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Quote/s of the Day – 29 November – Lord Jesus, May we seek Your Face

Quote/s of the Day – 29 November – Friday of the Thirty Fourth week in Ordinary Time, Year C, Gospel: Luke 21:29–33

“The issue is now clear.
It is between light and darkness
and every one must choose his side.”

G K Chesterton (1874-1936)

(Chesterton’s last words)the-issue-is-now-clear-g-k-chesterton-26-oct-2018 and 29 nov 2019.jpg

“Each and everyone of us,
at the end of the
journey of life,
will come,
face to face
with either one
or the other
of two faces…
And one of them,
either, the
merciful face of Christ
or the
miserable face of Satan,
will say,
“Mine, mine.”

May we be Christ’s!”

Ven Fulton Sheen (1895-1979)each-and-everyone-of-us-ven-fulton-sheen-26-oct-2018 and 29 nov 2019.jpg

“Many who plan
to seek God
at the eleventh hour
die at 10:30.”

Bumper Stickermany-who-plan-to-seek-god-at-the-11th-hour-die-at-10-30-26-oct-2018 and 29 nov 2019.jpg

Lord Jesus, May we Seek Your Face
By Pope Benedict XVI

Lord Jesus,
grant us restless hearts,
hearts which seek Your Face.
Keep us from the blindness of heart
which sees only the surface of things.
Give us the simplicity and purity
which allows us to recognise
Your Presence in the world.
When we are not able
to accomplish great things,
grant us the courage
which is born of humility and goodness.
Impress Your Face on our hearts.
May we encounter You along the way
and show forth Your image to the world.
Amenlord-jesus-may-we-seek-your-face-pope-benedict-da-vinci-face-of-christ-no-2-26-oct-2018 and 29 nov 2019.jpg

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Quote of the Day – Lepanto – 30 April – St Pope Pius V

Quote of the Day – Lepanto – 30 April – Tuesday of the Second week of Easter and the Memorial of St Pope Pius V OP (1504-1572), The Pope of Lepanto

Lepanto
BY G K CHESTERTON (1874-1936)lepanto - by g k chesterton - maxresdefault.jpg

White founts falling in the courts of the sun,
And the Soldan of Byzantium is smiling as they run.
There is laughter like the fountains in that face of all men feared,
It stirs the forest darkness, the darkness of his beard,
It curls the blood-red crescent, the crescent of his lips,
For the inmost sea of all the earth is shaken with his ships.
They have dared the white republics up the capes of Italy,
They have dashed the Adriatic round the Lion of the Sea,
And the Pope has cast his arms abroad for agony and loss,
And called the kings of Christendom for swords about the Cross,
The cold queen of England is looking in the glass.
The shadow of the Valois is yawning at the Mass.
From evening isles fantastical rings faint the Spanish gun,
And the Lord upon the Golden Horn is laughing in the sun.

Dim drums throbbing, in the hills half heard,
Where only on a nameless throne a crownless prince has stirred,
Where, risen from a doubtful seat and half attainted stall,
The last knight of Europe takes weapons from the wall,
The last and lingering troubadour to whom the bird has sung,
That once went singing southward when all the world was young,
In that enormous silence, tiny and unafraid,
Comes up along a winding road the noise of the Crusade.
Strong gongs groaning as the guns boom far,
Don John of Austria is going to the war,
Stiff flags straining in the night-blasts cold
In the gloom black-purple, in the glint old-gold,
Torchlight crimson on the copper kettle-drums,
Then the tuckets, then the trumpets, then the cannon, and he comes.
Don John laughing in the brave beard curled,
Spurning of his stirrups like the thrones of all the world,
Holding his head up for a flag of all the free.
Love-light of Spain—hurrah!
Death-light of Africa!
Don John of Austria
Is riding to the sea.

