Wednesday, August 23, 2017

QUOTATION: Self-Hatred

St. Augustine of Hippo
No man, then, hates himself. On this point, indeed, no question was ever raised by any sect. But neither does any man hate his own body. For the apostle says truly, "No man ever yet hated his own flesh." And when some people say that they would rather be without a body altogether, they entirely deceive themselves. For it is not their body, but its corruptions and its heaviness, that they hate. And so it is not no body, but an uncorrupted and very light body, that they want.


--St. Augustine, On Christian Doctrine, Book I, Chapter 24

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

Thursday, August 17, 2017

QUOTATION: Education

St. Josemaria Escriva
Parents have to respect their children’s freedom, because there is no real education without personal responsibility, and there is no responsibility without freedom.


--St. Josemaria Escriva

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

QUOTATION: A Message of Hope


Be not cast down because the persecutors of religion, having laid the Church, like its Founder, in the tomb, utter the boast: ‘Behold the place where we laid it.’ The law of progress of the Church is the reverse of the law of progress of the world. We are most progressive when we are most hated. It is only because the fires of its Truth are blinding evil eyes and convicting them of sin and judgement, that the world vainly tried to put them out. And though the world is tearing up all the photographs and blueprints of a society and a family based on the moral law of God, be not disheartened. The Church has kept the negatives.


--Archbishop Fulton Sheen, Lenten & Easter Inspirations

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

QUOTATION: Purgatory

St. Jean Vianney
The fire of Purgatory is the same as the fire of Hell; the difference between them is that the fire of Purgatory is not everlasting.


--St. Jean Vianney, Sermons

Monday, August 14, 2017

QUOTATION: Devotion to Mary

St. Louis de Montfort

This does not mean that one who has discovered Mary through a genuine devotion is exempt from crosses and sufferings. Far from it! One is tried even more than others, because Mary, as Mother of the living, gives to all her children splinters of the tree of life, which is the Cross of Jesus. But while meting out crosses to them she gives the grace to bear them with patience, and even with joy. In this way, the crosses she sends to those who trust themselves to her are rather like sweetmeats, i.e. "sweetened" crosses rather than "bitter" ones. If from time to time they do taste the bitterness of the chalice from which we must drink to become proven friends of God, the consolation and joy which their Mother sends in the wake of their sorrows creates in them a strong desire to carry even heavier and still more bitter crosses.


--St. Louis de Montfort, The Secret of Mary, 22.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

QUOTATION: What Mary Suffered

St. Alphonsus Liguori
While other martyrs suffered by sacrificing their own lives, the Blessed Virgin suffered by sacrificing her Son's life—a life that she loved far more than her own. So she not only suffered in her soul all that her Son endured in his body. In addition, the sight of her Son's torments brought more grief to her heart than if she had endured them all in her own person. No one can doubt that Mary suffered in her heart all the outrages that she saw inflicted on her beloved Jesus. Anyone can understand that the sufferings of children are also those of their mothers who witness them.


--St. Alphonsus Liguori, A Year with Mary

Saturday, August 12, 2017

QUOTATION: Martyrs

St. Augustine
The martyrs were bound, imprisoned, scourged, racked, burned, torn apart, butchered--and they multiplied.


--St. Augustine

Friday, August 11, 2017

QUOTATION: Ignorant Atheism

Robert Barron
I have found that, in practically every instance, the scientists who declare their disbelief in God have no idea what serious religious people mean by the word “God.” Almost without exception, they think of God as some supreme worldly nature, an item within the universe for which they have found no “evidence,” a gap within the ordinary nexus of causal relations, etc. I would deny such a reality as vigorously as they do.


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

Thursday, August 10, 2017

QUOTATION: Protecting Innocent Life

Fr. Frank Pavone
Just as we cannot justify killing our neighbor with the excuse, “I did not believe he had a soul,” so we cannot justify the killing of the child in the womb with the same rationale. The goal of the pro-life movement is not to impose our beliefs on anyone, but rather to protect the innocent from those who believe they can be killed.


