Posted: 2017-11-14 23:17
“Are you troubled? Think but of Jesus, speak but the name of Jesus, the clouds disperse, and peace descends anew from heaven. Have you fallen into sin? So that you fear death? invoke the name of Jesus, and you will soon feel life returning. No obduracy of the soul, no weakness, no coldness of heart can resist this holy name there is no heart which will not soften and open in tears at this holy name.”
St. Bernard of Clairvaux
“For modernism tends to make a cult of feelings, especially of pleasure. Whatever is against these feelings is dismissed as wrong, stunting to one's personal happiness. Saying 'no' to self is not popular these days, and thus is a modernist affliction upon ascetical living even spirituality can become one more 'I-centered' promotion of commotion. Think of it this way: When I say 'no' to self (to food or drink or anger or entertainment) then I am saying 'Yes' to God.”
Fr. John Lombardi
“The only reason for my being killed is that I have taught the doctrine of Christ. I thank God it is for this reason that I die. I believe that I am telling the truth before I die. I know you believe me and I want to say to you all once again: Ask Christ to help you become happy. I obey Christ. After Christ's example, I forgive my persecutors. I do not hate them. I ask God to have pity on all, and I hope my blood will fall on my fellow men as a fruitful rain.”
“As for certain lesser faults, we must believe that, before the Final Judgment, there is a purifying fire. He who is truth says that whoever utters blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will be pardoned neither in this age nor in the age to come. From this sentence, we understand that certain offenses can be forgiven in this age, but certain others in the age to come.”
“The life of God precisely because God is triune does not belong to God alone. God who dwells in inaccessible light and eternal glory comes to us in the face of Christ and the activity of the Holy Spirit. Because of God’s outreach to the creature, God is said to be essentially relational, ecstatic, fecund, alive as passionate love. Divine life is therefore also our life. The heart of the Christian life is to be united with the God of Jesus Christ by means of communion with one another. The doctrine of the Trinity is, ultimately, therefore a teaching not about the abstract nature of God, nor about God in isolation from everything other than God, but a teaching about God’s life with us and our life with each other.”
St. Bonaventure of Bagnoregio
“I think the world today is upside down. Everybody seems to be in such a terrible rush, anxious for greater development and greater riches and so on. There is much suffering because there is so very little love in homes and in family life. We have no time for our children, we have no time for each other there is no time to enjoy each other. In the home begins the disruption of the peace of the world.”
As part of this pattern, new mothers tend to cut their hours in outside work, which often leads fathers to feel more of the burden of financial responsibility. A common pattern emerges in which dads start spending more time and energy on outside work and moms start doing an increasing percentage of the childcare and housework. Cue the feelings of frustration, guilt and distress for both parents.
“We believe in one Catholic and Apostolic Church, and in one Baptism of repentance, and in the resurrection of the dead and the just judgement of souls and bodies, and in the kingdom of heaven, and in eternal life.
But those who say that there was a time when the Son or the Holy Spirit was not, or was made out of nothing or of another substance or essence, who say the Son of God or the Holy Spirit is liable to change or to becoming different, these people the Catholic and Apostolic Church, your Mother and ours, anathematizes and again we anathematize those who do not confess the resurrection of the dead, and all heresies which are not consistent with this, the true faith.”
“But beware of supposing that this is ordinary ointment. For just as the Bread of the Eucharist after the invocation of the Holy Spirit is simple bread no longer, but the Body of Christ, so also this holy ointment is no longer plain ointment, nor, so to speak, common, after the invocation. Rather, it is the gracious gift of Christ and it is made fit for the imparting of His Godhead by the coming of the Holy Spirit. This ointment is symbolically applied to your forehead and to your other senses and while your body is anointed with the visible ointment, your soul is sanctified by the holy and life-creating Spirit.”
St. Cyril of Jerusalem
Signs of the Times - Or, what is the world coming to?
