Sunday, June 30, 2013

And Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks,
he broke it and gave it to them, saying “This is my body,
which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
~Luke 22:19

"Therefore let us keep the Feast, not with the old bread leavened with malice
and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth."
~1 Corinthians 5:8

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Blessing on this Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul!

May the witness of these apostles and martyrs inspire us to live (and die, if necessary) for the splendor and fullness of God's plan of loving goodness made manifest in the Lord Jesus and His Church.

Friday, June 28, 2013

“The glory of God is a human being fully alive;
and to be alive consists in beholding God.”
+ St. Irenaeus

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
John 1:14

St. Irenaeus, pray for us.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Happy Feast Day!

St. Josemaria, pray for us.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

God is the Living One; Jesus brings us the life of God; the Holy Spirit gives and keeps us in our new life as true sons and daughters of God. But all too often, people do not choose life, they do not accept the “Gospel of Life” but let themselves be led by ideologies and ways of thinking that block life, that do not respect life, because they are dictated by selfishness, self-interest, profit, power and pleasure, and not by love, by concern for the good of others. It is the eternal dream of wanting to build the city of man without God, without God’s life and love – a new Tower of Babel. It is the idea that rejecting God, the message of Christ, the Gospel of Life, will somehow lead to freedom, to complete human fulfilment. As a result, the Living God is replaced by fleeting human idols which offer the intoxication of a flash of freedom, but in the end bring new forms of slavery and death. The wisdom of the Psalmist says: “The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes” (Ps 19:8). ~Pope Francis, June 16, 2013

Monday, June 24, 2013

"The only way to make rapid progress along the path of divine love is to remain very little and to put all our trust in Almighty God. That is what I have done." ~Saint Therese of Lisieux

Saturday, June 22, 2013

And do not forget to show kindness to strangers,
for in so doing, some of you will have served Angels. ~Hebrews 13:2

Friday, June 21, 2013

“I prefer death in Christ Jesus to power over the farthest limits of the earth. He who died in place of us is the one object of my quest. He who rose for our sakes is my one desire.” ~St. Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr

Thursday, June 20, 2013

“The materialist is sure that history has been simply and solely a chain of causation, just as the [lunatic] is quite sure that he is simply and solely a chicken. Materialists and madmen never have doubts.” ~G. K. Chesterton

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

"We do not cause our holiness, we consent to it." ~Kristina Terry

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

“God is opening before the Church the horizons of a humanity more fully prepared for the sowing of the Gospel. ... No believer in Christ, no institution of the Church can avoid this supreme duty: to proclaim Christ to all peoples." ~Bl. John Paul II

Monday, June 17, 2013

"Discouragement is an enemy of your perseverance. If you don't fight against discouragement you will become pessimistic first, and lukewarm afterwards. Be an optimist." ~St. Josemaría Escrivá

Sunday, June 16, 2013

God wants men to be free. Free to demonstrate toughness when a situation or relationship demands it. Free to display grit, strength, commitment, and decisiveness under the Holy Spirit’s direction. God also wants men to be free to demonstrate tenderness, sensitivity and humility. Free to be vulnerable enough to foster intimacy and to shed tears. Authentic masculinity produces a divine elasticity in men. Finally they can lead with firmness, then submit with humility. They can challenge with a cutting edge, then encourage with enthusiasm. They can fight aggressively for a just cause, then moments later weep over suffering. Secure, free, authentic men leave a mark – on their colleagues, friends, wives, and especially their children. - Pastor Bill Hybels

Saturday, June 15, 2013

“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” ~Corrie ten Boom

Friday, June 14, 2013

Is anti-Catholicism the last acceptable prejudice? Maybe so. But Christ is a divisive figure who makes us choose for or against God. The world has a way of protecting its conventions by punishing those who make the right choice. ~Jeff Mirus

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

"Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering." ~Saint Augustine

Monday, June 10, 2013

“If sometimes our poor people have had to die of starvation, it is not because God didn’t care for them, but because you and I didn’t give, were not instruments of love in the hands of God, to give them that bread, to give them that clothing; because we did not recognize him, when once more Christ came in distressing disguise—in the hungry man, in the lonely man, in the homeless child, seeking for shelter.” ~Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Saturday, June 8, 2013

And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary His mother, “Behold, this Child is appointed for the fall and rise of many in Israel,
and for a sign to be opposed
 and a sword will pierce even your own soul —
to the end that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.”
~Luke 2:34-35

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

If you've ever felt like a "black sheep,"
have we got a Shepard for you!

Monday, June 3, 2013

 "If Christ is growing in us, if we are at peace, recollected, because we know that however insignificant our life seems to be, from it He is forming Himself; if we go in eager haste, to whatever our circumstances compel us, because we believe that He desires to be in that place, we will find that we are driven more and more to act on the impulse of His love....It is not necessary at this stage of our contemplation to speak to others of the mystery of the Life growing in us.  It is only necessary to give ourselves to that Life, all that we are, to pray without ceasing, not by a continual effort to concentrate our minds but by the growing awareness that Christ is being formed from what we are. We must trust Him for this because it is not a time to see His face. We must possess Him secretly and in the darkness, as the earth possess a seed. We must not try to force Christ's growth in us, but with a deep gratitude for the light burning secretly in our darkness, we must fold our concentrated love upon Him like the earth surrounding, holding and nourishing a seed.We must be swift to obey the winged impulses of His love, carrying Him to wherever He longs to be and those who recognize His presence will be stirred like Elizabeth, with new Life. They will know His presence, not by any special beauty or power shown in us, but in the way that the bud knows the presence of the light, by the unfolding in themselves, a putting forth of their own beauty." ~Caryll Houselander

Sunday, June 2, 2013

"Certainly amongst all devotions, after that of receiving the sacraments, that of adoring Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament holds first place, is most pleasing to God, and most useful to ourselves. Do not then, O devout soul, refuse to begin this devotion; and forsaking the conversation of men, dwell each day, from this time forward, for at least half or quarter of an hour, in some church, in the presence of Jesus Christ under the sacramental species. Taste and see how sweet is the Lord." ~St. Alphonsus Liguori

Thursday, May 30, 2013

“Radical obedience to Christ is not easy... It's not comfort, not health, not wealth, and not prosperity in this world. Radical obedience to Christ risks losing all these things. But in the end, such risk finds its reward in Christ. And he is more than enough for us.” ~David Platt

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

“It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness; He is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you; He is the beauty to which you are so attracted; it is He who provoked you with that thirst for fullness that will not let you settle for compromise; it is He who urges you to shed the masks of a false life; it is He who reads in your heart your most genuine choices, the choices that others try to stifle.

