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Quote/s of the Day – 2 June – Speaking of: Belonging to God

Quote/s of the Day – 2 June – “Month of the Sacred Heart” – Tuesday of the Ninth week in Ordinary Time, Year A, Readings: 2 Peter 3:12-15, 17-18, Psalm 90:2-4, 10, 14, 16, Mark 12:13-17

Speaking of: Belonging to God

“Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s
and to God, the things that are God’s.”

Jesus

John 12:17

john 12 17 render to caesar 2 june 2020

“You have made us for Yourself, O Lord
and our hearts are restless
until they rest in You.”

you have made us for yourself - st augustine 14 feb 2019

“Love God, then do what you will.”

St Augustine (354-430)
Father and Doctor of Grace

love god then do what you will - st augustine - belonging to god 2 june 2020

“Love God, serve God,
everything is in that.”

St Clare of Assisi (1194-1253)

love-god-serve-god-everything-is-in-that-st-clare-1-jan-2019 and 2020

“Lord, take me from myself
and give me to Yourself.”

St Catherine of Siena (1347-1380)
Doctorof the Church

lord take me from myself and give me to your yourself - st catherine of siena - 30 april 2020

“If you wish to enter into life,
keep My commandments.
If you will know the truth,
believe in Me.
If you will be perfect,
sell all.
If you will be My disciple,
deny yourself.
If you will possess the blessed life,
despise this present life.
If you will be exalted in heaven,
humble yourself on earth.
If you wish to reign with Me,
carry the Cross with Me.
For only the servants of the Cross
find the life of blessedness
and of true light.”

Thomas à Kempis (1380-1471)
The Imitation of Christ Chapter 56

if you wish to enter into life keep my commandments - thomas a kempis 2 june 2020 belonging to god

“I am the king’s good servant
but God’s first.”

St Thomas More (1478-1535)
Martyr

i am the kings good servant but god's first - st thomas more 29 jan 2019

“God gave Himself to you,
now give yourself to God.”

St Robert Southwell SJ (1561-1595)

god gave himself - st robert southwell - 21 feb 2018

“Jesus will be in agony
even to the end of the world;
we must not sleep
during that time”

Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)

(Pensées, 553)

jesus will be in agony even to the end of the world - we must not sleep during that time blaise pascal 2 june 2020

“Who except God can give you peace?
Has the world ever been able to satisfy the heart?”

St Gerard Majella C.Ss.R. (1726-1755)

who except god can give you peace - st gerard majella 2 june 2020

“We are like the penny,
because we have the image of the king stamped on us,
the divine King.”

we are like the penny - gk chesterton 30 april 2020

“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.”

G K Chesterton (1874-1936)

a catholic is a person - seeking chesterton - part two - 8 may 2018

“What you are is God’s gift to you,
what you become,
is your gift to God.”

Hans Urs von Balthasar (1905-1988)

what you are is god's gift to you what you become is your gift to god - hans urs von balthasar 20 april 2020

“If you truly love God and His will,
then doing what you will,
will, in fact,
be doing what God wills.”

Peter Kreeft

if you truly love god and his will then doing what you will - peter kreeft 2 june 2020

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Quote/s of the Day – 26 November – Speaking of: False Prophets – The Culture of our Times

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!’

Luke 21:8luke 21 8 - take heed that you are not led astray 26 nov 2019.jpg

“If you believe what you like in the Gospels
and reject what you don’t like,
it is not the Gospel you believe
but yourself.”

Saint Augustine (354-430)if you believe what you like - st augustine 26 nov 2019.jpg

“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…”if you only follow the teachings of the church that you like - g k chesteron 26 nov 2019.jpg

“A dead thing goes with the stream
but only a living thing can go against it.”

G K Chesterton (1874-1936)a dead thing goes with the stream - g k chesterton - 26 nov 2019.jpg

“Really great moral teachers
never do introduce new moralities,
it is quacks and cranks who do that.”

