As your family explores different ways to learn about Catholic saints, take a look at memory work. Learning short passages like a quote or a prayer is a wonderful way to cement a favorite saints in your head. I’ve got over 100 Catholic saints quotes, arranged by the liturgical year, to help you.
Pick a saint a month to learn, or just write a quote in your journal, notebook, or on the whiteboard. It’s the perfect jumping off point.
Catholic Saints Quotes – January
St Basil the Great – January 2nd
St Basil the Great is one of the Doctors of the Church, and patron saint of hospital administrators.
We should not accept in silence the benefactions of God, but return thanks for them.
O sinner, be not discouraged, but have recourse to Mary in all your necessities. Call her to your assistance, for such is the divine Will that she should help in every kind of necessity.
St Elizabeth Ann Seton – January 4th
The first end I propose in our daily work is to do the will of God; secondly, to do it in the manner he wills it; and thirdly, to do it because it is his will.
The heart preparing to receive the Holy Eucharist should be like a crystal vase.
We must pray without ceasing, in every occurrence and employment of our lives – that prayer which is rather a habit of lifting up the heart to God as in a constant communication with Him.
St Hilary of Poiters – January 13th
Little children follow and obey their father. They love their mother. They know nothing of covetousness, ill-will, bad temper, arrogance and lying. This state of mind opens the road to heaven. To imitate our Lord’s own humility, we must return to the simplicity of God’s little ones.
St Anthony the Great – January 17th
The more a man uses moderation in his life, the more he is at peace, for he is not full of cares for many things.
St Sebastian – January 20th
The devil strains every nerve to secure the souls which belong to Christ. We should not grudge our toil in wresting them from Satan and giving them back to God.
St. Agnes of Rome – January 21st
Christ made my soul beautiful with the jewels of grace and virtue. I belong to Him whom the angels serve.
St. Francis de Sales – January 24th
Let us run to Mary, and, as her little children, cast ourselves into her arms with a perfect confidence.
Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them — every day begin the task anew.
Our entire good consists not only in accepting the truth of God’s word, but in persevering in it.
St Angela Merici – January 27th
Disorder in society is the result of disorder in the family.
St Thomas Aquinas – January 28th
Grace is nothing else but a certain beginning of glory within us.
St John Bosco -January 31st
Make frequent visits to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and the devil will be powerless against you.
Fly from bad companions as from the bite of a poisonous snake. If you keep good companions, I can assure you that you will one day rejoice with the blessed in Heaven; whereas if you keep with those who are bad, you will become bad yourself, and you will be in danger of losing your soul.
Catholic Saints Quotes – February
St Agatha – February 5th
To be a servant of Christ is to be truly free.
St Paul Miki – February 6th
The only reason for my being killed is that I have taught the doctrine of Christ. I thank God it is for this reason that I die.
St Josephine Bakhita – February 9th
Be good, love the Lord, pray for those who do not know Him. What a great grace it is to know God!
Saint Jose Sanchez del Rio – February 10th
Viva Cristo Rey!
St Scholastica – February 10th
I asked you and you would not listen; so I asked my God and He did listen.
St Peter Damian – February 21st
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.
St Gabriel Possenti – February 27th
Do not bestow your love on the world.
I will attempt day by day to break my will into pieces. I want to do God’s Holy Will, not my own!
St Katherine Drexel – March 3rd
Ours is the Spirit of the Eucharist, the total Gift of Self.
St Colette – March 6th
If there be a true way that leads to the Everlasting Kingdom, it is most certainly that of suffering, patiently endured.
St John of God – March 8th
A saint who was once committed to a mental hospital? St John of God’s story will fascinate you, while his service for the sick and poor will inspire you.
Love the poor tenderly, regarding them as your masters and yourselves as their servants.
St Dominic Savio – March 9th
This young Italian saint is the patron of choir boys.
Nothing seems tiresome or painful when you are working for a Master who pays well; who rewards even a cup of cold water given for love of Him.
