Saturday, September 30, 2017

QUOTATION: When Will We End Abortion?

We will end abortion when enough of us grow restless, when we connect, both mentally and emotionally, with the human tragedy abortion represents, when we drink deeply of that spiritual imperative and become inebriated with holy impatience.

--Fr. Frank Pavone, Abolishing Abortion

Friday, September 29, 2017

QUOTATION: Reaching Out

Pope Francis

As I have frequently observed, if a choice has to be made between a bruised Church which goes out to the streets and a Church suffering from self-absorption, I certainly prefer the first.  Those “streets” are the world where people live and where they can be reached, both effectively and affectively.  The digital highway is one of them, a street teeming with people who are often hurting, men and women looking for salvation or hope.  By means of the internet, the Christian message can reach “to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8).  Keeping the doors of our churches open also means keeping them open in the digital environment so that people, whatever their situation in life, can enter, and so that the Gospel can go out to reach everyone.  We are called to show that the Church is the home of all.

--Pope Francis, Message for 48th World Communications Day, January 24, 2014.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

QUOTATION: God's Forgiveness

Pope Benedict XVI
The sinful woman in the Gospel was pardoned greatly because she loved greatly. In Jesus, God comes to give love to us and to ask love of us.

--Pope Benedict XVI

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

QUOTATION: God is the Source of Authority

Archbishop Fulton J.Sheen
The gravest danger to American democracy is not from the outside; it is from the inside – the hearts of citizens in whom the light of faith has gone out. Keep God as the origin of authority and you keep the ethical character of authority; reject Him and the authority becomes power subject to no law except its own.

--Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, Whence Come Wars

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

QUOTATION: Obedience to the Superior

St. Ignatius Loyola

The superior is to be obeyed not because he is prudent, or good, or qualified by any other gift of God, but because he holds the place and the authority of God, as Eternal Truth has said: He who hears you, hears me; and he who rejects you, rejects me [Luke 10:16]. Nor on the contrary, should he lack prudence, is he to be the less obeyed in that in which he is superior, since he represents Him who is infallible wisdom, and who will supply what is wanting in His minister, nor, should he lack goodness or other desirable qualities, since Christ our Lord, having said, the scribes and the Pharisees sit on the chair of Moses, adds, therefore, whatever they shall tell you, observe and do: but do not act according to their works [Matt. 23:2-3].

--St. Ignatius Loyola, Letter to the Members of the Society in Portugal, 1556

Monday, September 25, 2017

QUOTATION: We Must All Repent of Abortion

Fr. Frank Pavone
We need to see abortion not just as somebody else’s sin but our sin. Even if we have never participated in an abortion, we must ask forgiveness for it. It is easy to blame abortion on those who do it and support it. But we must blame ourselves as well. This is spiritual dynamic that has to undergird all of our other activities to abolish abortion. First and foremost we are called to repent, to take responsibility for the innocent blood that has been shed, and then to intervene to save the helpless.

--Fr. Frank Pavone, Abolishing Abortion

Sunday, September 24, 2017

QUOTATION: Take Risks!

Pope Francis

Let us go forth, then, let us go forth to offer everyone the life of Jesus Christ. Here I repeat for the entire Church what I have often said to the priests and laity of Buenos Aires: I prefer a Church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a Church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security. I do not want a Church concerned with being at the centre and which then ends by being caught up in a web of obsessions and procedures. If something should rightly disturb us and trouble our consciences, it is the fact that so many of our brothers and sisters are living without the strength, light and consolation born of friendship with Jesus Christ, without a community of faith to support them, without meaning and a goal in life. More than by fear of going astray, my hope is that we will be moved by the fear of remaining shut up within structures which give us a false sense of security, within rules which make us harsh judges, within habits which make us feel safe, while at our door people are starving and Jesus does not tire of saying to us: “Give them something to eat” (Mk 6:37).

--Pope Francis Evangelii Gaudium #49, November 24, 2013.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

QUOTATION: Christianity

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI)
Christianity is not a complicated philosophy that has in the meanwhile also become obsolete, not a package of dogmas and rules beyond being grasped as a whole. Christian faith is being touched by God and witnessing to him.

--Pope Benedict XVI, “The Church on the Threshold of the Third Millennium”, Pilgrim Fellowship of Faith

Friday, September 22, 2017

QUOTATION: The Anti-Religious

Archbishop Fulton J. SheenWhy are those who are notoriously undisciplined and unmoral also most contemptuous of religion and morality? They are trying to solace their own unhappy lives by pulling the happy down to their own abysmal depths.

--Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

Thursday, September 21, 2017

QUOTATION: Correcting People in Error

St. Ignatius Loyola
We should not dispute stubbornly with anyone; rather we should patiently give our reasons with the purpose of declaring the truth lest our neighbor remain in error, and not that we should have the upper hand.

--St. Ignatius Loyola, To the Scholastics at Alcalá, 1543

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

QUOTATION: We're All Responsible for Abortion

Fr. Frank Pavone
Our land is polluted with the innocent blood of tens of millions of aborted children. The fact that we are ourselves have not done the killing does not absolve us responsibility.

--Fr. Frank Pavone, Abolishing Abortion

Tuesday, September 19, 2017


God placed on Jesus’ Cross all the weight of our sins, all the injustices perpetrated by every Cain against his brother, all the bitterness of the betrayal by Judas and by Peter, all the vanity of tyrants, all the arrogance of false friends. It was a heavy Cross, like night experienced by abandoned people, heavy like the death of loved ones, heavy because it carries all the ugliness of evil. However, the Cross is also glorious like the dawn after a long night, for it represents all the love of God, which is greater than our iniquities and our betrayals. In the Cross we see the monstrosity of man, when he allows evil to guide him; but we also see the immensity of the mercy of God, who does not treat us according to our sins but according to his mercy.

--Pope Francis, Good Friday Way of the Cross, April 18, 2014

Monday, September 18, 2017

QUOTATION: Happiness

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI
The ultimate goal for us all is that of becoming happy. Yet happiness exists only in company with each other, and we can keep company only in the infinity of Love. There is happiness only in removal of the barriers of the self in moving into divinity, in becoming divine.

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

Sunday, September 17, 2017

QUOTATION: Faith and Human Equality

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
In vain will the world seek for equality until it has seen men through the eyes of faith.  Faith teaches that all men, however poor, or ignorant, or crippled, however maimed, ugly, or degraded they may be, all bear within themselves the image of God, and have been bought by the precious blood of Jesus Christ. As this truth is forgotten, men are valued only because of what they can do, not because of what they are.

--Archbishop Fulton Sheen, Preface to Religion

Saturday, September 16, 2017


Robert Barron

Now, one of the truths that reason can discover is that God is a person, and the central claim of the Bible is that this Person has not remained utterly hidden but has, indeed, spoken. As is the case with any listener to a person who speaks, the listener to the divine speech has to make a choice: do I believe him or not? The decision to accept in trust what God has spoken about himself is what the Church means by “faith.” This decision is not irrational, for it rests upon and is conditioned by reason, but it presses beyond reason, for it represents the opening of one heart to another. In the presence of another human being, you could remain stubbornly in an attitude of mistrust, choosing to accept as legitimate only those data that you can garner through rational analysis; but in so doing, you would close yourself to the incomparable riches that that person might disclose to you. The strict rationalist, the unwavering advocate of the scientific method, will know certain things about the world, but he will never come to know a person.

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

Friday, September 15, 2017

QUOTATION: Obedience

St. Ignatius Loyola
Now, it seems to me that obedience seeks to be blind, and is blind in two ways: in the first it belongs to the inferior to submit his understanding, when there is no question of sin, and to do what is commanded of him; in the second it is also the inferior's duty, once the superior commands or has commanded something, to represent to the superior whatever considerations or disadvantages may occur to him, and to do so humbly and simply, without any attempt to draw the superior to either side, so that afterwards he can follow, with peace of mind, the way pointed out to him or commanded.

--St. Ignatius Loyola, Letter to Fr. Giovanni Battista Viola, 1542.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

QUOTATION: Evangelization Begins with Charity

Fr. John Hardon
To convert people from error to the truth, it is not enough to preach to them, you must first practice charity towards them. In other words, you will win over those who have been mislead by error only if you practice charity. Charity first and then, proclaim the truth.

--Fr. John Hardon, “Saint Peter Canisius - Jesuit Saint”, 1998.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017


Archbishop Charles J. Chaput
If we don’t believe in the devil, sooner or later we won’t believe in God.

--Archbishop Charles J. Chaput

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

QUOTATION: Fighting Oppression

Fr. Frank Pavone
We don’t fight oppression by “agreeing to disagree” with the oppressor. It is precisely when the oppressor disagrees that we have to intervene to stop the violence.

