Quotes

  • You called and cried out loud and shattered my deafness. You were radiant and resplendent, you put to flight my blindness. You were fragrant, and I drew in my breath and now pant after you. I tasted you, and I feel but hunger and thirst for you. You touched me, and I am set on fire to attain the peace which is yours.

    St. Augustine, Confessions, bk. X, ch. 27
  • How precious must man be in the eyes of the Creator, if he 'gained so great a Redeemer', and if God 'gave his only Son' in order that man 'should not perish but have eternal life'.

    Venerable John Paul II, Redemptor Hominis, 10
  • The Catholic does not desire some ideal Church, a Church of the philosopher or the poet. Though his mother be travel-stained with long journeying, though her steps be sometimes halting and weary, and though her countenance to be furrowed with care and trouble -- yet, she is his mother. In her heart burns the ancient love. Out of her eyes shines the ancient faith. From her hands flow ever the ancient blessings. What would heaven be without God? What would the earth be without this Church? I believe in One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church.

    Karl Adam, The Spirit of Catholicism, pp. 228-229
  • And love does not mean to have, to own, to possess. It means to be had, to be owned, to be possessed. It is the giving of self for another.

    Venerable Fulton Sheen, The World's First Love
  • O my God, I confess that Thou canst enlighten my darkness—confess that Thou only canst. I wish my darkness to be enlightened. I do not know whether Thou wilt; but that Thou canst, and that I wish, are sufficient reasons for me to ask what Thou at least hast not forbidden my asking. I hereby promise Thee that, by Thy grace which I am seeking, I will embrace whatever I at length feel certain is the truth, if ever I come to be certain. And by Thy grace I will guard against all self deceit which may lead me to take what nature would have, rather than what reason approves. Amen.

    Venerable John Henry Newman, "Prayer for the Light of Truth," Meditations and Devotions, pt. II
  • Look at us, my brethren, from our glorious land; look on us radiant with the light cast upon us by the Saints and Angels who stand over us; gaze on us as you approach, and kindle as you gaze. We died, you thought us dead: we live; we cannot return to you, you must come to us,—and you are coming. Do not your hearts beat as you approach us? Do you not long for the hour which makes us one? Do not tears come into your eyes at the thought of the superabundant mercy of your God?

    Venerable John Henry Newman, Certain Difficulties Felt by Anglicans in Catholic Teaching, Volume 1, Lecture 11, par. 9
  • If the Mosaic law, given from above, was a schoolmaster to lead souls to Christ, much more is it true that an heretical creed, when properly understood, warns us against itself, and frightens us from it, and is forced against its will to open for us with its own hands its prison gates, and to show us the way to a better country.

    Venerable John Henry Newman, Certain Difficulties Felt by Anglicans in Catholic Teaching, Volume 1, Lecture 11, par. 9
  • Certainty, in its highest sense, is the reward of those who, by an act of the will, and at the dictate of reason and prudence, embrace the truth, when nature, like a coward, shrinks. You must make a venture; faith is a venture before a man is a Catholic; it is a gift after it. You approach the Church in the way of reason, you enter into it in the light of the Spirit.

    Venerable John Henry Newman, Loss and Gain, pt. III, ch. 6
  • These three parts of the Catholic religion - faith, works, and worship - are three aspects or dimension of the same single reality, like the three dimensions of space. The reality we confess in the Creed is the same reality we obey in the commandments and participate in in the sacraments. That one reality is the life of Christ. Not imitating the life of Christ, but that life itself; not trying to copy its imagined essence, but continuing its real existence; not merely “What would Jesus do?” but “What is Jesus doing?”

    Peter Kreeft, Catholic Christianity, p. 156
  • … actually, I’m a Christian, and indeed a Roman Catholic, so that I do not expect “history” to be anything but a “long defeat” — though it contains (and legend may contain more clearly and movingly) some samples or glimpses of final victory.

    J.R.R. Tolkien, from a letter to Amy Ronald, Dec. 15, 1956

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