Monday, February 28, 2011

Carl Betts

If you are ever looking for a quote that articulates a truth of the Catholic Faith, just open to a rnadom page in the Catechism. There will be something there, I guarantee it.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Catechism of the Catholic Church 121

The Old Testament is an indispensable part of Sacred Scripture.  Its books are divinely inspired and retain a permanent value, for the Old Covenant has never been revoked.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Jacques Fesch

In prison there are two possible solutions. You can rebel against your situation, or you can regard yourself as a monk.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Pope Pius XI

Dead matter leaves the factory ennobled and transformed, whereas men are corrupted and degraded.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

St. Basil

The bread you do not use is the bread of the hungry; the garment hanging in your wardrobe you do not wear is the the garment of him who is naked; the shoes you do not wear are the shoes of the one who is barefoot; the acts of charity you do not perform are so many injustices that you commit.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

St. Cyril of Alexandria

As two pieces of wax fused together make one, so he who receives Holy Communion is so united with Christ that he is in Christ, and Christ is in him.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Blessed Mother Theresa

We cannot to great things in life: we can only do Small things with great love.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Pope John Paul II

The saints have always been the source and origin of renewal in the most difficult moments in the Church's history.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

St. Thomas More

A meek man ought to be have in this way during tribulation; he should neither speak proudly himself nor retort to what is spoken wickedly, but should bless those who speak evil of him and suffer willingly, either fore justice' sake if he had deserved it or for God's sake if he has deserved nothing.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Rabbi David C. Dalin

Very few of the many recent books about Pius XII and the Holocaust are actually about Pius XII and the Holocaust.  The liberal bestselling attacks against the pope and the Catholic Church are really an intra-Catholic argument about the direction of the Church today.  The Holocaust is simply the biggest club for liberal Catholics to use against traditional Catholics in their attempt to bash the papacy and thereby smash traditional Catholic teaching--especially on issues relating to sexuality, including abortion, contraception, celibacy, and the role of women in the Church.  The anti-papal polemics of ex-seminarians like Garry Willis and John Cornwell (author of Hitler's Pope), of ex-priests like James Carroll, and of other lapsed or angry liberal Catholics exploit the tragedy of the Jewish people during the Holocaust to foster their own political agenda of forcing changes on the Catholic Church today.

Note: Rabbi Dalin is a professor of History and Political Science at Ave Maria Universtiy.  This quote comes form his book, The Myth of Hitler's Pope.  Though Jewish, I feel that his defense of Pope Pius XII is worthy of inclusion in this blog.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Council of Hippo, Canon 36 (AD 383)

It was agree that, apart from the canonical Scriptures, nothing is to be read in church under the title of divine Scriptures. These are the canonical Scriptures:  Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, the four books of Kings, the two books of Paralipomenon, Job, the Psalter of David, the five books of Solomon, , the twelve books of the prophets, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel, Ezekiel, obit, Judith, Esther, the two books of Ezra, the two books of Maccabees.
Belonging to the New Testament: the four books of the Gospels, the book of the Acts of the Apostles, the thirteen letters of the Apostle Paul, and the letter to the Hebrews of the same author, two letters of Peter, three of John, one of James, one of Jude, and the Apocalypse of John.
TO confirm this canon, the church across the sea [Rome] should be consulted.  The reading of the passions of the martyrs is to be allowed when their anniversaries are celebrated. 

Sunday, February 6, 2011

G. K. Chesterton

Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes--our ancestors.  It is the democracy of the dead.  Tradition refuses to the small and arrogant oligarchy who merely happen to be walking about.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Knute Rockne

One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than a hundred teaching it.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Pope John Paul II

It is manifestly unjust that a privileged few should continue to accumulate excess goods, squandering available resources, while masses of people are living in misery at the lowest level of subsistence.  Today, the dramatic threat of ecological breakdown is teaching us the extent to which greed and selfishness--both individual and collective--are contrary to the order of creation, an order which is characterized by mutual interdependence.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

St. John of the Cross

A Christian should always remember that the value of his good works is not based on their number and excellence, but on the love of God that prompts them.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

James 2:14-26, RSV-CE2

What does it profit, my brethren, if a man says he has faith but has not works? Can his faith save him?  If a brother or sister is ill-clad and in lack of daily food,  and one of you says to them, "Go in peace, be warmed and filled," without giving them the things needed for the body, what does it profit?  So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.  But some one will say, "You have faith and I have works." Show me your faith apart from your works, and I by my works will show you my faith.  You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe--and shudder.  Do you want to be shown, you shallow man, that faith apart from works is barren? Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he offered his son Isaac upon the altar? You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by works,  and the scripture was fulfilled which says, "Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness"; and he was called the friend of God.  You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone.  And in the same way was not also Rahab the harlot justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way?  For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so faith apart from works is dead.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2524

The forms taken by modesty vary from one culture to another.  everywhere, however, modesty exists as an expression of the spiritual dignity proper to man.  It is born with the awakening consciousness of being a subject. Teaching modesty to children and adolescents means awakening in them respect for the human person.