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A Collection of Isaac Hecker Quotes

Preface We are grateful to the Paulist Associates in Columbus for compiling the various quotes within and for bringing these quotes to the Board for distribution to all Associates. In addition, we r

Topics Christian Christianity Church Destiny Destined Free Freedom Grace Human Humanity Individual Individuality Jesus Christ Love Loving Pray Prayer Providence Religion Sacrament Sanctity Sou

Christian Christianity Perhaps the time has come when people will consider impartially the causes which have brought about the deplorable religious dissensions and divisions existing among Christian

The Holy Spirit, having taken up His abode in the Christian soul and become its abiding guest, enlightens, quickens, and strengthens it to run in the way of perfection. 1886, The Church and the Age, p

Church The Holy Spirit is preparing the Church for an increased infusion of Himself in the hearts of the faithful. This increased action of the Holy Spirit will renew the whole face of the earth Rel

As the soul is the life of the body, so Christ is the life of the Church. This is why Saint Paul calls the Church the Body of Christ. The power and life of the Church can be no other than the indwelli

Destiny Destined The destiny of the soul is to come to God to be one with God. source unknown Man has a destiny. His end is God. His destiny is divine. Divine Origin and Sanction of Life in Communit

Free Freedom Keep your heart free for God and let Him have unbounded freedom within it. 1865, Thoughts on the Spiritual Life, PV, p.211 ... the sacraments were instituted by Christ in order that the

Grace All your difficulties are favors from God but you see them from the wrong side. You speak of them your difficulties like a block of marble that is being chiseled would speak, not realizing that

... grace does not set aside, but answers, purifies, elevates and invigorates nature. The Present and Future Prospects of the Catholic Faith in the United States of North America, December 1857January

Human Humanity Divine love is infinitely active, and, when it has entered the human heart and has set it on fire, it pushes one to outward perfection and visible justice. 1886, The Church and the Ag

... as Christ is perfect God and perfect man in a single Personality, so a perfect Christian is one who unites a complete action of divine grace with a complete cooperation of human nature in one pers

Individual Individuality Each one of us ha an individual character to act out under the inspiration of God, and this is the highest we can do. source unknown The individuality of a man cannot be too

Jesus Christ Jesus Christ is the only Way, the whole Truth, and the true Life. source unknown The GodMan, Jesus Christ, is ... the example, the source and end of all strivings, the crown of our huma

The GodMan, Jesus Christ, is ... the example, the source and end of all strivings, the crown of our humanity, and the final scope of all our energies. 1846, The Catholic Church and Life in Community,

Love Loving Divine love is infinitely active and when it enters the human heart, it sets it on fire. 1886, The Church and the Age, p.162 PV, p.250 It is only through Christ that we can see the love

God wishes to fill our intelligence and our heart with divine light and love, and thus to deify our whole nature to make us one with what we represent God. primary source unavailable The Guidance of

Pray Prayer Perhaps the time has come when people will consider impartially the causes which have brought about the deplorable religious dissensions and divisions existing among Christians, and that

Providence It is a law of Divine Providence ... that He gives His grace to fulfill the duties of the station to which He calls us. Hecker Diary, April 24, 1845 PV, p.21 The external God is, and in Hi

Religion The aim of all religion is by the light of divine faith to elevate our finite intellect to a participation in the infinite intelligence, to enlarge our hearts by divine charity, to embrace i

Sacrament A sacrament is not a symbol of a process but the very process itself of conveying grace to the soul. 1886, The Church and the Age, p.254 PV, p.224 The Holy Spirit is received by the sacrame

Sanctity From the cares, toils, duties and responsibilities of daily life are to be built the pillars of sanctity in our age primary source unavailable from Listening to God A Hecker Reflection, by F

Soul The destiny of the soul is to come to God to be one with God source unknown The sum of the spiritual life consists in observing and yielding to the movements of the Spirit of God in the soul. 18

God nowhere acts directly except in the Christian human soul. Grace is the direct influence of God operating in the human soul. This primary action of God in the soul demands our primary attention. pr

The interior inspirations of the Holy Spirit are the immediate guide and proximate means of the sanctification of the soul. Notes on the Holy Spirit, 1870s1880s PV, p.178 An advantage to the soul bein

The kingdom of God in the soul consists in the possession, to a certain degree of perfection, of the beatitudes. Renewal of Christian Life, December, 1875 PV, p.183 Oh make my heart more devout inspir

From Gods action within the soul, there gradually comes to birth the consciousness of the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit from which will spring a force surpassing all human strength a courage

Spirit Spiritual For beginners in the spiritual life, the greatest obstacle can be a false standard of perfection. It raises a standard of perfection that is beyond our power to reach and causes us

The virtues are, so to speak, the doors to the sanctuary of perfection. The end of perfection is the immediate guidance of the Indwelling Holy Spirit. primary source unavailable Readings from Fr. Isaa

What would the spirit have me to do To say Hecker Diary, June 6, 1844 PV, p.167 What is the work that the spirit is doing now within me Hecker Diary, June 6, 1844 PV, p.167 The Holy Spirit fills the w

Oh make my heart more devout inspire my soul raise my thoughts, and may the spirit dwell in me in fullness to over flowing. Hecker Diary, August 9, 1843 PV, p.195 ... I ask in Jesus name give unto me

The Holy Spirit having taken up His abode in the Christian soul enlightens, quickens, and strengthens it to run in the way of perfection. 1886, The Church and the Age, p.218 PV, p.226 The age calls fo

From Gods action within the soul, there gradually comes to birth the consciousness of the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit from which will spring a force surpassing all human strength a courage

Truth Jesus Christ is the only Way, the whole Truth, and the true Life. source unknown. The one who seeks truth loves truth, and the one who loves truth seeks to spread the knowledge and practice of

Virtue The virtues are, so to speak, the doors to the sanctuary of perfection. The end of perfection is the immediate guidance of the Indwelling Holy Spirit. primary source unavailable Readings from

Work The love of God and the love of humans are one. God promises His reward not to the ignorant, or to the indolent, or to the indifferent, but to those who visit the prisoner, feed the hungry, give

Let us be thankful to God, humble towards each other and everyone else, and more than ever in earnest to do the work God demands at our hands. From a letter to the American Fathers, Rome, March 11, 18

Miscellaneous God still moves in us. Reason seeks to know God. The heart longs to possess God. source unknown It is God in us that believes in God. Without the light of God, we should be in total dar

Genuine contemplation and action are inseparable. 1886, The Church and the Age, p.162 PV, p.250 Would we only be willing to see things as they are, and be willing to be just what we are, we should fin

Where is God Is he not here His presence is always universal and nearest Hecker Diary, April 18, 1843 PV, p.190 The belief in the special guidance of God has been the faith of all deeply religious men

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