It is Jesus who stirs in you the desire to do something great with your lives, the will to follow an ideal, the refusal to allow yourselves to be ground down by mediocrity, the courage to commit yourselves humbly and patiently to improving yourselves and society, making the world more human and more fraternal.”  ~Bl. John Paul II

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

"Being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion. It is a daily process whereby you grow to be more and more like Christ." ~Billy Graham

Monday, May 27, 2013

“A saint is not a person who is good. A saint is someone who has tasted the goodness of God.” ~Thomas Merton

Sunday, May 26, 2013

“The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us.” ~C.S. Lewis

Saturday, May 25, 2013

"What miracles! Who would ever have imagined such! ... If the angels could be jealous of men, they would be so for one reason: Holy Communion." -St. Maximilian Kolbe

Thursday, May 23, 2013

“Prayer is the open admission that without Christ we can do nothing. And prayer is the turning away from ourselves to God in the confidence that He will provide the help we need. Prayer humbles us as needy and exalts God as wealthy.” ~John Piper

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The Christian is not a separate species of human being, but what each person is called to be. And the monk is not a separate species of Christian. He tries to be what each Christian ought to be. Conformity to Christ in faith, hope and love, this is holiness, and each person is called to this holiness. ~The Carthusian Statutes

Monday, May 20, 2013

Bear joyful witness to the truth of the Gospel which liberates our minds and enlightens our efforts to live wisely and well, both as individuals and as members of society. ~Pope Benedict XVI

Sunday, May 19, 2013

"Recognize that the Holy Spirit stands in the same
relation to your soul as air stands in relation to your body."
~St. John of Kronstadt

Saturday, May 18, 2013

"[O]nly avid discipleship to Christ through the Spirit brings the inward transformation of thought, feeling, and character that “cleans the inside of the cup” (Matthew 23:25) and “makes the tree good” (Matthew 12:33). As we study with Jesus we increasingly become on the inside—with the “Father who is in secret” (Matthew 6:6)—exactly what we are on the outside, where actions and moods and attitudes visibly play over our body, alive in its social context. An amazing simplicity will take over our lives—a simplicity that is really just transparency.

This requires a long and careful learning from Jesus to remove the duplicity that has become second nature to us—as is perhaps inevitable in a world where, to “manage” our relations to those about us, we must hide what we really think, feel, and would like to do, if only we could avoid observation." ~Dallas Willard

Friday, May 17, 2013

"Our life is a paschal life: with the blood of the resurrection flowing in our veins we run towards eternal joy, love has triumphed over death. For us, everything  is hidden under a veil of faith. So then, our faith must be alive! Let us live like people who see the invisible, who are animated by the Spirit of God. Let us put our confidence in God to whom we have entrusted all of our being and all of our life and go forward towards the meeting with the unexpected that comes to us from God, from the hands of the Father. Let us allow ourselves to be carried by the joy of the risen and living Christ." ~A Carthusian hermit

Thursday, May 16, 2013

"The word of God does not belong to him who hears or speaks it, but to him who puts it into practice." ~St. Giles of Assisi

Monday, May 13, 2013

“In order to resist fear and discouragement, it is necessary that through prayer -- through a personal experience of God re-encountered, recognized and loved in prayer -- we taste and see how good the Lord is (Psalm 34).” ~Jacques Philippe

Sunday, May 12, 2013

"Practicing Jesus's words, as his apprentices, enables us to understand our lives and to see how we can interact with God's redemptive resources, ever at hand. This in turn gives us an increasing freedom from failed intentions as we learn from him how to, simply, do what we know to be right. By a practiced abiding in his words, we come to know the truth, and the truth does, sure enough, make us free (John 8:36). We are able to do the good we intend." ~Dallas Willard

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Jesus needs neither books nor Doctors of Divinity in order to instruct souls; He, the Doctor of Doctors  He teaches without noise of words." ~St. Therese of Lisieux

Friday, May 10, 2013

"Everyday, Jesus humbles himself just as He did when He came from His heavenly throne into the Virgin’s womb; everyday He comes to us and lets us see Him in abjection, when He descends from the bosom of the Father into the hands of the priest at the altar." ~St. Francis of Assisi

Thursday, May 9, 2013

In embracing a hidden life we do not abandon the great family of our fellow men. . . If therefore we are truly living in union with God, our minds and hearts, far from becoming shut in on themselves, open up to embrace the whole universe and the mystery of Christ that saves it. Apart from all, to all we are united. ~Statute 4.34.1-2 of the Carthusian Order

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

"Christians, in a word, must sanctify themselves, and they would learn, as St. Theresa insists, that no one can become a saint alone. They must cease treating the Sermon on the Mount and the eight Beatitudes as pretty, decorative pieces in the Christian religion, an expression of the delicate poetic sensibilities of Jesus. They must begin to see in these teachings what they really are, mainly, the Divine pattern for human life, formed by God Himself, and imposed on us all." ~Fr. John Hugo

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

"[W]hen a person truly knows Jesus Christ and believes in him, he experiences his presence in life and the power of his Resurrection and he cannot do anything but communicate this experience. And if this person meets with misunderstanding or adversity, he conducts himself as Jesus did in his Passion: he responds with love and with the power of truth." ~Pope Francis, April 15, 2013

Monday, May 6, 2013

"Do not worry about the mockery of fools. Remember that the Saints, who always scorned the world and the mundane, have thwarted the world and its maxims." ~St. Padre Pio

