Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Simone Weil

A science which does ot bring us closer to God is worthless.

Sunday, November 28, 2010


You are not making a gift of your possessions to the poor person.  You are handing over to him what is his.  For what has been given in common for the use of all, you have arrogated to yourself.  The word is given to all, and not just only to the rich.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Pope John Paul II

Evangelization is not only the Church's living teaching. the first proclamation of the faith (kerygma) and instruction, formation in the faith (catechesis); it is also the the entire wide-ranging commitment to reflect on revealed truth, a commitment which has been expressed from the very beginning in the works of the Fathers in the East and the West.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Hilaire Belloc

When friendship disappears then there is a space left open to that awful loneliness of the outside world which is like the cold space between the planets. It is an air in which men perish utterly. 

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Pope John Paul II

It is not wrong to want to live better; what is wrong is a style of life which is presumed to be better when it is directed to "having" rather  than "being."

Monday, November 22, 2010

Scott Hahn

The liturgy is...where the early Church kept the Scriptures.  Indeed, the books we know as the New Testament were canonized not so much for devotional reading--which was rare in those days before the printing press--but for liturgical proclamation.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI

In fact, a church without a credible biblical foundation is only a chance historical product, one organization among others, and the humanly constructed framework of which we spoke. But the Bible without the Church is no longer the powerfully effective Word of God, but  an assemblage  of various historical sources, a collection of heterogeneous books from which one tries to draw, from the perspective of the present moment, whatever one considers useful.

Note: This statement was made in an interview that was published in 1985 as Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, as Prefect for the CDF.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

St. Augustine of Hippo

What is the baptism of Christ? The washing of water by the Word. Take away the water, it is no baptism; take away the Word it is no baptism.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Pope Pius XI

The denial of the right of workers to form unions for protection against oppression by the employing class is criminal injustice.

Monday, November 15, 2010

St. Thomas Aquinas

If all evil were prevented, much good would be absent from the universe.  A lion would cease to live if there were no slaying of animals; and there would be no patience of martyrs if there were no tyrannical persecution.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

St. Francis of Assisi

Let the brothers ever avoid appearing gloomy, sad, and clouded, like the hypocrites; but let one ever be found joyous in the Lord, gay, amiable, joyous as it meet.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Clement of Alexandria

The Sacrifice most acceptable to God is complete renunciation of the body and its passions.  This is the only real piety.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Karl Rahner, SJ

What Christ gives us is quite explicit if his own words are interpreted according to their Aramaic meaning.  The expression "This is my body" means "This is myself."

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Blessed Pope John XXIII

If often happens that I awake at night and begin to think about a serious problem and decide I must tell the pope about it.  Then I wake up completely and remember that I am the Pope.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Dietrich Von Hildebrand

Our belief in the teachings of the Church de fide must be an absolute and unconditional one, but we should not imagine that our fidelity to the Church's theoretical authority is satisfied merely by acceptance of ex cathedra pronouncements.  We must also adhere wholeheartedly to teachings of the Church in matters of morality, even if they are not defined ex cathedra.  The teachings of the encyclical Humanae Vitae, for example, is binding because its content had always been part of the teaching of the Church; in it we are confronted with the theoretical authority of the Church embodied in the tradition of the ordinary Magisterium. It is not a mere practical commandment of the Church, like the commandment to go to church on Sunday.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Saturday, November 6, 2010

St. Thomas Aquinas

A sacrament is a remembrance of the past, a proof of the present, and a promise of the future.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Thursday, November 4, 2010

St. Bernard of Clairveaux

For us the Jews are Scripture's living words, because they remind us of what Our Lord suffered.  They are not to be persecuted, killed, or even put to flight.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

James Cardinal Gibbons

If we examine the source of our troubles and agitations, we find that they almost invariably spring from a desire of approval, or fear of contempt.