Saints: Few Are Saved

by Church Militant  •  •  July 10, 2017   

"Work out your salvation in fear and trembling." Philippians 2:12

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"Lord, are they few that are saved? But he said to them: Strive to enter by the narrow gate; for many, I say to you, shall seek to enter, and shall not be able." Luke 13:23–24

"For many are called, but few chosen." Mark 20:16

"Not all, nor even a majority, are saved." St. Augustine, Doctor and Father of the Church

The number of the saved is as few as the number of grapes left after the vinepickers have passed. ~St. Jean Vianney

"Meditate on the horrors of Hell which will last for eternity because of one easily committed mortal sin. Try hard to be among the few who are chosen. Think of the eternal flames of Hell, and how few there are that are saved." St. Benedict Joseph Labre

"The greater part of men choose to be damned rather than to love Almighty God." St. Alphonsus Liguori, Doctor of the Church

"A multitude of souls fall into the depths of Hell, and it is of the faith that all who die in mortal sin are condemned for ever and ever. According to statistics, approximately 80,000 persons die every day. How many of these will die in mortal sin, and how many will be condemned! For, as their lives have been, so also will be their end." St. Anthony Mary Claret

"Behold how many there are who are called, and how few who are chosen! And behold, if you have no care for yourself, your perdition is more certain than your amendment, especially since the way that leads to eternal life is so narrow." St. John of the Cross, Doctor of the Church

"The number of the saved is as few as the number of grapes left after the vinepickers have passed." St. Jean Vianney, Patron Saint of Parish Priests

"Many begin well, but there are few who persevere." St. Jerome, Doctor and Father of the Church

"The number of the elect is so small, so small, that were we to know how small it is, we should faint away with grief. The number of the elect is so small that were God to assemble them together, He would cry to them, as He did of old, by the mouth of His prophet, 'Gather yourselves together, one by one' — one from this province, one from that kingdom." St. Louis Marie de Montfort

"I do not speak rashly, but as I feel and think. I do not think that many bishops are saved, but that those who perish are far more numerous." St. John Chrysostom, Doctor and Father of the Church

"What I am about to tell you is very terrible, yet I will not conceal it from you. Out of this thickly populated city with its thousands of inhabitants not one hundred people will be saved. I even doubt whether there will be as many as that!" St. John Chrysostom, Doctor and Father of the Church

"The saved are few, but we must live with the few if we would be saved with the few. O God, too few indeed they are: yet amongst those few I wish to be!" St. Alphonsus Liguori

"If you would be quite sure of your salvation, strive to be among the fewest of the few. Do not follow the majority of mankind, but follow those who renounce the world and never relax their efforts day or night so that they may attain everlasting blessedness." St. Anselm, Doctor of the Church

"All persons desire to be saved, but the greater part, because they will not adopt the means of being saved, fall into sin and are lost. ... In fact, the Elect are much fewer than the damned, for the reprobate are much more numerous than the Elect." St. Alphonsus Liguori

"But I tremble when I see so many souls lost these days. See, they fall into Hell as leaves fall from the trees at the approach of winter." St. Jean Vianney

"Nothing afflicts the heart of Jesus so much as to see all His sufferings of no avail to so many." St. Jean Vianney

"With the exception of those who die in childhood, most men will be damned." St. Regimius of Rheims

"Ah, how many souls lose Heaven and are cast into Hell!" St. Francis Xavier

"Christ's flock is called 'little' in comparison with the greater number of the reprobates." St. Bede the Venerable, Doctor and Father of the Church

"How many among these uncivilized peoples do not yet know God, and are sunk in the darkest idolatry, superstition and ignorance! ... Poor souls! These are they in whom Christ saw, in all the horror of His imminent Passion, the uselessness of His agony for so many souls!" St. Francesca Saverio Cabrini

"It must necessarily happen that, on account of this certainly culpable ignorance in which most men live, an enormous number will come to be damned, because no sin is pardoned which is not detested, and it is impossible to detest sin properly if it is not known as such." St. Joseph Cafasso

"There are many who arrive at the faith, but few that are led into the heavenly kingdom." Pope St. Gregory the Great, Doctor and Father of the Church

"How few the Elect are may be understood from the multitude being cast out." St. Hilary of Poitiers, Doctor and Father of the Church

"Beyond a doubt the elect are few." St. Augustine, Doctor and Father of the Church

"Some will say, It is enough for me to be saved. 'No,' says St. Augustine, 'it is not enough; if you say that it is enough, you will be lost.'" St. Alphonsus Liguori

"The greater part of men will set no value on the blood of Christ, and will go on offending Him." St. Isidore of Seville, Doctor and Father of the Church

"Many religious go strait to Hell because they do not keep their vows!" St. Vincent Ferrer

"So many people are going to die, and almost all of them are going to Hell! So many people falling into Hell!" Bd. Jacinta of Fatima

"He who abuses too much the mercy of God will be abandoned by Him." St. Alphonsus Liguori

"Notwithstanding assurances that God did not create any man for Hell, and that He wishes all men to be saved, it remains equally true that only few will be saved; that only few will go to Heaven; and that the greater part of mankind will be lost forever." St. John Neumann

He who abuses too much the mercy of God will be abandoned by Him. ~St. Alphonsus Liguori

"There was a synod being held in Paris, and a great number of prelates and pastors who had the charge of souls were in attendance; the king and princes also came to add luster to that assembly by their presence. A famous preacher was invited to preach. While he was preparing his sermon, a horrible demon appeared to him and said, 'Lay your books aside. If you want to give a sermon that will be useful to these princes and prelates, content yourself with telling them on our part, 'We the princes of darkness thank you, princes, prelates, and pastors of souls, that due to your negligence, the greater number of the faithful are damned; also, we are saving a reward for you for this favor, when you shall be with us in Hell.'" St. Leonard of Port Maurice

"So vast a number of miserable souls perish, and so comparatively few are saved!" St. Philip Neri

"Work out your salvation in fear and trembling." Philippians 2:12


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