The Scarlet Letter
Volume III, Number 1 | Sept. 1995
Ten Famous Quotes From Catholic Saints
Contributed by Adam Walks Between Worlds

10. Give me chastity and continence, but do not give it yet.
      —Sr. Augustine, in Confessions

9. St. Maximus the Confessor took, as his motto, the following: The mind is perfect which, through true faith, in supreme ignorance knows the supremely Unknowable.

8. Everyone knows that damage is done to the soul by bad motion pictures.
     —Pope Pius XI, Vigilariti Cura

7. Catholicism cannot—and should not—be reconciled with nature or rational thought.
     — Pope Leo XIII, Immortale Dei

6. We should always be disposed to believe that which appears white is really black, if the hierarchy of the Church so decides.
     — St. Ignatus Loyola, in Spiritual Exercises

5. Hell was made for the inquisitive.
     — St. Augustine, Confessions

4. Poetry is the Devil's wine.
     — St. Augustine, from Contra Acedemicos

3. ...little children who have begun to live in their mothers' womb and have there died, or who, having been born, have passed away from the world without the sacrament of holy baptism... must be punished by the eternal torture of undying fire.
     —St. Fulgentius, quoted in Hell, A Christian Doctrine

2. Submit yourself to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme, or to governors.
     —Peter 2:18

1. And Jesus himself, says: Take those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, and slay them before me.
     —Luke, 19:27

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