C S Lewis (1898-1963)

Mere Christianityreally great moral teachers - c s lewis crancks and quacks 26 nov 2019.jpg

“We are no longer able to hear God.
There are too many frequencies filling our ears.”

Pope Benedict VXIwe are no longer able to hear god - pope benedict 26 nov 2019.jpg

“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.”

Peter Kreeftno age has been more prone - peter kreeft 26 nov 2019.jpg

“We have laws against polluting our rivers
but not against polluting our minds!”

Bishop Robert Barronwe have laws against polutting our rivers - robert barron - 26 nov 2019.jpg

“I ask you, instead, to be revolutionaries,
to swim against the tide,
yes, I am asking you
to rebel against this culture.”

Pope Francisi ask you instead to be revolutionaries pope francis 26 nov 2019.jpg

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Quote/s of the Day – 1 November – The Solemnity of All the Saints

Quote/s of the Day – 1 November – The Solemnity of All the Saints

“All saints give testimony to the truth,
that without real effort,
no one ever wins the crown.”

St Thomas à Becket (1118-1170)all saints give testimony to the truth - st thomas a becket - 1 nov 2018

“A ray of light enables us to see the dust that is in the air.
In the same way, the lives of the Saints show up our defects.
If we fail to see our faults,
it is because we have not looked at the lives of
holy men and women.”

St Anthony of Padua (1195-1231) Doctor of the Churcha ray of light - st anthony of padua - 1 nov 2018

“God creates out of nothing.
Wonderful you say.
Yes, to be sure but He does.
what is still more wonderful,
He makes saints out of sinners.”

Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855)god-creates-out-of-nothing-soren-kierkegaard-1-nov-2017

“In heaven, we shall not meet with indifferent glances,
because all the elect will discover
that they owe to each other,
the graces that merited the crown for them.”

St Thérèse of the Child Jesus (1873-1897) Doctor of the Churchin heave, we shall not meet - st therese of lisieux - child jesus - 1 nov 2018

“Life holds only one tragedy, ultimately,
not to have been a saint.”

Charles Péguy (1873-1914)life holds only one tragedy ultimately - charles peguy - 1nov 2018

“A saint takes his hands off
the steering wheel of his life
and lets God steer.”a saint steering wheel of life - peter kreeft 1 nov 2018

“A saint is one who sees who the tramp is: Jesus”

Peter Kreefta-saint-is-one-who-sees-who-the-tramp-is-jesus-1-nove-2017

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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 – 17 August – Today’s Gospel: Matthew 19:3–12

Quote/s of the Day – 17 August – Friday of the Nineteenth week in Ordinary Time, Year B – Today’s Gospel: Matthew 19:3–12

“Have you not read that he who made them from the beginning made them male and female and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?   So they are no longer two but one flesh.   What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder.” Matthew 19:4-6

“Speaking of Marriage”

“By their very nature, the institution of matrimony itself
and conjugal love are ordained for the procreation
and education of children and find in them their ultimate crown.”

Second Vatican Council
Gaudium et Spes (Joy and Hope, the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World), 48by their very nature vat II gaudium et spes - 17 aug 2018 speaking of marriage

“The obvious effect
of frivolous divorce
will be frivolous marriage.
If people can be separated
for no reason,
they will feel it easier,
to be united for no reason.”

G K Chesterton (1874-1936)the obvious effect - g k chesterton - 17 aug 2018 speaking of marriage

“To defend his purity,
Saint Francis of Assisi rolled in the snow,
Saint Benedict threw himself into a thorn bush
and Saint Bernard plunged into an icy pond…
You – what have you done?”

St Josemaría Escrivá (1902-1975)to defend his purity - st josemaria - 17 aug 2018 speaking of marriage

“Do not forget,
that true love sets no conditions,
it does not calculate
or complain
but simply loves.”

St John Paul the Great (1920-2005)do not forget that true love sets no conditions - st pope john paul - 17 aug 2018 speaking of marriage

“No one justifies lying, cheating,
betraying, promise breaking,
devastating and harming strangers.
But we expect and we tolerate doing this,
to the one person in the world,
we promised most seriously,
to be faithful to forever –
we justify divorce.”

