Thought for the Day – 19 January – Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971) – The Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A
“Jesus Christ did not found the Church only as the Mystical Body, of which He is the Head and we are the members.
He also made it a visible and hierarchical society, the supreme authority in doctrine and morals, the distributor of His grace and of the means of Redemption.
If He had not done this, it would be impossible to understand how men could have carried on the saving work of the Redeemer, throughout the centuries.
The Church is Jesus’ Masterpiece.
It is empowered by His grace and authority, to enlighten men and guide them safely along the path of sanctity.
Jesus said to His Apostles and through them to their successors: “He who hears you, hears me and he who rejects you, rejects me” (Lk 10:16).
He also said: “I am with you all days, even unto the consummation of the world” (Mt 28:20).
This is why obedience is our first duty to the successors of the Apostles, in other words, to the hierarchical Church.
We must obey the Church, as we would obey Christ.
Anybody who makes exceptions or compromises in this matter, is not a true Christian!”
Antonio Cardinal Bacci
Quote/s of the Day – 26 November – Tuesday of the Thirty Fourth week in Ordinary Time, Year C, Gospel: Luke 21:5–11
“Speaking of: False Prophets – The Culture of our Times”
“Take heed that you are not led astray,
for many will come in my name,
saying, ‘I am he!’“
“If you believe what you like in the Gospels
and reject what you don’t like,
it is not the Gospel you believe
Saint Augustine (354-430)
“If you only follow the teachings of the Church
that you like and reject what you don’t like,
then it is not Christ and the Catholic faith
that you claim to believe in but yourself.
The creed that we profess
does not begin by saying,
“I believe in me…”
“A dead thing goes with the stream
but only a living thing can go against it.”
G K Chesterton (1874-1936)
“Really great moral teachers
never do introduce new moralities,
it is quacks and cranks who do that.”
C S Lewis (1898-1963)
“We are no longer able to hear God.
There are too many frequencies filling our ears.”
Pope Benedict VXI
“No age has been more prone
to confuse the sin with the sinner,
not by hating the sinner along with the sin
but by loving the sin along with the sinner.
We often use “compassion”
as an equivalent for moral relativism.”
“We have laws against polluting our rivers
but not against polluting our minds!”
Bishop Robert Barron
“I ask you, instead, to be revolutionaries,
to swim against the tide,
yes, I am asking you
to rebel against this culture.”
Quote/s of the Day – 8 August – The Memorial of St Dominic (1170-1221)
“We must sow
not hoard it.”
“Heretics are to be converted
by an example of humility
and other virtues
far more readily,
than by any external
display or verbal battles.
So let us arm ourselves with
and set off,
showing signs of genuine humility
and go barefooted
St Dominic (1170-1221)