St Catherine of Genoa – March 14th
If it were given to a man to see virtue’s reward in the next world, he would occupy his intellect, memory and will in nothing but good works, careless of danger or fatigue.
St Patrick – March 17th
Christ beside me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ within me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me.
The Lord opened the understanding of my unbelieving heart, so that I should recall my sins.
Catholic Saints Quotes – April
St Isidore of Seville – April 4th
Prayer purifies us, reading instructs us. Both are good when both are possible. Otherwise, prayer is better than reading.
In confession there is mercy. Believe it firmly, do not doubt, do not hesitate, never despair of the mercy of God.
St Vincent Ferrer – April 5th
Do you desire to study to your advantage? Let devotion accompany all your studies, and study less to make yourself learned than to become a saint. Consult God more than your books, and ask him, with humility, to make you understand what you read. Study fatigues and drains the mind and heart. Go from time to time to refresh them at the feet of Jesus Christ under his cross.
If you truly want to help the soul of your neighbor, you should approach God first with all your heart. Ask him simply to fill you with charity, the greatest of all virtues; with it you can accomplish what you desire.
St John Baptist de La Salle – April 7th
Pride makes us forgetful of our eternal interests. It causes us to neglect totally the care of our soul.
St Gemma Galgani – April 11th
I shall love You, I shall love You always; when day breaks, when evening turns into night, at every hour, at every moment; I shall love You always, always, always.
St Bernadette – April 18th
Nothing is anything more to me; everything is nothing to me, but Jesus: neither things nor persons, neither ideas nor emotions, neither honor nor sufferings. Jesus is for me honor, delight, heart and soul.
St Zita – April 27th
A servant is not holy if she is not busy.
St Louis de Montfort – April 28th
When the Holy Rosary is said well, it gives Jesus and Mary more glory and is more meritorious than any other prayer.
St Catherine of Siena
– April 29th
If you are what you should be, you will set the whole world on fire. Let the truth be your delight – proclaim it, but with a certain congeniality.
Catholic Saints Quotes – May
St Judith of Prussia – May 5th
Three things can lead us close to God. They are painful physical suffering, being in exile in a foreign land, and being poor by choice because of love for God.
St Bernadine of Siena -May 20th
Want to inspire your children to give their all in everything they do? Teach them about St. Bernadine
You must know that when you ‘hail’ Mary, she immediately greets you! Don’t think that she is one of those rude women of whom there are so many — on the contrary, she is utterly courteous and pleasant. If you greet her, she will answer you right away and converse with you!
St Philip Neri – May 26th
A man without prayer is an animal without the use of reason.
If we wish to keep peace with our neighbor, we should never remind anyone of his natural defects.
Bear the cross and do not make the cross bear you.
St Ursula Ledochowska – May 29th
You must never ask Jesus to wait.
St. Joan of Arc – May 30th
I place trust in God, my creator, in all things; I love Him with all my heart.
Help yourself and God will help you.
I am not afraid. I was born to do this.
Catholic Saints Quotes – June
St Dorotheus – June 5th
A great means to preserve continual peace and tranquillity of soul is to receive everything from the hands of God, both great and small, and in whatever way it comes.
St Ephrem – June 9th
Virtues are formed by prayer. Prayer preserves temperance. Prayer suppresses anger. Prayer prevents emotions of pride and envy. Prayer draws into the soul the Holy Spirit, and raises man to Heaven.
St Paula Frassinetti – June 11th
Our Lord wills that you cling to Him alone! If your faith were greater how much more peaceful you would be even when great trials surround and oppress you.
St Anthony of Padua – June 13th
Christ acts like a loving mother. To induce us to follow Him, He gives us Himself as an example and promises us a reward in His kingdom.
Christians must lean on the Cross of Christ just as travelers lean on a staff when they begin a long journey.