Sunday, May 5, 2013

"Let us always remain meek and humble, that we might defeat the empty promises and the hatred of the world…The way of the Christians is the way of Jesus….If we want to be followers of Jesus, there is no other way: none other than that, which He indicated to us - and one of the consequences of this is hatred – it is the hatred of the world, and also the prince of this world…The origin of the hate [we experience], then is this: that we are saved. It is that prince who does not want that we should have been saved, who hates.” ~Pope Francis; Saturday, May 4, 2013

Saturday, May 4, 2013

"If they, why not I? If these men and women could become saints, why cannot I with the help of Him who is all-powerful?" ~St. Augustine

Friday, May 3, 2013

In the Eucharist, Christ is truly present and alive, working through his Spirit; yet, as Saint Thomas said so well, "what you neither see nor grasp, faith confirms for you, leaving nature far behind; a sign it is that now appears, hiding in mystery realities sublime". He is echoed by the philosopher Pascal: "Just as Jesus Christ went unrecognized among men, so does his truth appear without external difference among common modes of thought. So too does the Eucharist remain among common bread". ~Bl. Pope John Paul II

Thursday, May 2, 2013

The most powerful way you can influence people is to lead them closer to Jesus. ~Dr. Charles Stanley

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

"You see, the new things of God are not like the novelties of this world, all of which are temporary; they come and go, and we keep looking for more. The new things which God gives to our lives are lasting, not only in the future, when we will be with him, but today as well. God is even now making all things new; the Holy Spirit is truly transforming us, and through us he also wants to transform the world in which we live." ~Pope Francis

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

"Being upfront and honest about one's sinful nature actually helps create a more authentic encounter with God. There are people who believe they are righteous, follow the catechism well enough and abide by the Christian faith, but they don't have the experience of having been saved." ~Pope Francis

Monday, April 29, 2013

"What was the Enlightenment except an exploitation of the disorder sowed by the Protestant Revolution? What was that religious revolution except a misdirected reaction to corruption in the medieval papacy? What was that papal corruption except a pernicious consequence of Papo-caesarism? What was that unbalanced ecclesiology but a short-sighted way to protect the Church against invasion by civil rulers? What was that regal invasion but . . . and so on and on and on—all the way back to Adam’s choice to believe what was nothing less than Satan’s Lie?" ~Dr. Ed Peters

Sunday, April 28, 2013

"Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song." ~Blessed Pope John Paul II

Saturday, April 27, 2013

“One, just one, but definitely one of the great benefits of private prayer is that you can’t hide from your motives. In corporate prayer, we can sound like “all that”. We can blow Jesus smoke like nobody’s bizness in a crowd but, get alone with Him, and He won’t let you get away with the fake stuff. Try blowing Jesus smoke in your prayer closet and you’ll cough on it every time. Truth? That penetrating gaze of His hurts, but afterwards, it never fails to heal.” ~Shellie Rushing Tomlinson

Friday, April 26, 2013

Please pray for everyone gathering this weekend in Rockport, Maine for the annual diocesan-wide Catholic Youth Convention. May their friendship with the Lord Jesus be strengthened and grow. And may those in attendance--adults as well as youth--who have not yet made a personal commitment to follow Christ in His Church be lead to do so by the grace of the Holy Spirit and the witness of those around them. 

There ain't no party like a Catholic party,
'cause a Catholic party don't stop!
"We will know God to the extent that we are set free from ourselves." ~Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Monday, April 22, 2013

"But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect." ~Jesus Christ to His disciples (Matthew 5:44-48)

Sunday, April 21, 2013

“My Catholic faith has inspired me to always continue to grow in holiness, to cultivate virtues, and to serve the most vulnerable and needy. In serving others, I serve Christ. And my faith continues to bring about great joy, peace, solace, comfort, and ultimately, love.” ~Kelsey Conroy

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Christ said we could move mountains if we had faith. But He didn't say we wouldn't need a shovel. ~Joyce Vollmer Brown

Friday, April 19, 2013

“My argument against God was that the universe seemed so cruel and unjust. But how had I got this idea of just and unjust? A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line. What was I comparing this universe with when I called it unjust?” ~C.S. Lewis

Thursday, April 18, 2013

"There is more mercy in Christ than sin in us." ~Richard Sibbes

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

"Every time the forces of darkness crack open our world, the light rushes in. It's simply a function of grace."
~ Thomas L. McDonald

Click here for a thoughtful reflection regarding the death
of 8 year-old Richard Martin in the Boston Marathon Bombings.
“The world is indeed full of peril and in it there are many dark places. But still there is much that is fair. And though in all lands, love is now mingled with grief, it still grows, perhaps, the greater.” ~J.R.R. Tolkien

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

"Christianity is the only religion whose God bears the scars of evil." ~Os Guinness

Monday, April 15, 2013

"No one sins without making some excuse to himself for sinning. He is obliged to do so: man is not like the brute beasts; he has a divine gift within him which we call reason, and which constrains him to account before its judgment-seat for what he does. He cannot act at random; however he acts, he must act by some kind of rule, on some sort of principle; else he is vexed and dissatisfied with himself.” ~ Cardinal John Henry Newman

Sunday, April 14, 2013

"Cast yourself into the arms of God and be very sure that if He wants anything of you, He will fit you for the work and give you strength." ~St. Philip Neri

Saturday, April 13, 2013

“To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.” ~The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Friday, April 12, 2013

“If you don't pray often, you won't gain a love for praying. Prayer is work, and therefore it is not very appealing to our natural sensibilities. But the simple rule for prayer is this: Begin praying and your taste for prayer will increase. The more you pray, the more you will acquire the desire for prayer, the energy for prayer, and the sense of purpose in prayer.” ~Leslie Ludy

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Give me the Love that leads the way
The Faith that nothing can dismay
The Hope no disappointments tire
The Passion that'll burn like fire
Let me not sink to be a clod
Make me Thy fuel, Flame of God

~Amy Carmichael

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

"Human beings must be known to be loved; but Divine beings must be loved to be known." ~Blaise Pascal

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

“In the end, the number of prayers we say may contribute to our happiness, but the number of prayers we answer may be of even greater importance.” ~Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Monday, April 8, 2013

“Prayer does change things, all kinds of things. But the most important thing it changes is us. As we engage in this communion with God more deeply and come to know the One with whom we are speaking more intimately, that growing knowledge of God reveals to us all the more brilliantly who we are and our need to change in conformity to Him. Prayer changes us profoundly.” ~R.C. Sproul

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Many thanks to all the great folks who joined me at Mount St. Mary's College, Spinkhill, UK for the annual Calix Retreat. I have been richly blessed by your presence these past few days. May Our Lord bless you and keep you until we meet again.

