Wednesday, March 17, 2010

A Few Juicy Quotes From Solanus Casey

Father Solanus Casey was not a theologian, nor was he a writer. Yet he left us some real gems, born of his simple and profound faith, and of his concern for humanity. Here are a few of my favorite:

How merciful the good God is in letting us now and then run up against a snag of some kind, that halts us for at least a moment of reflection on the real purpose of our existence as rational creatures: eternity in God.

How merciful the good God is, always "fitting the back to the burden"-if not vice-versa, as is often the case.

We want to be Christians-spouses of Jesus-risen and glorified, of course, but without getting too near the Cross.

Music of the cross-how beautiful when mastered!

How often I regret that daily Holy Communion was not recommended when we were young! I feel now that we missed so much that would have strengthened us against the dangers and temptations of youth.

Frequent Communion brings peace into a family and into the soul. It also fosters faith in God and heavenly relationships with all God's dear ones in heaven.

The thing the world calls "life" is so short after all, and the hereafter so eternal, that nothing here ought to really disturb us.

Confidence is the very soul of prayer.

If we look at things in the light of faith, the worst-as the world considers things-will turn out [to be] our victory.

We should ever be grateful for and love the vocation to which God has called us. This applies to every vocation because, after all, what a privilege it is to serve God, even in the least capacity!

This poor sinner Solanus, who more than anyone else give me the most trouble. I consider it a mercy that we need examine one conscience only!

Life here in the exile is so short and uncertain, that it seems to me it ought to have another name.

God is constantly planning wonders for the patient and the humble.

Let us pray for one another's conversion.


Brian P Westgate said...

His statements on communion are spot on. Perhaps all of us should hand them on to our parishes, even if we would have to say they are "from an anonymous pastor."

The Exiled said...

Fr. Solanus Casey was blessed with much insight. It is a shame that more do not know about him. These quotes you have cited should be given to every seminarian.

Deacon Latif Haki Gaba, SSP said...


I like it; reminds me of how our service books cite texts of the Apocrypha as "liturgical text."


You also make a god point, though I'd be very happy if Luther himself, as well as the Church Fathers, were read much more intensely in the sem. curriculum.

Brian P Westgate said...

I decided to put the communion statements (and the next one) in my April newsletter.

Deacon Latif Haki Gaba, SSP said...

Very cool.

Jon Townsend said...

Have you ever been to St. Bonaventure's?

When I hung out there 16 years ago, going mornings to mass, I never heard such statements as you quoted from the man, Fr. Casey, whose body was no more than a few feet away from where I prayed, kneeled and received the host.

None of the brothers quoted such statements either.

As much as I am drawn to such saints and places where they were, I am really sorry to tell you that the current caretakers of the place rarely have a proper focus on Christ.


Deacon Latif Haki Gaba, SSP said...


That's unfortunate. Not totally surprising, though. It often happens in this world that we forget the treasures of our own heritage. Then, sometimes it takes an outsider, as it were, to remind us. God works in His own ways. I would like to visit St. Bonaventure's one of these days.

Patty Mooney said...

My mother gave me a scapular with crocheting around the edges and inside is a piece of cloth worn by Father Solanus and a photo of him. I love his story. I have heard that he may be nominated for sainthood. Have you heard anything about this?