Quotes

  • The refutation of any argument against the Faith is not a demonstration of the truth of the Faith. It is the removal only of an obstacle to the Faith. For the Faith is not arrived at by demonstration, but by demonstration it is shown to be at least tenable. The Faith is not a conclusion which all can reach by the formal action of reason, but a revelation to be defended by reason. The Faith is not a theory, but a thing. It is rational, but not deductively arrived at. There is no process whereby all mankind can be convinced of it as an abstract proposition. But there is a process whereby all mankind can be convinced that each particular proposition against it has failed.

    Hilaire Belloc, The Catholic Church and History
  • There are not over a hundred people in the U.S. that hate the Catholic Church. There are millions, however, who hate what they wrongly believe to be the Catholic Church — which is, of course, quite a different thing.


    Venerable Fulton Sheen
  • Our Father, through the mercy of your Son, our Lord Jesus, grant me the necessary adaptation my heart requires to be your image bearer.

    When ever I am given the opportunity to share about your nature, the passion and mission of your Son, the purpose and character of your people, the Church our Lord instituted and Her holy men and women of God through all ages especially Christ's Apostles -- charged as they are with upholding, defending and releasing into the lives of all your faithful the deposit of Faith, the teachings of the Church in union with sacred Scripture -- let me be filled with not only with the wisdom of the Holy Spirit but even more so be filled with the mercy and love of Christ. God grant me mercy to surrender my proud spirit and lofty ambition that I might have charity enough to share with others even as I share Faith and Truth.

    Yes, Lord, so make the necessary adaptation of charity in the soul of this your adopted son. Amen.


    Owen W. Swain
  • Call down your mercy on me and on her, and allow us to live together to a happy old age.

    Tobit 8:7
  • "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints" (Ps. 116:15). No degree of cruel inhumanity can destroy the religion founded on the mystery of the cross of Christ.

    Pope St. Leo the Great, quoted in Robert Louis Wilken, The Spirit of Early Christian Thought
  • God is opening before the Church the horizons of a humanity more fully prepared for the sowing of the Gospel. I sense that the moment has come to commit all of the Church's energies to a new evangelization and to the mission ad gentes. No believer in Christ, no institution of the Church can avoid this supreme duty: to proclaim Christ to all peoples.

    Venerable John Paul II, Redemptoris Missio, 3
  • At the heart of liberty is the right to define one's own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life.

    The United States Supreme Court, mistaking itself for God (Planned Parenthood v. Casey, 1992)
  • It is Jesus in fact that you seek when you dream of happiness, he is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you; he is the beauty to which you are so attracted; it is he who provokes you with that thirst for fulness that will not let you settle for compromise; it is he who urges you to shed the masks of a false life; it is he who reads in your hearts your most genuine choices, the choices that others try to stifle. It is Jesus who stirs in you the desire to do something great with your lives, the will to follow an ideal, the refusal to allow yourselves to be grounded down by mediocrity, the courage to commit yourselves humbly and patiently to improving yourselves and society, making the world more human and more fraternal.

    Dear young people, in these noble undertakings you are not alone. With you there are your families, there are your communities, there are your priests and teachers, there are so many of you who in the depths of your hearts never weary of loving Christ and believing in him. In the struggle against sin you are not alone: so many like you are struggling and through the Lord's grace are winning!


    Venerable John Paul II, World Youth Day Prayer Vigil, August 19, 2000
  • When we offer ourselves to God, we offer up the whole universe in our body, for our body is a “microcosm”, a little cosmos, the universe in miniature. We are made of star-stuff and mineral-stuff and plant life and animal sensations, as well as mind and will and heart. “Through his very bodily condition [man] sums up in himself the elements of the material world. Through him they are thus brought to their highest perfection and can raise their voice in praise freely given to the creator” (Gaudium et Spes 14; cf. Dan 3:57-90). In us, the floods clap their hands and the hills sing for joy (Ps 98:8).

    Peter Kreeft, Catholic Christianity, p. 59
  • For the sake of greater clarity here are some examples: Suppose God says to a saintly man who is deeply afflicted because of persecution by his enemies: “I will free you from your enemies.” This prophecy could be true; nonetheless the man’s enemies will prevail and kill him. Anyone who had given these words a temporal interpretation would have been deceived because God had been speaking of the true and principal freedom and victory - salvation, in which the soul is free and victorious over all its enemies much more truly and loftily than if liberated from them here below. This prophecy had greater truth and richness than was understandable through an interpretation that related the freedom to this life. By his words, God always refers to the more important and profitable meaning, whereas humans will refer the words to a less important sense, in their own way and for their own purpose, and thus be deceived.

    St. John of the Cross, The Ascent of Mount Carmel, Bk. II, Ch. 20, 12

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