The Apostle…states that covetousness is the root of all sins (1 Tim 6:10). For in that passage he clearly speaks against those who, because they “will become rich, fall into temptation, and into the snare of the devil … for covetousness is the root of all evils.” Hence it is evident that he is speaking of covetousness as denoting the inordinate desire for riches. Accordingly, we must say that covetousness, as denoting a special sin, is called the root of all sins, in likeness to the root of a tree, in furnishing sustenance to the whole tree. For we see that by riches man acquires the means of committing any sin whatever, and of sating his desire for any sin whatever, since money helps man to obtain all manner of temporal goods, according to Ecclesiastes 10:19: “All things obey money”: so that in this desire for riches is the root of all sins.
St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae, I-II, Q. 84, Art. 1.
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Everyone argues in favor of the virtue he practices easily, and exaggerates the difficulties of the virtues that are contrary to it.
—St. Francis de Sales
He who does not acquire the love of God will scarcely persevere in the grace of God, for it is very difficult to renounce sin merely through fear of chastisement.
God gave us a mind so that we might learn and receive help from him, not so that the mind should be self-sufficient.
—St. John Chrysostom
It is not sinners, but the wicked who should despair; it is not the magnitude of one’s crime, but contempt of God that dashes one’s hopes.
We must speak to God as a friend speaks to his friend, servant to his master; now asking some favor, now acknowledging our faults, and communicating to Him all that concerns us, our thoughts, our fears, our projects, our desires, and in all things seeking His counsel.
—St. Ignatius Loyola
God doesn’t want something from us. He simply wants us.
If you do not worship God, you worship something, and nine times out of ten it will be yourself.
As awesome as St. Jerome was, especially considering all the works he wrote and translated by himself, he was considered something of a grouch by his contemporaries. Thus, he is the patron saint of people with difficult personalities.
So many millions of men live on earth and all are beggars before the Lord; emperors as well as laborers, the wealthy as well as servants, all are beggars before the Lord and the Lord never said: ‘These beggars annoy me!
Whenever you are in need of anything, or are facing difficulties, whether great or small, invoke your Guardian Angel, asking him to sort the matter out with Jesus, or to do the particular service you may require.
—St. Josemaria Escriva, The Forge, 931