Monday, January 31, 2011

G. K. Chesterton

To become a Catholic is not to leave off thinking, but to learn how to think.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

St. Bernard of Clairveaux

To flee from persecution implies no fault in in him who flees, but in him who persecutes.

Friday, January 28, 2011

St. Thomas Aquinas

When you debate with unbelievers, be warned to begin with, against striving to demonstrate the articles of faith.  That would be to minimize their grandeur, fro they surpass the minds of angels, let alone of men.  We believe them because God reveals them.  Your intention should be to defend the faith, not to prove it up to the hilt,

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Pope Pius XI

But no reason, however grave, may be put forward by which anything intrinsically against nature may be conformable to nature and morally good.  Since, therefore, the conjugal act is destined primarily by nature for the begetting of children, those who in exercising it deliberately frustrate its natural power and purpose, sin against nature and commit a deed which is shameful and intrinsically vicious.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

St. Isidore of Seville

Confession heals, confession justifies, confession grants pardon of sin.  All hope consists in confession.  In confession there is a chance for mercy.  Believe it firmly.  DO not doubt, do not hesitate, never despair of the mercy of God.  Hope and have confidence in confession.

St. Thomas Aquinas

It is safer to teach that the Incarnation was ordained by God as a remedy for sin, and that if no sin had come, the Incarnation would not have taken place. Nevertheless, God's power should not be circumscribed: he might have become incarnate even if sin had never entered.

Sunday, January 23, 2011


My soul I leave to God, my body to the earth, and my worldly goods to my next of kin.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

St. Thomas Aquinas

God therefore neither wills evil to be done, nor wills it not to be done, but wills to permit evil to be done, and this is good.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Pope Paul VI

Liturgy is like a strong tree whose beauty is derived from the continuous renewal of its leaves, but whose strength comes from the old trunk, with solid roots in the ground.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Pope Pius XI

Let those about to enter wedlock pray diligently for divine help, so that they may make their choice in  accordance with Christian prudence, not led by the blind and unrestrained impulse of lust, nor by any desire for riches, nor by any other base influence, but by a true and noble love and sincere affection for the future partner.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Friday, January 14, 2011

St. Vincent de Paul

Tolerance is the bond of all friendship, and unites people in heart and opinion and action, not only with each other, but in unity with our Lord, so that they may really be at peace.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

St. Thomas Villanova

If you want God to hear your prayers, hear the voice of the poor.  If you wish God to anticipate your wants, provide those of the indigent without waiting for them to ask you.  Especially anticipate the needs of those who are ashamed to beg.  To make them ask for alms is to make them buy it.