Let us take refuge from this world. You can do this in spirit, even if you are kept here in the body. You can at the same time be here and present to the Lord. Your soul must hold fast to him, you must follow after him in your thoughts, you must tread his ways...
There is nothing evil save that which perverts the mind and shackles the conscience.
Many a sin has sullied me in body and in soul because I did not restrain my thoughts nor guard my lips: nevertheless it is to Thee, O God of majesty and love, that I turn in my extremity, for Thou art the fount of mercy; to Thee, as quickly as I may, I speed:...
No one is good but God alone. What is good is therefore divine, what is divine is therefore good.
Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s.
One of the duties of fortitude is to keep the weak from receiving injury; another, to check the wrong motions of our own souls; a third, both to disregard humiliations, and to do what is right with an even mind. All these clearly ought to be fulfilled by all Christians, and especially by the clergy.
It is a better thing to save souls for the Lord than to save treasures. He who sent forth his apostles without gold had not need of gold to form his Church. The Church possesses gold, not to hoard, but to scatter abroad and come to the aid of the unfortunate.
The emperor is in the Church, not above the Church.
Where a man’s heart is, there is his treasure also.
A kindness received should be returned with a freer hand.
Take away the contests of the martyrs, and you have taken away their crowns.
It is not enough just to wish well; we must also do well.
God is not accustomed to refusing a good gift to those who ask for one. Since he is good, and especially to those who are faithful to him, let us hold fast to him with all our soul, our heart, our strength, and so enjoy his light and see his glory and possess the grace...
The best way to use the gold of the Redeemer is for the redemption of those in peril.
When in Rome, live as the Romans do: when elsewhere, live as they live elsewhere.