Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Our Lord seems to sleep; then the tempest threatens, hell rises up against the Church and by persecution endeavours to annihilate it; but cry of distress is heard and our loving Saviour rises, with word appeases the storm, and the holy Ark of God continues its triumphant progress throughout all ages.
--St. Mary Euphrasia Pelletier, Conferences and Instructions
Monday, August 29, 2016
Sunday, August 28, 2016
Saturday, August 27, 2016
The fly that clings to honey hinders its flight, and the soul that allows itself attachment to spiritual sweetness hinders its own liberty and contemplation.
--St. John of the Cross, Sayings of Light and Love, #24
Friday, August 26, 2016
The Deist attempt to found a natural religion broke down because it was the result of a superficial synthesis, which only succeeded in uniting the etiolated ghost of historic Christianity with the phantasm of pseudo-scientific rationalism. It claimed to be the Religion of Nature, when it was as abstract and artificial as any metaphysical system. It professed to base itself on purely rational grounds, when it really drew it spiritual vitality from the religious tradition that it rejected. It was neither truly religious nor completely rational, and consequently it was rejected alike by the most living religion and by the most serious scientific thought of the new age.
--Christopher Dawson, Progress and Religion
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Alas! How will you present yourselves before the judgement-seat of Christ, with the imperfect mixed feelings which now satisfy you, with a certain amount of faith, and trust, and fear of God’s judgements, but with nothing of that real delight in Him, in His attributes, in His Will, in His commandments, in His service, which saints possess in such fullness, and which alone can give the soul a comfortable title to the merits of His death and passion?
--Blessed John Henry Newman, “Purity and Love”
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Pride is the exaltation of self as an absolute standard of truth, goodness and morality. It judges everything by itself, and for that reason everyone else is a rival, particularly God.
--Fulton J. Sheen, Preface to Religion
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
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
-- Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange
Sunday, August 21, 2016
Saturday, August 20, 2016
Friday, August 19, 2016
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.
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Whenever it becomes necessary to expose statements that disguise some suspected error or danger under the veil of ambiguity, one must denounce the perverse meaning under which the error opposed to Catholic truth is camouflaged.
--Pope Pius VI, Auctorem Fidei
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Pay very great attention, daughters, to this point, which I shall now tell you; for at one time it may be humility and virtue to consider ourselves to be bad, and at another time it may be a very great temptation; and because I have experienced this, I know it to be true. However great our humility may be, it does not disturb or disorder the soul, but brings peace, delight, and calmness. Should anyone, seeing herself to be wicked, clearly understand that she deserves to be in Hell, and can scarcely dare ask for mercy, if this be true humility, this grief has a certain sweetness and satisfaction attendant upon it, so that we would not wish to see ourselves without: it does not disturb nor straiten the soul, but rather enlarges her, and disposes her for serving God the more fervently. But the other kind of grief troubles and disorders everything, and quite throws the soul into confusion, and is very painful. I believe the devil tries to make us think we have humility, and at the same time (if he can) to make us distrust God. When you find yourselves in this state, avoid, as much as you can, thinking on your own misery, meditate on the mercy of God, and how He loves you, and how much He suffered for you.
--St. Teresa of Avila, Reflections on the Lord’s Prayer
Monday, August 15, 2016
Jesus has many lovers of His kingdom of heaven, but He has few bearers of His Cross. Many desire His consolation, but few desire His tribulation. He finds many comrades in eating and drinking, but He finds few who will be with Him in His abstinence and fasting. All men would joy with Christ, but few will suffer anything for Christ. Many follow Him to the breaking of His bread, for their bodily refreshment, but will follow Him to drink a draft of the chalice of His Passion. Many honor His miracles, but few will follow the shame of His cross and His other ignominies. Many love Jesus as long as no adversity befalls them, and can praise and bless Him whenever they receive any benefits from Him, but if Jesus withdraws a little from them and forsakes them a bit, they soon fall into some great grumbling or excessive dejection or into open despair.
--Thomas à Kempis, The Imitation of Christ
Sunday, August 14, 2016
A Catholic is sometimes impatient with one who has not the faith, wrongly thinking that the reason he sees the truth so clearly is because of his own innate cleverness, and the reason his neighbour does not see it is due either to his stupidity or his stubbornness. Faith, it must be remembered, is not due to our wisdom, and the lack of faith is not due to their ignorance. Faith is solely a gift of God.