Friday, April 5, 2013

“In the silence of the heart God speaks. If you face God in prayer and silence, God will speak to you. Then you will know that you are nothing. It is only when you realize your nothingness, your emptiness, that God can fill you with Himself. Souls of prayer are souls of great silence.” ~Mother Teresa

Thursday, April 4, 2013

“We tend to use prayer as a last resort, but God wants it to be our first line of defense. We pray when there's nothing else we can do, but God wants us to pray before we do anything at all.

Most of us would prefer, however, to spend our time doing something that will get immediate results. We don't want to wait for God to resolve matters in His good time because His idea of 'good time' is seldom in sync with ours.” ~Oswald Chambers

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

"If I allow myself to be reached by the grace of the risen Christ, if I let that grace change for the better whatever is not good in me, [to change whatever] might do harm to me and to others, then I allow the victory of Christ to affirm itself in my life, to broaden its beneficial action. This is the power of grace! Without grace we can do nothing – without grace we can do nothing! And with the grace of Baptism and Holy Communion, we can become an instrument of God's mercy – that beautiful mercy of God." ~Pope Francis, April 1, 2013

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

“To have courage for whatever comes in life – everything lies in that.”~Saint Teresa of Avila

Monday, April 1, 2013

“To us, Christ is all! If you have a wound to heal, he is the doctor; if you are parched by fever, he is the spring; if you are oppressed by injustice, he is justice; if you are in need of help, he is strength; if you fear death, he is life; if you desire heaven, he is the way; if you are in darkness, he is light…. Taste and see how good is the Lord: blessed is the man who hopes in him!” ~St. Ambrose of Milan

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Away for
Holy Week.

Meet you
at the
Empty Tomb.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

"One passes through the door of faith, one crosses that threshold, when the Word of God is announced and the heart allows itself to be shaped by that grace which transforms. A grace which has a concrete name, and that name is Jesus. Jesus is the door. (Jn. 10:9). He, and only He, is and will always be the door. No one goes to the Father except through Him. (Jn.14.6). If there is no Christ, there is no way to God. As the door, He opens the way to God and as Good Shepherd he is the Only One who looks after us at the price of his own life." ~Archbishop Jorge Bergoglia (now Pope Francis), October 2012

Friday, March 22, 2013

"God is served only when He is served according to His will." ~St. Padre Pio

Thursday, March 21, 2013

“Mission is a duty about which one must say ‘Woe to me if I do not evangelize’ (1 Corinthians 9:16)…redemption and mission are acts of love [because] those who proclaim the Gospel participate in the charity of Christ.” Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

"Let us never forget that authentic power is service, and that the Pope too, when exercising power, must enter ever more fully into that service which has its radiant culmination on the Cross." ~Pope Francis

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

"One should not wish to become a saint in four days but step by step." ~St. Philip Neri

Monday, March 18, 2013

No matter how enlightened one may be through natural and acquired knowledge, he cannot enter into himself to delight in the Lord unless Christ be his mediator. ~St. Bonaventure

Sunday, March 17, 2013

I bind unto myself today
The strong Name of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same
The Three in One and One in Three.

I bind this today to me forever
By power of faith, Christ’s incarnation;
His baptism in Jordan river,
His death on Cross for my salvation;
His bursting from the spicèd tomb,
His riding up the heavenly way,
His coming at the day of doom
I bind unto myself today.

I bind unto myself the power
Of the great love of cherubim;
The sweet ‘Well done’ in judgment hour,
The service of the seraphim,
Confessors’ faith, Apostles’ word,
The Patriarchs’ prayers, the prophets’ scrolls,
All good deeds done unto the Lord
And purity of virgin souls.

I bind unto myself today
The virtues of the star lit heaven,
The glorious sun’s life giving ray,
The whiteness of the moon at even,
The flashing of the lightning free,
The whirling wind’s tempestuous shocks,
The stable earth, the deep salt sea
Around the old eternal rocks.

I bind unto myself today
The power of God to hold and lead,
His eye to watch, His might to stay,
His ear to hearken to my need.
The wisdom of my God to teach,
His hand to guide, His shield to ward;
The word of God to give me speech,
His heavenly host to be my guard.

Against the demon snares of sin,
The vice that gives temptation force,
The natural lusts that war within,
The hostile men that mar my course;
Or few or many, far or nigh,
In every place and in all hours,
Against their fierce hostility
I bind to me these holy powers.

Against all Satan’s spells and wiles,
Against false words of heresy,
Against the knowledge that defiles,
Against the heart’s idolatry,
Against the wizard’s evil craft,
Against the death wound and the burning,
The choking wave, the poisoned shaft,
Protect me, Christ, till Thy returning.

Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

I bind unto myself the Name,
The strong Name of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same,
The Three in One and One in Three.
By Whom all nature hath creation,
Eternal Father, Spirit, Word:
Praise to the Lord of my salvation,
Salvation is of Christ the Lord.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

"I am a Christian. I am a Catholic Christian. I am an evangelical Catholic Christian. To many who read all three claims, they are either contradictory or can only stand together in certain limited configurations. Nevertheless, it is my contention and my experience that not only can I be all three, but each is necessary to define my relationship with Jesus Christ and with His Church as well as my role in the Church's ongoing mission to bring all men and women to salvation in Jesus Christ." ~Deacon Keith Fournier

Thursday, March 14, 2013

"Understanding is the reward given by faith. Do not try to understand in order to believe, but believe in order to understand." ~St. Augustine of Hippo

