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Lesser known quotes of the Curé d’Ars - "Man has a high calling - to pray and to love / There is nothing so beautiful as a pure soul / If you are not a saint, you will be a reprobate / A Christian ought always to be ready for battle / The saints did not all begin well, but they all ended well / We should make the sign of the cross with great reverence / The treasure of a Christian is not upon earth but in Heaven / The image of God is reflected in a pure soul like the sun on the water / When … [Plus]

I once was given good advice by a Carmelite, that as a lay person, I should consider choosing one male saint from the many saints of the church to become my “socius meus”. I chose St Jean-Marie Vianney to be my companion saint as he came from a humble background with little education and yet achieved great sanctity despite the many obstacles along the highway to holiness. I took to heart the Carmelite’s advice and have since purchased every available book on the life of St Jean-Marie Vianney. … [Plus]