So how well do you know your Catholic saints? Here is a little quiz with 20 well know saints that will test your knowledge. They are all pretty unremarkable people, who decided to give their wills, their lives, and their goods to God. Their short time here on earth was rewarded with eternal bliss in heaven. Would that we the living, the Church Militant, imitate them and do the same.
1. St. _____________was born in
“Do you want our Lord to give you many graces? Visit him often. Do you want him to give you few graces? Visit him seldom. Visits to the Blessed Sacrament are powerful and indispensable means of overcoming the attacks of the devil. Make frequent visits to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and the devil will be powerless against you.”
2. St. _____________ bore the stigmata, in the 13th Century. He was the son of a wealthy cloth merchant. He fought in an Italian civil war, and was taken prisoner for over a year. Following his release, he renounced his wealth and lived as a beggar. He started a very famous religious order that has changed the world, even today. During the Crusades, he went to the war front and preached Christianity to the Sultan.
“Alms are an inheritance and a justice which is due to the poor and which Jesus has levied upon us.”
3. St. ____________ was born in
“One of the things that keep us at a distance from perfection is, without a doubt, our tongue. For when one has gone so far as to commit no faults in speaking, the Holy Spirit Himself assures us that he is perfect. And since the worst way of speaking is to speak too much, speak little and well, little and gently, little and simply, little and charitably, little and amiably.”
4. St. ___________ was born in
“We must pray without tiring, for the salvation of mankind does not depend on material success; nor on sciences that cloud the intellect. Neither does it depend on arms and human industries, but on Jesus alone.”
5. St. _________ was born of wealthy Spanish nobility, in 1170. His mother had a vision of him while pregnant, that showed her son to be a dog with a torch in its mouth that would set the world on fire. He was a friend of St. Francis of
“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.”
6. St._________ was born of Roman nobility in 480. Rejecting paganism, he fled to the desert and lived in a cave, where he was fed by the ravens. He drove demons out of many places. He established an order with strict rules. His own monks tried to poison him, but he blessed the poison so that it didn’t harm him. He had the ability to read consciences and to prophecy. His order still survives today, and his medal is a strong deterrent to satan.
“Pray and work.”
“Prayer ought to be short and pure, unless it be prolonged by the inspiration of Divine grace.”
7. St. ________was born in
8. Saint ____________ was born in
“Cheerfulness strengthens the heart and makes us persevere in a good life. Therefore the servant of God ought always to be in good spirits."
9. St. ____________was born in
“Eternal Trinity, Godhead, mystery deep as the sea, you could give me no greater gift than the gift of yourself. For you are a fire ever burning and never consumed, which itself consumes all the selfish love that fills my being. Yes, you are a fire that takes away the coldness, illuminates the mind with its light, and causes me to know your truth. And I know that you are beauty and wisdom itself. The food of angels, you gave yourself to man in the fire of your love.”
10. St____________ was born in a stable, in 1603, the son of a poor carpenter. At age 8 he received ecstatic visions from heaven. Having a hot temper, his mother continuously worked on him to overcome it. Working as a shoemaker, he applied to become a Capuchin monk, but his ecstasies caused his superiors to reject him. Finally becoming an oblate at a Franciscan monastery, his ecstasies helped him to overcome his lack of education, solving many problems for himself and others. His ecstasies also caused him to levitate while saying Mass, which caused his superiors to forbid him from saying Mass in public. He even survived being interrogated by the Inquisition.
“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.”
11. St. _____________ was born in
“If people would do for God what they do for the world, what a great number of Christians would go to Heaven.”
12. St. _____________ was born in
“Christ shield me this day: Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ on my right, Christ on my left, Christ when I lie down, Christ when I arise, Christ in the heart of every person who thinks of me, Christ in every eye that sees me, Christ in the ear that hears me.”
13. St. _________ was born in
“Pray, hope, and don’t worry.”
“Prayer is the oxygen of the soul.”
14. St. __________was born to Spanish nobility in 1515. After being crippled as a youth, she was cured by praying to
“If Christ Jesus dwells in a man as his friend and noble leader, that man can endure all things, for Christ helps and strengthens us and never abandons us. He is a true friend. And I clearly see that is we expect to please him and receive an abundance of his graces, God desires that these graces must come to us from the hands of Christ, through his most sacred humanity, in which God takes delight. All blessings come to us through our Lord. He will teach us, for in beholding his life we find that he is the best example. What more do we desire from such a good friend at our side? Unlike our friends in the world, he will never abandon us when we are troubled or distressed. Blessed is the one who truly loves him and always keeps him near. Whenever we think of Christ we should recall the love that led him to bestow on us so many graces and favors, and also the great love God showed in giving us in Christ a pledge of his love; for love calls for love in return. Let us strive to keep this always before our eyes and to rouse ourselves to love him. For is at some time the Lord should grant us the grace of impressing his love on our hearts, all will become easy for us and we shall accomplish great things quickly and without effort.”
