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1. “You will not lift the veil of my body until you lift the veil over my face.”

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Author : Jason Evert

2. “Abortion should be listed as a weapon of mass destruction against the voiceless.”

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3. “[Taken from a BBC documentary]Tariq was born in Lahore, now in Pakistan, then part of British-ruled India, in 1943. A Catholic school education did nothing to shake his life-long atheism, which he shared with his communist parents.”

Tags : Atheism Atheist Biography British Catholic Colonialism Communism Communist Education India Lahore Pakistan
Author : Tariq Ali

4. “An acquaintance merely enjoys your company, a fair-weather companion flatters when all is well, a true friend has your best interests at heart and the pluck to tell you what you need to hear.”

Tags : Acquaintances Advice Caring Caring For Others Catholic Catholic Author Christian Companion Constructive Criticism Criticism Flattery Friend Friends Friendship Gadfly Hard Truths Human Nature People Tough Love True Friends True Love Truth Wisdom Wise Sayings
Source : Brushstrokes of a Gadfly

5. “You cannot sodomize a Sacrament and expect God to say, 'Well done.”

Tags : Anti Gay Marriage Anti Same Sex Marriage Catholic Catholic Author Catholic Authors Facebook Quotes Gadfly Gay Gay Marriage Marriage Marriage Equality Sacrament Sacraments Same Sex Marriage Sodomy Stand Up For Jesus Stand Up For What Is Right Twitter Quotes

6. “Tie me up, please..." Chantal said. They looked above at some vines and roots hanging down from the grassy area above the depression in the canal they were standing in. She was in his hands—he had to comply.A little bit of kink was one of the most delicious of erotic pleasures. Catholic school girls were often the horniest—Brett could hardly contain his elation.”

Tags : Catholic Catholic Sex Erotic Erotic Fiction Erotic Literature Fetish Kink Kinky Light Bdsm Lust Plaid Skirt Public Religion Religious School School Girl Schoolgirl Uniform Sexual Sexuality Skirts Teenagers Uniform Uniforms
Author : Jess C. Scott
Source : Catholic School Girls Rule

7. “Poor God, how often He is blamed for all the suffering in theworld. It’s like praising Satan for allowing all the good that happens.”

Tags : Blame Blame Game Catholic Catholic Author Christian Gadfly God Good Good And Evil Goodness Human Nature Pain Satan Suffering Suffering Of Humanity Sufferings Thought Provoking
Source : Brushstrokes of a Gadfly

8. “There has to be a cut-off somewhere between the freedom of expression and a graphically explicit free-for-all.”

Tags : Art Artists Arts Arts And Humanities Catholic Catholic Author Christian Dignity Dignity In The Arts Ethics Ethics And Moral Philosophy Free For All Freedom Freedom Of Expression Gadfly Media Moderation Modesty Morality Morals Virtue Virtue Of Modesty Virtues Virtues And Vices
Source : Brushstrokes of a Gadfly

9. “Since art is considered a noble field, art should be used to promote all that is good and noble, and in a noble fashion.”

Tags : Art Arts Arts And Humanities Artsy Catholic Catholic Author Christian Creative Creativity Dignity Dignity In The Arts Gadfly Good Goodness Nobility Nobility Of Spirit Noble Noble Sentiments
Source : Brushstrokes of a Gadfly

10. “Is anything more needed to convince Catholics that the sola gratia, as generally understood among Protestants, in the sense we have seen that they give it, is perfectly in accord with Catholic tradition? And those Protestants who see, in the passage we first quoted, the very heart of their faith and life as Christians, can they seriously question that the Church does justice to all that is essential and positive in their "protestation," once they have read these other texts?-The Spirit and Forms of Protestantism, 1956”

Tags : Catholic Ecumenism John Calvin Lutheranism Martin Luther Protestant Year Of Mercy
Author : Louis Bouyer
Source : The Spirit and Forms of Protestantism

11. “The Vatican won't prosecute pedophile priests but I decide I'm not ready for motherhood and it's condemnation for me? These are the same people that won't support national condom distribution that PREVENTS teenage pregnancy.”

Tags : Abortion Catholic Feminism Feminist Motherhood Organized Religion Pregnancy Vatican Women

12. “The Catholic Church standing in "solidarity" with members of the LGBT community while condemning their behavior as "sinful" is a little like attempting to stand with two feet in one shoe. "Love the sinner, hate the sin" sounds really high-minded until you realize the only sin committed was being born different.”

Tags : Catholic Christianity Christianity And Homosexuality Gay Rights Hate Crimes Hypocrisy Lgbt Lgbt Community Lgbt Rights Orlando Florida Shooting Orlando Massacre Religion Same Sex Marriage

13. “Socrates: Have you noticed on our journey how often the citizens of this new land remind each other it is a free country? Plato: I have, and think it odd they do this.Socrates: How so, Plato?Plato: It is like reminding a baker he is a baker, or a sculptor he is asculptor.Socrates: You mean to say if someone is convinced of their trade, they haveno need to be reminded.Plato: That is correct.Socrates: I agree. If these citizens were convinced of their freedom, they would not need reminders.”

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Source : Brushstrokes of a Gadfly

14. “Errors do not cease to be errors simply because they’re ratified into law.”

Tags : Bad Laws Catholic Catholic Author Christian Democracy Gone Wrong Error Error And Truth Evil Laws Gadfly Hard Truths Justice Justice System Law Laws Morality Morals Philosophical Politics Referrendum Right And Wrong Truth Voting Votings Wisdom
Source : Brushstrokes of a Gadfly

15. “I know a person who, though no poet, composed some verses in a very short time, which were full of feeling and admirably descriptive of her pain: they did not come from her understanding, but, in order the better to enjoy the bliss which came to her from such delectable pain, she complained of it to her God. She would have been so glad if she could have been cut to pieces, body and soul, to show what joy this pain caused her. What torments could have been set before her at such a time which she would not have found it delectable to endure for her Lord's sake?”

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Source : The Life of Saint Teresa of Ávila by Herself

16. “It’s not unpatriotic to denounce an injustice committed on our behalf, perhaps it’s the most patriotic thing we can do.”

Tags : Bravery Catholic Catholic Author Christian Citizen Citizenship Corruption Defending Your Country Democracy Free Speech Freedom Freedom Of Speech Gadfly Injustice Justice Not In My Name Patriotic Patriotism Politics Protesting Speak Out Speak Up And Step Up Speaking Out Speaking Up Standing Up Truth Whistle Blower Whistle Blowing
Source : Brushstrokes of a Gadfly

17. “Roman Catholicism is a broken and utterly desperate thing, capable only of malignant mischief in our awakening world.”

Tags : Catholic Catholicism Church Malignant Mischief
Author : H.G. Wells
Source : Crux Ansata: An Indictment of the Roman Catholic Church

18. “It is unfortunate that in most cases when the sins of the father fall on the son it is because unlike God, people refuse to forgive and forget and heap past wrongs upon innocent generations.”

Tags : Catholic Catholic Author Christian Feuds Forgive Forgive And Forget Forgiveness Future Generation Future Generations Gadfly God Ill Will Innocent Observations Punishment Revenge Sad But True Sin Sins Of The Father Unforgiven Vengeance Wisdom
Source : Brushstrokes of a Gadfly

19. “It was a music of the spirit, seeking peace, not emotional release, expressing the hunger of the soul rather than the heart. A way of sequencing notes so ancient it might be music's mother lode, its Fertile Crescent. It wouldn't have grated, I felt, on the ears of ancient Greeks or Egyptians or Mesopotamians or Sumerians—or even on the august auditory equipment of the Buddha or Lao-tzu.”

Tags : Ancient Benedictine Catholic Catholicism Christianity Gregorian Chant Music Peace Religion
Author : Tony Hendra
Source : Father Joe: The Man Who Saved My Soul

20. “I know I am awful. But how much more awful I should be without the Faith.”

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Author : Evelyn Waugh

21. “How like God's love yours has been to me- so wise, so generous, and so unsparing!" exclaimed Pancratius. "Promise me one thing more- that is, that you will stay near to me to the end, and carry my last legacy to my mother.”

Tags : Bravery Catholic Catholic Faith Charity Christian Colosseum Fabiola God Hope Inspiring Love Martyr Martyrdom Percecution Religion Religious Persecution Rome Sacrifice Saint Saint Agnes Saint Pancratius Saint Sebastian Sainthood Saints

22. “Profound joy of the heart is like a magnet that indicates the path of life.”

Tags : Catholic Faith Mother Teresa
Author : Mother Teresa

23. “If there are damned souls in Hell, it is because men blind themselves.”

Tags : Blind Blindness Blindness Of Man Catholic Christian Damnation Damned Faust Faustian Hell Philosophical Sin Sinners
Source : Faust: My Soul Be Damned for the World Volume 1

24. “The intellectual climate of the 1970s, for which the 1950s had already paved the way, contributed to this. A theory was even finally developed at that time that pedophilia should be viewed as something positive. Above all, however, the thesis was advocated-and this even infiltrated Catholic moral theology-that there was no such thing as something that is bad in itself. There were only things that were "relatively" bad. What was good or bad depended on the consequences. In such a context, where everything is relative and nothing intrinsically evil exists, but only relative good and relative evil, people who have an inclination to such behavior are left without no solid footing. Of course pedophilia is first rather a sickness of individuals, but the fact that it could become so active and so widespread was linked also to an intellectual climate through which the foundations of moral theology, good and evil, became open to question in the Church. Good and evil became interchangeable; they were no longer absolutely clear opposites.”

Tags : Catholic Evil Good Morality Pedophilia Priests Theology
Source : Light of the World: The Pope, the Church, and the Sign of the Times - A Conversation with Peter Seewald

25. “Could there be any doubt that the Jews would seek to harm the Son of God again, knowing that his body was now readily accessible in the form of defenseless crackers?”

Tags : Catholic Catholicism Christian Christianity God Jesus Christ Jews Mass Son Of God
Author : Sam Harris
Source : The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason

26. “I am bold to Say that neither you nor I, will live to See the Course which 'the Wonders of the Times' will take. Many Years, and perhaps Centuries must pass, before the current will acquire a Settled direction... yet Platonic, Pythagoric, Hindoo, and cabalistic Christianity, which is Catholic Christianity, and which has prevailed for 1,500 years, has received a mortal wound, of which the monster must finally die. Yet so strong is his constitution, that he may endure for centuries before he expires.{Letter to Thomas Jefferson, July 16 1814}”

Tags : Catholic Death Blow Future Hindu Hinduism Jefferson Monster Mortal Wound Plato Platonic Pythagoras Pythagoric Thomas Jefferson
Author : John Adams
Source : Adams-Jefferson Letters

27. “The State which would provide everything, absorbing everything into itself, would ultimately become a mere bureaucracy incapable of guaranteeing the very thing which the suffering person—every person—needs: namely, loving personal concern. We do not need a State which regulates and controls everything, but a State which, in accordance with the principle of subsidiarity, generously acknowledges and supports initiatives arising from the different social forces and combines spontaneity with closeness to those in need. The Church is one of those living forces.”

Tags : Catholic Politics Pope State
Source : God Is Love: Encyclical Letter of Pope Benedict XVI

28. “Faustus, who embraced evil and shunned righteousness, became the foremost symbol of the misuse of free will, that sublime gift from God with its inherent opportunity to choose virtue and reject iniquity. “What shall a man gain if he has the whole world and lose his soul,” (Matt. 16: v. 26) - but for a notorious name, the ethereal shadow of a career, and a brief life of fleeting pleasure with no true peace? This was the blackest and most captivating tragedy of all, few could have remained indifferent to the growing intrigue of this individual who apparently shook hands with the devil and freely chose to descend to the molten, sulphuric chasm of Hell for all eternity for so little in exchange. It is a drama that continues to fascinate today as powerfully as when Faustus first disseminated his infamous card in the Heidelberg locale to the scandal of his generation. In fine, a life of good or evil, the hope of Heaven or the despair of Hell, Faustus stands as a reminder that the choice between these two absolutes also falls to us.”

