Sunday, October 15, 2017

QUOTATION: Evangelization

Effective Christian witness is not about bombarding people with religious messages, but about our willingness to be available to others “by patiently and respectfully engaging their questions and their doubts as they advance in their search for the truth and the meaning of human existence” (BENEDICT XVI, Message for the 47th World Communications Day, 2013).  We need but recall the story of the disciples on the way to Emmaus.  We have to be able to dialogue with the men and women of today, to understand their expectations, doubts and hopes, and to bring them the Gospel, Jesus Christ himself, God incarnate, who died and rose to free us from sin and death.  We are challenged to be people of depth, attentive to what is happening around us and spiritually alert.  To dialogue means to believe that the “other” has something worthwhile to say, and to entertain his or her point of view and perspective.  Engaging in dialogue does not mean renouncing our own ideas and traditions, but the claim that they alone are valid or absolute.

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

Saturday, October 14, 2017


Satan is equally pleased by our overestimating him and our underestimating him.

--Peter Kreeft

Friday, October 13, 2017

QUOTATION: Obedience to the Pope

He who rebels against our Father, Christ on earth, is condemned to death, for that which we do to him, we do to Christ in heaven – we honor Christ if we honor the pope, we dishonor Christ if we dishonor the pope… I tell you that God will and has so commanded that even if the priests and the pastors of the Church and Christ on earth were incarnate devils, it is seemly that we are obedient and subject to them, not for their sake, but for the sake of God, out of obedience to Him, for He wills that we should act thus.

--St. Catherine of Siena

Thursday, October 12, 2017

QUOTATION: Expose Pro-Abortion Contradictions

There is a tremendous disconnect at every level of our society regarding abortion, and as a result, the child in the womb has become the great blind spot of our culture. This disconnect is fueled by denial and fraught with the most blatantly absurd contradictions that the human mind can conjure. To advance justice for the unborn, we have to challenge these contradictions and expose them.

--Fr. Frank Pavone, Abolishing Abortion

Wednesday, October 11, 2017


The first effect of not believing in God is to believe in anything.

--G.K. Chesterton

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

QUOTATION: Obedience

In an age in which emancipation is regarded as the true heart of redemption, and freedom appears as the right to do everything I myself want to, and only that, the concept of obedience is, so to speak, anathematized. It has been excised, not merely from our vocabulary, but from our thinking. Yet this conception of freedom is the very thing that has made people incapable of living with one another, incapable of loving. It enslaves people. That is why obedience, correctly understood, has to be rehabilitated and be made effective in the heart of Christian and priestly spirituality.

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

Monday, October 9, 2017

QUOTATION: The Number One Problem in the Church

Spiritual malnourishment is the number one problem facing our Church.

--Bishop Robert Barron

Sunday, October 8, 2017

QUOTATION: Forgiveness

Forgiveness does not deny the injustice one has been subjected to, but it acknowledges the fact that the human being, created in the image of God, is always superior to the wrong that is committed.

--Pope Francis

Saturday, October 7, 2017

QUOTATION: Gratitude

Acts of gratitude make one grateful because, step by step, they reveal that all is grace.

--Henri Nouwen

Friday, October 6, 2017


Saints never deny Hell; they fear it. Unrepentant sinners never fear it; they deny it.

--Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

Thursday, October 5, 2017


I think we look for excuses not to pray and not to ponder. We can find them by the droves. But we don't have any excuse.

--Mother Angelica

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

QUOTATION: Nationalism

The worrying resurgence of aggressive forms of nationalism and racism constitute serious threats to human dignity and undermine social coexistence, peace and harmony.

--Pope St. John Paul II

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

QUOTATION: Satan's Use of Virtue

One of Satan’s tactics is to take one virtue and isolate it from others. Beware of these subtle tactics of Satan, who disguises himself well in the robes of virtue. He uses detached virtues, virtues out of balance and proportion.

--Msgr. Charles Pope, “Beware the Sins of the Pious – A Reflection on the Ways Satan Uses Even Good Things to Entrap Us”, Community in Mission Blog, Aug. 8, 2017

Monday, October 2, 2017

QUOTATION: The Idols of Our Day

Big government, big business, big labor, big education, big entertainment, big media and too often even big religion worship the same idols.

--Robert P. George

Sunday, October 1, 2017


Up to a certain point scruples are not harmful to the one suffering from them, when that person becomes, because of his scruples, more vigilant and careful about not offending God, and does not form a judgment that this or that is sinful, even though he has some doubt or fear that it is, and places his confidence in another person whom he should trust, setting aside his own judgment and accepting that of his adviser. If these two points to not help the scrupulous person, then he is in the gravest danger, not only of offending God by failing to avoid what he erroneously thinks is sin, but also of losing the opportunity and the ability to serve Him, and even his own natural judgment.

--St. Ignatius Loyola, Letter to Father Juan Marín, 1556.