"Long live Christ the King! (Viva Cristo Rey!)."
Blessed Jose Sanchez del Rio
“As Pope Francis has noted, the Church seeks not to impose the truth, but to appeal to freedom and our witness should be marked by joy, encouragement, and liveliness,”
Salvatore J. Cordileone (EWTN News/CNA)
Psalm 103: 3-4, 8, 10
He pardons all your iniquities
He heals all your ills
He redeems your life from destruction
He crowns you with kindness and compassion.
Merciful and gracious is the Lord
slow to anger and abounding in kindness.
Not according to our sins does He deal with us
nor does He requite us according to our crimes.
Sirach 38: 9-14
My son when you are ill, delay not,
but pray to God, Who will heal you.
Flee wickedness, let your hands be just,
cleanse your heart of every sin.
Offer your sweet-smelling
oblation and petition, a rich offering according
to your means.
Then give the doctor his place lest he leave,
for you need him too.
There are times that give him an advantage,
and he too beseeches God,
that his diagnosis may be correct
and his treatment bring about a cure.
Our Lady of Guadalupe
Listen. Put it into your heart, my smallest child,
that the thing that frightened you, the thing that
afflicted you is nothing: Do not let it disturb you...
Am I not here, I who am your Mother?
Are you not under my shadow and protection?
Am I not the source of your joy?
Are you not in the hollow of my mantle,
in the crossing of my arms?
Do you need something more?
In the Arms of Mary.org
The Most Important Person on Earth
The Most Important Person on Earth is a mother. She cannot claim the honor of having built Notre Dame Cathedral. She need not. She has built more magnificent than any cathedral - a dwelling for an immortal soul, the tiny perfection of her baby's body. The Angels have not been blessed with such a grace. They cannot share in God's creative miracle to bring new saints to Heaven. Only a human mother can. Mothers are closer to God the Creator than any other creatures. God joins forces with mothers in performing this act of creation. What on God's good earth is more glorious than this: To be a Mother.
Joseph Cardinal Mindszenty
One Man's Plea
Following is the statement on the House floor by Congressman Gene Taylor of Missouri prior to approval of Hyde Amendment banning the use of federal funds for abortion by a vote of 201 to 155:
"Mr. Chairman, I very reluctantly take this time to convey to the members of this committee an experience in my own life. When my wife and I were married in 1947, we hoped to have a family. By 1950 we had not been able to have any children. We filed for an adoption. After two years of waiting we were informed we are going to be able to adopt a child. We went to the adoption agency and we picked-up a little girl, who was seven days old. We took her home with us. We nurtured and loved her, we raised her in what
I believed was a Christian home. We saw her through elementary school, and through high school and college. We shared her birthday parties and Christmases. We saw her grow into womanhood and I led her down the aisle of a church to be married. She was married and is now a happy mother. She has presented us with a beautiful granddaughter and a
fine son-in-law. Mr. Chairman, to the members of the House today I would just like to say I am happy no one killed my little girl."
Msgr. M. J. Doyle
The Holy Mass is the greatest of all prayers. It's tremendous value will be understood when we get to Heaven. The Cure of Ars (St. John Marie Vianney) tells us: "Put together all the good works of the whole world of mankind, including those of the saints, the martyrs and Our Lady herself. Compare them with a single Mass and they are nothing."
Let the Holy Mass be the center of your Catholic life. Take time out for an extra Holy Mass occasionally.
Fr. John Porter SDB
Begging the Lord for the redemption of souls who are in purgatory or supporting them in other ways is a noble work of love. Blessed Stanislaus Papczynski
Remember that the Christian life is one of action, not of speech and daydreams. Let there be few words and many deeds, and let them be done well.
St Vincent Pallotti ewtn
Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day's own trouble be sufficient for the day. Mt 6:34
The priority of forgiveness for sins as the foundation of all true healing is clearly maintained.
