Monday, June 26, 2017

QUOTATION: Faith and Reason

Pope Francis
Faith is not fearful of reason; on the contrary, it seeks and trusts reason, since “the light of reason and the light of faith both come from God” and cannot contradict each other.


--Pope Francis

Sunday, June 25, 2017

QUOTATION: Religious Extremism

Henri de Lubac
To push piety to the point of superstition is to destroy it. To push orthodoxy to the point of religious purism is also to destroy it.

--Henri de Lubac

Saturday, June 24, 2017

QUOTATION: To Surrender Oneself to God

To surrender oneself is more than to devote oneself, more than to give oneself, it is even something more than to abandon oneself to God. In a word, to surrender oneself is to die to everything and to self, to be no longer concerned with self except to keep it continually turned toward God.


--St. Marie-Victoire Couderc

Friday, June 23, 2017

QUOTATION: Communion

Claude de la Colombiere
If you are sinful, repent so that you can communicate often. If you are imperfect, go often to Communion that you may amend your faults.


--St. Claude de la Colombiere

Thursday, June 22, 2017

QUOTATION: Preparation of Death

St. Alphonsus Liguori
The Lord does not say that we must prepare ourselves when death comes upon us, but that death, when it comes, must find us prepared.


--St. Alphonsus Liguori, Preparation for Death 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

QUOTATION: Enemies of Religious Freedom

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput
The worst enemies of religious freedom aren’t 'out there' among the critics who hate Christ or the Gospel or the Church, or all three. The worst enemies are in here, with us — all of us, clergy, religious and lay — when we live our faith with tepidness, cheap compromises, fear, routine, and hypocrisy.


--Archbishop Charles J. Chaput

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

QUOTATION: Raising the Abortion Issue

Fr. Frank Pavone


When we try to raise the [abortion] issue and press for resolution, we find obstacles at every turn:
  • When we speak about abortion in church, we’re told it’s too political.
  • When we speak about it in the political arena, we’re told it’s too religious.
  • When we try to raise the issue in the media, we’re told it is too disturbing.
  • When we dare speak of it in the world of business, we are told it is too distracting.
  • When we try to introduce it in a classroom, we are told it’s too controversial.
  • When we take our message to the streets, we are told it is too disruptive.


So if abortion is wrong, where do we go to say so? We go where the opposition does not want us to: into the churches, into politics, into the media, into the business world, into education, and into the streets!


--Fr. Frank Pavone, Abolishing Abortion 

Monday, June 19, 2017

QUOTATION: No Mary, No Jesus

St. Peter Julian Eymard
Without Mary, we shall not find Jesus, for she possesses Him in her heart. There He takes His delight, and they who wish to know His inmost virtues, His sacred and privileged love, must seek them in the heart of Mary. They who love that good Mother will find Jesus in her pure heart.


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

Sunday, June 18, 2017

QUOTATION: Self-Definition

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger-- Pope Benedict XVI
Man’s promethean attempts to break out of his limitations himself, to build with his own capacities the tower by which he may mount up to divinity, always necessarily end in collapse and disappointment – indeed, in despair.


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

Saturday, June 17, 2017

QUOTATION: The Role of Angels

St. Jean Baptiste de la Salle

The holy Guardian Angels are not satisfied with illuminating the mind of those under their guidance with the light needed to know God’s will for them and to be saved. They also inspire their charges and procure for them the means to do the good that is proper to them. God uses the angels not only to deliver those entrusted to them from the powers of darkness and make them grow in the knowledge of God but also to help them lead a life worthy of God, so that they will be pleasing to him in every way and produce good works of every sort. The angels are zealous for the good of those in their care, because of the commission they have received from God, the Father of light and of all good. They contribute, as far as they are able, to make those in their care worthy to share the lot of the saints. You share in the ministry of the Guardian Angels by making known to children the truths of the Gospel, which you have been chosen by God to announce. You must teach them how to put these truths into practice, and you must have very great zeal to procure their accomplishment of this practice.


--St. John Baptist de La Salle, Meditations for the Time of Retreat

Friday, June 16, 2017

QUOTATION: Contemplation

St. Thomas Aquinas
As it is better to give than to receive, so it is better to share the fruit of one’s contemplation than merely to contemplate.