Tags : Catholic Christian Damnation Evil Evil Men Faust Faust Legend Faustian Faustus Free Will Goethe Good Good And Evil Heaven Hell Marlowe Thought Provoking
Source : Faust: My Soul Be Damned for the World Volume 1

29. “No one, on his deathbed, ever regretted having been a Catholic.”

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Author : Thomas More

30. “If you boil it down, just because someone else does the wrong thing we are not exempt from doing what’s right.”

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Source : Brushstrokes of a Gadfly

31. “Christ asks for a home in your soul, where he can be at rest with you, where he can talk easily to you, where you and he, alone together, can laugh and be silent and be delighted with one another.”

Tags : Author Catholic Christ Home Soul
Source : This War Is the Passion

32. “Evil influence is like a nicotine patch, you cannot help but absorb what sticks to you.”

Tags : Bad Bad Company Bad Influence Catholic Catholic Author Christian Drugs Evil Evil People Evil Thoughts Funny Gadfly Humor Humour Influence Influences Nicotine Sad But True Sticky Situations
Source : Brushstrokes of a Gadfly

33. “Lust is a mysterious wound in the side of humanity; or rather, at the very source of its life! To confound this lust in man with that desire which unites the sexes is like confusing a tumor with the very organ which it devours, a tumor whose very deformity horribly reproduces the shape.”

Tags : Catholic Desire Disorder Humanity Love Lust Sin Wound
Source : The Diary of a Country Priest

34. “The Offices rerooted me in a tradition where, monk or not, I would always be at home. From long ago I knew the power of their repetition, the incantatory force of the Psalms. But they had an added power now. As a kid, the psalmist (or psalmists) had seemed remote to me, the Psalms long prayers which sometimes rose to great poetry but often had simply to be endured. For a middle-aged man, the psalmists' moods and feelings came alive. One of the voices sounded a lot like a modern New Yorker, me or people I knew: a manic-depressive type A personality sometimes up, more often down, sometimes resigned, more often pissed off, railing about his sneaky enemies and feckless friends, always bitching to the Lord about the rotten hand he'd been dealt. That good old changelessness.”

Tags : Benedictine Bible Catholic Catholicism Christian Christianity Complaining God Human Nature King David Monastery Monks Old Testament Prayer Psalms Scripture
Author : Tony Hendra
Source : Father Joe: The Man Who Saved My Soul

35. “There is one hour in his life when we see a flash of utter physical action on Christ's part, an hour when this most curious of men must have experienced the sheer joyous exuberance of a young mammal in full flight: when he lets himself go and flings over the first money changer's table in the Temple at Jerusalem, coins flying, doves thrashing into the air, oxen bellowing, sheep yowling, the money changer going head-over-teakettle, all heads turning, what the...? You don't think Christ got a shot of utter childlike physical glee at that moment? Too late to stop now, his rage rushing to his head, his veiny carpenter's-son wiry arms and hard feet milling as he whizzes through the Temple overturning tables, smashing birdcages, probably popping a furious money-changer here and there with a quick left jab or a well-placed Divine Right Elbow to the money-lending teeth, whipping his scourge of cords against the billboard-size flank of an ox, men scrambling to get out of the way, to grab some of the flying coins, to get a punch in on this nutty rube causing all the ruckus...In all this holy rage and chaos, don't you think there was a little absolute boyish mindless physical jittery joy in the guy?”

Tags : Catholic Catholicism Christ Christian Christianity God Hilarious Jerusalem Jesus Jesus Christ Joy Money Changers Physical Rage Ruckus
Author : Brian Doyle
Source : Credo: Essays on Grace, Altar Boys, Bees, Kneeling, Saints, the Mass, Priests, Strong Women, Epiphanies, a Wake, and the Haun

36. “{Wells discussing his experiences with Christianity}I realised as if for the first time, the menace of these queer shaven men in lace and petticoats who had been intoning, responding, and going through ritual gestures at me. I realised something dreadful about them. They were thrusting an incredible and ugly lie upon the world and the world was making no such resistance as I was disposed to make to this enthronement of cruelty. Either I had to come into this immense luminous coop and submit, or I had to declare the Catholic Church, the core and substance of Christendom with all its divines, sages, saints, and martyrs, with successive thousands of believers, age after age, wrong....I found my doubt of his essential integrity, and the shadow of contempt it cast, spreading out from him to the whole Church and religion of which he with his wild spoutings about the agonies of Hell, had become the symbol. I felt ashamed to be sitting there in such a bath of credulity.”

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Author : H.G. Wells

37. “God seemed to have become a brand, a packaging, and people purchase this trusted brand with such faith and devotion that they no longer care who the vendor is.”

Tags : Atheism Atheist Blind Faith Catholic Christian Dogma Faith Freethinker God Humor Religion
Source : Conversations with the Light Bearer

38. “Evidence is of no longer consequence when hope enters the fray, and this is where faith is born—a seemingly abundant commodity certain powerful organizations feed on fervently, if not lavishly.”

Tags : Atheism Atheist Blind Faith Catholic Christianity Dogma Faith Freethinker God Humor Religion
Source : Conversations with the Light Bearer

39. “It is well known how the monks wrote silly lives of Catholic Saints over the manuscripts on which the classical works of ancient heathendom had been written.”

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Author : Karl Marx

40. “Turn over the rudder in God's name, and sail with the wind heaven sends us.”

Tags : Catholic Courage Prayer Sailing Ships

41. “I'd be willing to bet that the notion of the end of time is more common today in the secular world than in the Christian. The Christian world makes it the object of meditation, but acts as if it may be projected into a dimension not measured by calendars. The secular world pretends to ignore the end of time, but is fundamentally obsessed by it. This is not a paradox, but a repetition of what transpired in the first thousand years of history.... I will remind readers that the idea of the end of time comes out of one of the most ambiguous passages of John's text, chapter 20...This approach, which isn't only Augustine's but also the Church Fathers' as a whole, casts History as a journey forward—a notion alien to the pagan world. Even Hegel and Marx are indebted to this fundamental idea, which Pierre Teilhard de Chardin pursued.Christianity invented History, and it is in fact a modern incarnation of the Antichrist that denounces History as a disease. It's possible that secular historicism has understood history as infinitely perfectible—so that tomorrow we improve upon today, always and without reservation... But the entire secular world is not of the ideological view that through history we understand how to look at the regression and folly of history itself. There is, nonetheless, an originally Christian view of history whenever the signpost of Hope on this road is followed. The simple knowledge of how to judge history and its horrors is fundamentally Christian, whether the speaker is Emmanuel Mounier on tragic optimism or Gramsci on pessimism of reason and optimism of will.”

Tags : Apocalypse Augustine Bible Catholic Catholicism Christian Christianity Church Fathers End Of The Time End Of The World Hegel Historicism History Hope Marx Religion Revelation Scripture Secular Secularism Time
Author : Umberto Eco
Source : Belief or Nonbelief?

42. “The Child Christ lives on from generation to generation in the poets, very often the frailest of men but men whose frailty is redeemed by a child's unworldliness, by a child's delight in loveliness, by the spirit of wonder.Christ was a poet, and all through His life the Child remains perfect in Him. It was the poet, the unworldly poet, who was King of the invisible kingdom; the priests and rulers could not understand that. The poets understand it, and they, too, are kings of the invisible kingdom, vassal kings of the Lord of Love, and their crowns are crowns of thorns indeed.”

Tags : Catholic Catholicism Child Children Christ Christ The King Christian Christianity Delight God Jesus Jesus Christ King Poet Poets Unworldly Wonder
Source : The Reed of God

43. “1862 ...although we can judge that an act is in itself a grave offense, we must entrust judgment of persons to the justice and mercy of God.”

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Source : Catechism of the Catholic Church

44. “... what you think is right isn't the same as knowing what is right.”

Tags : Catholic Catholic Author Christian Conscience Doing The Right Thing Gadfly Morality Morals Philosophical Right Right And Wrong Right Thing Tough Wisdom Wisdom
Source : Brushstrokes of a Gadfly

45. “... a true friend has your best interests at heart and the pluck to tell you what you need to hear.”

Tags : Catholic Catholic Author Christian Courage Friend Friends Friendship Friendship And Love Friendship True And Loyal Gadfly True Friends True Friendship Truth
Source : Brushstrokes of a Gadfly

46. “If Christ is God, He cannot sin, and if suffering was a sin in and by itself, He could not have suffered and died for us. However, since He took the most horrific death to redeem us, He showed us in fact that suffering and pain have great power.”

Tags : Catholic Author Christ Christian Cross Death Death And Dying Gadfly God Good Friday Jesus Pain Philosophical Power Purpose Of Pain Purpose Of Suffering Reason For Suffering Reason Of Pain Redemption Sin Suffering Suffering Jesus Theological Thought Provoking
Source : Brushstrokes of a Gadfly

47. “The devil has not vanished simply because people refuse to believe he exists, no more than God has...”

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Source : Brushstrokes of a Gadfly

48. “We are the sum total of the decisions we have made.”

Tags : Catholic Choice Choices Choices And Consequences Christian Conclusions Consequences Decisions Free Will Gadfly Life Life Experience Life Lessons Making Decisions People Philosophical Philosophy Results Truth Truth Of Life

49. “That's it. Love makes us all strong.”

Tags : Catholic Catholic Author Charity Christian First Love Human Spirit Inspirational Inspirational Love Love Strength Strength Of Character Strength Of Spirit True Love Wisdom
Source : Brushstrokes of a Gadfly

50. “Lifting our cup means sharing our life so we can celebrate it. When we truly believe we are called to lay down our lives for our friends, we must dare to take the risk to let others know what we are living.”

Tags : Catholic Catholic Author Inspirational

51. “... love for our neighbours does not die the minute we enter heaven, it intensifies.”

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Source : Brushstrokes of a Gadfly

52. “The gates of Hell are terrible to behold, are they not?”

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Source : Brushstrokes of a Gadfly

53. “In fine, a life of good or evil, the hope of Heaven or the despair of Hell, Faustus stands as a reminder that the choice between these two absolutes also falls to us.”

Tags : Catholic Catholic Author Choices Christian Consequences Evil Evil Men Faust Faust Legend Faustian Faustian Legend Faustus Good Good And Evil Heaven Heaven And Hell Hell Philosophical
Source : Faust: My Soul Be Damned for the World Volume 1

54. “The mark of man is initiative, but the mark of woman is cooperation. Man talks about freedom; woman about sympathy, love, sacrifice. Man cooperates with nature; woman cooperates with God. Man was called to till the earth, to "rule over the earth"; woman to be the bearer of a life that comes from God.”

Tags : Catholic Cooperation Freedom Initiative Man Nature Sympathy Woman
Source : The World's First Love: Mary, Mother of God

55. “A lost person or article is still what it is, still valuable in itself, but in the wrong place, disconnected from its purpose and unable to be or do whatever it is intended to be or do.”