Benedict XVI (Mk 2:5)
I have neither silver nor gold, but I bring with me the most precious thing given to me: JESUS CHRIST. I have come in His Name, to feed the flame of fraternal love that burns in every heart; and I wish my greeting to reach one and all: The Peace of Christ be with you. Pope Francis WYD Brazil
There is no force more powerful than the one released from the hearts of young people when they have been conquered by the experience of friendship with Him. Christ has confidence in young people and entrusts them with the very future of His mission: Go and make disciples. Pope Francis WYD Brazil
There are many who say to the Lord, "I give myself wholly to Thee, without any reserve," but there are few who embrace the practice of this abandonment, which consists in receiving with a certain indifference every sort of event, as it happens in conformity with Divine Providence, as well afflictions as consolations, contempt and reproaches as honor and glory. St. Francis de Sales ewtn
The Way of Love
Love is patient, love is kind
It is not jealous, it is not pompous
It is not inflated, it is not rude
It does not seek its own interest
It is not quick tempered
It does not brood over injury
It does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices
It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things,
endures all things
Love never fails.
"When we journey without the Cross, when we build without the cross and when we confess a Christ without the cross, we are not disciples of the Lord: we are worldly, we are bishops, priests, cardinals, popes, but not disciples of the Lord." Pope Francis 3-2013 ewtn
"Faith allows us to know the whole of reality beyond the narrow perspective of individualism and subjectiveness which disorientate the conscience."
"Faith is an encounter with God who speaks and acts in history and which converts our daily life, transforming our mentality, system of values, choices and actions. Faith is not illusion, escapism, a comfortable shelter, sentimentality, but involvement in every aspect of life and proclamation of the Gospel, the Good News which can liberate all man." Benedict XVI
"it is Love that counts."
St. Therese of Lisieux on her deathbed
"Ignorance of the Scriptures (the Bible)
is ignorance of Christ." St. Jerome
The Blessed Virgin Mary is our Role Model for listening attentively to the Word of God.
"Mary kept all these things reflecting on them
in her heart." (Lk:2: 19)
"Behold I am the handmaid of the Lord.
May it be done to me according to your word." (Lk 1:38)
"Yes, Yes, I forgive him with all my heart. I want him to be with me in heaven. " St. Maria Goretti
"I am grateful to receive (the Nobel Peace Prize) in the name of the hungry, of the naked, of the homeless, of the crippled, of the blind, of the lepers, of all the people who feel unwanted, unloved, uncared-for throughout society and are shunned by everyone." Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta
For man has in his heart a law inscribed by God...Conscience is man's most secret core and his sanctuary. There he is alone with God whose voice echoes in his depths. CCC 1776
It is about "living a new life, being in Christ, thinking and acting like Christ, and being transformed by the love of Christ, it is allowing Him take possession of our lives and change them, transform them, to free them from the darkness of evil and sin."
Pope Francis 4-2013 ewtn
Every child who is born brings us God's smile and invites us to recognize that life is His gift, a gift to be welcomed with love and preserved with care, always and at every moment. BenedictXVI - HIP
Consequently, methodical research in all branches of knowledge, provided it is carried out in a truly scientific manner and does not override moral laws, can never conflict with faith, because the things of the world and the things of faith derive from the same God. The humble and persevering investigator of the secrets of nature is being led, as it were, by the hand of God in spite of himself, for it is God, the conserver of all things, who made them what they are. Gaudes et Spes ewtn
Religious belief benefits the public square not only by sheer magnitude of the humanitarian services it offers but by its witness to Christ Jesus, its witness to those moral truths and values without which democracy cannot flourish. Archbishop William E. Lori ewtn
The culture of comfort... makes us insensitive to the cries of other people, makes us live in soap bubbles which, however lovely, are insubstantial; they offer a fleeting and empty illusion which results in indifference to others... In this globalized world, we have fallen into globalized indifference. We have become used to the suffering of others "It doesn't affect me, it doesn't concern me, it's none of my business"... The immigrants' cry rises up to God.
Pope Francis ewtn
A child of God who is helpless and trusting boundlessly in His mercy has the power of the Creator at His disposal.
If one happens to be a Catholic, there cannot be a split between one's internal kind of views and thoughts ... and what one says publicly. One has a duty, whether he likes it or not, to preach the word of God. This is part of the very mission of the Church, which is not confined to guys like myself who wear this funny Roman collar
Bishop Frederick Henry - Wikipedia
Beneath that dirt there were the embers of desire for God, the embers of God’s image that wanted someone who could help them be kindled anew. This is what the gaze of Jesus does. Pope Francis ewtn
To be able to discover the actual will of the Lord in our lives always involves the following:
1. a receptive listening to the Word of God and
2. a fervent constant prayer
3. recourse to a wise spiritual guide
4. faithful discernment of the gifts and talents
given by God
5. diverse social and historic situation in which one lives
John Paul II