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

“We must speak to God as a friend speaks to his friend, servant to his master; now asking some favor, now acknowledging our faults, and communicating to Him all that concerns us, our thoughts, our fears, our projects, our desires, and in all things seeking His counsel.” ~St. Ignatius of Loyola

Monday, March 11, 2013

‎"The only way to make rapid progress along the path of divine love is to remain little and put all trust in Almighty God." ~St. Teresa of Avila

Sunday, March 10, 2013

‎"It is difficult to become a saint. Difficult, but not impossible. The road to perfection is long, as long as one's lifetime. Along the way, consolation becomes rest; but as soon as your strength is restored, you must diligently get up and resume the trip." ~St. Padre Pio

Saturday, March 9, 2013

"What wonderful majesty! What stupendous condescension! O sublime humility! That the Lord of the whole universe, God and the Son of God, should humble Himself like this under the form of a little bread, for our salvation. ... In this world I cannot see the Most High Son of God with my own eyes, except for His Most Holy Body and Blood." ~St. Francis of Assisi

Friday, March 8, 2013

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

"Everyday, Jesus humbles himself just as He did when He came from His heavenly throne into the Virgin’s womb; everyday He comes to us and lets us see Him in abjection, when He descends from the bosom of the Father into the hands of the priest at the altar." ~St. Francis of Assisi

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

An act of love that fails is just as much a part of the divine life as an act of love that succeeds, for love is measured by its own fullness, not by its reception. ~Harold Loukes

Monday, March 4, 2013

"We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. The one who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a permanent attitude." ~ Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Friday, March 1, 2013

‎"While I am in this life this more sublime philosophy will be mine—to know Jesus Christ, and Him crucified." ~Bernard of Clairvaux

Thursday, February 28, 2013

"No one can really give thanks unless within his heart he deeply feels that undeserved blessings have been bestowed upon him.  Our great sin is our carefree assumption that we deserve what God gives and that we are free to do with it what we please." ~Calvin Wingert

Monday, February 25, 2013

Saturday, February 23, 2013

"To the extent that we nourish ourselves on Christ and are in love with him, we feel within us the incentive to bring others to him: Indeed, we cannot keep the joy of the faith to ourselves; we must pass it on.” ~Pope Benedict XVI

Friday, February 22, 2013

"The world promises you comfort. But you were not made for comfort. You were made for greatness." ~Pope Benedict XVI

Thursday, February 21, 2013

‎"Mission is a duty about which one must say ‘Woe to me if I do not evangelize’ (1 Corinthians 9:16)...redemption and mission are acts of love [because] those who proclaim the Gospel participate in the charity of Christ.” ~Benedict XVI

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

As to your Lent ... I can only tell you my experience.

A mass of good resolutions, I think, are apt to end up in disappointment and to make one depressed. Also direct fault-uprooting: it makes one concentrate too much on self and that can be so depressing. The only resolution I have ever found works is: "Whenever I want to think of myself, I will think of God." ~Caryll Houselander

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

"As Lent is the time for greater love, listen to Jesus' thirst...'Repent and believe' Jesus tells us. What are we to repent? Our indifference, our hardness of heart. What are we to believe? Jesus thirsts even now, in your heart and in the poor -- He knows your weakness. He wants only your love, wants only the chance to love you." ~Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

Monday, February 18, 2013

"We do not produce prayer. During prayer time we do not attempt to initiate a relationship with God; that relationship already exists. Prayer is an attempt to realize the love that unites us with God, allow it to become more present to us, and give it greater scope to act upon us and to change us. We do not produce prayer. We allow prayer to act. All we can do, if we must do something active, is invest our energies to reduce alternative activities so that prayer may emerge more freely." ~Fr. Michael Casey

Sunday, February 17, 2013

When we make room for the love of God, then we become like him, sharing in his own charity. If we open ourselves to his love, we allow him to live in us and to bring us to love with him, in him and like him; only then does our faith become truly “active through love” (Gal 5:6); only then does he abide in us (cf. 1 Jn 4:12). ~Benedict XVI

Saturday, February 16, 2013

"The entire Christian life is a response to God’s love. The first response is precisely faith as the acceptance, filled with wonder and gratitude, of the unprecedented divine initiative that precedes us and summons us. And the “yes” of faith marks the beginning of a radiant story of friendship with the Lord, which fills and gives full meaning to our whole life." ~Benedict XVI

Friday, February 15, 2013

"Christians are people who have been conquered by Christ’s love and accordingly, under the influence of that love – “Caritas Christi urget nos” (2 Cor 5:14) – they are profoundly open to loving their neighbour in concrete ways (cf. ibid., 33). This attitude arises primarily from the consciousness of being loved, forgiven, and even served by the Lord, who bends down to wash the feet of the Apostles and offers himself on the Cross to draw humanity into God’s love." ~Pope Benedict XVI

Thursday, February 14, 2013

“[B]eing Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction … Since God has first loved us (cf. 1 Jn 4:10), love is now no longer a mere ‘command’; it is the response to the gift of love with which God draws near to us” (Deus Caritas Est, 1). Faith is this personal adherence – which involves all our faculties – to the revelation of God’s gratuitous and “passionate” love for us, fully revealed in Jesus Christ." ~Pope Benedict XVI

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Lenten Message 2013
Pope Benedict XVI

Believing in charity calls forth charity 

“We have come to know and tobelieve in the love God has for us” (1 Jn 4:16) 

Dear Brothers and Sisters, 

The celebration of Lent, in the context of the Year of Faith, offers us a valuable opportunity to meditate on the relationship between faith and charity: between believing in God – the God of Jesus Christ – and love, which is the fruit of the Holy Spirit and which guides us on the path of devotion to God and others. 

