Tuesday, August 22, 2017

QUOTATION: The Collapse of Christianity

Robert Barron
When Christianity collapses into purely this-worldly preoccupations—as it has, sadly, in much of Europe—it rapidly dries up.

--Robert Barron, Vibrant Paradoxes: The Both/And of Catholicism

Monday, August 21, 2017

QUOTATION: Human Rights

Father Frank Pavone
Human rights are not granted by political systems. They are “pre-political.” They exist before government and, in fact, must be honored, served, and secured by government, not because the leaders of government say so, but because to fail to do so undermines the very purpose of government.

--Fr. Frank Pavone, Abolishing Abortion

Sunday, August 20, 2017

QUOTATION: The Immortality of the Soul

Jacques Maritain
A spiritual soul cannot be corrupted, since it possesses no matter; it cannot be disintegrated, since it has no substantial parts; it cannot lose its individual unity, since it is self-subsisting, nor its internal energy, since it contains within itself all the sources of its energies. The human soul cannot die. Once it exists, it cannot disappear; it will necessarily exist forever, endure without end. Thus philosophic reason is able to prove the immortality of the human soul in a demonstrative manner.

--Jacques Maritain

Saturday, August 19, 2017

QUOTATION: Our Relationship With the Lord

Pope Francis
This relationship with the Lord is not intended as a duty or an imposition. It is a bond that comes from within. It is a relationship lived with the heart: it is our friendship with God, granted to us by Jesus, a friendship that changes our life and fills us with passion, with joy. Thus, the gift of piety stirs in us above all gratitude and praise. This is, in fact, the reason and the most authentic meaning of our worship and our adoration. When the Holy Spirit allows us to perceive the presence of the Lord and all his love for us, it warms the heart and moves us quite naturally to prayer and celebration.

--Pope Francis, General Audience, June 4, 2014

Friday, August 18, 2017

QUOTATION: Atheist Self-Ownership

Pope Benedict XVI
Nowhere that the human being makes himself the one lord of the world and owner of himself can justice exist.

--Pope Benedict XVI, Opening Mass, Synod of Bishops, October 2, 2005