Tags : Calling Catholic Lost Purpose Religion Value Worth
Author : David Winter
Source : What's in a Word

56. “If the Pentateuch be true, religious persecution is a duty. The dungeons of the Inquisition were temples, and the clank of every chain upon the limbs of heresy was music in the ear of God. If the Pentateuch was inspired, every heretic should be destroyed; and every man who advocates a fact inconsistent with the sacred book, should be consumed by sword and flame.In the Old Testament no one is told to reason with a heretic, and not one word is said about relying upon argument, upon education, nor upon intellectual development—nothing except simple brute force. Is there to-day a christian who will say that four thousand years ago, it was the duty of a husband to kill his wife if she differed with him upon the subject of religion? Is there one who will now say that, under such circumstances, the wife ought to have been killed? Why should God be so jealous of the wooden idols of the heathen? Could he not compete with Baal? Was he envious of the success of the Egyptian magicians? Was it not possible for him to make such a convincing display of his power as to silence forever the voice of unbelief? Did this God have to resort to force to make converts? Was he so ignorant of the structure of the human mind as to believe all honest doubt a crime? If he wished to do away with the idolatry of the Canaanites, why did he not appear to them? Why did he not give them the tables of the law? Why did he only make known his will to a few wandering savages in the desert of Sinai? Will some theologian have the kindness to answer these questions? Will some minister, who now believes in religious liberty, and eloquently denounces the intolerance of Catholicism, explain these things; will he tell us why he worships an intolerant God? Is a god who will burn a soul forever in another world, better than a christian who burns the body for a few hours in this? Is there no intellectual liberty in heaven? Do the angels all discuss questions on the same side? Are all the investigators in perdition? Will the penitent thief, winged and crowned, laugh at the honest folks in hell? Will the agony of the damned increase or decrease the happiness of God? Will there be, in the universe, an eternal auto da fe?”

Tags : Auto Da Fe Brute Force Canaanites Catholic Christian Christianity Crime Death Penalty Duty Education Heresy Husband Jehovah Jew Minister Persecution Power Religious Liberty Sinai Desert Yahweh
Source : Some Mistakes of Moses

57. “I perceived or thought of the Light of God and in it suspended one small mote (or millions of motes to only one of which was my small mind directed), glittering white because of the individual ray from the Light which both held and lit it...And the ray was the Guardian Angel of the mote: not a thing interposed between God and the creature, but God's very attention itself, personalized...This is a finite parallel to the Infinite. As the love of the Father and Son (who are infinite and equal) is a Person, so the love and attention of the Light to the Mote is a person (that is both with us and in Heaven): finite but divine, i.e. angelic.”

Tags : Catholic God Guardian Angel Letter 89 Light Trinity
Source : The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien

58. “But simple as the Sign of the Cross is, it carries a brave weight: it names the Trinity, celebrates the Creator, and brings home all the power of faith to the brush of fingers on skin and bone and belly. So do we, sometimes well and sometimes ill, labor to bring home our belief in God's love to the stuff of our daily lives, the skin and bone of this world — and the Sign of the Cross helps us to remember that we have a Companion on the road.”

Tags : Belief Catholic Catholicism Christ Christian Christianity Creator Cross Faith God God S Love Holy Trinity Jesus Jesus Christ Love Prayer Religion Sacramental Sign Of The Cross Trinity
Author : Brian Doyle
Source : Credo: Essays on Grace, Altar Boys, Bees, Kneeling, Saints, the Mass, Priests, Strong Women, Epiphanies, a Wake, and the Haun

59. “Reflect carefully on this, for it is so important that I can hardly lay too much stress on it. Fix your eyes on the Crucified and nothing else will be of much importance to you.”

Tags : Catholic Catholic Author Catholicism Christ Crucified Crucifixion Doctor Of The Church God Jesus Jesus Christ Prayer Religion Saints Spirituality

60. “There is no sobornost without crucifixion, because it is through pain that one acquires that deep knowledge that has nothing to do with books and education… that deep knowledge that is given by God and by God alone that builds the foundation of unity. People thus united are transparent, and it is in those depths that one finds, I repeat, the foundation of sobornost… of unity.”

Tags : Catholic Catholicism Christian Christianity Crucifixion God Knowledge Pain People Sobornost Sobriety Unity
Source : Sobornost: Experiencing Unity of Mind, Heart and Soul

61. “I think that it [the Church] stands for everything most hostile to the mental emancipation and stimulation of mankind. It is the completest, most highly organized system of prejudices and antagonisms in existence. Everywhere in the world there are ignorance and prejudice, but the greatest complex of these, with the most extensive prestige and the most intimate entanglement with traditional institutions, is the Roman Catholic Church. It presents many faces towards the world, but everywhere it is systematic in its fight against freedom.”

Tags : Antagonism Catholic Catholic Church Catholicism Church Emancipation Freedom Hostile Ignorance Intimate Mankind Prejudice Prestige
Author : H.G. Wells
Source : Crux Ansata: An Indictment of the Roman Catholic Church

62. “The most evil institution in the world is the Roman Catholic Church.”

Tags : Catholic Catholic Church Church Evil Institution Roman Catholic
Author : H.G. Wells
Source : Crux Ansata: An Indictment of the Roman Catholic Church

63. “What could there be in this document written by a young girl in 1917?”

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Source : The Secret of Fatima

64. “A time is coming when men will go mad, and when they see someone who is not mad, they will attack him, saying, 'You are mad; you are not like us.”

Tags : Catholic Christian Coptic Modernity Orthodox Saint

65. “At the heart of Galatians 2 is not an abstract individualized salvation, but a common meal. Paul does not want the Galatians to wait until they have agreed on all doctrinal arguments before they can sit down and eat together. Not to eat together is already to get the answer wrong. The whole point of his argument is that all those who belong to Christ belong at the same table with one another.The relevance of this today should be obvious. The differences between us, as twentieth-century Christians, all too often reflect cultural, philosophical and tribal divides, rather than anything that should keep us apart from full and glad eucharistic fellowship. I believe the church should recognize, as a matter of biblical and Christian obedience, that it is time to put the horse back before the cart, and that we are far, far more likely to reach doctrinal agreement between our different churches if we do so within the context of that common meal which belongs equally to us all because it is the meal of the Lord whom we all worship. Intercommunion, in other words, is not something we should regard as the prize to be gained at the end of the ecumenical road; it is the very paving of the road itself. If we wonder why we haven't been travelling very fast down the road of late, maybe it's because, without the proper paving, we've got stuck in the mud.”

Tags : Catholic Christianity Communion Ecumenism Eucharist Lord S Supper Orthodox Protestant The Church
Author : N.T. Wright
Source : For All God's Worth: True Worship and the Calling of the Church

66. “Man may behold what ugliness he likes if he is sure that he will not worship it; but there are some so weak that they will worship a thing only because it is ugly. These must be chained to the beautiful. It is not always wrong even to go, like Dante, to the brink of the lowest promontory and look down at hell. It is when you look up at hell that a serious miscalculation has probably been made.”

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67. “My hobby is extreme Catholic behavior -- BEFORE the Reformation.”

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Author : John Waters

68. “Gift better than Himself God doth not know,Gift better than God no man can see;This gift doth here the giver given bestowGift to this gift let each receiver be;God is my gift, Himself He freely gave me,God's gift am I, and none but God shall have me.”

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Source : Collected Poems: Robert Southwell SJ

69. “Young sir,” he said, “you speak like an expert. And an expert, I can assure you, from a long association with them, is someone who has gone to considerable pains to be absolutely wrong.”

Tags : Catholic Cozy Mystery Faith Humor Priest
Source : Flowers by Request

70. “Why, observe the thing; turn it over; hold it up to the window; count the beads, long, oval, like some seaweed bulbs, each an amulet. See the tint; it's very old; like clots of sunshine, aren't they? Now bring it near; see the carving, here corrugated, there faceted, now sculptured into hideous, tiny, heathen gods. You didn't notice that before! How difficult it must have been, when amber is so friable! Here's one with a chessboard on his back, and all his kings and queens and pawns slung round him. Here's another with a torch, a flaming torch, its fire pouring out inverted. They are grotesque enough; but this, this is matchless: such a miniature woman, one hand grasping the round rock behind, while she looks down into some gulf, perhaps, beneath, and will let herself fall. 0, you should see her with a magnifying-glass! You want to think of calm satisfying death, a mere exhalation, a voluntary slipping into another element? There it is for you. They are all gods and goddesses. They are all here but one; I've lost one, the knot of all, the love of the thing. Well! Wasn't it queer for a Catholic girl to have at prayer?”

Tags : Carving Catholic Gods Jewelry
Source : The Amber Gods and Other Stories

71. “God Is, Lucifer is a devil, and there is a Hell.”

Tags : Catholic Christian Christopher Marlowe Creator Demons Devil Eternity Faust God Hard Truths Hell Lucifer Marlowe Truth
Source : Faust: My Soul Be Damned for the World Volume 1

72. “Do not be afraid, then, when love makes demands. Do not be afraid when love requires sacrifice.”

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73. “For centuries after Christ, the church and other religions that use cruciform symbols have misrepresented the physical nature of Christ's death with a satanic symbol (cross), and a pagan idol (corpus). This secret has been concealed by the church for centuries after Christ.”

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74. “We are impatient, anxious to see the whole picture, but God lets us see things slowly, quietly.”

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Author : Pope Francis

75. “The body, in fact, and it alone is capable of making visible that which is invisible; the spiritual and the divine.”

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76. “Become who you are.”

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77. “The three Secrets of Fatima were closely held by the Vatican for decades, until the text of the third and last secret was finally released in 2000.”

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78. “Like the rest of Holy Week, Easter is also a terrific story. It starts as tragedy: the hero broken and bloody, against all expectation dead, his followers' joyful hope in him entombed with his corpse, the rock rolled into place, sealing their despair.But the curtain doesn't fall there. The next morning at dawn they discover the rock has been rolled back. The tomb is empty, the body's gone! A missing corpse? Great stuff. A whisper of comedy. Now a touch of farce as Mary Magdalen and the guys chase frantically around looking for help, or the corpse, when suddenly, out of nowhere, up it pops—alive!Of course it's Jesus, who's done the impossible and beaten death.And they're so amazed they think he's the gardener! It's a payoff way beyond the Hollywood ending: all the flooding emotion and uplift of a tragedy followed by all the bubbling joy and optimism of a comedy.Is that possible? Not just to live happily ever after but to die—and still live happily ever after? It's the most audacious claim of Christianity, the one element that marks the brand indelibly, that trumps the claims of all other major faiths.”

Tags : Catholic Catholicism Christianity Death Easter Faith God Holy Week Jesus Life Messiah Resurrection
Author : Tony Hendra
Source : Father Joe: The Man Who Saved My Soul

79. “The spiritual muscles I hadn't used for decades began to acquire some tone, and since they were Catholic muscles too, it was natural to look for a church to work out in.It was hard. Appalling though the predations exacted on the monastic liturgy were, they were nothing compared to the desecration exacted on the secular. Latin was gone entirely, replaced by dull, oppressive, anchorman English, slavishly translated from its sonorous source to be as plain and "direct" as possible. It didn't seem to have occurred to the well-meaning vandals who'd thrown out baby, bath, and bathwater that all ritual is a reaching out to the unknowable and can be accomplished only by the noncognitive: evocation, allusion, metaphor, incantation—the tools of the poet.”

Tags : Catholic Catholicism Latin Latin Mass Mass Religion Ritual Worship
Author : Tony Hendra
Source : Father Joe: The Man Who Saved My Soul

80. “... the reader is probably wondering that if Tolkien did indeed fashion two of his heroic characters from Catholic prophecies, what about the evil protagonists? Were any of them inspired by these little-known revelations concerning future times? The answer is yes, but to discover the links between the myth and the prophecies, we must venture not only into the realm of unnerving revelations, but also into the murky world of secret sects, dark plots, occult signs, bloody revolutions and conspiracy theories ~ we must probe deep into the burning Eye of Sauron.”