1. Faith as a response to the love of God 

In my first Encyclical, I offered some thoughts on the close relationship between the theological virtues of faith and charity. Setting out from Saint John’s fundamental assertion: “We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us” (1 Jn 4:16), I observed that “being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction … Since God has first loved us (cf. 1 Jn 4:10), love is now no longer a mere ‘command’; it is the response to the gift of love with which God draws near to us” (Deus Caritas Est, 1). Faith is this personal adherence – which involves all our faculties – to the revelation of God’s gratuitous and “passionate” love for us, fully revealed in Jesus Christ. The encounter with God who is Love engages not only the heart but also the intellect: “Acknowledgement of the living God is one path towards love, and the ‘yes’ of our will to his will unites our intellect, will and sentiments in the all-embracing act of love. But this process is always open-ended; love is never ‘finished’ and complete” (ibid., 17). Hence, for all Christians, and especially for “charity workers”, there is a need for faith, for “that encounter with God in Christ which awakens their love and opens their spirits to others. As a result, love of neighbour will no longer be for them a commandment imposed, so to speak, from without, but a consequence deriving from their faith, a faith which becomes active through love” (ibid., 31a). Christians are people who have been conquered by Christ’s love and accordingly, under the influence of that love – “Caritas Christi urget nos” (2 Cor 5:14) – they are profoundly open to loving their neighbour in concrete ways (cf. ibid., 33). This attitude arises primarily from the consciousness of being loved, forgiven, and even served by the Lord, who bends down to wash the feet of the Apostles and offers himself on the Cross to draw humanity into God’s love. 

“Faith tells us that God has given his Son for our sakes and gives us the victorious certainty that it is really true: God is love! … Faith, which sees the love of God revealed in the pierced heart of Jesus on the Cross, gives rise to love. Love is the light – and in the end, the only light – that can always illuminate a world grown dim and give us the courage needed to keep living and working” (ibid., 39). All this helps us to understand that the principal distinguishing mark of Christians is precisely “love grounded in and shaped by faith” (ibid., 7). 

2. Charity as life in faith 

The entire Christian life is a response to God’s love. The first response is precisely faith as the acceptance, filled with wonder and gratitude, of the unprecedented divine initiative that precedes us and summons us. And the “yes” of faith marks the beginning of a radiant story of friendship with the Lord, which fills and gives full meaning to our whole life. But it is not enough for God that we simply accept his gratuitous love. Not only does he love us, but he wants to draw us to himself, to transform us in such a profound way as to bring us to say with Saint Paul: “it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me” (cf. Gal 2:20). 

When we make room for the love of God, then we become like him, sharing in his own charity. If we open ourselves to his love, we allow him to live in us and to bring us to love with him, in him and like him; only then does our faith become truly “active through love” (Gal 5:6); only then does he abide in us (cf. 1 Jn 4:12). 

Faith is knowing the truth and adhering to it (cf. 1 Tim 2:4); charity is “walking” in the truth (cf.Eph 4:15). Through faith we enter into friendship with the Lord, through charity this friendship is lived and cultivated (cf. Jn 15:14ff). Faith causes us to embrace the commandment of our Lord and Master; charity gives us the happiness of putting it into practice (cf. Jn 13:13-17). In faith we are begotten as children of God (cf. Jn 1:12ff); charity causes us to persevere concretely in our divine sonship, bearing the fruit of the Holy Spirit (cf. Gal 5:22). Faith enables us to recognize the gifts that the good and generous God has entrusted to us; charity makes them fruitful (cf. Mt 25:14-30). 

3. The indissoluble interrelation of faith and charity 

In light of the above, it is clear that we can never separate, let alone oppose, faith and charity. These two theological virtues are intimately linked, and it is misleading to posit a contrast or “dialectic” between them. On the one hand, it would be too one-sided to place a strong emphasis on the priority and decisiveness of faith and to undervalue and almost despise concrete works of charity, reducing them to a vague humanitarianism. On the other hand, though, it is equally unhelpful to overstate the primacy of charity and the activity it generates, as if works could take the place of faith. For a healthy spiritual life, it is necessary to avoid both fideism and moral activism. 

The Christian life consists in continuously scaling the mountain to meet God and then coming back down, bearing the love and strength drawn from him, so as to serve our brothers and sisters with God’s own love. In sacred Scripture, we see how the zeal of the Apostles to proclaim the Gospel and awaken people’s faith is closely related to their charitable concern to be of service to the poor (cf. Acts 6:1-4). In the Church, contemplation and action, symbolized in some way by the Gospel figures of Mary and Martha, have to coexist and complement each other (cf. Lk 10:38-42). The relationship with God must always be the priority, and any true sharing of goods, in the spirit of the Gospel, must be rooted in faith (cf. General Audience, 25 April 2012). Sometimes we tend, in fact, to reduce the term “charity”to solidarity or simply humanitarian aid. It is important, however, to remember that the greatest work of charity is evangelization, which is the “ministry of the word”. There is no action more beneficial – and therefore more charitable – towards one’s neighbour than to break the bread of the word of God, to share with him the Good News of the Gospel, to introduce him to a relationship with God: evangelization is the highest and the most integral promotion of the human person. As the Servant of God Pope Paul VI wrote in the Encyclical Populorum Progressio, the proclamation of Christ is the first and principal contributor to development (cf. n. 16). It is the primordial truth of the love of God for us, lived and proclaimed, that opens our lives to receive this love and makes possible the integral development of humanity and of every man (cf.Caritas in Veritate, 8). 

Essentially, everything proceeds from Love and tends towards Love. God’s gratuitous love is made known to us through the proclamation of the Gospel. If we welcome it with faith, we receive the first and indispensable contact with the Divine, capable of making us “fall in love with Love”, and then we dwell within this Love, we grow in it and we joyfully communicate it to others. 

Concerning the relationship between faith and works of charity, there is a passage in the Letter to the Ephesians which provides perhaps the best account of the link between the two: “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God; not because of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” (2:8-10). It can be seen here that the entire redemptive initiative comes from God, from his grace, from his forgiveness received in faith; but this initiative, far from limiting our freedom and our responsibility, is actually what makes them authentic and directs them towards works of charity. These are not primarily the result of human effort, in which to take pride, but they are born of faith and they flow from the grace that God gives in abundance. Faith without works is like a tree without fruit: the two virtues imply one another. Lent invites us, through the traditional practices of the Christian life, to nourish our faith by careful and extended listening to the word of God and by receiving the sacraments, and at the same time to grow in charity and in love for God and neighbour, not least through the specific practices of fasting, penance and almsgiving. 