--St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica,  

Thursday, June 15, 2017

QUOTATION: Conscience

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 obligation; 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

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

QUOTATION: Mysticism

Pope Francis
A religion without mystics is a philosophy.


--Pope Francis

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

QUOTATION: Liturgical Music

Peter Kreeft
All social change is preceded by musical revolution. The same goes for liturgy. We are what and how we sing.


--Peter Kreeft

Monday, June 12, 2017

QUOTATION: Death

St. Anselm of Canterbury
Nothing is more certain that death, nothing is more uncertain that its hour.

--St. Anselm, Meditations, 7.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

QUOTATION: The relation of the Father to the Son

Rufinus
God is therefore truly the Father, inasmuch as He is Father of truth; He does not create the Son from outside Himself, but generates Him from His own substance. That is to say, being wise, He generates Wisdom, being just, Justice, being eternal, the Eternal, being immortal, the Immortal, being invisible, the Invisible. Because He is Light, He generates Brightness, and because He is Mind, the Word.


--Rufinus, Commentary on the Apostles’ Creed, 4.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

QUOTATION: Sin and Death

St. Alphonsus Liguori
What is it that renders death terrible? Sin. We must therefore fear sin, not death.


--St. Alphonsus Liguori

Friday, June 9, 2017

QUOTATION: Temptation

St. Ambrose of Milan
The devil’s snare does not catch you, unless you are first caught by the devil’s bait.


--St. Ambrose, Explanation of Psalm 118, 14:37

Thursday, June 8, 2017

QUOTATION: Pro-Abortion Censorship

Father Frank Pavone
The opposition tries to keep those who are pro-life out of the public square precisely for this reason: they know that if they let us in, they lose.


--Fr. Frank Pavone, Abolishing Abortion, 2015.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

QUOTATION: The Epitaph of St. Francis of Assisi

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


--Epitaph of St. Francis of Assisi

QUOTATION: The Blessed Mother and the Eucharist

St. Peter Julian Eymard
Because we make profession of especially honoring the Holy Eucharist, it does not follow that we should have less devotion to the Blessed Virgin. Far from it! He would be guilty of blasphemy who would say: "As for me, the Blessed Sacrament suffices. I have no need of Mary." Where shall we find Jesus on earth if not in Mary's arms? Did she not give us the Eucharist? Was it not her consent to the Incarnation of the Word in her pure womb that inaugurated the great mystery of reparation to God and union with us, which Jesus accomplished by His mortal life, and that He continues in the Eucharist?


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

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

QUOTATION: The Magisterium

Pope Benedict XVI
The teaching office of the apostles’ successors does not represent a second authority alongside Scripture but is inwardly a part of it. This viva vox is not there to restrict the authority of Scripture or to limit it or even replace it by the existence of another – on the contrary, it is its task to ensure that Scripture is not disposable, cannot be manipulated, to preserve its proper perspicuitas, its clear meaning, from the conflict of hypotheses.


--Pope Benedict XVI, “The Holy Spirit as Communion”, Pilgrim Fellowship of Faith

Monday, June 5, 2017

QUOTATION: How the Religiously Insincere Act with God

Blessed John Henry Newman

You sometimes say of a man, "he is friendly, or courteous, or respectful, or considerate, or communicative; but, after all, there is something, perhaps without his knowing it, in the background. He professes to be agreed with me; he almost displays his agreement; he says he pursues the same objects as I; but still I do not know him, I do not make progress with him, I have no confidence in him, I do not know him better than the first time I saw him." Such is the way in which the double-minded approach the Most High,—they have a something private, a hidden self at bottom. They look on themselves, as it were, as independent parties, treating with Almighty God as one of their fellows. Hence, so far from seeking God, they hardly like to be sought by Him. They would rather keep their position and stand where they are,—on earth, and so make terms with God in heaven; whereas, "he that doeth truth, cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest that they are wrought in God." [John iii. 21.]


--Blessed John Henry Newman, “Sincerity and Hypocrisy”, Parochial and Plain Sermons, Volume 5.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

QUOTATION: Silence

St. John of the Cross
Silence is God’s first language.


