Saturday, April 29, 2017

QUOTATION: Learning to Become Catholic

Discovering the Church is apt to be a slow procedure but it can only take place if you have a free mind and no vested interest in disbelief.

--Flannery O’Connor

Friday, April 28, 2017

QUOTATION: Faith


But just as a person becomes certain of another’s love without being able to subject it to the methods of scientific experiment, so in the contact between God and Man there is a certainty of a quite different kind from the certainty of objectivizing thought. We live faith, not as a hypothesis, but as the certainty on which our life is based. If two people regard their love merely as a hypothesis that is constantly in need of new verification, they destroy love in that way. It is contradicted in its essence if one tries to make it something one can grasp in one’s hand. By then it has already been destroyed. Perhaps so many relationships break down today because we are aware of the certainty only of the verified hypothesis and do not admit the ultimate validity of anything not scientifically proved. Thus, the essential phenomena of human life escapes us, with their different kind of certainty, which is in truth far higher. God, most of all, cannot be objectified as if he were a thing on a lower level than we are, which we could squeeze into our hand or into our apparatus.
--Pope Benedict XVI, “Faith and Theology”, Address on the occasion of the conferring of an honorary doctorate of theology by the Theological Faculty of Wroclaw/Breslau, Pilgrim Fellowship of Faith

Thursday, April 27, 2017

QUOTATION: Sex

Dietrich von Hildebrand
God, and not a boundless search for ‘pleasure,’ should always be king of the bedroom.

--Dietrich von Hildebrand

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

QUOTATION: The Indissolubility of Marriage

Pope Francis
Marital love is not defended primarily by presenting indissolubility as a duty, or by repeating doctrine, but by helping it to grow ever stronger under the impulse of grace.

--Pope Francis, Amoris Laetitia, 134

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

QUOTATION: Crosses

St. Philip Neri
That we are generally the carpenters of our own crosses is a truth sadly easier to recognize in others than in ourselves.

--St. Philip Neri