Peter Kreeftno one justifies lying - kreeft - 17 aug 2018 speaking of marriage

“Marriage is the real vocation crisis in the United States…
We have a vocation crisis to life-long,
life-giving, loving, faithful marriage.
If we take care of that one,
we’ll have all the priests and nuns
we’ll need for the Church.”

Cardinal Timothy Dolanmarriage is the real vocation crises - card t dolan - 17 aug 2017 - speaking of marriage

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Quote/s of the Day – – 10 April – Tuesday of the Second Week of Eastertide Speaking of Evangelisation  Living and Preaching the Gospel

Quote/s of the Day — 10 April – Tuesday of the Second Week of Eastertide

Speaking of Evangelisation 
Living and Preaching the Gospel

The Christian should be an ‘Alleluia’ from head to foot.

St Augustine (354-430) – Father & Doctorthe christian should be an alleluia - st augustine - 10 april 2018 - speaking of evangelisation

It is no use walking somewhere to preach
unless our walking is our preaching.

St Francis of Assisi (1181/82-1226)it is no use walking - st francis of assisi - 10 april 2018 - speaking of evangelisation

We must speak to them with our hands
before we try to speak with our lips.

St Peter Claver (1580-1654)we must speak to them with our hands - st peter claver - 10 april 2018 - speaking of evangelisation

People will remember the faith you had,
not the words you preached.

Cardinal Francis George (1937-2015)people will remember the faith you had - card francis george - 10 april 2018 - speaking of evang

The minute you walk outside of your church
on Sunday you’re in mission territory.

Bishop Robert Barronthe minute you walk outside - bishop robert barron - 10 april 2018 - speaking of evang

The world was won for Christ
not by arguments but by sanctity:
“What you are speaks so loud,
I can hardly hear what you say.”

Peter Kreeftthe world was won for christ - peter kreeft - 10 april 2018 - speaking of evang

You are a billboard for Christ.

Father Mike Schmitzyou are a billboard for christ - fr mike schmitz - 10 april 2018 - speaking of evang

 

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Thought for the Day – 1 November – The Solemnity of All the Saints: “What is a Saint?”

Thought for the Day – 1 November – The Solemnity of All the Saints:

“What is a Saint?”

Saints are not freaks or exceptions, they are the standard operating model for human beings.   Because, as Charles Péguy put it, “life holds only one tragedy, ultimately: not to have been a saint.” 

Why does the Church include All Saints’ Day (1 Nov) in her calendar of solemn feasts? Why does the Apostles’ Creed include “the communion of saints” as one of the 12 essential articles of our faith?

Because, as Charles Péguy (1873-1914) put it, “life holds only one tragedy, ultimately: not to have been a saint.”

Saints are not freaks or exceptions:  They are the standard operating model for human beings.   In fact, in the biblical sense of the word, all believers are saints.   “Sanctity” means holiness.  All men, women and children, born or unborn, beautiful or ugly, straight or gay, are holy, for they bear the image of God.

Saints are not the opposite of sinners:  There are no opposites of sinners in this world. There are only saved sinners and unsaved sinners.   Thus holy does not mean “sinless” but “set-apart:”  called out of the world to the destiny of eternal ecstasy with God.

What is a saint?   First of all, one who knows he is a sinner.   A saint knows all the news, both the bad news of sin and the good news of salvation.   A saint is a true scientist, a true philosopher:

A saint knows the truth:   A saint is a seer, one who sees what’s there. A saint is a realist.

A saint is also an idealist:  A saint embraces heroic suffering out of heroic love.   A saint also embraces heroic joy.   (This is one of the criteria for canonisation:  Saints must have joy.)

A saint is a servant of Christ:  A saint is also a conqueror greater than Alexander, who only conquered the world.   A saint conquers himself.   What does it profit a man if he conquers the whole world but does not conquer himself?