--Fr. Frank Pavone, Abolishing Abortion

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

QUOTATION: Acting Morally

Jacques Maritain
The first step to be taken by everyone who wishes to act morally is to decide not to act according to the general customs and doings of his fellow-men.


--Jacques Maritain, Range of Reason

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

QUOTATION: Christ Crucified

Pope Francis

The heart of God’s salvation is his Son who took upon himself our sins, our pride, our self reliance, our vanity, our desire to be like God. A Christian who is not able to glory in Christ Crucified has not understood what it means to be Christian. Our wounds, those which sin leaves in us, are healed only through the Lord’s wounds, through the wounds of God made man who humbled himself, who emptied himself. This is the mystery of the Cross. It is not only an ornament that we always put in churches, on the altar; it is not only a symbol that should distinguish us from others. The Cross is a mystery: the mystery of the love of God who humbles himself, who empties himself” to save us from our sins.


--Pope Francis, Morning Meditation, April 8, 2014.

Monday, August 7, 2017

QUOTATION: The Incarnation

Pope Benedict XVI
The Incarnation of the Word means that God does not merely want to come to the spirit of man, through the Spirit, but that he is seeking him through and in the material world, that he also in fact wants to encounter him as a social and historical being.


--Pope Benedict XVI, “The Ministry and Life of Priests”, Pilgrim Fellowship of Faith

Sunday, August 6, 2017

QUOTATION: Life is a Mystery

Benedict J. Groeschel
Life itself is mysterious, and those who fail to come to grips with mystery are either very naïve or very angry or end up being both. Many of the attacks on religion, which as we mentioned, are in the popular press at the present time, are ultimately based on a refusal to come to grips with mystery.


--Benedict J. Groeschel, The Tears of God, 2009.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

QUOTATION: Heresy

Cardinal Gerhard Muller
Redemption is conditioned on orthodoxy, as is the correct conception of eternal life: orthodoxy is not just a theory about God, but a matter of God’s personal relationship with me. For that reason, heresy always affects that personal relationship, because it separates God who is truth from the revelation of that same truth.


--Cardinal Gerhard Müller

Friday, August 4, 2017

QUOTATION: Loss of Faith

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
In many cases those who lost the faith never did so for a reason. They left it for a thing. Souls generally do not fall away from Christ because of the Creed; they first have difficulty with the Commandments. The Creed, later on, becomes the handy tool of their rationalization: ‘I no longer believe in confession.’


--Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

Thursday, August 3, 2017

QUOTATION: Charity for All

St. Jean Vianney
All of our religion is but a false religion and all our virtues are mere illusions and we ourselves are only hypocrites in the sight of God if we have not that universal charity for everyone, for the good and for the bad, for the poor people as well as for the rich, for all those who do us harm as much as for those who do us good.


--St. Jean Vianney, Sermons.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

QUOTATION: The Holy Spirit and The Blessed Mother

St. Louis de Montfort
The Holy Spirit espoused Mary and produced his greatest work, the incarnate Word, in her, by her and through her. He has never disowned her and so he continues to produce every day, in a mysterious but very real manner, the souls of the elect in her and through her.


--St. Louis de Montfort, The Secret of Mary, 13.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

QUOTATION: It is Difficult to Repent at Death

St. Alphonsus Liguori
It is necessary to die hating sin and loving God beyond all things ; but how can he hate forbidden pleasures, who, until that time, has loved them, so much? and how can he love God beyond all things, who, until that time, has loved the creature more than God ?


--St. Alphonsus Liguori, Preparation for Death

Monday, July 31, 2017

QUOTATION: Lying is Not Useful

St. Augustine of Hippo
Now every man who lies commits an injustice; and if any man thinks that a lie is ever useful, he must think that injustice is sometimes useful. For no liar keeps faith in the matter about which he lies. He wishes, of course, that the man to whom he lies should place confidence in him; and yet he betrays his confidence by lying to him. Now every man who breaks faith is unjust. Either, then, injustice is sometimes useful (which is impossible), or a lie is never useful


--St. Augustine, On Christian Doctrine, Book I, Chapter 36

Sunday, July 30, 2017

QUOTATION: Atheism and Human Value

Robert Barron
For the past two hundred years, atheists have been loudly asserting that the dismissal of God will lead to human liberation. I would strenuously argue precisely the contrary. Once the human being is untethered from God, he becomes, in very short order, an object among objects, and hence susceptible to the grossest manipulation by the powerful and the self-interested.


