Tuesday, August 23, 2016

QUOTATION: Religion within the Bounds of Reason

Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI)
The comfortable attempt to spare oneself the belief in the mystery of God's mighty actions in this world and yet at the same time to have the satisfaction of remaining on the foundation of the biblical message leads nowhere; it measures up neither to the honesty of reason nor to the claims of faith. One cannot have both the Christian faith and "religion within the bounds of pure reason"; a choice is unavoidable.

--Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI), Introduction to Christianity, 1968

Monday, August 22, 2016

QUOTATION: The Church Tolerant and Intolerant

Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange
The Church is intolerant in principle because she believes. She is tolerant in practice because she loves. The enemies of the Church are tolerant in principle because they do not believe. They are intolerant in practice because they do not love.

-- Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange

Sunday, August 21, 2016


Pope Francis
The people of God want pastors, not bureaucrats or clergy acting like government officials.

--Pope Francis, My Door is Always Open: a Conversation on Faith, Hope and the Church in a Time of Change

Saturday, August 20, 2016

QUOTATION: Speak the Truth

Mother Angelica
It’s your obligation to speak the truth, and everyone can either take it or leave it. But the truth must be in us.

--Mother Angelica

Friday, August 19, 2016

QUOTATION: When You Decide to Become a Serious Christian...

St. Francis de Sales

As soon as the children of this world perceive that you desire to follow a devout life they will shoot at you a thousand arrows of mockery and detraction. The most malicious will calumniate your change as being hypocrisy, bigotry, and artifice. They will say that the world has frowned on you and that being rejected by it you turned to God. Your friends will make a world of objections which they imagine to be very wise and charitable. They will tell you that you will fall into a melancholy state of mind; that you will lose credit in the world; that will you will make yourself insupportable; that you will grow old before your time; that your domestic affairs will suffer; that you must live in the world like one in the world; that salvation may be had without so many mysteries; and a thousand similar trivialities. 

My Philothea, all this is nothing but foolish and empty babbling. These people are not interested in your health or in your welfare. “If you had been of the world,” says the Savior, “the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, therefore the world hateth you.” We have seen gentlemen and ladies pass the whole night, even many nights, together at chess or cards. Is there any concentration more absurd, stupid, or gloomy, than that of gamesters? Yet worldly people do not say a word, nor do their friends ever trouble themselves about them. Should we spend an hour in meditation, or rise in the morning a little earlier than usual in order to prepare ourselves for Communion, every one runs for a physician to cure us of our hypochondria and jaundice. Such persons can pass thirty nights in dancing without experiencing any inconvenience; but if they watch a single Christmas night, every one of them coughs and complains that he is sick the next morning. Who does not see that the world is an unjust judge, gracious and favorable to its own children, but harsh and rigorous toward the children of God?

--St. Francis de Sales, Introduction to the Devout Life.