A saint is so open that he can say, with Paul:   “I have learned, in whatever situation I find myself, to be self-sufficient.   I know how to live in humble circumstances;  I know also how to live with abundance” (Phil. 4:11-12).

A saint marries God:  “for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, till death.”   A saint is also so determined, so stubborn, that he will die before compromising the truth and will write credo in the sand with his own blood as he dies.   (One saint actually did this.)

A saint is a sworn enemy of the world, the flesh and the devil:   He is locked in mortal combat with principalities and powers.   A saint is also a friend and lover of the world. He kisses this sin-cancered world with the tender lips of the God of John 3:16.   A saint declares God’s war on this world, sinking the cross into the enemy occupied earth like a sword, the hilt held by heaven.   At the same time he stretches his arms out on that very cross as if to say,  “See?   This is how wide my love is for you!”

A saint is Christ’s bride, totally attached, faithful, dependent:   A saint is also totally independent, detached from idols and from other husbands.   A saint works among these others money, power, pleasure as a married woman works with other men but will not marry them or even flirt with them.

A saint is higher than anyone else in the world:   A saint is the real mountain climber. A saint is also lower than anyone else in the world:   As with water, he flows to the lowest places like Calcutta.

A saint’s heart is broken by every little sorrow and sin:   A saint’s heart is also so strong that not even death can break it.   It is indestructible because it’s so breakable.

A saint takes his hands off the steering wheel of his life and lets God steer:   That’s scary, for God is invisible.   A saint also has hands that move the world.   He has feet that move through the world with a sure step.

A saint does not let others play God to him:   A saint takes his orders from the General, not from the army.   A saint also does not play God to others.

A saint is a little Christ:   Not only do we see Christ through His saints, as we see a light through a stained glass window but we also understand the saints only through Christ, as we understand eggs only through chickens.

The saints are our family:   We are one Body.   They are our legs and we are theirs. That’s why their feast is our feast.   As Pascal says, “Examples of noble deaths of Spartans and others hardly affect us… but the example of the deaths of martyrs affects us, for they are our members… we do not become rich through seeing a rich stranger, but through seeing a father or husband rich.”

We become saints not by thinking about it, and not (certainly) by writing about it, but simply by doing it.   There comes a time when the “how?” question stops and we just do it.   If the one we love were at our door knocking to come in, would we wonder how the door lock works and how we could move our muscles to open it?

Francis of Assisi once told his monks that if they were in the midst of the Beatific Vision and a tramp knocked at their door asking for a cup of cold water, turning away from the heavenly vision to help the tramp would be the real heaven and turning away from the tramp to keep the blissful vision would be turning from God’s face.

A saint is one who sees who the tramp is:   Jesusa saint is one who sees who the tramp is - jesus - 1 nove 2017

  • PETER KREEFT

All you holy saints in heaven pray for us!holy saints in heaven pray for us no 2 - 1 nov 2017

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Quote of the Day – 3 August

Quote of the Day – 3 August

“The life of Jesus Christ is indelibly engraved upon history;
neither the erosion of time nor the devastating and compounding effects of evil
have been able to erase His influence.
Some people thought He was crazy;
others considered Him a misfit, a troublemaker, a rebel.
He was condemned as a criminal, yet His life and teachings,
reverberate throughout history.   He saw things differently
and He had no respect for the status quo.
You can praise Him, disagree with Him, quote Him,
disbelieve Him, glorify Him, or vilify Him.
About the only thing you cannot do is ignore Him
and that is a lesson that every age learns in its own way.
You can’t ignore Jesus because He changed things.
He is the single greatest agent of change in human history.
He made the lame walk, taught the simple, set captives free,
gave sight to the blind, fed the hungry, healed the sick,
comforted the afflicted, afflicted the comfortable and in all of these,
captured the imagination of every generation.
But who is Jesus today? Who is Jesus to you?
Get ready to discover Jesus like you have never known Him.”

– JESUS SHOCK – PETER KREEFT

jesus shock - peter kreeft