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

Saturday, July 29, 2017

QUOTATION: Life, the Most Fundamental Freedom

Father Frank Pavone
To be free, a person must first be alive. To deprive a person of life is to deprive that person of liberty. It stands to reason, literally, that the very right to life has to be respected and protected. Life is an even more fundamental right than freedom.


--Fr. Frank Pavone, Abolishing Abortion

Friday, July 28, 2017

QUOTATION: The Blessed Virgin Mary in Her Mother's Womb

St. Peter Julian Eymard
Mary was born with all personal greatness. She was enriched with God s gifts. But that is little, for on the day of her birth she was already rich with her own merits. She had already acquired treasures of merits during the nine months of silent and uninterrupted adoration passed in the bosom of her mother. She was, even before her birth, penetrated with the divine light, and she had given herself entirely to God, whom she loved with a love of which we can form no just idea. She was born with the treasures that she had won, with the riches that she had acquired.

--St. Peter Julian Eymard, Month of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament

Thursday, July 27, 2017

QUOTATION: Be Doers, Not Talkers

Pope Francis
Let us ask ourselves if we are parlour Christians, who love to chat about how things are going in the Church and the world, or apostles on the go, who confess Jesus with their lives because they hold him in their hearts. Those who confess Jesus know that they are not simply to offer opinions but to offer their very lives. 


--Pope Francis, Homily, June 29, 2017

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

QUOTATION: The Priest

Pope Benedict XVI (Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger)
The priest is, like John the Baptist, purely a forerunner, a servant of the word. It is not he who matters, but the other.

--Pope Benedict XVI, “The Ministry and Life of Priests”,  Pilgrim Fellowship of Faith

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

QUOTATION: Obedience

St. Jean-Baptiste de la Salle
Those who obey their superiors with the conviction that they are obeying God elevate their obedience by this view of faith, so that it becomes one of the most eminent acts of the virtue of religion that we can elicit in this world, because it is addressed directly to God hidden under the veil of a person frail and mortal but endowed with divine authority.

--St. Jean Baptiste de la Salle, Meditations 

Monday, July 24, 2017

QUOTATION: Fighting Sin

Padre Pio
You don't dispel Satan using Satan's ways.

-- Padre Pio

Sunday, July 23, 2017

QUOTATION: Conscience

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

Before conversion, conscience seemed to be a restraining, coercive power; God was a hostile and exacting judge; the commandments were prohibitions; and the Church was an inhibition. Responsibilities were identified with obligations; duty was seen as opposed to desire; the morally right was identified with the physically unpleasant; and love was opposed to morality. But after conversion the conscience no longer accuses; it never seems to command, or order, or inhibit, because there are no longer two wills in opposition. The will of the convert is the will of God. There is no need for a conscience to tell him what ought to be done.” Conscience is swallowed up in love and there is no duty or “must” between lovers.


--Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, Peace of Soul, 1949

Saturday, July 22, 2017

QUOTATION: Virtue

St. Jean Vianney
If a person has true virtue, nothing whatever can change him; he is like a rock in the midst of a tempestuous sea. If anyone scorns you, or calumniates you, if someone mocks at you or calls you a hypocrite or a sanctimonious fraud, none of this will have the least effect upon your peace of soul. You will love him just as much as you loved him when he was saying good things about you. You will not fail to do him a good turn and to help him, even if he speaks badly of your assistance. You will say your prayers, go to Confession, to Holy Communion, you will go to Mass, all according to your general custom.

--St. Jean Vianney, Sermons.

Friday, July 21, 2017

QUOTATION: Love

Henri Nouwen
Often we speak about love as if it is a feeling. But if we wait for a feeling of love before loving, we may never learn to love well.

