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Wise Words

Wise Words features some of the thought-provoking, prayerful and inspirational sayings of the founders of Australia’s Catholic Religious Institutes.

Thursday, 30 October 2014 12:11

On consecrated life

pope francis book cvr"They (the consecrated) are men and women who can awaken the world. Consecrated life is prophecy. God asks us to fly the nest and to be sent to the frontiers of the world, avoiding the temptation to ‘domesticate’ them. This is the most concrete way of imitating the Lord." - Pope Francis

Saturday, 02 November 2013 11:09

St Martin de Porres

stmartindeporres150"Forgive my error, and please instruct me, for I did not know that the precept of obedience took precedence over that of charity." - Saint Martin de Porres (to his superior after being reprimanded for taking an injured Indian to his room).

Monday, 11 February 2013 13:56

Mary Ward

"In our calling, a cheerful mind, a good understanding and a great desire after virtue are necessary, but of all these, a cheerful mind is the most so." 

Monday, 21 January 2013 10:06

St John Bosco

"Not all of us can fast, or undertake arduous journeys in God’s service, or give generous alms, but we can all love. All it takes is the sincere desire to do so."

Monday, 03 December 2012 12:39

St Francis Xavier

"It is not the actual physical exertion that counts toward a man's progress, nor the nature of the task, but the spirit of faith with which it is undertaken."

Tuesday, 27 November 2012 11:18

Blessed Charles de Foucauld

"Have that tender care that expresses itself in the little things that are like a balm for the heart. With our neighbours go into the smallest details, whether it is a question of health, of consolation, of prayerfulness, or of need."

Thursday, 09 August 2012 12:11

St Dominic

"Arm yourself with prayer rather than a sword; wear humility rather than fine clothes." -St Dominic

Thursday, 02 August 2012 10:21

St Alphonsus Liguori

“Acquire the habit of speaking to God as if you were alone with Him, familiarly and with confidence and love, as to the dearest and most loving of friends." -St Alphonsus Liguori

Friday, 06 July 2012 13:56

St Benedict of Nursia

“Let us open our eyes to the light that comes from God, and our ears to the voice from that every day calls out...”  St Benedict of Nursia

Sunday, 17 June 2012 20:42

Helene de Chappotin

"Humility is nothing but God preferred to ourselves." Helene de Chappotin, foundress of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary.
Thursday, 24 May 2012 15:42

Edmund Rice

"Be intent on prayer and whatever may happen will turn to our good." Edmund Rice, founder of the Christian Brothers.

Tuesday, 01 May 2012 17:06

St Maria Domenica Mazzarello

St Maria Domenica Mazzarello"We cannot be perfect, therefore be truthful, confident and cheerful." St Maria Domenica Mazzarello, co-founder of the Salesian Sisters.

Wednesday, 04 April 2012 12:47

St Mary Euphrasia Pelletier

St Mary Euphrasia Pelletier"Feel a lively compassion for people. Treat all in a large-hearted way."

St Mary Euphrasia Pelletier, founder of the Good Shepherd Sisters.

Monday, 27 February 2012 15:51

Elizabeth Hayes

Mother M Ignatius (Elizabeth Hayes) "Follow all the lights, the inspirations God sends you. Go onward do not doubt."

Mother M Ignatius (Elizabeth Hayes), founder of the Missionary Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception.

Wednesday, 14 December 2011 16:04

St Francis of Assisi

St Francis of Assisi“Start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” St Francis of Assisi, founder of the Franciscans.

Wednesday, 14 December 2011 15:27

Saint Francis of Assisi

St Francis of Assis"If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men." St Franics of Assisi, founder of the Franciscans.

Tuesday, 29 November 2011 12:10

St Magdalen of Canossa

St Magdalen of Canossa"Big hearts, big hearts: let us imitate that generous heart that on Calvary offered the life of her Son for the whole world.”

St Magdalen of Canossa, foundress of the Canossian Daughters of Charity.

Tuesday, 01 November 2011 16:07

Mary Aikenhead

Mary Aikenhead, founder of the Sisters of Charity"This has never been done before – that is no reason why it should not be done now." Mary Aikenhead, foundress of the Sisters of Charity.

Thursday, 20 October 2011 16:48

St Mary Euphrasia

St Mary Euphrasia Pelletier"Never forget that you will win hearts only by love." St Mary Euphrasia, founder of the Good Shepherd Sisters.

Wednesday, 12 October 2011 15:06

St Angela Merici

St Angela Merici"You will achieve more with kindness and gentleness than with harshness and sharp rebukes." St Angela Merici, foundress of the Ursuline Sisters.

Wednesday, 05 October 2011 17:12

St Madeleine Sophie Barat

St Madeleine Sophie BaratCreate a desert and silence in your soul.  The Lord is near; listen to God’s voice.

St Madeleine Sophie Barat, foundress of the Sisters of the Society of the Sacred Heart

Thursday, 29 September 2011 13:19

Marie Madeleine d' Houet

"Life is short; let us make good use of the time we have on earth."

Marie Madeleine d' Huet, foundress of the Faithful Companions of Jesus (FCJ) Sisters

Tuesday, 20 September 2011 10:26


"For I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me drink; I was a stranger and you made me welcome; naked and you clothed me, sick and you visited me, in prison and you came to see me." Matthew 25:35-36

Monday, 05 September 2011 14:06

St Mary MacKillop

"Believe in the whisperings of God to your own heart."

St Mary MacKillop, co-founder of the Sisters of St Joseph with Father Julian Tenison Woods.

Monday, 27 June 2011 18:51

Catherine McAuley

Prayer will do more towards [our difficulties] than all the money in the Bank of Ireland!

Catherine McAuley founded the Sisters of Mercy in Ireland in 1831.

Monday, 27 June 2011 18:49

Bishop Daniel Delany

Bishop Daniel Delany“From every seed sown and cultivated by pure love we shall be sure to reap a harvest of endless glory.”

Bishop Daniel Delany, Bishop of Kildare & Leighlin in Ireland, founded the Brigidine Sisters in 1807.

Monday, 27 June 2011 18:41

Saint Ignatius of Loyola

"Love is shown more in deeds than in words."

Saint Ignatius of Loyola was the principal founder and first Superior General of the Society of Jesus. He formed the Jesuits in 1539.

Monday, 27 June 2011 18:39

Blessed Mary MacKillop

“Never see a need without doing something about it.”

Blessed Mary MacKillop was the Australian-born co-founder of the Sisters of the St Joseph of the Sacred Heart with Father Julian Tenison Woods.

Monday, 27 June 2011 18:33

St Vincent Pallotti

St Vincent Pallotti“It is love that brings Jesus to wherever there is want and need.”

St Vincent Pallotti, founder of the Pallottiine Fathers