Earthly riches are like the reed. Its roots are sunk in the swamp, and its exterior is fair to behold; but inside it is hollow. If a man leans on such a reed, it will snap off and pierce his soul.
Attribute to God every good that you have received. If you take credit for something that does not belong to you, you will be guilty of theft.
St Emily de Vialar – June 17th
Since God does so much for me, what could I not do for him?
St Aloysius Gonzaga – June 21st
It is better to be the child of God than king of the whole world
St Thomas More – June 22nd
Occupy your minds with good thoughts, or the enemy will fill them with bad ones. Unoccupied, they cannot be.
St John the Baptist – June 24th
He must increase, I must decrease.
St Josemaria Escriva – June 26th
Temptation is necessary to make us realize that we are nothing in ourselves.
When you approach the tabernacle remember that he has been waiting for you for twenty centuries.
When you see the storm coming, if you seek safety in that firm refuge which is Mary, there will be no danger of your wavering or going down.
You go to pray; to become a bonfire, a living flame, giving light and heat.
Catholic Saints Quotes – July
St Junipero Serra – July 1st
All my life I have wanted to be a missionary. I have wanted to carry the gospel message to those who have never heard of God and the kingdom he has prepared for them.
Bl Pier Giorgio – July 4th
The faith given to me in baptism suggests to me surely: by yourself you will do nothing, but if you have God as the center of all your action, then you will reach the goal.
St Anthony Mary Zaccaria – July 5th
That which God commands seems difficult and a burden. The way is rough; you draw back; you have no desire to follow it. Yet do so and you will attain glory.
St. Benedict of Nursia – July 11th
He who labors as he prays lifts his heart to God with his hands.
Whenever you begin any good work you should first of all make a most pressing appeal to Christ our Lord to bring it to perfection.
St Bonaventure – July 15th
Mary seeks for those who approach her devoutly and with reverence, for such she loves, nourishes, and adopts as her children.
St Camillus – July 18th
Think well. Speak well. Do well. These three things, through the mercy of God, will make a man go to Heaven.
St Bridget of Sweden – July 23rd
St Bridget of Sweden was a wife and mother to eight children. Following the death of her husband, she founded the Bridgettine Nuns. This order spread throughout Europe, with monasteries from Scandinavia to Italy.
There is no sinner in the world, however much at enmity with God,who cannot recover God’s grace by recourse to Mary, and by asking her assistance.
St Ignatius of Loyola – July 31st
This Spanish saint began his career as a soldier. After a series of injuries and operations, he focused his efforts on becoming a soldier for Christ. Contemporary of St Francis Xavier, he founded the Jesuits and is known to be the patron saint of soldiers and the Jesuits. Adult students can look to him as well — he finished his degree at 43! (perfect for homeschooling mothers who are learning right alongside their children!)
If God causes you to suffer much, it is a sign that He has great designs for you, and that He certainly intends to make you a saint.
Few souls understand what God would accomplish in them if they were to abandon themselves unreservedly to Him and if they were to allow His grace to mold them accordingly.
Lord, teach me to be generous.
Teach me to serve you as you deserve;
to give and not to count the cost,
to fight and not to heed the wounds,
to toil and not to seek for rest,
to labor and not to ask for reward,
save that of knowing that I do your will.
It is not hard to obey when we love the one whom we obey.
Catholic Saints Quotes – August
St Alphonsus Ligouri – August 1st
Your God is ever beside you — indeed, He is even within you.
To sing is to pray twice.
St John Vianney – August 4th
You cannot please both God and the world at the same time, They are utterly opposed to each other in their thoughts, their desires, and their actions.
St Dominic – August 8th
A man who governs his passions is master of his world. We must either command them or be enslaved by them. It is better to be a hammer than an anvil.
Arm yourself with prayer rather than a sword; wear humility rather than fine clothes.
St Mary MacKillop – August 8th
In the trials, annoyances and anxieties we daily experience, may we ever recognize that loving Fatherly Hand that only seeks to draw us closer to himself by giving us opportunities to suffer something for him.