15. St. ____________ was born in
“Whatever did not fit in with my plan did lie within the plan of God. I have an ever deeper and firmer belief that nothing is merely an accident when seen in the light of God, that my whole life down to the smallest details has been marked out for me in the plan of Divine Providence and has a completely coherent meaning in God’s all-seeing eyes. And so I am beginning to rejoice in the light of glory wherein this meaning will be unveiled to me.”
16. St. _____________ was born in
“Really, I am far from being a saint, and what I have just said is proof of this; instead of rejoicing, for example, at my aridity, I should attribute it to my little fervor and lack of fidelity; I should be desolate for having slept (for seven years) during my hours of prayer and my thanksgivings after Holy Communion; well, I am not desolate. I remember that little children are as pleasing to their parents when they are asleep as well as when they are wide awake; I remember, too, that when they perform operations, doctors put their patients to sleep. Finally, I remember that: “The Lord knows our weakness, that he is mindful that we are but dust and ashes.”
17. St. ______________ was born in
“Although I know well, Margaret, that because of my past wickedness I deserve to be abandoned by God, I cannot but trust in his merciful goodness. His grace has strengthened me until now and made me content to lose goods, land, and life as well, rather than to swear against my conscience. God’s grace has given the king a gracious frame of mind toward me, so that as yet he has taken from me nothing but my liberty. In doing this His Majesty has done me such great good with respect to spiritual profit that I trust that among all the great benefits he has heaped so abundantly upon me I count my imprisonment the very greatest. I cannot, therefore, mistrust the grace of God. By the merits of his bitter passion joined to mine and far surpassing in merit for me all that I can suffer myself, his bounteous goodness shall release me from the pains of purgatory and shall increase my reward in heaven besides. I will not mistrust him, Meg, though I shall feel myself weakening and on the verge of being overcome with fear. I shall remember how Saint Peter at a blast of wind began to sink because of his lack of faith, and I shall do as he did: call upon Christ and pray to him for help. And then I trust he shall place his holy hand on me and in the stormy seas hold me up from drowning. And finally, Margaret, I know this well: that without my fault he will not let me be lost. I shall, therefore, with good hope commit myself wholly to him. And if he permits me to perish for my faults, then I shall serve as praise for his justice. But in good faith, Meg, I trust that his tender pity shall keep my poor soul safe and make me commend his mercy. And, therefore, my own good daughter, do not let you mind be troubled over anything that shall happen to me in this world. Nothing can come but what God wills. And I am very sure that whatever that be, however bad it may seem, it shall indeed be the best.”
18. St. _________________ was born in
“If you seek the example of love: “Greater love than this no man has, than to lay down his life for his friends.” Such a man was Christ on the cross. And if he gave his life for us, then it should not be difficult to bear whatever hardships arise for his sake. If you seek patience, you will find no better example than the cross. Christ endured much on the cross, and did so patiently, because “when he suffered he did not threaten; he was led like a sheep to the slaughter and he did not open his mouth.” If you seek an example of obedience, follow him who became obedient to the Father even unto death. “For just as by the disobedience of one man,” namely, Adam, “many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one man, many were made righteous.” If you seek an example of despising earthly things, follow him who is “the King of kings and the Lord of lords, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Upon the cross he was stripped, mocked, spat upon, struck, crowned with thorns, and given only vinegar and gall to drink. Do not be attached, therefore, to clothing and riches, because “they divided my garments among themselves.” Nor to honors, for he experienced harsh words and scourgings. Nor to greatness of rank, for “weaving a crown of thorns they placed it on my head.” Nor to anything delightful, for “in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.”
19. St. __________was born in
“Actions speak louder than words; let your words teach and your actions speak. We are full of words but empty of actions, and therefore are cursed by the Lord, since he himself cursed the fig tree when he found no fruit but only leaves. It is useless for a man to flaunt his knowledge of the law if he undermines its teaching by his actions.”
20. St. _____________ was born in
“When, therefore, the demons come by night to you and wish to tell the future, or say ‘We are the angels,’ give no heed, for they lie…. But if they shamelessly stand their ground, capering and change their forms of appearance, fear them not, nor shrink, nor heed them as though they were good spirits. For the presence either of the good or evil by the help of God can easily be distinguished. The vision of the holy ones is not fraught with distraction: ‘For they will not strive, nor cry, nor shall anyone hear their voice’ (Matthew 12:19; Isaiah 42:2). But it comes quietly and gently that an immediate joy, gladness, and courage arise in the soul. For the Lord who is our joy is with them, and the power of God the Father.”
Answers - left click, and drag the cursor from here to below...
1. St. John Bosco
2. St. Francis of
3. St. Francis de Sales
5. St. Dominic
6. St. Benedict
8. Saint Philip Neri
9. St. Catherine of Siena
11. St. John Vianney
12. St. Patrick
13. St. Padre Pio
14. St. Teresa of
15. St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross
16. St. Therese of Lisieux
19. St. Anthony of
20. St. Anthony of the Desert
Saint Augustine Quotes
"Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe."
"Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you."
"He who created us without our help will not save us without our consent."
"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."
"Nothing whatever pertaining to godliness and real holiness can be accomplished without grace."
Trust the past to God's mercy, the present to God's love, and the future to God's providence.
"Christ is not valued at all unless He is valued above all."
Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in thee.