--Fr. Frank Pavone, Abolishing Abortion

Monday, September 11, 2017

QUOTATION: Be Heralds of the Word

Pope Francis
I say to you, dear brothers and sisters: be everywhere heralds of the word of life in our neighbourhoods, our workplaces and everywhere that people meet one another and develop relationships. You must go outside. I do not understand Christian communities that are shut into a parish.

--Pope Francis, Address to Participants in the Ecclesial Convention of the Diocese of Rome, June 17, 2013.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

QUOTATION: Contempt for Zeal

Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI)
We should not set up a kind of blasé “enlightened” attitude that regards the zeal of those who have been seized by the Holy Spirit, and their uninhibited belief in the word of God, as being equivalent to that fundamentalism which is anathema; an attitude that allows only that kind of faith for which “ifs”  and “buts” become more important than the substance of what is believed itself.

--Pope Benedict XVI, “Church Movements and Their Place in Theology”, Pilgrim Fellowship of Faith

Saturday, September 9, 2017

QUOTATION: Three Kinds of God

Fulton J. Sheen
There are three possible kinds of God: the god of one’s own ego, in which the atheist believes, and which is also the god of modern confusionism; the god of nature, of stone and gold and silver, which belonged to the old religions of idolatry; and the Supreme God, who made both man and nature, and redeemed them both upon the Cross. Those who tell us that they deny the existence of God are merely substituting one god for another.

--Archbishop Fulton Sheen, On Being Human

Friday, September 8, 2017

QUOTATION: Scientism

Bishop Robert Barron
Scientism is not discoverable through the scientific method. Where did you empirically verify and test through experimentation that only scientific knowledge is valuable? Scientism is a philosophical position and therefore self-refuting.

--Robert Barron, Speech, Catholic Convocation, Orlando FL, July 4th, 2017.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

QUOTATION: Fear is the Biggest Obstacle

Fr. Frank Pavone
The most daunting obstacle that stands between us and a culture of life is the fear in our hearts. This fear leads us to doubt whether we really should risk everything and sacrifice all.

--Fr. Frank Pavone, Abolishing Abortion

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

QUOTATION: Charity and Poverty

Pope Francis
We would do well to ask ourselves what we can give up in order to help and enrich others by our own poverty. Let us not forget that real poverty hurts: no self-denial is real without this dimension of penance. I distrust a charity that costs nothing and does not hurt.

--Pope Francis Lenten message 2014, December 26, 2013.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

QUOTATION: Communism

Pope Benedict XVI
The problem for Europe is that although the fallacy of the Communist economy has been recognized, its moral and religious fallacy has not.

--Pope Benedict XVI

Monday, September 4, 2017

QUOTATION: Personal Encounter with Jesus

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
Neither theological knowledge nor social action alone is enough to keep us in love with Christ unless both are preceded by a personal encounter with Him. Theological insights are gained not only from between two covers of a book, but from two bent knees before an altar. The Holy Hour becomes like an oxygen tank to revive the breath of the Holy Spirit in the midst of the foul and fetid atmosphere of the world.

--Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

Sunday, September 3, 2017

QUOTATION: Divine Mercy

Bishop Robert Barron
Many receive the message of divine mercy as tantamount to a denial of the reality of sin, as though sin no longer matters. But just the contrary is the case. To speak of mercy is to be intensely aware of sin and its peculiar form of destructiveness.

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

Saturday, September 2, 2017

QUOTATION: Beginning the Fight Against Abortion

Fr. Frank Pavone

We begin our repentance by renouncing our cowardice, by regretting our silence, by rejecting our fear of risk and loss, our skewed priorities and attachments. Indeed, the fight against abortion does not start in the political arena or in abortion clinics. The obstacles to a culture of life, and the enemies arrayed against it, are not primarily the massive funding of Planned Parenthood or the pervasive bias in the secular media. The biggest obstacles are inside of us. They are the lies we tell ourselves, the fears to which we willingly submit, and the pretense of ignorance about what we really have to do next.

--Fr. Frank Pavone, Abolishing Abortion

Friday, September 1, 2017

QUOTATION: Defeatism

Pope Francis

One of the more serious temptations which stifles boldness and zeal is a defeatism which turns us into querulous and disillusioned pessimists, “sourpusses”. Nobody can go off to battle unless he is fully convinced of victory beforehand. If we start without confidence, we have already lost half the battle and we bury our talents. While painfully aware of our own frailties, we have to march on without giving in, keeping in mind what the Lord said to Saint Paul: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Cor 12:9).

 --Pope Francis Evangelii Gaudium #85, November 24, 2013