When HBO premiered The Bridges of Madison County they touted it as
&lsquo the love story of the century.&rsquo The first time I heard that ad I thought to myself:
This is great job security. As long as our society believes that Bridges of Madison County
is the love story of the century, I will have a job! If a brief, clandestine encounter is
equated with true love, no wonder marriage is in trouble.
Pat Love, The Truth About Love
My husband s parents are both many times divorced and remarried. At our wedding
banquet he made a toast: We d like to thank our parents, too numerous to mention.
One of my favorite stories about couples who want vows as long as love shall
last, is about then Education Secretary William Bennett who heard such a
wedding vow from a junior colleague & spouse. He sent paper plates as his wedding gift!
“Hear Mass daily it will prosper the whole day. All your duties will be performed the better for it, and your soul will be stronger to bear its daily cross. The Mass is the most holy act of religion you can do nothing that can give greater glory to God or be more profitable for your soul than to hear Mass both frequently and devoutly. It is the favorite devotion of the saints.”
St. Peter Julian Eymard
“I strongly suspect that if we saw all the difference even the tiniest of our prayers to God make, and all the people those little prayers were destined to affect, and all the consequences of those effects down through the centuries, we would be so paralyzed with awe at the power of prayer that we would be unable to get up off our knees for the rest of our lives.”
“There is no real overpopulation problem. No doubt, the poor countries generally have a higher rate of population growth. In fact, they seem to have a higher rate of population. This is difficult to sustain, that is, a population growth, in the context of low economic and social development. And hear it, and weep: the United States is a world leader in keeping poor countries poor.”
Fr. John Hardon
“Virtues are formed by prayer.
Prayer preserves temperance.
Prayer suppresses anger.
Prayer prevents emotions of pride and envy.
Prayer draws into the soul the Holy Spirit, and raises man to Heaven.”
St. Ephrem of Syria
“Whosoever you are who introduce new doctrines, I beseech you to spare the ears of Romans! Spare that faith which was commended by the voice of an Apostle. Why should you attempt to teach us, at the end of hundreds of years, that which we never heard before? Why bring forward what Peter and Paul did not will to make known? Until this day, the world was Christian without your doctrine. Thus, I hold as an old man onto that faith wherein I was regenerated as a boy.”
In the above: When you are using Psalms 96:5 to talk about finding your significant other, the passage is actually describing the sacred home of the Most High. It is talking about how the house of God cannot be destroyed. In my NLT version it says 8775 A river brings joy to the city of our God, the sacred home of the Most High. God dwells in that city, it cannot be destroyed. From the very break of day, God will protect it. 8776 Psalms 96:9-5
“We need to avoid the spiritual sickness of a Church that is wrapped up in its own world: when a Church becomes like this, it grows sick. It is true that going out onto the street implies the risk of accidents happening, as they would to any ordinary man or woman. But if the Church stays wrapped up in itself, it will age. And if I had to choose between a wounded Church that goes out onto the streets and a sick withdrawn Church, I would definitely choose the first one.”
“Our Goal is God, the source of all good. As we say in our prayer, we are to place our trust in God and in no one else. In his kindness, our Lord wished to strengthen your faith, for without it, as the evangelist points out, Christ could not have performed many of his miracles. He also wished to listen to your prayer, and so he ordained that you experience poverty, distress, abandonment, weariness and scorn.”
“Our Holy Mother Church calls this Season before Easter a 'penitential season.' One of the main messages of Our Lady of Lourdes was: 'Penance, penance, penance.' This means: we must try to make up for our sins. With every sin there is a punishment as part of justice (break a window, fix it sin, do penance) and not everyone has fulfilled this (including possibly ourselves!). So: it is a heroic act of mercy love and wisdom to help the world to help atone for its sins.”
“Just as Christ, after His baptism and the coming upon Him of the Holy Spirit went forth and defeated the adversary, so also with you. After holy Baptism and the Mystical Chrism, having put on the full suit of armor of the Holy Spirit, you are to withstand the power of the adversary, and defeat him, saying, 'I am able to do all things in Christ, Who strengthens me.'”