We present here a series of Cardijn's best known quotes as well as other quotes that are perhaps lesser famous but deserve to be better known.
"Your life is the fifth Gospel!" - Statement attributed to Cardijn. „Euer Leben ist das fünfte Evangelium.“
"Without work there is no Host, not a single drop of wine to consecrate, no altar stone, no vestments, no Church. Without work there is no religion."
" May the blood of these jocistes, killed in Germany for Christ's sake, preserve us from dictatorship and totalitarianism, whether of the Left or the Right," said Cardijn at a recent memorial ceremony for Fernand Tonnet and Paul Garcet. founders of J.O.C., who died in Dachau.
"Jocism does not promote revolution; it is a revolution," Joseph Cardijn, founder and chaplain-general of the Jeunesse Ouvriere Chretienne, or Young Christian Workers, stated in an interview in America recently.
It would seem that a statement of Mgr. Cardijn, founder of the Jeunesse Ouvriere Chretienne, echoes the impulse behind the movement and could well have given it its name. In March, 1958, Mgr. Cardijn said: " I have never tired of repeating that positive methods of contact, culture and mutual help should be sought in order to establish friendship and confidence, not only between the heads of governments but between peoples, starting with the youth. Military service should more and more be replaced by an international civil or cultural service (service civil on culture! international)."
- Joseph Cardijn
" I am convinced that the success of the English Young Christian Workers is essential to the International Movement of the J.O.C., and It is in England that I place all my hopes of the spread of the movement in all English-speaking countries"
- Joseph Cardijn 1947
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