Quotes

  • There are two ways to get enough: one is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less.

    G.K. Chesterton (source)
  • He has much who needs least. Do not create necessities for yourself.

    St. Josemaría Escrivá (source)
  • It often happens that I wake at night and begin to think about a serious problem and decide I must tell the Pope about it. Then I wake up completely and remember that I am the Pope.

    Blessed John XXIII (source)
  • Happy we if none of this [leading others astray or falling away] ever happens to ourselves. But, like God, we must hate the sin but love the sinner. It was near the end of his own life that the French novelist Francois Mauriac strained words to their limit in uttering what this meant to himself: God wants us to be good, will help us to be good, but he does not withhold his love until we become good. "God loves me as I have been, as I am, as I detest myself for being."

    It would be hard to put more of the gospel into one sentence.


    Frank Sheed, The Holy Spirit in Action, p. 66
  • Since Jesus Christ is really present in the sacraments, in celebrating them we are celebrating him, not ourselves, not even our human community. Though all sacraments are communal and public rather than individual and private, their focus is no more on the human community than on the human individual. Our focus should not be on what we are doing for Christ but on what Christ is doing for us. So it should be irrelevant to us whether our fellow worshipper is wearing ugly clothes, carrying a crying baby, or singing off-key -- or even whether we think he is a great sinner or even a hypocrite. When in the presence of God, we do not judge or criticize, we simply adore and love.

    Peter Kreeft, Catholic Christianity, p. 298
  • Prayer can be either private or public, individual or communal. We need both kinds.
    Prayer can be either informal or formal, in our own words or in the words of the saints from the many centuries of the Church's tradition. We need both kinds.
    Prayer can be either vocal or silent, with words or without words. We need both kinds.
    Prayer can be either active or receptive, speaking to God or listening to God (just being in his presence, waiting in love, open to his will). We need both kinds.


    Peter Kreeft, Catholic Christianity, pp. 375-376
  • To repeat: we cannot live our lives intelligently if we don't know what life is about: which breaks down into how we happen to exist, indeed how anything at all exists, and where (if anywhere) we are supposed to be going. Not knowing the answers, we can only stumble and fumble, splendidly or idiotically or with idiocy and splendor interwoven, in each one's inimitable, individual style.

    Christ's answer to why and whither can be summarized -- God at our beginning, God our goal. God is Alpha and Omega, the first letter of the Greek alphabet and the last -- as it might be A and Z. God creates us out of nothing, that we may come to fullness of being in direct union with him at the end, which is our true beginning and will have no end.


    Frank Sheed, Christ in Eclipse, p. 56
  • Brothers and Sisters! Be not afraid to welcome Christ and accept his power! Help the Pope and all those who wish to serve Christ and with Christ's power to serve the human person and the whole of mankind!

    Be not afraid! Open wide the doors for Christ! To his saving power open the boundaries of states, economic and political systems, the vast fields of culture, civilization, and development.

    Be not afraid! Christ knows "what is in man." He alone knows it!


    Venerable John Paul II, Homily during the Mass at the beginning of the Pontificate, Oct. 22, 1978
  • The Latin word for adoration is ad-oratio - mouth to mouth contact, a kiss, an embrace, and hence, ultimately love. Submission becomes union, because he to whom we submit is Love. In this way submission acquires a meaning, because it does not impose anything on us from the outside, but liberates us deep within.

    Pope Benedict XVI, Homily at World Youth Day, Aug. 21, 2005
  • To be in heaven is also to be your true self. All men are born into a lifelong identity crisis, and in heaven they find 'their true identity, their own name' [cf. Rev 2:17] (CCC 1025). God promised that 'to him who conquers I will give ... a white stone, with a new name written on the stone which no one knows except him who receives it' (Rev 2:17). 'What can be more a man's own than this new name which even in eternity remains a secret between God and him? And what shall we take this secrecy to mean? Surely, that each of the redeemed shall forever know and praise some one aspect of the Divine beauty better than any other creature can. Why else were individuals created?' (C.S. Lewis)

    Peter Kreeft, Catholic Christianity, p. 151

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