Saturday, August 13, 2016
All, past, present, and future will be judged: thus the Apostle says: We must all be manifested before the judgement-seat of Christ, that everyone may receive the proper things of the body according as he hath done, whether it be good or evil. Of the wicked, some will be condemned, but not be judged: namely unbelievers whose works will not be discussed, since He that believeth not is already judged. Some will be both condemned and judged, namely the faithful who die in mortal sin: The wages of sin is death, because on account of the faith which they had they will not be excluded from the judgement. Of the good, some will be saved and will not be judged, namely those who for God’s sake are poor in spirit; indeed, they will judge others: You who have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit on the seat of his majesty, you also shall sit on twelve seats judging the twelve tribes of Israel, which is to be referred not only to the disciples, but also to all the poor; otherwise Paul who labored more than the others would not be of their number: and consequently we must understand these words refer to all who follow the Apostles, and of men with an apostolic spirit. Hence the Apostle says: know ye not that we shall judge the angels? – The Lord will enter into judgement with the ancients of his people and its princes. Some, however, will be both saved and judged, those, namely, who die in the state of righteousness: since although they died righteous, yet through being occupied with temporal matters they fell somewhat, and therefore they will be judged, yet saved; in fact, they will be judged concerning all their works both good and bad: Walk in the ways of thy heart…and know that for all these God will bring thee into judgement. All things that are done God will bring into judgement for every error, whether it be good or evil.
--St. Thomas Aquinas, Exposition of the Apostles’ Creed
Friday, August 12, 2016
Thursday, August 11, 2016
In truth-- one thing is certain; there exists a night into whose solitude no voice reaches; there is a door through which we can only walk alone -- the door of death. In the last analysis all the fear in the world is fear of this loneliness. From this point of view, it is possible to understand why the Old Testament has only one word for hell and death, the word sheol; it regards them as ultimately identical. Death is absolute loneliness. But the loneliness into which love can no longer advance is -- hell.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
--Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, Life Everlasting
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Freedom is always the best environment for thinkers, civic associations and the communications media to carry out their activities with passion and creativity in service of the common good.
--Pope Francis, Address to Civil Society in Bolivia, July 8, 2015
Monday, August 8, 2016
--St. Alphonsus Liguori, The Incarnation, Birth and Infancy of Jesus Christ
Sunday, August 7, 2016
Saturday, August 6, 2016
And now, my brethren, who are not Catholics, perhaps you will tell me, that, if all inquiry is to cease when you become Catholics, you ought to be very sure that the Church is from God before you join it. You speak truly; no one should enter the Church without a firm purpose of taking her word in all matters of doctrine and morals, and that, on the ground of her coming directly from the God of Truth.
--Blessed John Henry Newman, “Faith and Doubt”
Friday, August 5, 2016
Do not imagine that you will overwhelm the demon of fornication by entering into an argument with him. Nature is on his side and he has the best of the argument. So the man who decides to struggle against his flesh and to overcome it by his own efforts is fighting in vain. The truth is that unless the Lord overturns the house of the flesh and builds the house of the soul, the man wishing to overcome it has watched and fasted for nothing. Offer up to the Lord the weakness of your nature. Admit your incapacity and, without your knowing it, you will win for yourself the gift of chastity.
--St. John Climacus
Thursday, August 4, 2016
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
The first man was more blessed in paradise than any righteous man in this state of mortal frailty, as far as concerns the enjoyment of present good. But as for the hope of the future, any man in the extreme of bodily suffering is happier than the first-created, for it has been revealed to man with the certainty of truth—it is no mere opinion—that, free from all distresses, he will share with the angels the endless enjoyment of God Most High, whereas the first man, in all the bliss of paradise, had no certainty about his future.
--St. Augustine, City of God, Book XI, Chapter 12
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Let those who say that the confessional was instituted by a priest try sitting in the stuffy confessional boxes of our churches for five or six hours on Saturdays and on the eves of the feast days and of the First Fridays, listening to the routine misgivings and failings of human nature, and he will know it is the most trying of all the priest’s labors—yet sweet because he knows and feels that he is carrying on the blessed ministrations Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
--Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, Peace of Soul, 1949