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Faith

"For faith is the beginning and the end is love, and God is the two of them brought into unity. After these, comes whatever else makes up a Christian gentleman."

St. Ignatius of Antioch: Letter to the Ephesians, 14. 2nd century

"For the name of faith is one in speech, but has 2 distinct meanings. For there is one kind of faith, dogmatic, involving an assent of the soul to some particular point… But there is a second kind of faith, which is bestowed by Christ as a gift of grace."

St. Cyril of Jerusalem: Catechetical Discourses, 5, 10-11. 4th century

"Faith is a wholehearted assent to aural doctrine with full conviction of the truth of what is publicly taught by the grace of God."

St. Basil: Concerning Faith. 4th century

"Faith means battles; if there are no contests, it is because there are none who desire to contend."

St. Ambrose: Explanation of Psalm 118, 11, 21. 4th century

"Faith is the firm foundation of all the virtues."

St. Ambrose. 4th century

"It is faith which delivers through the blood of Christ."

St. Ambrose: Letters, 73, 11. 4th century

 

My faith, Lord, cries to Thee. The faith that Thou has given to me, that Thou has inbreathed in me, through the humanity of Thy Son and the ministry of Thy preacher."

St. Augustine: Confessions 1,1. 5th century

 

"What is faith save to believe what you do not see?"

St. Augustine: Sermons, 40. 5th century

 

"We beseech Thee, O Lord, in Thy compassion to increase Thy faith is us; because Thou will not deny the aid of Thy loving kindness to those on whom Thou bestowest a steadfast belief in Thee."

The Leonine Sacramentary, Collect. 5th century

 

"Faith is a sure foretaste by the exercise of the will of truth not yet manifested."

St. Bernard: On Consideration, 5, 3. 12th century

 

"Faith does not quench desire but inflames it."

 St. Thomas Aquinas: Contra Gentes, 3, 40. 13th century

 

 

Hope

 

"What can be hoped for which is not believed?"

St. Augustine: On Faith, Hope, and Charity. 5th century

 

"No man is able of himself to grasp the supreme good of eternal life; he needs divine help. Hence there is here a twofold object, the eternal life we hope for, and the divine help we hope by."

St. Thomas Aquinas: Disputations Concerning Hope, 1. 13th century

"As long as matters are really hopeful, hope is a mere flattery or platitude; it is only when everything is hopeless that hope begins to be a strength at all. Like all the Christian virtues, it is as unreasonable as it is indispensable."

G.K.Chesterton: Heretics. 20th century

 

"Youth is preeminently the period in which a man can be lyric, fanatical, poetic; but youth is the period in which a man can be hopeless. The end of every episode is the end of the world. But the power of hoping through everything, the knowledge that the soul survives its adventures, that great inspiration comes to the middle-aged. God has kept that good wine until now."

G.K. Chesterton: Charles Dickens. 12th century

Love

 

"Love knows no rule."

St. Jerome: Letter to Chromatius. 4th-5th century

"There is no greater invitation to love than loving first, and that soul is sterner than it ought which, even if it were unwilling to bestow love, is also unwilling to repay it."

St. Augustine: On Catechising the Unlearned. 5th century

"The principle effect of love is to unite the wills of those who love, so as to make of them but one in the same will."

Pseudo-Dionysius: On the Divine Names, 4. 5th century

"The beloved may be absent or present, but love stays on."

St. Thomas Aquinas: Summa Theologica, 1-2, 28-1. 13th century

"Love can deny nothing to love."

Andreas Capellanus: De Amore. 13th century

"Love, that all gentle hearts so quickly know."

Dante: The Inferno, Canto 5. 14th century

"There is no living in love without suffering."

Thomas a Kempis: The Imitation of Christ 3,5. 15th century

"Love is swift, sincere, pious, pleasant, gentle, strong, patient, faithful, prudent, long-suffering, manly and never seeking her own, for whoever a man seeketh his own, there he falleth from love."

Thomas a Kempis: The Imitation of Christ 3,5. 15th century

"Love is bittersweet, and while we live in this world it never has a sweetness perfectly sweet because it is not perfect, nor ever purely satisfied."

St. Francis de Sales: Treaties on the Love of God, 6, 11. 17th century

"Love is a magistrate who exercises his authority without noise, without policemen or sergeants."

St. Francis de Sales: Treaties on the Love of God, 8, 1. 17th century

"Love is not blind; that is the last thing it is. Love is bound; and the more it is bound, the less it is blind."

G.K. Chesterton: Orthodoxy. 20th century

"You cannot love a thing without wanting to fight for it."

G.K. Chesterton: Nicholas Nickleby. 20th century

 

"First thou shalt love God who made thee, secondly thy neighbor as thyself; and whatsoever thou wouldst not have done to thyself do not thou to another."

Teaching of the Twelve Apostles, 1. 2nd century