Friday, March 24, 2017

QUOTATION: Worldly Approval

St. Jean-Marie Vianney
Do you know the first temptation the devil presents to someone who has begun to serve God better? It is human respect.
--St. Jean Vianney

Thursday, March 23, 2017

QUOTATION: The Right to Life

Pope Pius XII
Every human being, even a child in the mother's womb has a right to life directly from God and not from the parents or from any society or authority.  Hence there is no man, no human authority, no science, no medical, eugenic, social, economic or moral 'indication' that can offer or produce a valid juridical title to a direct deliberate disposal of an innocent human life; that is to say, a disposal that aims at its destruction whether as an end or as a means to another end, which is, perhaps, in no way unlawful in itself.
--Pius XII, Allocution to Large Families, November 26, 1951

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

QUOTATION: Conscience

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI)
It is strange that some theologians have difficulty accepting the precise and limited doctrine of papal infallibility, but see no problem in granting de facto infallibility to everyone who has a conscience.
--Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI), “Bishops, Theologians and Morality”, 1984

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

QUOTATION: Desolation

St. Alphonsus Liguori
There is nothing which occasions so diligent a search for God as does desolation; neither is there anything that attracts God to the heart so much as desolation, since the acts of conformity to the divine will which are made in desolation are more pure and perfect than others; and hence, the greater the desolation, the greater is the humility, the purer is the resignation, the purer is the confidence, the purer are the prayers, and so the more abundant are the divine graces and assistances.

--St. Alphonsus Liguori, The Way of Salvation and Perfection

Monday, March 20, 2017

QUOTATION: Scientism

Peter Kreeft

Scientism seems to me to suffer from two fatal flaws. One is logical self-contradiction. For scientism is not a scientific claim about the universe but a philosophical claim, a claim in epistemology, about human knowledge, about the relation between human knowledge and science (or the scientific method). The claim is that only scientific knowledge, knowledge by the scientific method is reliable. But that claim cannot be verified or falsified by the scientific method. There is no empirical data, no mathematical measurement, and no logical reduction of the opposite claim (that knowledge extends beyond science) to a self-contradiction.  If all knowledge claims that cannot in principle be verified or falsified by the scientific method are unreliable and should be rejected, then that very statement is unreliable and should be rejected.
My other objection is even simpler. How can the reliability of one kind of knowledge (science) disprove the reliability other kinds of knowledge? That’s like the ear telling the eye that it is unreliable just because it can’t hear anything, or like the mystic telling the scientist that he cannot have any valid knowledge of reality because he has never had a mystical experience.

--Peter Kreeft, Letters to an Atheist, 2014