Tags : Authors Authors On Authors Catholic Catholic Authors Catholic Prophecies Conspiracy Theories Conspiracy Theory Evil Characters Eye Of Sauron Fantasy Fantasy Fiction Future Times History Jrr Tolkien Lord Of The Rings Prophecies Sauron Sects Sources Of Inspiration Tolkien Writing Books
Source : Lord of the Rings: Apocalyptic Prophecies

81. “You are a beloved child of God. But please remember this, too: You are human. You cannot expect to eat perfectly, look perfect, or be perfect. When you stumble, pick yourself up, even if you have to do it again and again.”

Tags : Body Image Catholic Christian Eating Disorder Faith God Perfection Stumbling
Author : Kate Wicker
Source : Weightless: Making Peace with Your Body

82. “I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the public square. His successor will pick up the shards of a ruined society and slowly help rebuild civilization, as the church has done so often in human history”

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83. “But does contemptus mean 'contempt,' dear? Of course not. That would imply arrogance, superiority, pride. So much that we call worldly is actually just flawed or being seen through a cracked lens. Imperfect or imperfectly understood. Who are we to judge as contemptible a thing or person whose existence God sustains? Everything, however imperfect, has its purpose.No, Tony dear, contemptus mundi means 'detachment from the world,' seeing the world sub specie aeternitatis. Enduring or celebrating it, but never forgetting—even when it seems perfect and forever—that as the Bible says: 'all this shall pass like grass before the wind.”

Tags : Benedictine Bible Catholic Catholicism Christian Christianity Contemptus Mundi Detachment God Monastery Monastic Scripture The World Things Worldly
Author : Tony Hendra
Source : Father Joe: The Man Who Saved My Soul

84. “Tolkien did admit that, 'As a guide, I had only my own feelings for what is appealing or moving.' In other words ~ he wrote about what interested him ~ and despite his protestation of including anything allegorical into his tale, Catholic history and mystic prophecy obviously received its fair share of attention ...”

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Source : Lord of the Rings: Apocalyptic Prophecies

85. “Heaven is not a republic.”

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Source : Lord of the Rings: Apocalyptic Prophecies

86. “How can I use these [romantic] desires to love him, to serve him as a brother in Christ...”

Tags : Catholic Chastity Christian Desire Love Romance True Love
Author : Chris Damian

87. “I am an atheist and I consider religions to be a form of collective neurosis. I am not an enemy of the Catholics, as I am not an enemy of the tuberculars, the myopic or the paralytics; you cannot be an enemy of the sick, only their good friend in order to help them cure themselves.”

Tags : Atheism Atheist Catholic Catholics Christianity Christians Cure Disease Friend God Neurosis Religion Religions Sick Theism
Author : Diego Rivera

88. “Archbishop Mannix was possessed of the clearest intellect I have ever encountered. He prayed regularly for five hours and more each day, this in the midst of a life of intense activity. When he was well over ninety, I once asked him about the precise quality of the Faith which had sustained him. His answer? 'My Faith has always been like a thin silken thread, fraying perpetually at the brink of a precipice over which I hang. Yet the thread has never snapped.”

Tags : Australia Catholic Catholicism Christian Christianity Clergy Faith History Mannix Religion

89. “The people of God cannot be changed until the outcasts are restored to its body.”

Tags : Catholic Church Outcasts People Of God Umberto Eco
Author : Umberto Eco
Source : The Name of the Rose

90. “People referred to the symbolism of the empty Cross more than once on its journey. It would seem obviously to point to our faith in Jesus’ resurrection. It’s not quite so simple though. The Cross is bare, but in and of itself the empty Cross does not point directly to the Resurrection. It says only that the body of Jesus was removed from the Cross. If a crucifix is a symbol of Good Friday, then it is the image of the empty tomb that speaks more directly of Easter and resurrection. The empty Cross is a symbol of Holy Saturday. It’s an indicator of the reality of Jesus’ death, of His sharing in our mortal coil. At the same time, the empty Cross is an implicit sign of impending resurrection, and it tells us that the Cross is not only a symbol of hatred, violence and inhumanity: it says that the Cross is about something more.The empty Cross also tells us not to jump too quickly to resurrection, as if the Resurrection were a trump card that somehow absolves us from suffering. The Resurrection is not a divine ‘get-out-of-jail free’ card that immunises people from pain, suffering or death. To jump too quickly to the Resurrection runs the risk of trivialising people’s pain and seemingly mapping out a way through suffering that reduces the reality of having to live in pain and endure it at times. For people grieving, introducing the message of the Resurrection too quickly cheapens or nullifies their sense of loss. The empty Cross reminds us that we cannot avoid suffering and death. At the same time, the empty Cross tells us that, because of Jesus’ death, the meaning of pain, suffering and our own death has changed, that these are not all-crushing or definitive. The empty Cross says that the way through to resurrection must always break in from without as something new, that it cannot be taken hold of in advance of suffering or seized as a panacea to pain. In other words, the empty Cross is a sign of hope. It tells us that the new life of God surprises us, comes at a moment we cannot expect, and reminds us that experiences of pain, grief and dying are suffused with the presence of Christ, the One Who was crucified and is now risen.”

Tags : Catholic Catholicism Christ Christian Christianity Cross Death Easter Faith Good Friday Grief Holy Saturday Hope Jesus Jesus Christ Life Loss New Life Pain Religion Resurrection Sin Sorrow Suffering
Source : In The Light Of The Cross: Reflections On The Australian Journey Of The World Youth Day Cross And Icon

91. “Feelings trap us in the self, Tony dear. Doing a thing because you feel wonderful about it—even a work of charity—is in the end a selfish act. We perform the work not to feel wonderful but to know and love the other. It's the same with your romance. You may not feel your love, but God is still your loved one, your other.”

Tags : Catholic Catholicism Christian Christianity Emotions Feelings God Love Religion Romance Self Selfishness
Author : Tony Hendra
Source : Father Joe: The Man Who Saved My Soul

92. “We human beings are story-tellers, we pass on our values through the stories we tell. This is particularly true of Catholics, who get their identity through their histories, which they see as salvation history linking them to the saving actions of Christ. So, for Catholics, doing history – passing on the values by telling stories – is a pastoral imperative. We must look where we have been in order to know where we are going.”

Tags : Australia Catholic Catholicism Christ Christian Christianity History Human Identity Jesus Jesus Christ Religion Salvation Salvation History Story Values
Source : Australian Catholic Lives

93. “One of them is a very familiar personage. Her name is “Mother Church.” She is, in many ways, an admirable and dedicated person, deeply concerned about her children, endlessly and tirelessly careful for every detail of their welfare. Her long experience has taught her to understand her family very well. She knows their capabilities and she knows their weakness even better. She is patient and imperturbable, quite unshockable (she has witnessed all of the considerable range of human wickedness in her time) and there are no lengths to which she ill not go to educate her family. She has a huge fund of stories, maxims and advice, all of them time-tested, and usually interesting as well. She is very talented, skilled din creating a beautiful home for her children; she can show them how to enrich their lives with the glory of music and art. And there is no doubt that she loves God, and wishes to guide her children according to his will.On the other hand, she is extremely inclined to feel that her will and God's are identical. In her eyes there can be no better, no other, way than hers. If she is unshockable, she is frequently cynical. She is shrewd, with a thoroughly earthy and often humorous shrewdness. She knows her children's limitations so well that she will not allow them to outgrow them. She will lie and cheat if she feels it is necessary to keep her charges safe; she uses her authority 'for their own good' but if it seems to be questioned she is ruthless in suppressing revolt. She is hugely self-satisfied, and her judgement, while experienced, is often insensitive and therefore cruel. She is suspicious of eccentricity and new ideas, since her own are so clearly effective, and non-conformists get a rough time, though after they are dead she often feels differently about them.This is Mother Church, a crude, domineering, violent, loving, deceitful, compassionate old lady, a person to whom one cannot be indifferent, whom may one may love much and yet fight against, whom one may hate and yet respect.”

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Source : The Catholic Thing

94. “There are many forms of tyrants, but there are none so terrible as those stifling their own people in the name of freedom.”

Tags : Catholic Catholic Author Christian Dark Truths Freedom Governments Hard Truths Hypocrisy Jrr Tolkien Liberty Lord Of The Rings Loss Of Freedom Lotr Oppression Politicians Sad But True Truth Tyrants
Source : Lord of the Rings: Apocalyptic Prophecies

95. “When a politician spends a million on himself, we rally and call him a thief. But when a cardinal spends the same amount on his attire, we kneel down and kiss his hand.”

Tags : Atheism Catholic Christianity Freethinker Politics Religion
Source : Conversations with the Light Bearer

96. “The ordinary was the divine, where common sense met mystery, where logic kissed the cheek of the inexplicable, the immeasurable, immemorial spirit throbbing like veins beneath the hard gray asphalt of quotidian life.”

Tags : Catholic Divine Logic Mystery Ordinary Ordinary Life Religion Spiritual
Author : Tony Hendra
Source : Father Joe: The Man Who Saved My Soul

97. “Perhaps a past of bingeing, restricting, or purging comes back to haunt you from time to time. Maybe you have to fight hard battles against vanity, gluttony, and shame. But with God’s saving power, every new day is a gift, an opportunity to detach yourself from tormenting thoughts about food or how you look and to attach yourself to God. Remember, we all hunger for God, more than we hunger for a big bowl of ice cream or a perfect physique.”

Tags : Body Image Catholic Christian Detachment Eating Disorder Faith Food God Hunger Perfection
Author : Kate Wicker
Source : Weightless: Making Peace with Your Body

98. “The good news is that there is one kind of food you can never have too much of. The best way to fully recover from a food addiction or body-image problem is to fill up on the Lord.”

Tags : Body Image Catholic Christian Divine Hunger Eating Disoders Food God Longing
Author : Kate Wicker
Source : Weightless: Making Peace with Your Body

99. “Every time I think about that girl, my mind commits a sin.”

Tags : Catholic Coming Of Age Perfection Puppy Love
Source : The Accidental Siren

100. “You can't have a vocation of No”

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Author : Eve Tushnet

101. “No matter how much they want to forbid something, Uranus, the planet of the truth will reveal the whole truth to the world. Uranus represents the truth of the God, therefore the truth comes from the Uranus.Christianity will finally have to announce that homosexuality is something normal, innately. Personally, I have been waiting for Uranus to reaches its peak in the Pisces and I am still waiting for the message of the Priests. Uranus will bring free marriages and anyone will be able to decide how they want to live without fear.”

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102. “If there is a true measure of a person's soul, if there is a single gauge of real divinity, of how beautifully a fellow human honors this life, has genuine spiritual fire and is full of honest love and compassion, it has to be right there, in the eyes.The Dalai Lama's eyes sparkle and dance with laughter and unbridled love. The Pope's eyes are dark and glazed, bleak as obsidian marbles. Pat Robertson's eyes are rheumy and hollow, like tiny potholes of old wax. Goldman Sachs cretins, well, they don't use their own eyes at all; they just steal someone else's.”

Tags : Catholic Catholicism Dalai Lama Eyes Goldman Sachs Love Personality
Author : Mark Morford

103. “a criminal sketch of Christon a diner napkin-'Poet Prophets”

Tags : Catholic Christian God Identity Religion
Author : Amber Koneval
Source : Drunk Dialing the Divine

104. “We could scrub the floor for a tired friend, or dress a wound for a patient in a hospital, or lay the table and wash up for the family; but we shall not do it in martyr spirit or with that worse spirit of self-congratulation, of feeling that we are making ourselves more perfect, more unselfish, more positively kind.We shall do it just for one thing, that our hands make Christ's hands in our life, that our service may let Christ serve through us, that our patience may bring Christ's patience back to the world.”