--St. John of the Cross

Saturday, June 3, 2017

QUOTATION: Reason

St. Thomas Aquinas
To disparage the dictate of reason is equivalent to contemning the command of God.


--St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica 1a-2ae, xix. 5, ad 2

Friday, June 2, 2017

QUOTATION: Spiritual Change

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
Most men are intuitively aware that no change except a spiritual change will be enough: the extreme sensitiveness and ready anger of those who urge revolutions against society and morality as their remedy are a proof of the insecurity of their position. The violence of their opposition to all criticism is a sure sign of the defenselessness of their own position; even they suspect that mankind stands less in need of revolution than redemption.


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

Thursday, June 1, 2017

QUOTATION: Society Cannot Exist Without God

Peter Kreeft

If God exists, and deserves the name, He is to every human good what electricity is to an appliance, and religion is the plug. The decline in happiness, in morality, and in longevity is inevitable: religious death, or supernatural death, or spiritual death always leads to some kind of natural or cultural death. No nonreligious, anti-religious society has ever existed. One reason is that religion has always been the strongest ground for morality and no society can survive without morality, in fact without some kind of natural law morality, since the prevailing morality of our experts is not morality at all, only psychology.

--Peter Kreeft, quoted in "What I shall do with atheism is to refute it” California Catholic Daily, August 4, 2016

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

QUOTATION: What the Shepherd Fights

Romano Guardini
We are the archenemy of our own salvation, and the Shepherd must fight first of all with us – for us.


--Romano Guardini

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

QUOTATION: Idleness

St. Anselm of Canterbury
Idleness is the enemy of the soul.


--St. Anselm of Canterbury

Monday, May 29, 2017

QUOTATION: No Mary, No Jesus

Pope Francis
If we want to be Christian, we must be Marian.


--Pope Francis

Sunday, May 28, 2017

QUOTATION: Graces

St. Alphonsus Liguori
Our Savior says, if you have not received the graces that you desire, do not complain to me, but blame yourself, because you have neglected to seek them from me.


--St. Alphonsus Liguori

Saturday, May 27, 2017

QUOTATION: Unwanted?

Jason Evert
You might think you are unwanted; that’s not true. Both heaven and hell want you badly.

--Jason Evert

Friday, May 26, 2017

QUOTATION: God's Love

Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet


One of the principal reasons that made the infidels so incredulous towards the mystery of the Incarnate Word is that they could not persuade themselves that God had as much love for the human as Christians claimed. Celsus, in his writing against the Gospels, to which the learned Origen strongly answered, mocks Christians who dared to presume that God himself descended from heaven to come to their aid. They found it undignified for God to have such a special care for human things; and it is for this reason that the Holy Scriptures, in order to establish in hearts the belief in such a great mystery, never ceases to publish the goodness of God and his love for men. It is also what compelled the apostle John to confess in these terms the faith of redemption: “For us, we believe, he said, in the charity that God had for men.” What a beautiful profession of faith, and conceived in such a singular way, but absolutely necessary in order to uproot incredulity.


--Bossuet, Panegyric of St. Peter Nolasco

Thursday, May 25, 2017

QUOTATION: How People Stop Themselves from Being Pro-Life

Fr. Frank Pavone
People know that abortion is happening, but they also realize that if they look at it too closely, they will not be able to live at peace with themselves unless they try to stop it. At the same time, they know that if they try to stop it there will be a price to pay. They may lose friends or face other kinds of opposition. They don’t want to make the sacrifice necessary to confront injustice. What, then, is their solution to this dilemma? Ignore the problem altogether. Denial protects them from the pain of the situation.

--Fr. Frank Pavone

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

QUOTATION: God Loves Us Individually

Pope Benedict XVI
God does not treat us as part of a collectivity. He knows each one by name. He calls each one personally.


--Pope Benedict XVI

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

QUOTATION: The Temptation of Those Who Serve God

Fr. John Hardon
How does the devil operate on people who are serving God, sincerely trying to do the will of God? - Memorize this for life: Those who want to do God’s will, the devil causes them worries, anxieties, disturbs them, makes them anxious, disquiets their minds. Take this as a law of the spiritual life provided you sincerely want to do God’s will: Consider every anxiety, every worry, every disturbance, every desolation as a temptation. That statement is worth ten million dollars.