4. Priority of faith, primacy of charity 

Like any gift of God, faith and charity have their origin in the action of one and the same Holy Spirit (cf. 1 Cor 13), the Spirit within us that cries out “Abba, Father” (Gal 4:6), and makes us say: “Jesus is Lord!” (1 Cor 12:3) and “Maranatha!” (1 Cor 16:22; Rev 22:20). 

Faith, as gift and response, causes us to know the truth of Christ as Love incarnate and crucified, as full and perfect obedience to the Father’s will and infinite divine mercy towards neighbour; faith implants in hearts and minds the firm conviction that only this Love is able to conquer evil and death. Faith invites us to look towards the future with the virtue of hope, in the confident expectation that the victory of Christ’s love will come to its fullness. For its part, charity ushers us into the love of God manifested in Christ and joins us in a personal and existential way to the total and unconditional self-giving of Jesus to the Father and to his brothers and sisters. By filling our hearts with his love, the Holy Spirit makes us sharers in Jesus’ filial devotion to God and fraternal devotion to every man (cf. Rom 5:5).  

The relationship between these two virtues resembles that between the two fundamental sacraments of the Church: Baptism and Eucharist. Baptism (sacramentum fidei) precedes the Eucharist (sacramentum caritatis), but is ordered to it, the Eucharist being the fullness of the Christian journey. In a similar way, faith precedes charity, but faith is genuine only if crowned by charity. Everything begins from the humble acceptance of faith (“knowing that one is loved by God”), but has to arrive at the truth of charity (“knowing how to love God and neighbour”), which remains for ever, as the fulfilment of all the virtues (cf. 1 Cor 13:13). 

Dear brothers and sisters, in this season of Lent, as we prepare to celebrate the event of the Cross and Resurrection – in which the love of God redeemed the world and shone its light upon history – I express my wish that all of you may spend this precious time rekindling your faith in Jesus Christ, so as to enter with him into the dynamic of love for the Father and for every brother and sister that we encounter in our lives. For this intention, I raise my prayer to God, and I invoke the Lord’s blessing upon each individual and upon every community! 

From the Vatican, 15 October 2012

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

"Essentially, everything proceeds from Love and tends towards Love. God's gratuitous love is made known to us through the proclamation of the Gospel. If we welcome it with faith, we receive the first and indispensable contact with the Divine, capable of making us "fall in love with Love", and then we dwell within this Love, we grow in it and we joyfully communicate it to others." ~Pope Benedict XVI

Monday, February 11, 2013

"We sit by and watch the Barbarian, we tolerate him; in the long stretches of peace we are not afraid. We are tickled by his irreverence, his comic inversion of our old certitudes and our fixed creeds refreshes us; we laugh. But as we laugh we are watched by large and awful faces from beyond: and on these faces there is no smile." ~Hilaire Belloc

Sunday, February 10, 2013

“Our culture has filled our heads but emptied our hearts, stuffed our wallets but starved our wonder. It has fed our thirst for facts but not for meaning or mystery. It produces ‘nice’ people, not heroes.” ~Dr. Peter Kreeft

Saturday, February 9, 2013

"We are Christians only if we encounter Christ...Only in this personal relationship with Christ, only in this encounter with the Risen One, do we really become Christians." ~Pope Benedict XVI

Friday, February 8, 2013

‎"I, too, wish to reaffirm this forcefully: the Church has confidence in young people, she hopes in them and in their energies, she needs them and their vitality, to continue to live with renewed enthusiasm the mission entrusted them by Christ." ~Pope Benedict XVI. February 7, 2013

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Being a follower of Christ requires moving from being a Church member by convention to a Christian disciple by conviction. This transformation demands that we consciously accept the Gospel as the measure of our entire lives, rather than attempting to measure the Gospel by our experience. Personal knowledge of and devotion to Sacred Scripture is necessary for this transformation to occur through the obedience of faith, and there is no substitute for personal knowledge of the Bible. Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ. ~Fr. Jay Scott Newman

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Receiving the Sacraments without receiving the Gospel leads to superstition rather than living faith, and the Church must therefore take great care to ensure that those who receive the Sacraments also receive the Gospel in its integrity and entirety. Consequently, before Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Communion, and Marriage are administered, there must be in those who request these Sacraments clear evidence of knowledge of the Gospel and a serious intention to live the Christian life. ~Fr. Jay Scott Newman, The [eight] Principles of Evangelical Catholicism

Monday, February 4, 2013

The sacred liturgy, through which the seven Sacraments are celebrated and the Hours of praise are prayed, makes present to us the saving mysteries of the Lord Jesus. The liturgy must therefore be celebrated in such a way that the truth of the Gospel, the beauty of sacred music, the dignity of ritual form, the solemnity of divine worship, and the fellowship of the baptized assembled to pray are kept together in organic unity. ~Fr. Jay Scott Newman, The [eight] Principles of Evangelical Catholicism

Sunday, February 3, 2013

"Through Word and Sacrament we are drawn by grace into a transforming union with the Lord Jesus, and having been justified by faith we are called to sanctification and equipped by the Holy Spirit for the good works of the new creation. We must, therefore, learn to live as faithful disciples and to reject whatever is contrary to the Gospel, which is the Good News of the Father’s mercy and love revealed in the life, death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ." ~Fr. Jay Scott Newman, from The [eight] Principles of Evangelical Catholicism

Saturday, February 2, 2013

"The seven Sacraments of the New Covenant are divinely instituted instruments of grace given to the Church as the ordinary means of sanctification for believers. Receiving the Sacraments regularly and worthily is essential to the life of grace, and for this reason, faithful attendance at Sunday Mass every week (serious illness and necessary work aside) and regular Confession of sins are absolutely required for a life of authentic discipleship." ~Fr. Jay Scott Newman

Friday, February 1, 2013

"The Gospel of Jesus Christ is divine revelation, not human wisdom, and the Gospel is given to us in Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition which together constitute a single divine deposit of faith transmitted authentically and authoritatively by the Bishops in full communion with the Bishop of Rome. We must surrender our private judgments in all matters of faith and morals to the sacred teaching authority of the Church’s Magisterium if we are to receive the whole Gospel." ~Fr. Jay Scott Newman, The Principles of Evangelical Catholicism

Thursday, January 31, 2013

The Catholic Church is evangelical at her core, having been established by Christ for the purpose of spreading the splendor and fullness of Truth Who is Christ Himself.