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Source : The Reed of God

105. “In the world as it is, torn with agonies and dissensions, we need some direction for our souls which is never away from us; which, without enslaving us or narrowing our vision, enters into every detail of our life. Everyone longs for some such inward rule, a universal rule as big as the immeasurable law of love, yet as little as the narrowness of our daily routine. It must be so truly part of us all that it makes us all one, and yet to each one the secret of his own life with God.To this need, the imitation of Our Lady is the answer; in contemplating her we find intimacy with God, the law which is the lovely yoke of the one irresistible love.”

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Source : The Reed of God

106. “Christ must be born from every soul, formed in every life. If we had a picture of Our Lady's personality we might be dazzled into thinking that only one sort of person could form Christ in himself, and we should miss the meaning of our own being.Nothing but things essential for us are revealed to us about the Mother of God: the fact that she was wed to the Holy Spirit and bore Christ into the world.Our crowning joy is that she did this as a lay person and through the ordinary daily life that we all live; through natural love made supernatural, as the water at Cana was, at her request, turned into wine.”

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Source : The Reed of God

107. “At his funeral the priest's words applied signally to him: 'The Christian Brothers are a body of men who live without luxury, labour without emolument, and die without notice, that they might stamp God's image on the soul of youth. That surely is a splendid vocation.”

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Source : Great Australian Catholics

108. “If today you can take a thing like evolution and make it a crime to teach it in the public school, tomorrow you can make it a crime to teach it in the private schools, and the next year you can make it a crime to teach it to the hustings or in the church. At the next session you may ban books and the newspapers. Soon you may set Catholic against Protestant and Protestant against Protestant, and try to foist your own religion upon the minds of men. If you can do one you can do the other. Ignorance and fanaticism is ever busy and needs feeding. Always it is feeding and gloating for more. Today it is the public school teachers, tomorrow the private. The next day the preachers and the lectures, the magazines, the books, the newspapers. After while, your honor, it is the setting of man against man and creed against creed until with flying banners and beating drums we are marching backward to the glorious ages of the sixteenth century when bigots lighted fagots to burn the men who dared to bring any intelligence and enlightenment and culture to the human mind.”

Tags : Bigots Catholic Creed Culture Enlightenment Evolution Hostility Illegal Intelligence Protestant Religious Bigotry Science Science Vs Religion Scopes Trial Violence War
Source : The Essential Words and Writings of Clarence Darrow

109. “It's through the cross that we reach the resurrection. We should be absolutely sure of this truth, and we should keep this cross hidden and not place it on the shoulders of others. It is our cross we have to carry. It is the one God has given us to go through into His resurrection. This is the one we should keep hidden.But there are crosses and crosses, some of our own making. These we should immediately discard. Some permitted by God for our sanctification. These we can share for they are also for the sanctification of others. True, we can help to carry other people's crosses and they can help to carry our crosses, but the operative word is "hidden."The Lord said, "So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honoured by men," and "When you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you." (Mt 6:16-18)Our very hiddenness becomes a light if we do not complain, if we carry our cross manfully, ready to help in the carrying of other people's crosses. Then we become a light to our neighbour's feet because we become an icon of Christ—shining!”

Tags : Bible Catholic Catholicism Charity Christ Christian Christianity Cross Holiness Humility Icon Jesus Jesus Christ Light Resurrection Sanctification Scripture Truth
Source : Sobornost: Experiencing Unity of Mind, Heart and Soul

110. “Lorenzo: In such a night stood Dido with a willow in her hand upon the wild sea-banks, and waft her love to come again to Carthage Jessica: In such a night Medea gathered the enchanted herbs that did renew old Aeson. Lorenzo: In such a night did Jessica steal from the wealthy Jew, and with an unthrift love did run from Venice, as far as Belmont. Jessica: In such a night did young Lorenzo swear he lov'd her well, stealing her soul with many vows of faith, and ne'er a true one. Lorenzo: In such a night did pretty Jessica (like a little shrow) slander her love, and he forgave it her. Jessica: I would out-night you, did nobody come; but hark, I hear the footing of a man.”

Tags : Catholic Dido Fidelity Greek Humor Italy Jew Love Marriage Merchant Mythology Newly Weds Old Play Poetry Romance Shakespeare Sonnets Venice
Source : The Merchant of Venice

111. “It is not the sanctuary that is in danger; it is civilization. It is not infallibility that may go down; it is personal rights. It is not the Eucharist that may pass away; it is freedom of conscience. It is not divine justice that may evaporate; it is the courts of human justice. It is not that God may be driven from His throne; it is that men may lose the meaning of home; For peace on earth will come only to those who give glory to God! It is not the Church that is in danger, it is the world!”

Tags : Catholic Civilization Danger Eucharistic Worship Opression

112. “My first and lasting impression of the Connecticut River Valley is its serene beauty, especially in the autumn months. Deep River was a near picture-perfect New England village. When I arrived there, the town was a typical working-class place, nothing like the trendy upper-income enclave it became. The town center had a cluster of shops, a movie theater open only on weekends, several white-steepled churches (none of them Catholic), the town hall, and a Victorian library. It was small, even by Ansonia standards.”

Tags : Catholic Connecticut Deep River New England
Source : No time to say goodbye: memoirs of a life n foster care

113. “When Abbess Ebba received tidings of the near approach of the pagan hordes, who had already wrecked vengeance upon ecclesiastics, monks, and consecrated virgins, she summoned her nuns to Chapter, and in a moving discourse exhorted them to preserve at any cost the treasure of their chastity. Then seizing a razor, and calling upon her daughters to follow her heroic example, she mutilated her face in order to inspire the barbarian invaders with horror at the sight. The nuns without exception courageously followed the example of their abbess. When the Danes broke into the cloister and saw the nuns with faces thus disfigured, they fled in panic. Their leaders, burning with rage, sent back some of their number to set fire to the monastery, and thus the heroic martyrs perished in the common ruin of their house.”

Tags : Catholic Courage Martyrs Pagans Saints
Source : A Calendar of Scottish Saints

114. “By what route the infant Hansen found his way to the Jesuits, the file did not relate. Perhaps the mother converted. Those were dark years still, and if expediency required it, she may have swallowed her Protestant convictions to buy the boy a decent education. Give the Jesuits his soul, she may have reasoned, and they will give him a brain. Or perhaps she sensed in her son from early on the mercurial nature that later ruled his life, and she determined to subordinate him to a stronger religious discipline than was offered by the easy-going Protestants. If so, she was wise.”

Tags : Catholic Education Jesuits
Source : The Secret Pilgrim

115. “The greatest challenge of the day is: how to bring about a revolution of the heart, a revolution which has to start with each one of us?”

Tags : Catholic Inspirational Revolution
Author : Dorothy Day

116. “Unless there is a Good Friday in your life, there can be no Easter Sunday.”

Tags : Catholic Inspiration Religion

117. “It is now quite lawful for a Catholic woman to avoid pregnancy by a resort to mathematics, though she is still forbidden to resort to physics and chemistry.”

Tags : Catholic Contraception Family Planning
Author : H.L. Mencken

118. “The Mass is very long and tiresome unless one loves God.”

Tags : Catholic Mass

119. “I'm Catholic. I don't pray, I just ask for forgiveness after.”

Tags : Catholic Cut And Run Cut Run Liam Bell Nick O Flaherty Religion
Author : Abigail Roux
Source : Crash & Burn

120. “This is the story of how Dad lived with his lung cancer. But it is much more. Through his illness and the miracles we experienced, I came to see that Dad's was not just a journey. It was a journey home. Home to God. ”

Tags : Cancer Catholic Faith Inspiration Miracles
Source : The Journey Home: My Father's Story of Cancer, Faith and Life-Changing Miracles

121. “God awaits us with open arms; we need only to take a step toward him like the Prodigal Son. But if, weak as we are, we don't have the strength to take that step, just the desire to take it is enough.”

Tags : Catholic Christian God Mercy Religion
Source : El nombre de Dios es Misericordia

122. “Mercy will always be greater than any sin, no one can put a limit on the love of the all-forgiving God. Just by looking at him, just raising our eyes from ourselves and our wounds, we leave an opening for the action of his grace. Jesus performs miracles with our sins, with what we are, with our nothingness, with our wretchedness.”

Tags : Catholic Catholicism Christianity Faith God Mercy Religion
Author : Pope Francis
Source : The Name of God is Mercy

123. “They like to use those fancy words. They don't like to say “raped,'” he said. “They say “misdeed,' “inappropriate touching,' “mistake.' That's insulting. I'm not a mistake.”

Tags : Altar Catholic Church Clergy Abuse Cover Up Coverup Denial Minimization Organised Abuse Organized Abuse Pedophile Pedophile Priests Pedophile Protector Priest Priests Rape Ritual Ritual Abuse Ritualistic Abuse Rituals Secret Survivor Victim Victims
Source : In the Shadow of the Cross

124. “I was amazed, shocked, and sickened by what I heard throughout the day, over and over, by many victims' stories. I can think of no one with whom I didn't recognize a common thread. These monsters, these evil priests, used the same words and methods on all of us. With each session, I would find something that sent a cold chill down my spine. It amazed and frightened me that the actual words used on me, to rape me, to rape me, were the same as the words used on so many others from all over the United States. You would think that all these priests either were educated in how to concur and rape us, or they met privately with each other to compare notes and develop their plan of attack on us. The pattern was so much the same, with the same words, that you would swear it was scripted and disbursed to these priests. Do they secretly have closed-door meetings on how to abuse us? A chilling thought. Neary's routine of saying the “Our Father” during the rape and making me say it with him, repeating the “thy will be done” over and over, the absolution given me after he “finished,” the threats of having God take my parents away, the lectures about offering my suffering up to God, etc., etc., etc. My experience was identical, word-for-word, to that of many others. The exact words during the abuse were not just close, but exactly the same, as if it were some kind of abuse ritual. Ritual abuse is not limited to the religious definition and can include compulsive, abusive behavior performed in an exact series of steps with little variation. How could these similarities occur without the priests taking the same “abuse seminar” together some place, somehow? Was it taught in the seminary? In some dark corner? It goes beyond coincidence—the similarities in deeds and verbiage that these predators use on us. It truly chilled me to the very marrow of my bones.”

Tags : Altar Catholic Church Clergy Abuse Cover Up Coverup Organised Abuse Organized Abuse Pedophile Pedophile Priests Priest Priests Rape Ritual Ritual Abuse Ritualistic Abuse Rituals Secret Survivor Victim Victims
Source : In the Shadow of the Cross

125. “How often do we hear from the local diocesan people—the bishop, the communications director, the victim assistance coordinator, and others—that this abuse is not restricted to clergy, but, rather, it is a societal problem? It does occur outside in the public realm. When was the last time you heard of a sex offender not being held accountable for his actions once caught? The Church treated the abuse as a sin only and nothing more. Out in society, sex offenders are not moved to another community quietly. “But protest that priests are 'no worse' than other groups or than men in general is a dire indictment of the profession. It is surprising that this attitude is championed by the Church authorities. Although the extent of the problem will continue to be debated, sexual abuse by Catholic priests is a fact. The reason why priests, publicly dedicated to celibate service, abuse is a question that cries out for explanation. Sexual activity of any adult with a minor is a criminal offense. By virtue of the requirement of celibacy, sexual activity with anyone is proscribed for priests. These factors have been constant and well-known by all Church authorities” (Sipe 227−228).”

Tags : Authorities Bishop Blame Catholic Celibacy Church Clergy Abuse Coverup Criminal Diocese Excuses Law Parish Pedophile Punishment Rape Repentance Sexual Assault Sin Society Problem Survivor Victim
Source : In the Shadow of the Cross

126. “I reflected on other victims I had met and how they were raped right on the altars of their own churches. Some of them were altar boys, and they were abused before or after mass. An altar boy walked right in front of us as we sat there. I began to shake, sweat, and become very uneasy. I felt frozen in my seat.”

