Words matter. These are the best Mother Angelica Quotes, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.
There are many who are not guilty of doing anything wrong but very guilty of sins of omission – the things they neglect to do – the good things – the kind, thoughtful words, compassionate thoughts and hopeful attitudes they might have had towards their neighbor.
I do not ask for the riches that perish or the fame that fades away like a morning mist.
The proud intellectual seeks knowledge about God, but he never knows God, because he cannot accept the mysteries that he is unable to fully comprehend.
Some people spend their time reasoning and thinking out everything, and so anything that cannot be fully understood, they will not accept. We call these people ‘intellectuals.’
Family life is the backbone of mankind, and that life is dependent upon mutual giving, sharing, and receiving from each other. It entails the proper use of each other’s successes and failures for mutual up-building.
God knows Himself and every created thing perfectly. Not a blade of grass or the tiniest insect escapes His eye.
Jesus wants us to trust him to take care of all our yesterdays and tomorrows.
Each one of us has a particular virtue and faults that make the process of becoming like Jesus different.
Jesus asks me to go to him when I am overburdened. He did not promise to take away those burdens, for I must carry mine as he carried his.
To a pagan, there is no purpose to suffering. As a result, he lives a life of loneliness and frustration.
Today’s man of the world proclaims that sin, and his enterprising in sin, are a part of modern living, but it is not modern. It goes back to Adam and Eve – to desire and the temptation to know – to experience evil.
A family spirit is not always synonymous with family life. Bone of our bone and flesh of our flesh makes for brothers, sisters and relatives, who may be as distant as strangers in a foreign land.
We resemble computers intellectually and animals emotionally.
Love fills and empties simultaneously. It makes us reach out to God, ready to be pruned, recklessly desiring whatever the cost. It soothes the aching heart and then makes it thirst for more.
For me, a thing must exist before I know it, but with God, it is different – he must know it before it has existence.
Each angel that God created was in himself a masterpiece. Each one possessed his own degree of intelligence and his own beauty.
Death at times seems like a dark tunnel to be traveled, and the future seems bleak.
No creature, not even the most exalted angel, can understand God or have perfect knowledge of Him.
The Christian experiences and lives a paradox. He possesses joy in sorrow, fulfillment in exile, light in darkness, peace in turmoil, consolation in dryness, contentment in pain and hope in desolation.
Jesus showed me what it means to be holy – he did his father’s will no matter how difficult it was to accomplish.
Man can and does rationalize his sins. He finds reasons for all his weakness, invents excuses that first calm and then deaden his conscience. He blames God, society, education, and environment for his wrong doing.
Salvation brings the soul a deep awareness of God’s love. Life takes on more meaning, for it now has a purpose.
Mary’s life was a perfect imitation of Jesus. She was humble, hidden, sorrowful and afflicted, but she also knew joys that never entered the heart of man. She is all things to all men that she might understand their failings, though she failed not.
I must not permit the evil capabilities of human nature to sour my faith in the tremendous good that is possible despite the frailty of that nature.
Every retarded, deformed, crippled, handicapped, or senile person, who has been baptized, is a powerhouse for good in a wicked world by reason of the grace of God that dwells in his soul.
Married life has become to many a necessary burden, but a burden that is shed very easily.
God’s grace is at its best in weakness, so we need never fear our weakness. In fact, these weaknesses will determine in what way we shall glorify God for all eternity.
God has given each one of us a gift greater than a thousand I.B.M. machines. It is called a memory, and everything that passes through our five senses is stored in this faculty.
To see a friend who has suffered the loss of all things begin again with trust and love, gives us strength to continue on.
Our memories are our own, and we cannot blame anything or anyone in the past for any pain dwelling there. If we open the door to them or keep hashing over past incidents in our minds, we have only ourselves to blame.
Humility is preserved when I give credit where credit is due – to God.
We often forget that everything we see, animate or inanimate, is a visual manifestation of the work of our invisible God. We have become so accustomed to trees, mountains, sky, air, water, flowers, animals, vegetables and people that we no longer see them for what they are – God’s work.
God is a spirit and converses with us in a quiet atmosphere because our minds are not capable of listening to his voice when they are filled with noise and confusion.
Saints are ordinary people who do what they do for the love of Jesus, say what they must say without fear, love their neighbor even when they are cursed by him, and live without regret over yesterday or fear of tomorrow.
I must listen as God speaks to my soul through good thoughts, inspirations, and intuitions.
There should be in the life of every married couple a continual building of the sacrament.
We must look at the personality of Jesus and see him under various circumstances – circumstances not unlike our own – and then praise him by imitating him to the best of our ability.
Jesus did not always like the Apostles’ way of acting, but by adapting himself to their temperament, praying for them to his father, giving them a holy example of conduct, he loved them, and that love changed them.
Men climb mountains, scale heights, venture into the unexplored to prove to other men it can be done.
The wisdom of God is so great that He also knows exactly what I would think and do under every possible circumstance and situation, and he placed me in that state of life and situation best suited for my salvation.
Is detachment the answer to freedom? No, because detachment is negative – it is to be without. The answer must be positive – I must replace what I have with something better.
Jesus was loyal to his apostles, with full knowledge of their cowardice. He was loyal to the poor, accepting the criticism of the Pharisees, so the destitute would never feel deserted. He was loyal to his father, accomplishing his will even unto death.
I cannot bring Christ to my neighbor and to the world if I have not first given him to my family.
No Christian needs to feel lonely or useless.
God’s word is always effective and produces whatever it expresses. My words, on the contrary, cannot create anything; I can only change what already is into something else.
God has always worked wonders through his prophets to increase the faith of His chosen people or to correct their disobedience.
Each one of us sees Jesus in a different way. To some, He was prophet, for they needed to know the kingdom was at hand. But most of all, He was the son of God, and He came to experience the consequences of the curse the Father had put upon mankind when Adam and Eve disobeyed.
Holiness of life is not the privilege of a chosen few – it is the obligation, the call, and the will of God for every Christian.
We live in an age of technology and science that demands proof, and yet we desire mystery. But when God gives us mystery, we seek to destroy it by gross indifference or childish reasoning.
My life is such a contradiction. My soul yearns for holiness and then runs from the mortification necessary to attain it.
I am not like a pebble on the beach – a grain of sand on the seashore or just one of millions of human beings past, present and future. No, I am a unique human being loved by God as if I were an only child – the only fruit of his creative powers.
Jesus was happy when people acknowledged his dignity and saddened when they did not, but he never sought their esteem or regard.
When our neighbor’s personality possesses harsh qualities, we show our love by not voluntarily provoking those qualities in any way. Past experience shows us what upsets a person, so in their presence we are careful not to do or say those things that cause anger. We are self-effacing.
St. Paul did not want the sufferings encountered by being a Christian to discourage or dishearten anyone. He realized that when the Christian saw the blessings and grace that poured upon him after his trials, he would gain courage to suffer in his turn.
Many of us use God’s love like the manna in the desert. We take what we need for particular situations and then go our own way – thinking we can handle other situations ourselves.
Healing and miracles have been a mystery to men of all times. To some, the phenomenon is frightening, while others find it exhilarating.
Every moment of life is like a sacrament in which we can receive God. It is a channel through which God speaks to us, forms us, and directs us.