St Edith Stein
– August 9th
One cannot desire freedom from the Cross when one is especially chosen for the Cross.
The nation doesn’t simply need what we have. It needs what we are.
St Clare of Assisi – August 11th
Go forth in peace, for you have followed the good road. Go forth without fear, for he who created you has made you holy, has always protected you, and loves you as a mother. Blessed be you, my God, for having created me.
St Jane Frances de Chantal – August 12th
There is no danger if our prayer is without words or reflection because the good success of prayer depends neither on words nor on study. It depends upon the simple raising of our minds to God, and the more simple and stripped of feeling it is, the surer it is.
Hold your eyes on God and leave the doing to Him. That is all the doing you have to worry about.
St Maximilian Kolbe – August 14th
The most deadly poison of our times is indifference. And this happens, although the praise of God should know no limits. Let us strive, therefore, to praise Him to the greatest extent of our powers.
St Bernard of Clairvaux – August 20th
I believe though I do not comprehend, and I hold by faith what I cannot grasp with the mind.
Prayer is a wine that makes glad the heart of men
The tears of the penitents are wine for the angels.
In dangers, in doubts, in difficulties, think of Mary, call upon Mary. Let not her name depart from your lips, never suffer it to leave your heart. And that you may obtain the assistance of her prayer, neglect not to walk in her footsteps. With her for guide, you shall never go astray; while invoking her, you shall never lose heart; so long as she is in your mind, you are safe from deception; while she holds your hand, you cannot fall; under her protection you have nothing to fear; if she walks before you, you shall not grow weary; if she shows you favor, you shall reach the goal.
Pope St. Pius X – August 21st
Holy Communion is the shortest and safest way to Heaven.
St Rose of Lima – August 23rd
Apart from the cross, there is no other ladder by which we may get to heaven.
St Louis IX – August 25th
Be kindhearted to the poor, the unfortunate and the afflicted. Give them as much help and consolation as you can. Thank God for all the benefits he has bestowed upon you, that you may be worthy to receive greater.
St Monica – August 27th
Nothing is far from God.
St Augustine of Hippo – August 28th
You aspire to great things? Begin with little ones.
This is the very perfection of a man, to find out his own imperfections.
Our hearts were made for You, O Lord, and they are restless until they rest in you.
Complete abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.
Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.
And He departed from our sight that we might return to our heart, and there find Him. For He departed, and behold, He is here.
If you believe what you like in the gospels, and reject what you don’t like, it is not the gospel you believe, but yourself
Miracles are not contrary to nature, but only contrary to what we know about nature.
The confession of evil works is the first beginning of good works.
Patience is the companion of wisdom.
Catholic Saints Quotes – September
St Rose of Viterbo – September 4th
Prayer reveals to souls the vanity of earthly goods and pleasures.It fills them with light, strength and consolation, and gives them a foretaste of the calm bliss of our heavenly home.
St Teresa of Calcutta – September 5th
All of us must be saints in this world. Holiness is a duty for you and me. So let’s be saints and so give glory to the Father.
The woman is at the heart of the home. Let us pray that we women realize the reason for our existence: to love and be loved and through this love become instruments of peace in the world.
Unless we believe and see Jesus in the appearance of bread on the altar, we will not be able to see him in the distressing disguise of the poor.
When you look at the crucifix, you understand how much Jesus loved you then. When you look at the Sacred Host, you understand how much Jesus loves you now.
Try to put in the hearts of your children a love for home. Make them long to be with their families. So much sin could be avoided if our people really loved their homes.
Joy is a net of love by which we catch souls.
St Peter Claver – September 9th
To love God as He ought to be loved, we must be detached from all temporal love. We must love nothing but Him, or if we love anything else, we must love it only for His sake.
St John Chrystom – September 13th
What the soul is in the body, let Christians be in the world.