Tags : Altar Catholic Church Clergy Abuse Pedophile Priests Rape Ritual Ritual Abuse Ritualistic Abuse
Source : In the Shadow of the Cross

127. “The Rochester group [of VOTF], however, was met with some concern as they found it hard to believe my account as it unfolded before them. I feel that some people have a hard time with the truths around us, not only the sexual abuse by priests, but all bad things. I call it chosen ignorance. This modified form of ignorance is found in people who, if confronted with certain truths realize that they have to accept them and thereby acknowledge evil, and that scares them. Opening up and letting the truth in might knock them off their perceived center. It is too hard, period."(VOTF - Voice of the Faithful - a Catholic group that wants to change the Church, keep the faith.)”

Tags : Abuse Catholic Church Confronted Disbelief Evil Faith Faithful Ignorance Pedophile Priests Priest Priest Abuse Sexual Abuse Survivor Truth Victim
Source : In the Shadow of the Cross

128. “A desperate plea to the Trinityis not something you can justapologize for in the morning-Drunk Dialing the Divine”

Tags : Anger Brokenness Catholic Christian Despair Desperateness God Religion Spirituality
Author : Amber Koneval
Source : Drunk Dialing the Divine

129. “When we infuse our actions with a focus on God and on the many blessings we receive in even the most mundane moments of our lives, we create sacred rituals that bring a sense of holiness, a sense of wholeness, to what we do and who we are. Like the Eucharistic feast that nourishes our heart and soul, every meal we eat with mindfulness[,] each bite we take with gratitude, has the power to transform us inside and out, for all time.”

Tags : Catholic Eating Food Mindful Eating Mindfulness Prayer Spiritual Life The Eucharist Transformation
Source : Cravings: A Catholic Wrestles with Food, Self-Image, and God

130. “Unwittingly, the feminists acknowledge the superiority of the male sex by wishing to become like men.”

Tags : Catholic Catholicism Feminism Feminists Gender Inequality Gender Roles
Source : The Privilege of Being a Woman

131. “One thing is certain: When the time has come, nothing which is man made will subsist. One day, all human accomplishments will be reduced to a pile of ashes. But every single child to whom a woman has given birth will live forever, for he has been given an immortal soul made to God's image and likeness. In this light, the assertion of de Beauvoir that 'women produce nothing' becomes particularly ludicrous.”

Tags : Catholic Catholicism Creation Feminism Feminists Motherhood Mothers Soul
Source : The Privilege of Being a Woman

132. “Online affiliation with good causes is good netiquette. Stand for something!”

Tags : Be Nice Catholic Cause Causes Digital Etiquette Netiquette Religion Social Media
Author : David Chiles

133. “It seems to her [Saint Catherine of Siena] that the devil has this world in his power, not by his own will, for he is powerless, but through our help because we obey him. The evil aroma rising from the ... wars which are waged by Christians against Christians, are the same as war against God. ... Peace, peace, for the sake of the love of the crucified Christ, and not war; that is the only solution.”

Tags : Catholic Catholicism Love Peace Saint Catherine Of Siena St Catherine Of Siena
Author : Sigrid Undset
Source : Catherine of Siena

134. “There is only one thing to be done," went on the old lady, "be simple and quiet. Whenever your soul begins to be disturbed and anxious, put yourself in His Hands, and refuse to decide for yourself. It is easy, so easy.”

Tags : Anxiety Catholic Prayer Life Spirituality
Source : By What Authority?

135. “In the Eucharist a communion takes place that corresponds to the union of man and woman in marriage. Just as they become "one flesh", so in Communion we all become "one spirit", one person, with Christ.”

Tags : Catholic Catholicism Communion Eucharist
Source : The Spirit of the Liturgy

136. “mIn the Eucharist a communion takes place that corresponds to the union of man and woman in marriage. Just as they become "one flesh", so in Communion we all become "one spirit", one person, with Christ.”

Tags : Catholic Communion Eucharist

137. “There is no physical description of Christ in the Gospels, and so we are unable to know whether he was physically attractive or not. Of course, the specifications for what constitutes physical beauty are culturally conditioned and so change from place to place and from time to time. Christ's beauty then does not stem from physical attractiveness. It's rather the 'harsh' beauty of a God Who has given Himself so completely in love that it takes Him to the most ignominous death, on the Cross. Bruno Forte writes: 'Christ, the crucified God, is the place where beauty happens: in His self-emptying, eternity is present in time, the All Who is God is present in the fragment of Christ's human form (cf. Phil 2:6ff.). It is the cross that reveals the beauty that saves'. Christ is beautiful because He is Love incarnate, and, in a world disfigured by sin, that love is necessarily manifest in His suffering for others. This means that in our broken, marred condition, the shape of deepest beauty is cruciform.”

Tags : Beauty Catholic Catholicism Christ Christian Christianity Cross Crucifix God Jesus Jesus Christ Love Religion Sin Suffering
Source : In The Light Of The Cross: Reflections On The Australian Journey Of The World Youth Day Cross And Icon

138. “Each simplest act, each hidden intention, had to be cut to the Rule and polished and perfected like the tiny stones of a mysterious mosaic which had no meaning when looked at one by one, except that one by one they fitted together and suggested a pattern. The pattern was the formation of the nun but she was too close to see it.”

Tags : Catholic Nun Personal Transformation Religion Christianity Sister Luke

139. “Just as the Eucharist fuels our soul and our spirit, good healthful meals fuel our bodies for the work God calls each of us to do in his kingdom. Praying before we consume a meal or when we are feeling exhausted and stressed helps to bring this “body and soul” connection into the light”

Tags : Body And Soul Catholic Faith Food Fuel The Eucharist
Source : Cravings: A Catholic Wrestles with Food, Self-Image, and God

140. “A person's faith goes at its own pace. The trouble with church is the service. A service is conducted for a mass audience. Just when I start to like the hymn, everyone plops down to pray. Just when I start to hear the prayer, everyone pops up to sing. And what does the stupid sermon have to do with God? Who knows what God thinks of current events? Who cares?”

Tags : Catholic Church Mass Religion Service
Author : John Irving
Source : A Prayer for Owen Meany

141. “Simple, powerful, poignant, the Sign of the Cross is a mnemonic device like the Mass, in which we sit down to table with one another and remember the Last Supper, or a baptism, where we remember John the Baptist's brawny arm pouring some of the Jordan River over Christ. So we remember the central miracle and paradox of the faith that binds us each to each: that we believe, against all evidence and sense, in life and love and light, in the victory of those things over death and evil and darkness.”

Tags : Belief Catholic Catholicism Christ Christian Christianity Cross Darkness Death Evil Faith God Jesus Jesus Christ John The Baptist Last Supper Life Light Love Mass Miracle Sacramental Sign Of The Cross Victory
Author : Brian Doyle
Source : Credo: Essays on Grace, Altar Boys, Bees, Kneeling, Saints, the Mass, Priests, Strong Women, Epiphanies, a Wake, and the Haun

142. “There is a wonderful simple human reality to Christ's hunger. The man is famished. He's missed meals for three days, He has a lot on his mind, He's on His way back to heaven, but before He goes He is itching for a nice piece of broiled fish and a little bread on the side with the men and women He loves. Do we not like Him the more for His prandial persistance? And think for a moment about the holiness of our own food, and the ways that cooking and sharing a meal can be forms of love and prayer. And realize again that the Eucharist at the heart of stubborn Catholicism is the breakfast that Christ prepares for Catholics, every morning, as we return from fishing in vast dreamy seas?”

Tags : Catholic Catholicism Christ Christian Christianity Eucharist Evangelisation Evangelization Fishing Food Jesus Jesus Christ Love Mass Prayer
Author : Brian Doyle
Source : Credo: Essays on Grace, Altar Boys, Bees, Kneeling, Saints, the Mass, Priests, Strong Women, Epiphanies, a Wake, and the Haun

143. “Someone once told the Catholic writer Flannery O’Connor that it is more open-minded to think that the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar is a great, wonderful, powerful symbol. Her response was, “If it’s only a symbol, to hell with it.”

Tags : Catholic Communion Eucharist Sacrament

144. “In many people Christ lives the life of the Host. Our life is a sacramental life.This Host life is like the Advent life, like the life of the Child in the womb, the Child in the swaddling bands, the Christ in the tomb. It is a life of dependence upon creatures, of silence and secrecy, of hidden light. It is the life of a prisoner.”

Tags : Advent Catholic Catholicism Christ Christian Christianity God Host Incarnation Jesus Jesus Christ Life
Source : The Reed of God

145. “... those who seek the lost Lord will find traces of His being and beauty in all that men have made, from music and poetry and sculpture to the gingerbread men in the pâtisseries, from the final calculation of the pure mathematician to the first delighted chalk drawing of a small child.”

Tags : Art Beauty Catholic Catholicism Christ Christian Christianity Creation God Jesus Jesus Christ Math Mathematics Music Poetry Sculpture
Source : The Reed of God

146. “The different religions confused me. Which was the right one? I tried to figure it out but had no success. It worried me. The different Gods - Catholic, Jewish, Protestant, Mohammedan - seemed very particular in the way in which they expected me to keep on good terms with them. I couldn't please one without offending the others. One kind soul solved my problem by taking me on my first trip to the planetarium. I contemplated the insignificant flyspeck called Earth, the millions of suns and solar systems, and concluded that whoever was in charge of all this would not throw a fit if I ate ham, or meat on Friday, or did not fast in the daytime during Ramadan. I felt much better after this and was, for a while, keenly interested in astronomy.”

Tags : Brotherhood Catholic Christianity Earth Galaxy Humanity Jew Muslim Nature Religion Religion And Science

147. “Staring thus closely at time we suddenly realize that what many look upon as a bromide is really a bombshell; namely, the fact that "there is no time like the present." Indeed, no! For it is the only time God grants to any of us. He does not give us years, months, days, or even hours. He grants us nothing but the truly, indivisible, yet immense and immeasurable, Now. This is "your time" - part of "your hour.”

Tags : Catholic Catholicism Inspirational Religious Spiritual Development
Author : M. Raymond
Source : Now!

148. “But there is no such being as an ordinary man or woman if by ordinary you mean what so many people mean: negligible. Each human being is so tremendous that he or she merits a reverence that is really religious. For each is a creation of God; each a mirror of Divinity; each a feature or a facet on the Face of Christ; each an object of constant care and concern to the Trinity. There is nothing ordinary in the sense that so many of us use that word, about any human being.”

Tags : Catholic Catholicism Inspirational Religious Spiritual Development
Author : M. Raymond

149. “If a man cannot serve two masters, neither can Christianity, or several thousand of them as the case may be.”

Tags : Catholic Catholic Author Christ Christian Christianity God One Christ One Church Religion Theological Thought Provoking Unity
Source : Brushstrokes of a Gadfly

150. “If you complain to someone, you assume that it's someone who really cares about you.”

Tags : Catholic Complaining Encouragement Inspirational
Author : Scott Hahn
Source : Hope for Hard Times

151. “People are always changing themselves and their world, dear. Very few of the changes are new. We rather confuse change and newness, I think. What is truly new never changes.""You speak in riddles, aged progenitor.""The world worships a certain kind of newness. People are always talking about a new car, or a new drink or p-p-play or house, but these things are not truly new, are they? They begin to get old the minute you acquire them. New is not in things. New is within us. The truly new is something that is new forever: you. Every morning of your life and every evening, every moment is new. You have never lived this moment before and you never will again. In this sense the new is also the eternal.”

Tags : Benedictine Catholic Catholicism Change Eternal Life Modernity Monk Newness Religion Self Spiritual Things
Author : Tony Hendra
Source : Father Joe: The Man Who Saved My Soul

152. “It sounds to me, dear, as if your satirist is a bit like a monk. They both take a rather dim view of the world, and both try to do something about it.""Thank you, Father Joe! I think I knew that once, but I'd forgotten. Contemptus mundi. We both have contempt for the world.""You p-p-persist in your error, my son. Contemptus does not mean 'contempt.' It means 'detachment.' Are you detached from the things you satirize?”

