Quotes from Frassati

“To live without faith, without a patrimony to defend, without a steady struggle for truth, that is not living but existing.” (Letter to I. Bonini, February 27, 1925)

“You ask me whether or not I am cheerful. How could I not be, as long as my trust in God gives me strength. We should always be cheerful. Sadness should be banished from all Christian souls.” (Letter to his sister, Luciana – February 14, 1925)

“I hope with the Grace of God to continue along the path of Catholic Ideals and to be able one day, in whatever state God wills, to defend and propagate these rare and true things.” (Letter to A. Villani, December 16, 1924)

 “I urge you with all the strength of my soul to approach the Eucharistic Table as often as possible. Feed on this Bread of the Angels from which you will draw the strength to fight inner struggles, the struggles against passions and against all adversities, because Jesus Christ has promised to those who feed themselves with the most Holy Eucharist, eternal life and the necessary graces to obtain it. And when you become totally consumed by this Eucharistic Fire, then you will be able to thank with greater awareness the Lord God who has called you to be part of his flock and you will enjoy that peace which those who are happy according to the world have never tasted. Because true happiness, young people, does not consist in the pleasures of the world and in earthly things, but in peace of conscience which we can have only if we are pure in heart and in mind.” (Letter to the Members of “Catholic Youth” of Pollone, July 29, 1923)

“We must sacrifice everything for everything: our ambitions, indeed our entire selves, for the cause of the Faith.” (Letter to the Members of “Catholic Youth” of Pollone, July 29, 1923)

“The times which we are going through are difficult, because persecution against the Church rages as cruelly as ever but you fearless and good young people, do not be afraid because of this small problem. Bear in mind the fact that the Church is a divine institution that cannot end and will endure until the end of the world, and “the gates of hell will not prevail against her”…Long live Jesus Christ! Long live the Pope!” (Letter to the Members of “Catholic Youth” of Pollone, July 29, 1923)

“I believe that life should be a continual preparation for the next life, because one doesn’t know the day nor the hour of our passing.” (Letter to the Members of “Catholic Youth” of Pollone, July 29, 1923)

“Modern society is drowning in the sorrows of human passions and it is distancing itself from every ideal of love and peace. Catholics, we and you, must bring the breath of goodness that can only spring from faith in Christ” (Letter to the Catholic Men & Women Students of Bonn, January 12, 1923)

“We, who by the grace of God are Catholics, should not waste the most wonderful years of our life, as unfortunately do so many unhappy young people, who are preoccupied with enjoying the good life, which does not result in good, but which brings the fruit of immorality into our modern society. We should steel ourselves to be ready to carry on the battles we shall certainly have to fight in order to fulfill our program and thus to give to our country, in a not-too-distant future, happier days and a morally healthy society.  But for all this is needed: continual prayer to obtain from God that grace without which our efforts are in vain; organization and discipline so that we can be ready for action at the opportune moment and finally, sacrifice of our passions and of ourselves, because without this it is impossible to reach the goal.” (Letter to the Members of the “Milites Mariae” Club, October 30, 1922)

“Jesus Who, because of infinite love for humanity, wanted to be in the Sacrament of the Eucharist, as our Consoler and as Bread of the Soul.” (Notes from a speech about Charity)

“Jesus is with me. I have nothing to fear.” (His frequent comment in regard to his devotion to the Eucharist)

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