St Robert Bellarmine – September 17th
Charity is that with which no man is lost, and without which no man is saved.
St Joseph of Cupertino – September 18th
Clearly, what God wants above all is our will which we received as a free gift from God in creation and possess as though our own. When a man trains himself to acts of virtue, it is with the help of grace from God from whom all good things come that he does this. The will is what man has as his unique possession.
St Pio of Pietrelcino – September 23rd
Satan fears and trembles before humble souls.
Do good everywhere, so that everyone can say:’this is a son of Christ.’
Our Lord loves you and loves you tenderly; and if He does not let you feel the sweetness of His love, it is to make you more humble and abject in your own eyes.
Yes, I love the cross, the cross alone, because I always see it behind Jesus’ shoulders.
Prayer is the oxygen of the soul.
Pope Paul VI (Blessed) – September 26th
Every mother is like Moses. She does not enter the promised land. She prepares a world she will not see.
St Vincent de Paul – September 27th
You must ask God to give you power to fight against the sin of pride which is your greatest enemy – the root of all that is evil, and the failure of all that is good. For God resists the proud.
Read some chapter of a devout book….It is very easy and most necessary, for just as you speak to God when at prayer, God speaks to you when you read.
The world would have peace if only men of politics would follow the Gospels.
St Jerome – September 30th
Marriage is good for those who are afraid to sleep alone at night.
Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ.
Be ever engaged, so that whenever the devil calls he may find you occupied.
He is rich enough who is poor with Christ.
Catholic Saints Quotes – October
St Therese of Lisieux – October 1st
You cannot be half a saint; you must be a whole saint or no saint at all.
Without love, deeds, even the most brilliant, count as nothing.
St Francis of Assisi – October 4th
True progress quietly and persistently moves along without notice.
It is not fitting, when one is in God’s service, to have a gloomy face or a chilling look.
Start by doing what is necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.
I have been all things unholy. If God can work through me, he can work through anyone.
St. Faustina Kowalska – October 5th
O my Lord. Inflame my heart with love for You, that my spirit may not grow weary amidst the storms, the sufferings and the trials.
St Teresa of Avila – October 15th
Be gentle to all and stern with yourself.
We always find that those who walked closest to Christ were those who had to bear the greatest trials.
One who makes no mistakes, makes nothing.
Pain is never permanent.
Know that even when you are in the kitchen, our Lord moves amidst the pots and pans.
St Gerard – October 16th
Who except God can give you peace? Has the world ever been able to satisfy the heart?
St Margaret Mary Alcoque – October 17th
Conform yourself as closely as possible to His humility and gentleness in dealing with your neighbor. . . Love those who humble and contradict you, for they are more useful to your perfection than those who flatter you.
St Paul of the Cross – October 20th
When you feel the assaults of passion and anger, then is the time to be silent as Jesus was silent in the midst of His ignominies and sufferings.
St Pope John Paul II – October 22nd
In the newborn child is realized the common good of the family
As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.
The saints have always been the source and origin of renewal in the most difficult moments in the Church’s history.
Catholic Saints Quotes – November
St Charles Borromeo – November 4th
He is the patron of bishops, catechists, Lombardy, Italy, Monterey, California, cardinals, seminarians, spiritual leaders, and Sao Carlos in Brazil.
If a tiny spark of God’s love already burns within you, do not expose it to the wind, for it may get blown out. Keep the stove tightly shut so that it will not lose its heat and grow cold. In other words, avoid distractions as well as you can. Stay quiet with God. Do not spend your time in useless chatter.
St Elizabeth – November 5th
Elizabeth is commonly depicted in artwork and images as an elderly woman holding the infant John the Baptist, and as a pregnant woman with the Virgin Mary.
Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
Pope St. Leo the Great – November 10th
He was an Italian aristocrat, and was the first pope to have been called “the Great”. He is perhaps best known for having met Attila the Hun in 452 and persuading him to turn back from his invasion of Italy. He is also a Doctor of the Church, most remembered theologically for issuing the Tome of Leo,
Virtue is nothing without the trial of temptation, for there is no conflict without an enemy, no victory without strife.
St Martin of Tours – November 11th
St Martin of Tours is one of our most beloved and well known Catholic saints — he even had a confrontation with Satan!
Lord, if your people need me, I will not refuse the work. Your will be done.
St Frances Xavier Cabrini – November 13th
Mother Cabrini is the first United States citizen named as a saint. She is the patroness of immigrants and hospital administrators.
We must pray without tiring, for the salvation of mankind does not depend upon material success, nor on sciences that cloud the intellect. Neither does it depend on arms and human industries, but on Jesus alone.
St Elizabeth of Hungary – November 17th
Everything I own really belongs to the poor.
St Rose Phillipine Duchesne – November 18th
We cultivate a very small field for Christ, but we love it, knowing that God does not require great achievements but a heart that holds back nothing for self.
Blessed Miguel Pro – November 23rd
Do your children delight in the stories of spies and ninjas? It’s time to teach them about Blessed Miguel Pro.
Ok — so Blessed Miguel wasn’t a ninja, but he had to carry out the duties of the priesthood in secret, adopting disguises to conceal his identity from the Mexican government.
We ought to speak, shout out against injustices, with confidence and without fear. We proclaim the principles of the Church, the reign of love, without forgetting that it is also a reign of justice.
St Theophane Venard – November 24th
Saint Jean-Théophane Vénard, M.E.P. was a French Catholic missionary to Indo-China. He was a member of the Paris Foreign Missions Society. He was beatified in company with thirty-three other Catholic martyrs, most of whom were natives of Tonkin, Cochin-China, or China. Pope John Paul II canonized him, with nineteen other martyrs, in 1988.
Be merry, really merry. The life of a true Christian should be a perpetual jubilee, a prelude to the festivals of eternity.
Catholic Saints Quotes for December
St Francis Xavier – December 3rd
In our house, St Francis Xavier is one of our very favorite saints. Since he’s the patron saint of our local parish, we started learning more about him a few years ago. My boys refer to him as the “Jesuit Ninja.”
It is not the actual physical exertion that counts towards a one’s progress, nor the nature of the task, but by the spirit of faith with which it is undertaken.
It is impossible to find a saint who did not take the “two P’s” seriously: prayer and penance.
Speak to them of the great mercy of God… Sometimes people are helped by your telling of your own lamentable past.
St Nicholas – December 6th
The giver of every good and perfect gift has called upon us to mimic Gods giving, by grace, through faith, and this is not of ourselves.
St Ambrose of Milan – December 7th
A successful lawyer before becoming a bishop, he was one of the four original Doctors of the Church.
No one heals himself by wounding another.
St Lucy – December 13th
Since she’s the patroness of those with eye trouble, St Lucy is one of our go to girls.
She was a young Christian martyr who died during the Diocletianic Persecution. She is venerated as a saint by the Roman Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran, and Orthodox Churches. She is one of eight women, who along with the Blessed Virgin Mary, are commemorated by name in the Canon of the Mass. You’ll also see her referred to as St Lucia.
Those whose hearts are pure are temples of the Holy Spirit.
St John of the Cross – December 14th
Spanish mystic and Doctor of the Church, St John of the Cross is considered the patron saint of the contemplative life.
To be taken with love for a soul, God does not look on its greatness, but the greatness of its humility.
St Thomas Becket – December 29th
St Thomas Becket became Archbishop of Canterbury in 1162, but was assassinated by knights on order from King Henry II due to a rift between the Church and the state.
Remember the sufferings of Christ, the storms that were weathered…the crown that came from those sufferings which gave new radiance to the faith…All saints give testimony to the truth that without real effort, no one ever wins the crown.
I’d love to hear from you — what’s your favorite saint quote?