Tags : Benedictine Catholic Catholicism Christian Christianity Contemptus Mundi Detachment Latin Monk Religion Religious World
Author : Tony Hendra
Source : Father Joe: The Man Who Saved My Soul

153. “Confucians, along with Hebrew, Islamic, and Catholic scholastics, as well as Protestant fundamentalists, are like tourists who study guidebooks and maps instead of wandering freely and looking at the view. Speech and writing are undoubtedly marvelous, but for this very reason they have a hypnotic and fascinating quality which can lead to the neglect of nature itself until they become too much of a good thing.”

Tags : Catholic Confucianism Esotericism Nature Protestant
Author : Alan W. Watts
Source : Tao: The Watercourse Way

154. “The husband who came back to ask for more prayers said: We cannot hold intercourse with one another, but no words of mine can describe to you the comfort we all feel when anyone on earth does any good deed on our behalf, especially having Mass but most of all receiving Holy Communion.”

Tags : Catholic Communication With The Dead Prayers For The Dead Widower Widowhood
Author : Fr. O'Connor

155. “So are we actually cooking Radiasure?" Carols asks as he plops on his brother's bed. "Because if Mom and Dad catch us we'll never see the outside of the confession bootha gain."Bea rolls her eyes. "Nothing new for you.”

Tags : Blindsided Catholic Confession Natalie Whipple Transparent
Source : Blindsided

156. “For a moment this day, for many moments this May, let us gape in awe at the strength of women, and look upon their sinewy courage with respect and humility, as the Lord looked on His Mother, and still does. Like Him we are of women born, and to women must pay our first respect, and owe our first love, for they are as strong as the very ribs of the earth.”

Tags : Birth Catholic Catholicism Christ Christian Christianity Courage Humility Jesus Jesus Christ Love Mary Mother Mother Mary Religion Respect Strength Women
Author : Brian Doyle
Source : Credo: Essays on Grace, Altar Boys, Bees, Kneeling, Saints, the Mass, Priests, Strong Women, Epiphanies, a Wake, and the Haun

157. “The sense of the joy in anything is the sense of Christ.”

Tags : Catholic Catholic Author Christ Christian Joy Mary
Source : The Reed of God

158. “The way to begin healing the wounds of the world is to treasure the Infant Christ in us; to be not the castle but the cradle of Christ; and, in rocking that cradle to the rhythm of love, to swing the whole world back into the beat of the Music of Eternal Life.”

Tags : Catholic Christ Healing
Source : Wood of the Cradle, Wood of the Cross

159. “Only when we cease to rely on our own strength can we discover that God's strength is always there for us.”

Tags : Catholic Reliance Strength
Author : Scott Hahn
Source : Hope for Hard Times

160. “I will willingly abandon this miserable body to hunger and suffering, provided that my soul may have its ordinary nourishment.”

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161. “You will all be assailed, my dear friends, by the very real temptation to believe that you have been forsaken by God – that your priesthood is in vain, and that the weight of mortal grief and sin is more than you can bear. In the midst of your anguish you will ask of Him a sign, some visible ray of His unchanging light in a world of hideous darkness. I am sorry to say that this visible sign will rarely be given. The burning bush of Moses, the jewel-encrusted dove of Theresa, the Tolle lege of Augustine – these are no longer the style, as in the simpler days of saint and prophet. The light will be interior; you must look for it within”

Tags : Catholic Doubt God Priest Priesthood Sign
Source : The Cardinal

162. “You will go far in the Church.""I have no desire to go far. My only ambition is to be a good priest.""You will be that, of course. Nevertheless, you will go higher. And do you know why?”“Why?”“Because,” said Orselli, “you are not afraid of worldliness. I do not mean that you are worldly. Far from it. But you have a talent for being all things to all men.”

Tags : Catholic Church Priest Priesthood
Source : The Cardinal

163. “If he had given away anything else, he would have been charged with indecent exposure.”

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Source : Great Australian Catholics

164. “We pay a heavy, very heavy price for the superhuman dignity of our calling. The ridiculous is always so near to the sublime. And the world, usually so indulgent to foibles, hates ours instinctively.”

Tags : Catholic Catholicism Christian Christianity Holy Fool Holy Orders Priesthood
Source : The Diary of a Country Priest

165. “Teaching is no joke, sonny! ... Comforting truths, they call it! Truth is meant to save you first, and the comfort comes afterwards. Besides, you've no right to call that sort of thing comfort. Might as well talk about condolences! The Word of God is a red-hot iron. And you who preach it 'ud go picking it up with a pair of tongs, for fear of burning yourself, you daren't get hold of it with both hands. It's too funny! Why, the priest who descends from the pulpit of Truth, with a mouth like a hen's vent, a little hot but pleased with himself, he's not been preaching: at best he's been purring like a tabby-cat. Mind you that can happen to us all, we're all half asleep, it's the devil to wake us up, sometimes — the apostles slept all right at Gethsemane. Still, there's a difference... And mind you many a fellow who waves his arms and sweats like a furniture-remover isn't necessarily any more awakened than the rest. On the contrary. I simply mean that when the Lord has drawn from me some word for the good of souls, I know, because of the pain of it.”

Tags : Bible Catholic Catholicism Christian Christianity Comfort Homily Preaching Priest Priesthood Religion Scripture Truth Word Of God
Source : The Diary of a Country Priest

166. “ the bitterroots, necessary for the healing but unpleasant to taste. (What Father Sacco's parishioners say about the man.)”

Tags : Catholic Historical Drama Italy Priest
Source : Gifts For Ugo

167. “Holding onto failed dreams only makes you bitter.”

Tags : Catholic Historical Fiction Orphans Italy Priests

168. “I have dedicated my life to fight against the heinous rottenness of modern capitalism because it robs the laborer of this world's goods. But blow for blow I shall strike against Communism, because it robs us of the next world's happiness.”

Tags : Capitalism Catholic Communism Happiness

169. “St. Triduana devoted herself to God in a solitary life at Rescobie in Angus (now Forfarshire). While dwelling there, a prince of the country having conceived an unlawful passion for her is said to have pursued her with his unwelcome attentions. To rid herself of his importunities, as a legend relates, Triduana bravely plucked out her beautiful eyes, her chief attraction, and sent them to her admirer. Her heroism, it is said, procured for her the power of curing diseases of the eyes.”

Tags : Catholic Eyes Martyrs Saints
Source : A Calendar of Scottish Saints

170. “If the attitude of many non-Catholic modern philosophers toward Catholic thought could be summarized in a single sentence, it would be: It has been tried, it has produced its definitive results, which have been found lacking, and now its time is past”

Tags : Catholic Catholic Philosophy Catholic Thought Christian Philosophy Christianity History Of Ideas History Of Philosophy Philosophy Rejection

171. “Bold courage is paralyzing fear after humble prayer.”

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Source : The Return

172. “When Mary has struck her roots in a soul, she produces there marvels of grace, which she alone can produce, because she alone is the fruitful Virgin who never has had, and never will have, her equal in purity and in fruitfulness.”

Tags : Catholic Mary Our Lady Saint
Source : True Devotion to Mary

173. “When God laughs at the soul and the soul laughs back at God, the persons of the Trinity are begotten. When the Father laughs at the Son and the Son laughs back at the Father, that laughter gives pleasure, that pleasure gives joy, that joy gives love, and that love is the Holy Spirit.”

Tags : Catholic Catholicism Christian Christianity God Holy Spirit Holy Trinity Joy Laughter Love Pleasure Religion Soul

174. “We’re not protecting our daughters if we forbid makeup, eschew fashionable hairstyles, or wear dowdy clothes. The feminine form is beautiful. Sure, we don’t want to hide behind makeup or wear immodest clothes to draw attention to ourselves. But there’s nothing wrong with wanting to accent our femininity.”

Tags : Beauty Body Image Catholic Christian Daughters Femininity Modesty Raising Kids
Author : Kate Wicker
Source : Weightless: Making Peace with Your Body

175. “The usual notion of prayer is so absurd. How can those who know nothing about it, who pray little or not at all, dare speak so frivolously of prayer? A Carthusian, a Trappist will work for years to make of himself a man of prayer, and then any fool who comes along sets himself up as judge of this lifelong effort. If it were really what they suppose, a kind of chatter, the dialogue of a madman with his shadow, or even less—a vain and superstitious sort of petition to be given the good things of this world, how could innumerable people find until their dying day, I won't even say such great 'comfort'—since they put no faith in the solace of the senses—but sheer, robust, vigorous, abundant joy in prayer? Oh, of course—suggestion, say the scientists. Certainly they can never have known old monks, wise, shrewd, unerring in judgement, and yet aglow with passionate insight, so very tender in their humanity. What miracle enables these semi-lunatics, these prisoners of their own dreams, these sleepwalkers, apparently to enter more deeply each day into the pain of others? An odd sort of dream, an unusual opiate which, far from turning him back into himself and isolating him from his fellows, unites the individual with mankind in the spirit of universal charity!This seems a very daring comparison. I apologise for having advanced it, yet perhaps it might satisfy many people who find it hard to think for themselves, unless the thought has first been jolted by some unexpected, surprising image. Could a sane man set himself up as a judge of music because he has sometimes touched a keyboard with the tips of his fingers? And surely if a Bach fugue, a Beethoven symphony leave him cold, if he has to content himself with watching on the face of another listener the reflected pleasure of supreme, inaccessible delight, such a man has only himself to blame.But alas! We take the psychiatrists' word for it. The unanimous testimony of saints is held as of little or no account. They may all affirm that this kind of deepening of the spirit is unlike any other experience, that instead of showing us more and more of our own complexity it ends in sudden total illumination, opening out upon azure light—they can be dismissed with a few shrugs. Yet when has any man of prayer told us that prayer had failed him?”

Tags : Benedictine Carthusian Catholic Catholicism Christian Christianity Monks Prayer Religion Trappist
Source : The Diary of a Country Priest

176. “. . .fasting gives me singularly happy afternoons.”

Tags : Catholic Christianity Fasting Spiritual Disciplines
Source : Aimer Le Jeune: L'Experience Monastique

177. “In the afternoon the digestion of the meal deprives me of the incomparable lightness which characterizes the fast days.”

Tags : Catholic Christianity Fasting Spiritual Disciplines
Source : Aimer Le Jeune: L'Experience Monastique

178. “One of my confreres sketched an explanation that attracted me: since the process of digestion is under the control of the brain, its cessation gave repose to the brain, allowed it a vacation.”

Tags : Catholic Christianity Fasting Spirituality
Source : Aimer Le Jeune: L'Experience Monastique

179. “When I walk in the forest just before the meal, while reciting the scriptural phrase that I "meditate" for that day, spiritual joy comes over me as if by appointment.”

Tags : Catholic Christianity Fasting Spiritual Discipline
Source : Aimer Le Jeune: L'Experience Monastique

180. “When a person eats shortly before going to bed, digestion accompanies sleep. The two great physiological functions are completed together, leaving the maximum of freedom to the mind during the day.”

Tags : Catholic Christianity Fasting Spiritual Disciplines
Source : Aimer Le Jeune: L'Experience Monastique

181. “No books is more fascinating than the Bible. And no books are less fascinating than most of our commentaries on the Bible. Nothing is more formidable and unconquerable than the Church Militant. But nothing is more sleepy and sheepish than the Church Mumbling. Christ's words roused His enemies to murder and His friends to martyrdom. Our words reassure both sides and send them to sleep. He put the world in a daze. We put it in a doze.”