"All Catholics are called by their Baptism to be Evangelical Catholics. This means (in part) living according to [the] eight principles of Evangelical Catholicism:

1. The Lord Jesus Christ is the crucified and risen Savior of all mankind, and no human person can fully understand his life or find his dignity and destiny apart from a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus. It is not enough to know who Jesus is; we must know Jesus." ~Fr. Jay Scott Newman

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

"Another way of expressing our commitment to the work of the New Evangelization is to say that we must become Evangelical Catholics. By our Baptism, we are called to be men and women of the Gospel who are Christian disciples by conviction rather than Church members by convention. Being Evangelical Catholics requires that we know the Gospel, believe the Gospel, live the Gospel, and share the Gospel with others. Becoming Evangelical Catholics is a lifelong adventure of letting go of cafeteria, casual, and cultural Catholicism by accepting the liberating truth of the Word of God and living by grace through faith in the Son of God." ~Fr. Jay Scott Newman (Taken from The Principles of Evangelical Catholicism)

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

By our Baptism we are called to receive the Gospel as a complete, coherent, comprehensive Way of Life and to submit our entire lives in the obedience of faith to the Lord Jesus. Everything about us must be measured and guided by the Gospel: our thoughts, words, actions, bodies, relationships, spending habits, political convictions, leisure activities, lifestyle choices, and business decisions. But this total surrender to Christ and His Gospel is not a restriction of our freedom; in fact, it is the beginning of authentic discipleship and the only path to evangelical liberty. As the Lord Jesus teaches, "If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free" (John 8:31 -32). ~Fr. Jay Scott Newman

Monday, January 28, 2013

Modesty is a reflection of a woman unafraid to stand on her own two feet. ~Ms. Kris Terry

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried. ~G.K. Chesterton

Saturday, January 26, 2013

"Not the goods of the world, but God. Not riches, but God. Not honors, but God. Not distinction, but God. Not dignities, but God. Not advancement, but God. God always and in everything." ~St. Vincent Pallotti

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Authentic evangelization is born of prayer and sustained by prayer. We must first speak with God in order to be able to speak about God. In prayer, we entrust to the Lord the people to whom we have been sent, asking him to touch their hearts. We ask the Holy Spirit to make us his instruments for their salvation. We ask Christ to put his words on our lips and to make us signs of his love. ~Pope Benedict XVI

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Dear friends, do not be afraid to suggest an encounter with Christ to people of your own age. Ask the Holy Spirit for help. The Spirit will show you the way to know and love Christ even more fully, and to be creative in spreading the Gospel. ~Pope Benedict XVI

Monday, January 21, 2013

Dear young friends, never forget that the first act of love that you can do for others is to share the source of our hope. If we do not give them God, we give them too little! Jesus commanded his Apostles: “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” (Mt 28:19-20). The main way that we have to “make disciples” is through Baptism and catechesis. This means leading the people we are evangelizing to encounter the living Christ above all in his word and in the sacraments. In this way they can believe in him, they can come to know God and to live in his grace. ~Pope Benedict XVI

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Dear young friends, I imagine that you have at times found it difficult to invite your contemporaries to an experience of faith. You have seen how many young people, especially at certain points in their life journey, desire to know Christ and to live the values of the Gospel, but also feel inadequate and incapable. What can we do? First, your closeness and your witness will themselves be a way in which God can touch their hearts. Proclaiming Christ is not only a matter of words, but something which involves one’s whole life and translates into signs of love. It is the love that Christ has poured into our hearts which makes us evangelizers. Consequently, our love must become more and more like Christ’s own love. We should always be prepared, like the Good Samaritan, to be attentive to those we meet, to listen, to be understanding and to help. In this way we can lead those who are searching for the truth and for meaning in life to God’s house, the Church, where hope and salvation abide (cf. Lk 10:29-37). ~Pope Benedict XVI

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Dear friends, open your eyes and look around you. So many young people no longer see any meaning in their lives. Go forth! Christ needs you too. Let yourselves be caught up and drawn along by his love. Be at the service of this immense love, so it can reach out to everyone, especially to those “far away”. Some people are far away geographically, but others are far away because their way of life has no place for God. Some people have not yet personally received the Gospel, while others have been given it, but live as if God did not exist. Let us open our hearts to everyone. Let us enter into conversation in simplicity and respect. If this conversation is held in true friendship, it will bear fruit. The “nations” that we are invited to reach out to are not only other countries in the world. They are also the different areas of our lives, such as our families, communities, places of study and work, groups of friends and places where we spend our free time. The joyful proclamation of the Gospel is meant for all the areas of our lives, without exception. ~Pope Benedict XVI

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Dear young people, allow yourselves to be led on by the power of God’s love. Let that love overcome the tendency to remain enclosed in your own world with your own problems and your own habits. Have the courage to “go out” from yourselves in order to “go forth” towards others and to show them the way to an encounter with God. ~Pope Benedict XVI

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Through Baptism, which brings us to new life, the Holy Spirit abides in us and inflames our minds and hearts. The Spirit shows us how to know God and to enter into ever deeper friendship with Christ. It is the Spirit who encourages us to do good, to serve others and to give of ourselves. Through Confirmation we are strengthened by the gifts of the Spirit so that we can bear witness to the Gospel in an increasingly mature way. It is the Spirit of love, therefore, who is the driving force behind our mission. The Spirit impels us to go out from ourselves and to “go forth” to evangelize. ~Pope Benedict XVI

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Dear young friends,
Evangelization always begins with an encounter with the Lord Jesus. Those who come to Jesus and have experienced his love, immediately want to share the beauty of the meeting and the joy born of his friendship. The more we know Christ, the more we want to talk about him. The more we speak with Christ, the more we want to speak about him. The more we are won over by Christ, the more we want to draw others to him.  ~Pope Benedict XVI