--Fr. John Hardon

Monday, May 22, 2017

QUOTATION: Self-Knowledge

St. Francis de Sales
If we knew ourselves well, rather than being flabbergasted to find ourselves on the ground, we would wonder how we manage to remain standing.

--St. Francis de Sales

Sunday, May 21, 2017

QUOTATION: Evil

St. Thomas Aquinas
Pain and sadness are not the greatest evil; worse is judging evil to be good and not rejecting it.

-- St. Thomas Aquinas

Saturday, May 20, 2017

QUOTATION: Conception and Transubstantiation

Peter Kreeft
Biological conception and spiritual consecration, or what Catholics call transubstantiation—are the holiest moments in time because God continually creates miracles at those two moments; and those two places—a woman’s body and a Catholic altar—are the two holiest places in the world because that’s where he does it.

--Peter Kreeft, Letters to an Atheist, 2014

Friday, May 19, 2017

QUOTATION: Human nature

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
Christianity puts a high value on human nature, but it does not trust its unaided powers too far. It says that man in his human nature is neither a saint nor a devil; he is neither intrinsically corrupt nor immaculately conceived.

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

Thursday, May 18, 2017

QUOTATION: Conversion to the Pro-Life Cause

Bernard Nathanson
You must remember that I was converted to the cause of life only because I was converted to the cause of truth.

-- Dr. Bernard Nathanson.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

QUOTATION: O Happy Fault

St. Padre Pio
Blessed is the crisis that made you grow, the fall that made you gaze up to heaven, the problem that made you look for God!

--St Padre Pio

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

QUOTATION: Contrition

St. Alphonsus Liguori
If you commit a venial fault, make an act of the love of God and of contrition, purpose of amendment, and forth with resume your wonted, tranquility. To remain troubled after a fault is the greatest fault that a person can commit, for a troubled soul is incapable of doing the least good. If, by mischance, the fault has been grievous, then immediately make an act of contrition (which is sufficient to recover the divine grace), resolve never to be guilty of the same again, and take the first opportunity of going to confession.

--St. Alphonsus Liguori, The Way of Salvation and Perfection

Monday, May 15, 2017

QUOTATION: Revealing Sins

St. John Baptist de la Salle
Would we wish that our own hidden sins should be divulged? We ought, then, to be silent regarding those of others.

--St. John Baptist de La Salle

Sunday, May 14, 2017

QUOTATION: Despair

St. Peter Damian
It is not sinners, but the wicked who should despair; it is not the magnitude of one’s crime, but contempt of God that dashes one’s hopes.

--St. Peter Damian

Saturday, May 13, 2017

QUOTATION: Mistakes

St. Teresa of Avila
One who makes no mistakes, makes nothing.

--St. Teresa of Avila  

Friday, May 12, 2017

QUOTATION: Chastity

St. Anthony of Padua
Anyone, then, who desires to live chastely in Christ Jesus, must flee not only the mouse of lust, but even from its very scent.

--St. Anthony of Padua

Thursday, May 11, 2017

QUOTATION: Believing

Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI)

Believing is not an act of the understanding alone, not simply an act of the will, not just an act of feeling, but an act in which all the spiritual powers of man are at work together. Still more: man in his own self, and of himself, cannot bring about this believing at all; it has of its nature the character of a dialogue. It is because the depth of the soul – the heart—has been touched by God’s word that the whole structure of spiritual powers is set in motion and unites in the Yes of believing.

--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

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

QUOTATION: Be Not Afraid!

Pope St. John Paul IINever tire of firmly speaking out in defense of life from its conception and do not be deterred from the commitment to defend the dignity of every human person with courageous determination. Christ is with you: be not afraid!

--Pope St. John Paul II

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

QUOTATION: Reason and Religion

G. K. Chesterton
Simple secularists still talk as if the Church had introduced a sort of schism between reason and religion. The truth is that the Church was actually the first thing that ever tried to combine reason and religion. There had never before been any such union of the priests and the philosophers.

--G.K. Chesterton, The Everlasting Man.