.”

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