Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Give me one hundred preachers who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God, and I care not whether they be clergymen or laymen, they alone will shake the gates of Hell and set up the kingdom of Heaven upon Earth. ~Rev. John Wesley

Monday, October 29, 2012

In his apostolic exhortation Evangelii nuntiandi, Pope Paul VI drew on the teaching of the Council when he affirmed that the Church is "a community which is in its turn evangelizing. The command to the Twelve to go out and proclaim the Good News is also valid for all Christians, though in a different way ... the Good News of the kingdom which is coming and which has begun is meant for all people of all times. Those who have received the Good News and who have been gathered by it into the community of salvation can and must communicate and spread it."
~Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, D.C.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Everything the Church is, she has received from Christ. The first and most precious of his gifts is the grace bestowed through the Paschal Mystery: his passion, death and glorious Resurrection. Jesus has freed us from the power of sin and saved us from death. The Church receives from her Lord not only the tremendous grace he has won for us, but also the commission to share and to make known his victory. We are summoned to transmit faithfully the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world. The Church's primary mission is evangelization. Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, DC

Saturday, October 27, 2012

You recall that one and the same Word of God extends throughout Scripture, that it is one and the same Utterance that resounds in the mouths of all the sacred writers, since he who was in the beginning God with God has no need of separate syllables; for he is not subject to time. ~St. Augustine

Friday, October 26, 2012

"I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the public square. His successor will pick up the shards of a ruined society and slowly help rebuild civilization, as the church has done so often in human history.

God sustains the world, in good times and in bad. Catholics, along with many others, believe that only one person has overcome and rescued history: Jesus Christ, Son of God and Son of the Virgin Mary, savior of the world and head of his body, the church. Those who gather at his cross and by his empty tomb, no matter their nationality, are on the right side of history. Those who lie about him and persecute or harass his followers in any age might imagine they are bringing something new to history, but they inevitably end up ringing the changes on the old human story of sin and oppression. There is nothing “progressive” about sin, even when it is promoted as “enlightened."

The world divorced from the God who created and redeemed it inevitably comes to a bad end. It’s on the wrong side of the only history that finally matters. ...[E]ntire societies, especially in the West, have placed themselves on the wrong side of history." ~Cardinal George Francis of the Archdiocese of Chicago

Thursday, October 25, 2012

What distinguishes our Catholic faith today is precisely the understanding that the Church is the enduring presence of Christ, the mediator of God's redeeming action in our world, and the sacrament of God's saving acts. ~From Cardinal Donald Wuerl's Report at the Synod of Bishops, Oct 9, 2012.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

As our Holy Father's post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation Verbum Domini so clearly points out, "The relationship between Christ, the Word of the Father, and the Church cannot be fully understood in terms of a mere past event; rather, it is a living relationship which each member of the faithful is personally called to enter into. We are speaking of the presence of God's word to us today: 'Lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age' (Mt 28:20)." ~From Cardinal Donald Wuerl's report at the Synod of Bishops, "New Evangelization is the Re-Introduction, the Re-Proposing, of Christ."

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Gospel that Jesus Christ came to reveal is not information about God, but rather God himself in our midst. God made himself visible, audible, tangible. In return, he asks our love.

In the Sermon on the Mount presented in Matthew's Gospel, we hear of a new way of life and how it involves the merciful, those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, those who mourn, the peacemakers, the poor in spirit. Here we learn of the call to be salt of the earth and a light set on a lamp stand. Later in that same Gospel, we hear the extraordinary dictum that we should see in one another the very presence of Christ. Jesus' disciples are challenged to envision a world where not only the hungry are fed, the thirsty are given drink, the stranger is welcomed and the naked are clothed, but also most amazingly sins are forgiven and eternal life is pledged. (cf Instrumentum Laboris n. 23, nn. 28-29)

Jesus beckons us. The joy we experience compels us to share it with others. We are not only disciples, we are evangelizers. Like those first disciples, we are called to envision ourselves walking alongside Jesus as the sower of the seeds of a new way of living, of a share in a kingdom that will last forever (cf Mt 13:1-9, 18-23; Mk 4:3; Lk 8:5). (cf Instrumentum Laboris n. 25 & n. 34). ~From Donald Cardinal Wuerl’s Report at the Synod of Bishops, Oct 8, 2012

Monday, October 22, 2012

Our proclamation is focused on Jesus, his Gospel and his way. Christian life is defined by an encounter with Jesus. When Jesus first came among us, he offered a whole new way of living. The excitement spread as God's Son, who is also one of us, announced the coming of the kingdom. The invitation to discipleship and a place in the kingdom that he held out to those who heard him, he continues to offer today. This has been true for 20 centuries. As his message was more fully understood, it became evident that Jesus offers us not only a new way of living, but also a whole new way of being. ~From Donald Cardinal Wuerl’s Report at the Synod of Bishops, Oct 8, 2012

Sunday, October 21, 2012

"We cannot speak about the new evangelization without a sincere desire for conversion. The best path to the new evangelization is to let ourselves be reconciled with God and with each other (cf. 2 Cor. 5:20). Solemnly purified, Christians can regain a legitimate pride in their dignity as children of God, created in his image and redeemed by the precious blood of Jesus Christ, and they can experience his joy in order to share it with everyone, both near and far.” ~Pope Benedict XVI, Homily at Opening Mass at Synod of Bishops, Oct 7, 2012

Saturday, October 20, 2012

The Church exists to evangelize.
~Pope Benedict XVI

Friday, October 19, 2012

The word of God places us before the glorious One who was crucified, so that our whole lives...take place in the sight of him and in the light of his mystery. In every time and place, evangelization always has as its starting and finishing points Jesus Christ, the Son of God (cf. Mk1:1); and the Crucifix is the supremely distinctive sign of him who announces the Gospel: a sign of love and peace, a call to conversion and reconciliation. …[L]et us fix our gaze upon him and let us be purified by his grace. ~Pope Benedict XVI, Homily at Opening Mass of Synod of Bishop , Oct 7, 2012