Mahound is in his paradise above the evening star,
(Don John of Austria is going to the war.)
He moves a mighty turban on the timeless houri’s knees,
His turban that is woven of the sunset and the seas.
He shakes the peacock gardens as he rises from his ease,
And he strides among the tree-tops and is taller than the trees,
And his voice through all the garden is a thunder sent to bring
Black Azrael and Ariel and Ammon on the wing.
Giants and the Genii,
Multiplex of wing and eye,
Whose strong obedience broke the sky
When Solomon was king.

They rush in red and purple from the red clouds of the morn,
From temples where the yellow gods shut up their eyes in scor,
They rise in green robes roaring from the green hells of the sea
Where fallen skies and evil hues and eyeless creatures be,
On them the sea-valves cluster and the grey sea-forests curl,
Splashed with a splendid sickness, the sickness of the pearl,
They swell in sapphire smoke out of the blue cracks of the ground,—
They gather and they wonder and give worship to Mahound.
And he saith, “Break up the mountains where the hermit-folk can hide,
And sift the red and silver sands lest bone of saint abide,
And chase the Giaours flying night and day, not giving rest,
For that which was our trouble comes again out of the west.
We have set the seal of Solomon on all things under sun,
Of knowledge and of sorrow and endurance of things done,
But a noise is in the mountains, in the mountains, and I know
The voice that shook our palaces—four hundred years ago:
It is he that saith not ‘Kismet’; it is he that knows not Fate,
It is Richard, it is Raymond, it is Godfrey in the gate!
It is he whose loss is laughter when he counts the wager worth,
Put down your feet upon him, that our peace be on the earth.”
For he heard drums groaning and he heard guns jar,
(Don John of Austria is going to the war.)
Sudden and still—hurrah!
Bolt from Iberia!
Don John of Austria
Is gone by Alcalar.

St Michael’s on his mountain in the sea-roads of the north
(Don John of Austria is girt and going forth.)
Where the grey seas glitter and the sharp tides shift
And the sea folk labour and the red sails lift.
He shakes his lance of iron and he claps his wings of stone,
The noise is gone through Normandy; the noise is gone alone;
The North is full of tangled things and texts and aching eyes
And dead is all the innocence of anger and surprise,
And Christian killeth Christian in a narrow dusty room,
And Christian dreadeth Christ that hath a newer face of doom,
And Christian hateth Mary that God kissed in Galilee,
But Don John of Austria is riding to the sea.
Don John calling through the blast and the eclipse
Crying with the trumpet, with the trumpet of his lips,
Trumpet that sayeth ha!
Domino gloria!
Don John of Austria
Is shouting to the ships.

King Philip’s in his closet with the Fleece about his neck
(Don John of Austria is armed upon the deck.)
The walls are hung with velvet that is black and soft as sin,
And little dwarfs creep out of it and little dwarfs creep in.
He holds a crystal phial that has colours like the moon,
He touches, and it tingles, and he trembles very soon,
And his face is as a fungus of a leprous white and grey
Like plants in the high houses that are shuttered from the day,
And death is in the phial, and the end of noble work,
But Don John of Austria has fired upon the Turk.
Don John’s hunting, and his hounds have bayed—
Booms away past Italy the rumour of his raid
Gun upon gun, ha! ha!
Gun upon gun, hurrah!
Don John of Austria
Has loosed the cannonade.

