Monday, October 31, 2016


St. Robert Bellarmine
Many pastors of souls are more afflicted if the revenues  of the Church are diminished or lost than if a great number of souls  perished through their absence or neglect.

--St. Robert Bellarmine, The Seven Words on the Cross

Sunday, October 30, 2016

QUOTATION: What Christ Asks of You

Blessed John Henry Newman
What Christ asks of you is not sinlessness, but diligence.

--Blessed John Henry Newman, “Shrinking from Christ's Coming”, Parochial and Plain Sermons, Vol. 5

Saturday, October 29, 2016

QUOTATION: The Usual Condition of the Saints

St. Alphonsus Liguori
The condition of the saints has been ordinarily one of dryness, not of sensible consolations.

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

Friday, October 28, 2016

QUOTATION: Your Guardian Angel

Scott Hahn
Your guardian angel is your best friend. He’s more intelligent than a room full of scholars, more powerful than all armies, and he’s always with you trying to get you to heaven.

--Scott Hahn

Thursday, October 27, 2016

QUOTATION: Salvation

St. Mary Euphrasia Pelletier
When I consider the labours of physicians to save the life of the body, the years of study which they devote to that end, I reproach myself that I do not work as much for the infinitely more precious life of the soul.

--St. Mary Euphrasia Pelletier, Conferences and Instructions

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

QUOTATION: Leave the Fruits to God

Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Do not pursue spectacular deeds. We must deliberately renounce all desires to see the fruit of our labour, doing all we can as best we can, leaving the rest in the hands of God.

--Mother Teresa of Calcutta, No Greater Love

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

QUOTATION: To Err is Human

Pope Francis
He who does not sin is not human.

--Pope Francis, My Door is Always Open: a Conversation on Faith, Hope and the Church in a Time of Change 

Monday, October 24, 2016

QUOTATION: Mohammed vs. Jesus

Blaise Pascal
Mahomet established a religion by putting his enemies to death; Jesus Christ by commanding his followers to lay down their lives.

--Blaise Pascal

Sunday, October 23, 2016

QUOTATION: Definition of a CatholicG

G.K. Chesterton
A Catholic is a person who has plucked up courage to face the incredible and inconceivable idea that something else may be wiser than he is.

--G.K. Chesterton

Saturday, October 22, 2016

QUOTATION: Christianity is the Source of the West's Greatness

Fulton J. Sheen
The false idea of the superiority of certain races and classes is due to the forgetfulness of the spiritual foundations of equality. We of the Western world have been rightly proud of the fact that we have a civilization superior to others. But we have given the wrong reason for that superiority. We assume that we are superior because we are white. We are not. We are superior because we are Christians. The moment we cease to be Christian, we will revert to the barbarism from which we came.

--Fulton J. Sheen, Preface to Religion

Thursday, October 20, 2016

QUOTATION: Nothing Can Fill Us But God

Peter Kreeft
The big, blazing, terrible truth about man is that he has a heaven-sized hole in his heart, and nothing else can fill it. We pass our lives trying to fill the Grand Canyon with marbles.

--Peter Kreeft, “Dr. Kreeft Responds to the Culture’s Objections to Heaven”, IntegratedCatholicLife.Org, July 28, 2015

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

QUOTATION: Prenatal Life is Sacred

Pope St. John Paul II
When the Sacredness of life before birth is attacked, we will stand up and proclaim that no one ever has the authority to destroy unborn life.

--Pope St. John Paul II

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

QUOTATION: God is Merciful

St. Alphonsus Liguori
Since God has given us his Son, whom he loved as himself, how can we fear that he will deny us any other good that we ask of him? If, therefore, he has given us his Son, he will not refuse us pardon for the offences which we have committed against him, provided we detest them; he will not refuse us the grace to resist temptations, if we implore it of him; he will not refuse us his holy love, if we desire it; he will not, finally, refuse us Paradise, if we do not render ourselves unworthy of it by falling into sin. Behold how Jesus himself assures us of this: If you ask the Father anything in My name, He will give it you.

--St. Alphonsus Liguori, The Incarnation, Birth and Infancy of Jesus Christ

Monday, October 17, 2016

QUOTATION: We Must Obey God Rather Than Men

Pope Leo XIII

The one only reason which men have for not obeying [their rulers] is when anything is demanded of them which is openly repugnant to the natural or the divine law, for it is equally unlawful to command to do anything in which the law of nature or the will of God is violated. If, therefore, it should happen to anyone to be compelled to prefer one or the other, viz., to disregard either the commands of God or those of rulers, he must obey Jesus Christ, who commands us to “give to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s,” (Mt 22:21), and must reply courageously after the example of the Apostles: “We ought to obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29). And yet there is no reason why those who so behave themselves should be accused of refusing obedience; for, if the will of rulers is opposed to the will and the laws of God, they themselves exceed the bounds of their own power and pervert justice; nor can their authority then be valid, which, when there is no justice, is null.

 --Pope Leo XIII, Diuturnum illud, 15

Sunday, October 16, 2016


C.S. Lewis
Children are not a distraction from more important work. They are the most important work.

--C. S. Lewis

Saturday, October 15, 2016


St. Mary Euphrasia Pelletier
When a soul is filled with true charity, nothing appears difficult, because this charity becomes the principle of all its operations, and it acts only under this influence.

--St. Mary Euphrasia Pelletier, Conferences and Instructions

Friday, October 14, 2016

QUOTATION: Finding the Poor

Mother Teresa of Calcutta
I want you to go and find the poor in your homes. Above all, your love has to start there. I want you to be the good news to those around you. I want you to be concerned about your next-door neighbour. Do you know who your neighbour is?

