10 Quotes From Saint Hilary of Poitiers


Feast: January 13

10 Quotes From Saint Hilary of Poitiers 

  • Wages cannot be considered as a gift, because they are due to work, but God has given free grace to all men by the justification of faith.
  • The chief service I owe you, O God, is that every thought and word of mine should speak of you.
  • He conquered death, broke the gates of hell, won for Himself a people to be His co-heirs, lifted fleshed from corruption up to the glory of eternity.
  • The Church is the Ship outside which it is impossible to understand the Divine Word, for Jesus spoke from the boat to the people gathered on the shore.
  • There is no space where God is not; space does not exist apart from Him. He is in heaven, in hell, beyond the seas; dwelling in all things and enveloping all. Thus He embraces, and is embraced by, the universe, confined to no part of it but pervading all.”
  • No matter how sinful one may have been, if he has devotion to Mary, it is impossible that he be lost.
  • The utter folly of our time is lamentable, that men should think to assist God with human help and to protect the Church of Christ by worldly ambition.
  • Heresy lies in the sense assigned, not in the word written; the guilt is that of the expositor, not of the text.
  • In this we see the wondrous virtue of the Lord: that the power dwelling in His body should communicate to perishable things the efficacy to heal, and that the divine activity should issue forth even from the hem of His garment.
  • I am well aware, almighty God and Father, that in my life I owe you a most particular duty. It is to make my every thought and word speak of you.


Hilary, born in the early 4th century and elected bishop of Potiers, France around the year 353 AD, became the leading and most respected Latin theologian of his age. Seeking to immunize the church against the infection of the Arian heresy, which denied the divinity of Christ, he wrote an extensive treatise “On the Trinity” which is perhaps his most famous work. For his trouble, he was exiled by the Emperor, an Arian sympathizer. St. Hilary died in 367 and was proclaimed a “Doctor of the Church” fifteen centuries later by Pope Pius IX.


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