--Henri Nouwen

Thursday, July 20, 2017

QUOTATION: Temptation

Mother Teresa of Calcutta
When temptation comes, remember the three things:

1. I don’t want it. The devil cannot touch you. You are safe.
2. Be busy—as long as you know and say, “I don’t want it,” you are all right.
3. Turn to Mary. This is something very precious for her to give to Jesus.

--Mother Teresa of Calcutta, A Call to Mercy

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

QUOTATION: Mary, Mother of the Church

St. Louis de Montfort
Since Mary produced the head of the elect, Jesus Christ, she must also produce the members of that head, that is, all true Christians. A mother does not conceive a head without members, nor members without a head. If anyone, then, wishes to become a member of Jesus Christ, and consequently be filled with grace and truth , he must be formed in Mary through the grace of Jesus Christ, which she possesses with a fullness enabling her to communicate it abundantly to true members of Jesus Christ, her true children.


--St. Louis de Montfort, The Secret of Mary, 12.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

QUOTATION: God's Existence is the Real Issue

Bishop Robert Barron


The denial of God—or the blithe bracketing of the question of God—is not a harmless parlor game. Rather, it carries with it the gravest implications. If there is no God, then our lives do indeed belong to us, and we can do with them what we want. If there is no God, our lives have no ultimate meaning or transcendent purpose, and they become simply artifacts of our own designing. Accordingly, when they become too painful or too shallow or just too boring, we ought to have the prerogative to end them. We can argue the legality and even the morality of assisted suicide until the cows come home, but the real issue that has to be engaged is that of God’s existence.


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

Monday, July 17, 2017

QUOTATION: Desire for Death

St. Alphonsus Liguori
It is a sign that we love God but little, if we have no desire soon to go to see Him, feeling certain that we shall never be able to love Him more. For the meantime, let us love God as much as we can in this life. For this alone should we live to increase in our love to Him ; the measure of love to God in which death will find us, will be the measure of our love to God in a blessed eternity.


--St. Alphonsus Liguori, Preparation for Death

Sunday, July 16, 2017

QUOTATION: Bad Hermeneutics

But as men are prone to estimate sins, not by reference to their inherent sinfulness, but rather by reference to their own customs, it frequently happens that a man will think nothing blameable except what the men of his own country and time are accustomed to condemn, and nothing worthy of praise or approval except what is sanctioned by the custom of his companions; and thus it comes to pass, that if Scripture either enjoins what is opposed to the customs of the hearers, or condemns what is not so opposed, and if at the same time the authority of the word has a hold upon their minds, they think that the expression is figurative.


--St. Augustine, On Christian Doctrine, Book III, Chapter 10

Saturday, July 15, 2017

QUOTATION: Religious Liberty

Father Frank Pavone
The Church does not defend religious liberty based on the idea that all religions are equal. The Church defends religious liberty based on the idea that all people are equal. We are all icons of God. The divinely instilled dignity that we all share requires each of us to embrace the truth freely, without coercion—just as God acts without coercion in perfect freedom.


--Fr. Frank Pavone, Abolishing Abortion 

Friday, July 14, 2017

QUOTATION: Sacrifice

St. Peter Julian Eymard
A sacrifice foreseen makes us reason, and reasoning diminishes its value. But those that we make generously, without premeditation and without deliberation, are of more value.


--St. Peter Julian Eymard, Month of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament

Thursday, July 13, 2017

QUOTATION: Judgement in Christianity

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Pope Benedict XVI
Anyone who wants Christianity to be just a joyful message in which there can be no threat of the judgement is distorting it.


--Pope Benedict XVI, “Eucharist and Mission”, Pilgrim Fellowship of Faith

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

QUOTATION: Dissent

St. Jean Baptiste de la Salle
There is no less danger in contradicting the moral teachings of Jesus Christ than in rejecting his doctrine, for usually what causes the loss of faith is disorder in moral behavior.

--St. Jean Baptiste de la Sale, Meditations

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

QUOTATION: Faith

Flannery O'Connor
Dear God, I don't want to have invented my faith to satisfy my weakness. I don't want to have created God to my own image.


