Many of us see quotes from some of our favorite saints everywhere we look. These quotes are on our Instagram feeds, inserted into mass homilies by our parish priests, and even are on this very blog, Fire of the Spirit. Often our eyes skim over these quotes and think “Oh, that’s nice”- I would know, I often do it myself. But how can we put these quotes into action? How can we take the advice of these extraordinary saints into action in our ordinary lives? Here are a few ideas to put 3 different heavy quotes into action.
Example quote 1:
“You know well enough that Our Lord does not look so much at the greatness of our actions, nor even at their difficulty, but at the love with which we do them.” -St. Therese of Lisieux
- Play a board game with a sibling.
This quote from Saint Therese of Lisieux talks about doing little things with great love. By playing a board game- the game Sorry! is one of my favorites if you want a suggestion- with a sibling, you can remind your brother or sister that every now and then it’s good to take a little time and spend time with family. Laughing and having fun with your family for a little while may be a small action, but the fact that we are sharing our love with a family member is the greatness of it.
- Share a good book (or even a cool quote!) with a friend
Sharing something you love with others is always a great way to spread love! You never know how much a friend needs the words you give them or how much it could inspire them. They may even pass it on! #spreadthelove
Example quote 2:
“Christians must lean on the Cross of Christ just as travelers lean on a staff when they begin a long journey. They must have the Passion of Christ deeply embedded in their minds and hearts, because only from it can they derive peace, grace, and truth.” -St. Anthony of Padua
- Pray before you play
As a person heavily involved in dance, this is something I try to make a habit of doing before I step out on stage. Whether it be a quick hail mary before you step out onto the basketball court or even going to adoration the night before a big volleyball tournament, praying before you play a sport or participate in fine arts can help remind you of the meaning of this quote by St. Anthony of Padua about doing everything for the glory of god.
- Read a scripture verse before you make a decision
The word of god is a great place to turn for guidance on any decision- big or small. Opening a bible and re-reading a favorite passage or even opening to a random page and reading a new passage can help give you advice on what road to head down.
Example quote 3:
“But rather let us hasten with all energy and readiness of mind to perform every good work.” -St. Clement of Rome
St. Clement gives advice in this quote to put our time, talent, and treasures to good work. A great way to do this is to volunteer! Go to your local nursing home or soup kitchen and help out. Focus your energy into helping others.
- Study for tests- instead of watching Netflix (;
This is example I need to often remind myself put into action. I find myself glued to my phone, looking through Instagram posts or watching shows on Netflix when I should be focusing on my school assignments and using my god-talents to finish my work with all the energy He gave me. By pouring all your energy into your schoolwork, the advice that St. Clement of Rome doesn’t seem to hard to take and put into action into your daily life.
When reading these quotes, one should seek out the Holy Spirit to find new ways to act upon these quotes. In conclusion, I hope these quotes have inspired you to realize that the advice of extraordinary saints can be put to use in our daily lives, no matter how passé or unattainable they may seem. I would like to end this blog post with one of my favorite Bible quotes, in hopes of completing one of the examples I gave to live out the quotes given by saints: “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)
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