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21 Quotes from 21 Radical Saints

Posted by Melanie Rigney on 8/18/20 7:00 AM

21 Quotes from 21 Saints | Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay Radical. The word makes us, well, itchy. We think of people whose political beliefs are at one end of the spectrum or the other, people who won’t compromise or collaborate, maybe even people who foster revolutions that upset entire nations.

How in the world could a group of women, ranging in age from nine to 93 at their deaths, women formally canonized by the Catholic Church for heroic virtues and associated miracles, be considered radical? Because being a Christian is radical. The word radical comes from the Latin radicalis, meaning “of or relating to a root.”

The quotes from these 21 female saints show a radical faith in God. They can inspire our own.


“The important thing is to do charity, not to talk about charity. We must understand the work with very poor people as a God’s chosen mission.”
Irmã Dulce Lopes Pontes

“God will give eternal life to those who convert sinners and bring them to the right path.”
Mariam Thresia Chiramel Mankidiyan

“Take heart! First of all it is God who sends things forward and not me. And then from paradise I can do more than I do in this world.
When I will no longer be, believe also that it will be better than it is done now.” (Her deathbed words)
Giuseppina Vannini

“Our Lady…told us she would come and take Francisco to heaven, and she asked me if I still wanted to convert more sinners. I said I did.”
Jacinta Marto

“Receive every trial, every annoyance, every lack of courtesy in the light that springs from the Cross;
that is how we please God, how we advance in the ways of love.”
Elizabeth of the Trinity

“The Lord has called us from different nations, but we must be united with one heart and one soul.”
Maria Elizabeth Hesselblad

“My joy is in leading a hidden life unknown to others.”
Euphrasia of the Sacred Heart

“He needed bold, brave, inflamed women in the love of God, who could assimilate his life
to that of the poor inhabitants of the jungle, to raise them to God.”
Laura Montoya Upegui

“How easy it is to die with Jesus on the cross—if one has lived with Jesus on the cross!”
Anna Schäffer

“Let us make best use of the fleeting moments. They will not return.”
Marianne Cope


Saint of the Day


“Whatever troubles may be before you, accept them cheerfully, remembering whom you are trying to follow. Do not be afraid.”
Mary MacKillop

“I am prepared to suffer more. I know the Lord is with me. He has some plan for me. How can I requite his kindness?”
Alphonsa Muttathupadathu

“Our earthly and eternal happiness depend on following our vocation without faltering.”
Gianna Beretta Molla

“Jesus died on the cross because that is what it took for him to do good to us, to save us from our selfishness and sin. He gave up everything to do the Father’s will, to show us that we, too, must be willing to give up everything to do God’s will, to love one another as he loves each one of us.”
Teresa of Calcutta

“Whatever God wants, as God wills, when God wills.”
Maria de las Maravillas de Jesús

“Even if I must suffer greatly, thanks be to God’s mercy, I will not lack courage.”
Genoveva Torres Morales

“Oh my God, let my happiness be found in sacrificing my desires for you!”
Léonie Aviat

“If we wish to serve God and love our neighbor well, we must manifest our joy in the service we render to Him and them.
Let us open wide our hearts. It is joy which invites us. Press forward and fear nothing.”
Katharine Drexel

“In God’s will, there is great peace.”
Josephine Bakhita

“Charity enters heaven when humility opens the door.”
María Natividad Venegas de la Torre

“My sanctity and perfection consist in the close union of my will with the will of God. God never violates our free will.”
Maria Faustina Kowalska


Radical Saints: 21 Women for the 21st Century

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