--Flannery O'Connor, My Dear God: A Young Writer's Prayers

Monday, July 10, 2017

QUOTATION: Faith

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

Philosophy gives a proof for the existence of God; the science of apologetics gives the motives for believing in Christ, the Son of God; but all the incontrovertible proofs they offer fall short of the certitude that actually comes to a convert through the gift of Faith. Imagine a young man whose father has been lost for years. A friend, returned from a trip, assures him that he has certain evidence that his father really exists on another continent. But the young man is not fully satisfied with the evidence, however convincing it is; until he is restored to his father’s actual presence, he will not have peace. So it is with conversion: before, one knows about God; afterward, one knows God. The first knowledge the mind has is notional and abstract; the second is real, concrete, and it becomes bound up with all one’s sentiments, emotions, passions, and habits.


--Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, Peace of Soul, 1949

Sunday, July 9, 2017

QUOTATION: Growth

Pope Francis
No one can grow if he does not accept his smallness.


―Pope Francis

Saturday, July 8, 2017

QUOTATION: The Ambitious Man


The ambitious man is always fearful, always under tension lest he say or do anything which might make him displeasing in the eyes of men. He pretends humility, feigns honesty, displays affability, shows off his kindness, is accommodating, is compliant, honors everyone and bows to everybody, frequents courts, visits important people, rises and embraces, claps his hands and fawns. A famous quotation describes him well: “If there’s no dust he’ll still brush it off.” He is prompt and eager where he knows he will please, hesitant and lukewarm where he thinks he will not. He condemns evil and detests iniquity, but what he praises and blames varies with the person, so long as he will be thought competent and be deemed welcome by one and all. But see how he must keep up a grave battle in himself, and a very hard conflict it is, with Iniquity hammering at his soul and Ambition leading him by the hand; for what the one suggests he do, the other will not permit. And yet Iniquity and Ambition, mother and daughter, plot for one another: the mother lives in the open and the daughter, kept in hiding, never resists—one claims a public and the other a secret domain.


--Pope Innocent III, The Misery of the Human Condition

Friday, July 7, 2017

QUOTATION: Happiness of the Soul


I say, then, that the happiness of the soul consists in the exercise of the affections; not in sensual pleasures, not in activity, not in excitement, not in self esteem, not in the consciousness of power, not in knowledge; in none of these things lies our happiness, but in our affections being elicited, employed, supplied. As hunger and thirst, as taste, sound, and smell, are the channels through which this bodily frame receives pleasure, so the affections are the instruments by which the soul has pleasure. When they are exercised duly, it is happy; when they are undeveloped, restrained, or thwarted, it is not happy. This is our real and true bliss, not to know, or to affect, or to pursue; but to love, to hope, to joy, to admire, to revere, to adore. Our real and true bliss lies in the possession of those objects on which our hearts may rest and be satisfied.


--Blessed John Henry Newman, “The Thought of God, the Stay of the Soul”, Parochial and Plain Sermons, Vol. 5

Thursday, July 6, 2017

QUOTATION: Moral Relativism is a Threat to the Economy


A market economy enjoys real legitimacy if and only if it is set in the context of a vibrant moral culture that forms its people in the virtues of fairness, justice, respect for the integrity of the other, and religion. Indeed, what good are contracts—fundamental to the functioning of a market economy—if people are indifferent to justice? What good is private property if people don’t see that stealing is wicked? Won’t wealth destroy the rich man who doesn’t appreciate the value of generosity or fails to develop sensitivity to the suffering of the poor? Won’t the drive for profit lead to the destruction of nature unless people realize that the earth is a gift of a gracious God and is meant to be enjoyed by all? This is precisely why the moral relativism and indifferentism that holds sway in many parts of the West—fostered by the breakdown of the family and the attenuating of religious practice—poses such a threat to the economy.


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

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

QUOTATION: Dead Before Death

St. Francis of Assisi
Dead before death, alive after death.

--Epitaph of St. Francis of Assisi