• The blood of the Cross reminds us that - at least on one day in history - love had no limits. And since then everything has been different.

    Archbishop Charles Chaput
  • He said not:
    Thou shalt not be troubled, thou shalt not be tempted, thou shalt not be distressed, but He said:
    Thou shalt not be overcome.

    St. Julian of Norwich (source)
  • I want to love with a special love those whose birth or religion or ideas separate them from me; it is those especially whom I must try to understand and who need me to give them a little of what God has placed within me.

    Elisabeth Leseur, The Journal pt. I, September 19, 1899
  • Apologetics secretly (though knowingly, to be sure) carries with it all dogmatic theology as it sets out to convey and to make plausible to one who does not yet believe the image of divine revelation. This image really becomes plausible, however, only for the person who sees the true contours of its total form dawn before the eyes of his spirit. As dogmatic reflection progresses, such a person will still have frequently to correct, clarify, and focus these contours. But he ought not to and must not for a single moment abandon them.

    Hans Urs von Balthasar, The Glory of the Lord vol. I: Seeing the Form, p. 127
  • Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth; and God has placed in the human heart a desire to know the truth -- in a word, to know himself -- so that, by knowing and loving God, men and women may also come to the fullness of truth about themselves.

    Venerable John Paul II, Fides et Ratio, Preface
  • Therefore to the groan of praying through Christ crucified, through whose Blood we are purged from the filth of vice, I indeed first invite the reader, lest perhaps he believes that reading without unction, speculation without devotion, investigation without admiration, circumspection without exsultation, industry without piety, knowledge without charity, understanding without humility, study apart from divine grace, gaze apart from divinely inspired wisdom is sufficient for him.

    St. Bonaventure, The Journey of the Mind Into God, Prologue, 4
  • One need not drink the whole of the sea in order to recognize that its water is salty.

    'Common proverb' cited by St. Irenaeus, Adversus Haereses, 11, 19, 8
  • The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.

    G.K. Chesterton, The Autobiography, ch. X
  • Life is this simple: We are living in a world that is absolutely transparent, and God is shining through it all the time. This is not just a fable or nice story. It is true. If we abandon ourselves to God and forget ourselves, we see it sometimes, and we see it maybe frequently. God shows Himself everywhere, in everything -- in people and in things and in nature and in events ... we cannot be without Him. It's impossible. The only thing is, we don't see it.

    Thomas Merton (source)
  • This tradition which comes from the Apostles develops in the Church with the help of the Holy Spirit. For there is a growth in the understanding of the realities and the words which have been handed down. This happens through the contemplation and study made by believers, who treasure these things in their hearts (see Luke, 2:19, 51) through a penetrating understanding of the spiritual realities which they experience, and through the preaching of those who have received through episcopal succession the sure gift of truth. For as the centuries succeed one another, the Church constantly moves forward toward the fullness of divine truth until the words of God reach their complete fulfillment in her.

    Second Vatican Council, Dei Verbum, 8

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