--Mother Teresa of Calcutta, No Greater Love

Thursday, October 13, 2016

QUOTATION: Salvation

Pope Francis
Some believe that faith and salvation come with our effort to look for, to seek the Lord. Whereas it’s the opposite: you are saved when the Lord looks for you, when He looks at you and you let yourself be looked at and sought for. The Lord will look for you first. And when you find Him, you understand that He was waiting there looking at you, He was expecting you from beforehand. That is salvation: He loves you beforehand. And you let yourself be loved. Salvation is precisely this meeting where He works first.

--Pope Francis, My Door is Always Open: a Conversation on Faith, Hope and the Church in a Time of Change

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

QUOTATION: The Church Grows By Attraction

Pope Benedict XVI
The Church does not engage in proselytism. Instead, she grows by “attraction”: just as Christ “draws all to himself” by the power of his love, culminating in the sacrifice of the Cross, so the Church fulfills her mission.

--Pope Benedict XVI


St. Ignatius Loyola
Love ought to consist of deeds more than of words.

--St. Ignatius of Loyola

Tuesday, October 11, 2016


St. Josemaria Escriva
For the person who loves Jesus, prayer, even prayer without consolation, is the sweetness that puts an end to all sorrow: he goes to pray, eagerly, like a child going to the sugar-bowl after a bitter dose of medicine.

--St. Josemaria Escriva, The Way, 889

Monday, October 10, 2016

QUOTATION: Faith is a Gift from God

Fulton J. Sheen
You cannot argue, or study, or reason, or hypnotize, or whip yourself into faith. Faith is a gift of God. When anyone instructs you in Christian doctrine, he does not give you faith. He is only a spiritual agriculturalist, tilling the soil of your soul, uprooting a few weeds and breaking up the clods of egotism. It is God who drops the seed.

--Fulton J. Sheen, Preface to Religion          

Sunday, October 9, 2016

QUOTATION: Love and Justice

Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI)
True love is excess of justice, excess that goes farther than justice, but never destruction of justice, which must be and must remain the basic form of love.

--Cardinal Josef Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI), Introduction to Christianity, 1968

Saturday, October 8, 2016

QUOTATION: Atheism and Reason

Hilaire Belloc

Being Atheist, it is characteristic of the advancing wave that it repudiates the human reason. Such an attitude would seem again to be a contradiction in terms; for if you deny the value of human reason, if you say that we cannot through our reason arrive at any truth, then not even the affirmation so made can be true. Nothing can be true, and nothing is worth saying. But that great Modern Attack (which is more than a heresy) is indifferent to self-contradiction. It merely affirms. It advances like an animal, counting on strength alone. Indeed, it may be remarked in passing that this may well be the cause of its final defeat; for hitherto reason has always overcome its opponents; and man is the master of the beast through reason.

--Hilaire Belloc, The Great Heresies

Friday, October 7, 2016

QUOTATION: God is the Source of Authority

Cardinal Jozsef Mindszenty
There are many who believe that human beings, and in particular the government, have the right to violate divine laws whenever it seems expedient to do so. This kind of thinking caused innocent people to be interned in concentration camps, robbed of all their possessions, exiled, or murdered outright. Those who issued and carried out such orders, or merely approved of them, all forgot one thing: whenever a conflict arises between human and divine law, we must obey God rather than men. Those who govern this land chose to place themselves above the laws of God. They fail to realize that in doing so, they were undermining the foundations of their own authority.

--Cardinal Jozsef Mindszenty, Pastoral Letter, May 1945, cited in Memoirs, 1974

Thursday, October 6, 2016

QUOTATION: Christ in Mary's Womb

St. Alphonsus Liguori
The womb of Mary was, therefore, to our Redeemer a voluntary prison, because it was a prison of love. But it was also not an unjust prison: he was indeed innocent himself, but he had offered himself to pay our debts and to satisfy for our crimes. It was therefore only reasonable for the divine justice to keep him thus imprisoned, and so begin to exact from him the due satisfaction.

--St. Alphonsus Liguori, The Incarnation, Birth and Infancy of Jesus Christ

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

QUOTATION: Offering it Up

St. Jean Vianney
When we must do something we dislike, let us say to God, “My God, I offer You this in honor of the moment when You died for me.”

--St. Jean Vianney

Monday, October 3, 2016

QUOTATION: See What Love Can Do!

Mother Teresa of Calcutta
One day I picked up a man from the gutter. His body was covered with worms. I brought him to our house, and what did this man say? He did not curse. He did not blame anyone. He just said, “I’ve lived like an animal in the street, but I am going to die like an angel, loved and cared for!” It took us three hours to clean him. Finally, the man looked up at the sister and said, “Sister, I am going home to God.” And then he died. I’ve never seen such a radiant smile on a human face as the one I saw on that man’s face. He went home to God. See what love can do!

--Mother Teresa of Calcutta, No Greater Love

Sunday, October 2, 2016

QUOTATION: Priests Must Be Ministers of Mercy

Pope Francis

The Church has sometimes locked itself up in excessive attention to detail, in small-minded rules. The most important thing is the first proclamation: Jesus Christ has saved you. And the ministers of the Church must be ministers of mercy above all. The confessor, for example, is always in danger of being either too much a rigorist or too lax. Neither are merciful, because neither of these roles really takes responsibility for the person. The rigorist washes his hands and leaves it to the commandment. The lenient minister washes his hands by simply saying ‘This is not a sin’, or something similar. In pastoral ministry we must accompany people, and we must heal their wounds.

--Pope Francis, My Door is Always Open: a Conversation on Faith, Hope and the Church in a Time of Change 

Saturday, October 1, 2016

QUOTATION: Your Vocation

St. Mary Euphrasia Pelletier
Nothing should make you love your vocation more than being nailed to the Cross.

--St. Mary Euphrasia Pelletier, Conferences and Instructions