The Pope was in his chapel before day or battle broke,
(Don John of Austria is hidden in the smoke.)
The hidden room in man’s house where God sits all the year,
The secret window whence the world looks small and very dear.
He sees as in a mirror on the monstrous twilight sea
The crescent of his cruel ships whose name is mystery.
They fling great shadows foe-wards, making Cross and Castle dark,
They veil the plumèd lions on the galleys of St Mark
And above the ships are palaces of brown, black-bearded chiefs,
And below the ships are prisons, where with multitudinous griefs,
Christian captives sick and sunless, all a labouring race repines
Like a race in sunken cities, like a nation in the mines.
They are lost like slaves that sweat, and in the skies of morning hung
The stair-ways of the tallest gods when tyranny was young.
They are countless, voiceless, hopeless as those fallen or fleeing on
Before the high Kings’ horses in the granite of Babylon.
And many a one grows witless in his quiet room in hell
Where a yellow face looks inward through the lattice of his cell,
And he finds his God forgotten, and he seeks no more a sign—
(But Don John of Austria has burst the battle-line!)
Don John pounding from the slaughter-painted poop,
Purpling all the ocean like a bloody pirate’s sloop,
Scarlet running over on the silvers and the golds,
Breaking of the hatches up and bursting of the holds,
Thronging of the thousands up that labour under sea
White for bliss and blind for sun and stunned for liberty.
Vivat Hispania!
Domino Gloria!
Don John of Austria
Has set his people free!

Cervantes on his galley sets the sword back in the sheath
(Don John of Austria rides homeward with a wreath.)
And he sees across a weary land a straggling road in Spain,
Up which a lean and foolish knight forever rides in vain,
And he smiles, but not as Sultans smile and settles back the blade….
(But Don John of Austria rides home from the Crusade.)

St Pope Pius V, Pray for Us!st pope pius v pray for us 30 april 2019.jpg

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Quote/s of the Day – 26 October

Quote/s of the Day – 26 October

Speaking of: The Four Last Things – Part One

“A priest goes to Heaven
or a priest goes to Hell
with a thousand people behind.”

St John Vianney (1786-1859)a priest goes to heaven - st john vianney - 26 oct 2018

“The issue is now clear.
It is between light and darkness
and every one must choose his side.”

G K Chesterton (1874-1936)
(Chesterton’s last words)the issue is now clear - g k chesterton - 26 oct 2018

“The doors of Hell
are locked from the inside!”

C S Lewis (1898-1963)the doors of hell are locked from the inside - c s lewis - 26 oct 2018

“Each and everyone of us,
at the end of the
journey of life,
will come,
face to face
with either one
or the other
of two faces…
And one of them,
either, the
merciful face of Christ
or the
miserable face of Satan,
will say,
“Mine, mine.”

May we be Christ’s!”

Ven Fulton Sheen (1895-1979)each and everyone of us - ven fulton sheen - 26 oct 2018

“We’ve all got a terminal illness.
It’s called life.”

Servant of God Fr Benedict Groeschel (1933-2014)we've all got a terminal illness - sog benedict groeschel - 26 oct 2018

“The national anthem
of Hell is
“I Did It My Way”.”

Peter Kreeftthe national anthem of hell is i did it my way - peter kreeft - 26 oct 2018

“Many who plan
to seek God
at the eleventh hour
die at 10:30.”

Bumper Stickermany who plan to seek god at the 11th hour die at 10.30 - 26 oct 2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 8 May – Tuesday of the Sixth Week of Eastertide

Quote/s of the Day – 8 May – Tuesday of the Sixth Week of Eastertide

Speaking of: Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) Seeking Gilbert Keith, Part Two ……

English Catholic Convert, writer, poet, philosopher, dramatist, journalist, orator, lay theologian, biographer, and literary and art critic. Chesterton is often referred to as the “prince of paradox” (Part One – https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/04/18/quote-s-of-the-day-18-april-wednesday-of-the-third-week-of-eastertide/)

“Among the rich you will never find,
a really generous man even by accident.
They may give their money away
but they will never give themselves away,
they are egotistic, secretive, dry as old bones.
To be smart enough to get all that money,
you must be dull enough to want it.”

A Miscellany of Men, 1912among the rich you will never find - g k chesterton - seeking chesterton part two - 8 may 2018

“To have a right to do a thing,
is not at all the same,
as to be right in doing it.”

A Short History of England, 1917to have a right to do a thing - g k - seeking chesterton part two - 8 may 2018

“Once abolish the God
and the government
becomes the God.”

