Happy Columbus Day! While Christopher Columbus is known for being an explorer, did you know that Columbus was a Christian statesmen, too?
Our culture has made light of the fact that Columbus was more than an adventurer with a dream.
In honor of Columbus Day, I’d like to share with you a rare collection of Christopher Columbus quotes. These excerpts from his letters and journals show that he was pursuing a greater purpose than just sailing across the ocean. You can help spread his words of wisdom by sharing your favorite quote in your Facebook status!
“No one should fear to undertake any task in the name of our Saviour, if it is just and if the intention is purely for His holy service.”
“I am a most noteworthy sinner, but I have cried out to the Lord for grace and mercy, and they have covered me completely. I have found the sweetest consolation since I made it my whole purpose to enjoy His marvellous Presence.”
“Riches don’t make a man rich, they only make him busier.”
“Of this voyage, I observe,” says the Admiral, “that it has miraculously been shown, as may be understood by this writing, by the many signal miracles that He has shown on the voyage, and for me, who for so great a time was in the court of Your Highnesses with the opposition and against the opinion of so many high personages of your household, who were all against me, alleging this undertaking to be folly, which I hope in Our Lord will be to the greater glory of Christianity, which to some slight extent already has happened.”
“By prevailing over all obstacles and distractions, one may unfailingly arrive at his chosen goal or destination.”
“It was the Lord who put into my mind (I could feel His hand upon me) the fact that it would be possible to sail from here to the Indies. All who heard of my project rejected it with laughter, ridiculing me. There is no question that the inspiration was from the Holy Spirit, because he comforted me with rays of marvelous illumination from the Holy Scriptures, a strong and clear testimony from the 44 books of the Old Testament, from the four Gospels, and from the 23 Epistles of the blessed Apostles, encouraging me continually to press forward, and without ceasing for a moment they now encourage me to make haste.”
“My hope in the One who created us all sustains me; He is an ever present help in trouble…When I was extremely depressed, He raised me with His right hand, saying,`O man of little faith, get up, it is I; do not be afraid.”
“I prayed to the most merciful Lord about my heart’s great desire, and He gave me the spirit and the intelligence for the task: seafaring, astronomy, geometry, arithmetic, skill in drafting spherical maps and placing correctly the cities, rivers, mountains and ports. I also studied cosmology, history, chronology and philosophy.”
“Weep for me, whoever has charity, truth and justice! I did not come on this voyage for gain, honor or wealth, that is certain;”
“Praise be to our eternal God, our Lord, who gives to all those who walk in His ways victory over all things which seem impossible;”
“I pointed out that for the execution of the journey to the Indies I was not aided by intelligence, by mathematics or by maps. It was simply the fulfillment of what Isaiah had prophesied.” [“It is He that sitteth upon the circle of the earth,” Isaiah 40:22]
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