Catherine Doherty

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Catherine Doherty (15 August 189614 December 1985) was a Catholic social activist, author, and foundress of the Madonna House Apostolate.


  • We do not have to wait for the hereafter — it is now that we are one with Christ.
    • Love One Another (2002)
  • With God, every moment is the moment of beginning again.
    • Living the Gospel Without Compromise (2002)
  • Lord, give me the heart of a child, and the awesome courage to live it out as an adult.
    • Molchanie
  • Lord, give bread to the hungry, and hunger for you to those who have bread.
    • Dearly Beloved, Vol. III
  • Pain is the kiss of Christ.
    • Dearly Beloved, Vol. III
  • To pass through the door that leads to God's kingdom, we must go down on our knees.
    • Soul of My Soul : Coming to the Heart of Prayer (2006)
  • What you do matters — but not much. What you are matters tremendously.
    • Madonna House Staff Letter #140
  • You live between two Masses. You exist in the present moment.
    • Madonna House Staff Letter #140
  • Preach the Gospel with your life — without compromise!
    • The Little Mandate
  • Love... love... love, never counting the cost.
    • The Little Mandate
  • The duty of the moment is what you should be doing at any given time, in whatever place God has put you. You may not have Christ in a homeless person at your door, but you may have a little child. If you have a child, your duty of the moment may be to change a dirty diaper. So you do it. But you don’t just change that diaper, you change it to the best of your ability, with great love for both God and that child.... There are all kinds of good Catholic things you can do, but whatever they are, you have to realize that there is always the duty of the moment to be done. And it must be done, because the duty of the moment is the duty of God.
    • Dear Parents

Poustinia (1975)[edit]

  • Purity of heart is love for the weak who constantly fall.
  • God reveals himself to those who wait for that revelation, and who don't try to tear at the hem of a mystery, forcing disclosure.
  • Real zeal is standing still and letting God be a bonfire in you.
    • Ch. 5
  • Faith sees God's face in every human face.
    • Ch. 12
  • Faith allows us to enter peacefully into the dark night which faces everyone of us at one time or another.
    • Ch. 12
  • It is so important for us to have faith, trust, confidence in one another. It is the only way we can communicate. Without faith there is no communication, there is no love, or if there was a little love it will die without hope, trust, and confidence. Even if it doesn't die right away, it will be so ill, so weak, and so tired that communication will be miserable as well.
    • Ch. 12
  • The stranger is simply a friend I haven't met yet.
    • Ch. 15

Sobornost (1977)[edit]

  • I am third.
    • This means that God must come first in our lives, and our neighbour is second. We are in last place.
  • What binds us together is love, and only love. For love is a Person. Love is God.
  • We do not go to mission lands to 'bring Jesus Christ' as much as to uncover him where he already is.


  • A saint is a sinner who loves; it's that simple!
    • (Attributed to Catherine Doherty in Inflamed by Love by Jean Fox)

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