Christendom in Dublin, 1933once abolish the god - seeking g k chesterton part tow - 8 may 2018

“If there were no God,
there would be no atheists.”

Illustrated London News, Where All Roads Lead, 1922if there were no god - g k chesterton - seeking chesterton part two - 8 may 2018

“There are those who hate Christianity
and call their hatred
an all-embracing love for all religions.”

Illustrated London News, 1906

“These are the days,
when the Christian is expected,
to praise every creed except his own.”

Illustrated London News, 1928these are the days & there are those who hate - seeking chesterton part two - 8 may 2018

“A Catholic is a person,
who has plucked up courage,
to face the incredible and inconceivable idea,
that something else may be wiser than he is.”

The Surrender on Sex, 1934a catholic is a person - seeking chesterton - part two - 8 may 2018

“Chastity does not mean abstention from sexual wrong;
it means something flaming, like Joan of Arc.
In a word, God paints in many colours;
but he never paints so gorgeously,
I had almost said so gaudily, as when He paints in white.
In a sense our age has realised this fact
and expressed it in our sullen costume.
For if it were really true that white
was a blank and colourless thing,
negative and non-committal, then white would be used,
instead of black and grey for the funereal dress
of this pessimistic period.
Which is not the case.”

“Tremendous Trifles” 1909

Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936)chastity does not mean - g k chesterton - seeking chesterton part two - 8 may 2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 23 April – Monday of the Fourth Week of Eastertide

Quote/s of the Day – 23 April – Monday of the Fourth Week of Eastertide

“Speaking of Love, Life & Virtue”

“He that is kind is free, though he is a slave;
he that is evil is a slave, though he be a king.”

St Augustine (354-430) Doctor of Gracehe that is kind - st augustine - 23 april 2018

“What we love
we shall grow to resemble.”

St Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153) Mellifluous Doctor

what we love - st bernard - 23 april 2018

“The creator of the heavens obeys a carpenter;
the God of eternal glory listens to a poor virgin.
Has anyone ever witnessed anything comparable to this?
Let the philosopher no longer disdain from listening
to the common labourer;
the wise, to the simple;
the educated, to the illiterate;
a child of a prince, to a peasant.”

St Anthony of Padua (1195-1231) Evangelical Doctor

the creator of the heavens - st anthony of padua - 23 april 2018

“Commitment is doing what you said you would do,
after the feeling you said it in, has passed.”

St Camillus de Lellis (1550-1614)commitment is - st camillus de lellis - 23 april 2018

“You cannot love a thing
without wanting to fight for it.”

G K Chesterton (1874-1936)you cannot love a thing - g k chersterton - 23 april 2018

“You can’t go back
and change the beginning
but you can start where you are
and change the ending.”

C S Lewis (1898-1963)you can't go back and change the beginning - c s lewis - 23 april 2018

“The whole point of life
is to learn to be a gift.”

Father Mike Schmitzthe whole point of life - fr mike schmitz - 23 april 2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 18 April – Wednesday of the Third Week of Eastertide

Quote/s of the Day – 18 April – Wednesday of the Third Week of Eastertide

Speaking of: Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936)           A Beginning ……

English Catholic Convert, writer, poet, philosopher, dramatist, journalist, orator, lay theologian, biographer, and literary and art critic. Chesterton is often referred to as the “prince of paradox”

“A dead thing can go with the stream
but only a living thing can go against it.”
The Everlasting Man, 1925A dead thing - g k - 18 april 2018

“Progress should mean,
that we are always
changing the world
to fit the vision,
instead, we are always
changing the vision.”
Orthodoxy, 1908progress - g k - 18 april 2018

“Men invent new ideals
because, they dare not
attempt old ideals.
They look forward,
with enthusiasm,
because, they are afraid
to look back.”
What’s Wrong With The World, 1910men invent - g k - 18 april 2018

“Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies
because they become fashions.”
Illustrated London News, 19 April 1930

Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) fallacies- g k - 18 april 2018