Thursday, October 18, 2012

As for certain lesser faults, we must believe that, before the Final Judgment, there is a purifying fire. He who is truth says that whoever utters blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will be pardoned neither in this age nor in the age to come. From this sentence, we understand that certain offenses can be forgiven in this age, but certain others in the age to come. ~St. Gregory the Great

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

As we contemplate Mary, we must ask if we too wish to be open to the Lord, if we wish to offer our life as his dwelling place; or if we are afraid that the presence of God may somehow place limits on our freedom, if we wish to set aside a part of our life in such a way that it belongs only to us. Yet it is precisely God who liberates our liberty, he frees it from being closed in on itself, from the thirst for power, possessions, and domination; he opens it up to the dimension which completely fulfills it: the gift of self, of love, which in turn becomes service and sharing. ~Pope Benedict XVI, Homily at the Shrine of Loreto, Oct 4, 2012

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

"If you make a habit of listening to spiritual teaching, your intellect will escape from impure thoughts."~St. Thalassios the Libyan

Monday, October 15, 2012

“Christ is the foundation and center of history, he is its meaning and ultimate goal.” ~Blessed John Paul II

Sunday, October 14, 2012

”…[T]he Incarnation of the Son of God speaks to us of how important man is to God, and God to man. Without God, man ultimately chooses selfishness over solidarity and love, material things over values, having over being. We must return to God, so that man may return to being man. With God, even in difficult times or moments of crisis, there is always a horizon of hope: the Incarnation tells us that we are never alone, that God has come to humanity and that he accompanies us.” ~Pope Benedict XVI, Homily at the Shrine of Loreto, Oct 4, 2012

Saturday, October 13, 2012

If we ask ourselves who saves the world and man, the only answer is: Jesus of Nazareth, Lord and Christ, crucified and risen. And where is the Mystery of the Death and Resurrection of Christ made present for us, for me today? The answer is: in Christ’s action in and through the Church, in the liturgy, especially in the Sacrament of the Eucharist, which makes present the sacrificial offering of the Son of God, who redeemed us; in the Sacrament of Penance, in which we pass from the death of sin to new life; and in the other sacramental acts whereby we are sanctified (cf. Presbyterorum ordinis, 5). ~Pope Benedict XVI, On the Sacred Liturgy as a School of Prayer

Friday, October 12, 2012

Wherever our gaze upon God is not decisive, everything else loses its orientation. ~Pope Benedict XVI, On the Sacred Liturgy as a School of Prayer

Thursday, October 11, 2012

The first school of prayer . . . is the Word of God, Sacred Scripture. The Sacred Scripture is a lasting dialogue between God and man, an ongoing dialogue in which God shows his increasing closeness, in which we may better know his face, his voice, his being; and man learns to accept God, to know God, to speak with God. ~Pope Benedict XVI, On the Sacred Liturgy as a School of Prayer

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

In reality, only in Christ is man enabled to unite himself to God with the depth and intimacy of a child toward a father who loves him; only in him may we turn in all truth to God, affectionately calling him “Abba! Father!” Like the Apostles, we too repeated over these weeks, and today again we say to Jesus: “Lord, teach us to pray” (Luke 11:1). ~Pope Benedict XVI, Sept 26, 2012, On the Sacred Liturgy as a School of Prayer

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Wherever Jesus sits, there is the head of the table.

Monday, October 8, 2012

"Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us." ~Abraham Lincoln

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Within marriage the careful, painstaking, selfless cultivation of friendship with one's spouse is not only the most joyful and rewarding of endeavors but also the most practical of occupations --- "practical" that is, if what one envisions in one's life as the most desirable thing is not career success or money or fame or comfort or reputation, but joy in love resulting from great length of days spent in the company of one's beloved. ~Brother Simeon

Saturday, October 6, 2012

"The comfort zone is the danger zone." ~Daniel Henderson

Friday, October 5, 2012

"It is bad to be ignorant, but someone who is ignorant of the courses of the planets can yet be wise in the ways of men. Stupidity is different. Stupidity, I believe, takes real work. Nature provides each of us with a certain measure of dullness and sluggishness of mind; it is only by means of persistence and, for some, hard study that one can deepen that dullness into stupidity." ~Anthony Esolen

“Stupidity is also a gift of God, but one mustn't misuse it.” ~Blessed Pope John Paul II

Thursday, October 4, 2012


“In truth, in very truth, the presence of Francis, our brother and our father, was light, not only to us who were close to him but also to those who were more removed from us in calling and in life. He was as light sent forth from the True Light, to enlighten those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death; that he might guide their feet into the way of peace. He did this even as the True Daystar from on high enlightened his heart and inflamed his will with the fire of His love. When he preached the Kingdom of God…he made ready for the Lord a new people throughout the whole world.” ~From the letter of Brother Elias announcing the death of Saint Francis of Assisi

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

"For not only does sound reason direct us to refuse the guidance of those who do or teach anything wrong, but it is by all means vital for the lover of truth, regardless of the threat of death, to choose to do and say what is right even before saving his own life." ~A. W. Tozer

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

As Caesar demands of us the stamp of his likeness, so does God also. And as we render money to the one, so we give our souls to the other,…our souls enlightened and sealed with the light of His countenance. ~The Venerable Bede

Monday, October 1, 2012

"Let us not ask of the Lord deceitful riches, nor the good things of this world, nor transitory honors; but let us ask for light." ~Gregory Nazianzen