Tags : Ascension Bible Catholic Christian Philosophy Christianity Church Eucharist Jesus Jesus Christ Jesus Shock Kreeft Resurrection
Author : Peter Kreeft
Source : Jesus-Shock

182. “Each of us struggles through primary and essential questions that we cannot avoid once we reach or approach maturity. Why was I born? What is the meaning of life, and its purpose? Where and how can I find happiness? Why is life so full of pain and difficulty? How should we live, by what model or principles or arrangements?A great mystery embraces our lives, John Paul said. Then he added something that has been to me deeply inspiring: These questions we ask do not come only from your restless mind, and are not just products of your very human anxiety. They come from God. They are the beginning of the process by which you find them. God prompts them. He made you ask. The questions are, in fact, a kind of preparation for God, a necessary preamble to the story he wants to write on your heart. And the moment you ask them, your freedom has been set in motion. You become more sharply aware that there are choices. This, in a way, is the beginning of morality, because there is no morality without freedom. Only in freedom can you turn toward what is good. (p. 127)”

Tags : Catholic Pope John Paul Ii
Author : Peggy Noonan

183. “Where others teach that man does not find himself until he finds God, John Paul gives an empathetic yes and then adds this: Man does not become his truest and most real self unless and John Paul believed that man is by nature part of a whole, that he does not exist alone. He lives in society with other men, who are, like him, God's children. And it is in giving to man, in giving until it hurts, that man in the deepest way finds God. For God himself is a constant giving. (p 126-127)”

Tags : Catholic Pope John Paul Ii
Author : Peggy Noonan

184. “PRAISE FOR 'THE JOURNEY HOME'Many saints are known and praised by all. We pray to them in litanies and celebrate their feast days. But the vast majority of holy men and women live heroic lives quietly before God. Loyal to family, lovers of God, servants in the Church, these unsung saints live everyday life as an example for us. David Hanneman is one such man. His story is exemplary and should be told to the world. He not only lived a noble life, but also suffered with heroism and grace as he passed into glory. This is a story to encourage and bless us all. We are thankful to Joseph Hanneman for sharing his father and making his story known to us who need such examples to encourage us as we face the difficulties and challenges of life.”

Tags : Cancer Catholic Faith Inspiration Miracles

185. “The only way to know God, the only way to know the other, is to listen. Listening is reaching out into that unknown other self, surmounting your walls and theirs; listening is the beginning of understanding, the first exercise of love. None of us listen enough, do we, dear? We only listen to a fraction of what people say. It's a wonderfully useful thing to do. You almost always hear something you didn't expect. ”

Tags : Catholic God Listening Love Religion Spiritual Understanding
Author : Tony Hendra
Source : Father Joe: The Man Who Saved My Soul

186. “We are always hungry and never satisfied because we don’t trust and won’t risk. Can we reach a place where we are satisfied with just enough? You are enough. You have enough. Do not worry about tomorrow. God will provide in our lives just as God provides in the Eucharist.”

Tags : Belief Catholic Faith Risk The Eucharist Trust
Source : Cravings: A Catholic Wrestles with Food, Self-Image, and God

187. “We do not have to look about us very far or for very long to realize the disastrous effects produced on the inner life of man by this age of noise. Spun about in the whirl of business, enslaved to countless technical inventions, man is severed from God and from the world of the spirit. Non in commotione Deus: God does not dwell in turbulence. To find him, there must be calm within; certain senses must be hushed. Tossed around as we are, if God wishes to speak to us, his voice, small and still, will be lost in the hubbub of our daily lives; the rackets and noise drowning our minds will prevent his penetration into that seclusion we call “heart”–the living witness of that life in us which is most sacred and most true: the life we call “inner” or “spiritual.”

Tags : Catholic Christ Christian Yoga
Source : Christian Yoga

188. “To get rid of a few problems in general health, to increase one's capacity for work, to make one's character gentler and stronger, to free oneself of various complexes, to create in oneself a whole atmosphere of calm and silence, and to do this by exercises in a gymnastic of repose and by a simple but careful method of breath-control - such aims may appear humble enough, rather down to earth, and a far cry form the goal of even the most modest of yogis. Yet I am certain that they will be able to work real miracles here in the West; to change lives and temperaments completely, making them healthier, more open; to increase their degree of engagement; and to render them more receptive to impulses and promptings from heaven.”

Tags : Catholic Christ Christian Yoga
Source : Christian Yoga

189. “God forbid that I should boast of being poor, gentle, and meek. But I am striving to attain these virtues. Every day the exercises, and indeed the whole ascetic discipline of my Yoga, make it easier for the grace of Christ to flow in me. I feel my hunger for God growing, and my thirst for righteousness, and my desire to be a Christian in the full strength of the word- to be for Christ, to be of Christ, without any half-measures of reservations.”

Tags : Catholic Christ Christian Yoga
Source : Christian Yoga

190. “By becoming clearly contemplative in a matter of weeks, my prayer had been given a particular and novel cast; and this was matched by the distinctness in the reprecussions my daily sessions of exercises were having on my everyday life, as well as on the many different occupations which a monk is vowed to carry out. The genuine sense of euphoria that followed the exercises persisted in me and transfigured my day. During the early months I had to face up to the sort of difficulties which put one's nerves to the test, and which would certainly have put me on my back before. As it was, everything went off so smoothly and I took it all so well that I trained everyone under my charge to develop the attitude of 'accepting rather than undergoing.”

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Source : Christian Yoga

191. “Nowadays, to be sure, we are more “comprehensive.” In particular, we pay more attention to the body. It may even be that we go too far. On the other hand, are there not too many intellectuals about who, without knowing it, have put a muzzle on their hearts, and whose “spiritual life” misses those deep intuitions that are of the world of the spirit?All these people–the “brains,” the spiritualists, as well as those who are embarrassed or engrossed by the body–may be taught Yoga (I saw “may,” because they have to give themselves to it) that they cannot become truly themselves unless they accept their nature as men and aim at establishing balance between the parts of man in is; this nature of ours which is at one and the same time an animal body (corpus-anima), thinking soul (animus-mens) and spirit (spiritus-cor). It is a harmony among these “three” that is sought in each of us by the grace of redemption. Christ came in the first place so that this “creature of God” within us, concealed under a human complex, bruised and torn by original sin, should flower and open out in its full beauty and wealth of talent. Any ascetic discipline that works towards this works, in fact, hand in hand with grace, and that is why I have roundly stated that a Yoga that calms the senses, pacifies the soul, and frees certain intuitive or affective powers in us can be of inestimable service to the West. It can make people into true Christians, dynamic and open, by helping them to be men.”

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Source : Christian Yoga

192. “Act in such a way that all those who come in contact with you will go away joyful. Sow happiness about you because you have received much from God; give, then, generously to others. They should take leave of you with their hearts filled with joy, even if they have no more than touched the hem of your garment.”

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193. “If I invite God into my life, I am and always will be good enough.”

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Author : Kate Wicker
Source : Weightless: Making Peace with Your Body

194. “Malone had been raised by a lady both Irish and Catholic, in a good bourgeois home in which careless table manners were a sin, much less this storm in his heart.”

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Source : Dancer from the Dance

195. “A Christian people doesn't mean a lot of goody-goodies. The Church has plenty of stamina, and isn't afraid of sin. On the contrary, she can look it in the face calmly and even take it upon herself, assume it at times, as Our Lord did. When a good workman's been at it for a whole week, surely he's due for a booze on Saturday night. Look: I'll define you a Christian people by the opposite. The opposite of a Christian people is a people grown sad and old. You'll be saying that isn't a very theological definition. I agree...Why does our earliest childhood always seem so soft and full of light? A kid's got plenty of troubles, like everybody else, and he's really so very helpless, quite unarmed against pain and illness. Childhood and old age should be the two greatest trials of mankind. But that very sense of powerlessness is the mainspring of a child's joy. He just leaves it all to his mother, you see. Present, past, future -- his whole life is caught up in one look, and that look is a smile. Well, lad, if only they'd let us have our way, the Church might have given men that supreme comfort. Of course they'd each have their own worries to grapple with, just the same. Hunger, thirst, poverty, jealousy -- we'd never be able to pocket the devil once and for all, you may be sure. But man would have known he was the son of God; and therein lies your miracle. He'd have lived, he'd have died with that idea in his noddle -- and not just a notion picked up in books either -- oh, no! Because we'd have made that idea the basis of everything: habits and customs, relaxation and pleasure, down to the very simplest needs. That wouldn't have stopped the labourer ploughing, or the scientist swotting at his logarithms, or even the engineer making his playthings for grown-up people. What we would have got rid of, what we would have torn from the very heart of Adam, is that sense of his own loneliness...God has entrusted the Church to keep [the soul of childhood] alive, to safeguard our candour and freshness... Joy is the gift of the Church, whatever joy is possible for this sad world to share... What would it profit you even to create life itself, when you have lost all sense of what life really is?”

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Source : The Diary of a Country Priest

196. “To a great extent the level of any civilization is the level of its womanhood. When a man loves a woman, he has to become worthy of her. The higher her virtue, the more noble her character, the more devoted she is to truth, justice, goodness, the more a man has to aspire to be worthy of her. The history of civilization could actually be written in terms of the level of its women.”

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Author : Fulton Sheen

197. “Just as our parents' souls revolted against God, their bodies revolted against their souls, to which they had been subject. And they realized 'that they were naked.”

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Source : The Privilege of Being a Woman

198. “Love actually is a great act of the will. It's when I say, "I desire your good, not for my sake but for yours". To love is to break out of the black hole of the ego and say, "My life is about you".”

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199. “Mr Kingsley begins then by exclaiming- 'O the chicanery, the wholesale fraud, the vile hypocrisy, the conscience-killing tyranny of Rome! We have not far to seek for an evidence of it. There's Father Newman to wit: one living specimen is worth a hundred dead ones. He, a Priest writing of Priests, tells us that lying is never any harm.'I interpose: 'You are taking a most extraordinary liberty with my name. If I have said this, tell me when and where.'Mr Kingsley replies: 'You said it, Reverend Sir, in a Sermon which you preached, when a Protestant, as Vicar of St Mary's, and published in 1844; and I could read you a very salutary lecture on the effects which that Sermon had at the time on my own opinion of you.'I make answer: 'Oh...NOT, it seems, as a Priest speaking of Priests-but let us have the passage.'Mr Kingsley relaxes: 'Do you know, I like your TONE. From your TONE I rejoice, greatly rejoice, to be able to believe that you did not mean what you said.'I rejoin: 'MEAN it! I maintain I never SAID it, whether as a Protestant or as a Catholic.'Mr Kingsley replies: 'I waive that point.'I object: 'Is it possible! What? waive the main question! I either said it or I didn't. You have made a monstrous charge against me; direct, distinct, public. You are bound to prove it as directly, as distinctly, as publicly-or to own you can't.''Well,' says Mr Kingsley, 'if you are quite sure you did not say it, I'll take your word for it; I really will.'My WORD! I am dumb. Somehow I thought that it was my WORD that happened to be on trial. The WORD of a Professor of lying, that he does not lie!But Mr Kingsley reassures me: 'We are both gentlemen,' he says: 'I have done as much as one English gentleman can expect from another.'I begin to see: he thought me a gentleman at the very time he said I taught lying on system...”

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Source : Apologia Pro Vita Sua

200. “The fact is, the great intellectuals of the western religious tradition from Augustine to Aquinas and Peter Abelard became philosophically dominant. The intellectual tradition was preserved. The great intellectuals of the Islamic tradition like Averroes and Avicenna became heretics whose influence disappeared under the weight of rote preaching and practice. Islam as a result has a moral code, a legalistic system of right and wrong, but no evolved ethical tradition.”

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