What is your favorite Latin phrase?

Often in this forum, I see people’s signature lines with an interesting phrase written in Latin. I would love if some of your Catholic Answer Members would share some of your favorite Latin Quotes, that are inspiring to you or a pillar within your own Catholic faith.
Thanks, God Bless!

Tantum Ergo from St Thomas Aquinas

Latin text

Tantum ergo Sacramentum
Veneremur cernui:
Et antiquum documentum
Novo cedat ritui:
Praestet fides supplementum
Sensuum defectui.

Genitori, Genitoque
Laus et jubilatio,
Salus, honor, virtus quoque
Sit et benedictio:
Procedenti ab utroque
Compar sit laudatio.

V. Panem de caelis praestitisti eis.(T.P. Alleluja)
R. Omne delectamentum in se habentem.(T.P. Alleluja)

English translation

Down in adoration falling,
Lo! the sacred Host we hail,
Lo! o’er ancient forms departing
Newer rites of grace prevail;
Faith for all defects supplying,
Where the feeble senses fail.
To the everlasting Father,
And the Son Who reigns on high
With the Holy Spirit proceeding
Forth from each eternally,
Be salvation, honor blessing,
Might and endless majesty.
R. Thou hast given them bread from heaven.
V. Having within it all sweetness.
Let us pray: O God, who in this wonderful Sacrament left us a memorial of Thy Passion: grant, we implore Thee, that we may so venerate the sacred mysteries of Thy Body and Blood, as always to be conscious of the fruit of Thy Redemption. Thou who livest and reignest forever and ever.
R. Amen.

  1. “Fiat voluntas Tua”
    “Thy will be done”

  2. Quonium Tu Solus Sanctus
    Tu Solus Dominus
    Tu Solus Altissimus, Jesu Christe

“For Thou alone Holy
Thou alone Lord
Thou alone most high, Jesus Christ”

  1. Gloria Tibi Domine
    "Glory to you Lord"

  2. “Credo in unum Deum …” (the whole Creed)
    “I believe in one God …”

  3. Et cum spiritu tuo
    "and with your spirit"

and last but not least:

  1. “Ite, Missa Est”
    “Go, the Mass has ended” … just kidding :smiley:

ad majorem dei gloriam - “for the greater glory of god”

according to the bible it’s what we were created for. to act out and bask in the glory of god. if you center your life on glorifying god in every aspect you’re made and nothing can tarnish your joy. given, that’s very very hard to do. i’ve got a lot of learning and self-control to grasp a hold of. i’ve got a lot of bad habits to kick and personal demons to exorcise. but it’s something to strive for. life is a journey of getting closer and closer to god, and being so young, whereas i don’t rationalize the cynical, hateful, sinful things i’m inclined to sometimes do, i don’t see it as me being a bad person. just trying to learn to love god and, by proxy, love others more and more each day, learning from my mistakes.

These are great! (don’t forget the english translation in there too!)

Cuando omni flunkus, moritati.
When all else fails, play dead.

(Sorry, couldn’t resist. I’m a Red Green fan.)

De profundis clamavi ad te Domine.
(Out of the depths, I cry to thee, O Lord.)

Domine exaudi orationem meam.

O Lord hear my prayer

Et clamor meus ad Te veniat.

And let my cry come unto You.


“Gaudete, gaudete Christus est natus
Ex Maria virgine, gaudete!”

Translation: Rejoice, rejoice, Christ is born
From the Virgin Mary, rejoice!

(And it’s not just because I’m a Steeleye Span fan, either!)

introibo ad altarem dei
qui laetificat juventutam meam

I shall go to the altar of God
to God who gives joy to my youth

Deus vult!

God wills it!

Romanes eunt domus

('What’s this then? ‘People called Romanes they go to the house?’ 'It - it says ‘Go home Romans!’ ‘No it doesn’t!’)

from Monty Python’s* Life of Brian* - funniest movie and best Latin lesson ever! :cool: :thumbsup: :rotfl:

Ad Iesum per Mariam - To Jesus through Mary

My favorite Latin phrase is easy and has become my calling card.

Amor Vincit Omnia. The company I am founding is going to be called AVO Enterprises.

Omnia vincit amor: et nos cedamus amori.

But that is Virgil, Eclogue 10.

You said Latin, not Church Latin.

dominus vobiscum

Amor meus crucifixus est.
My love is crucified.

Libera nos a malo

Deliver us from evil

Back in ye olden days I used to teach Biology. When I got to Latin nomenclature, I always mentioned that it was used since at the time of Linneaus, all educated people spoke Latin. Then I’d say, “you know, I still remember a lot of Latin, why I can say the Lord’s Prayer in Latin” and always some smart alec kid would say, “Oh yeah - let’s hear it” and I would reel it off. That always impressed them.

Good times.

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