REVERENCE | (W)hen a man acts in all respects as if he was at home, and not in God’s house, all I can say is that he ventures to do in God’s presence what neither Cherubim nor Seraphim venture to do, for they will veil their faces, and as if not daring to address God, praise Him to each other, in few words, and those continually repeated, saying Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Sabaoth.—Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman. h/t Cream City Catholic—Lost Reverence
ON BEAUTY & THEOLOGY | A theologian who does not love art, poetry, music and nature can be dangerous. Blindness and deafness toward the beautiful are not incidental; they necessarily are reflected in his theology.—Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope-Emeritus Benedict XVI). The Ratzinger Report (p. 130).
PERSONAL & PUBLIC FAITH | Sanctify yourself and you will sanctify society.—St. Francis of Assisi.
ON FREEDOM | Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought.—Pope Saint John Paul II The Great.
ON HUMAN SEXUALITY | What we are living through in our day is the result of an ideology that has completely severed body and soul. And that’s the very definition of death. Barring a divine intervention, we must now endure the full consequences of the “uprooting of the human person in the depth of his nature” – an uprooting that stems from the fact that “sex has remained without a locus and has lost its point of reference” since the cultural embrace of contraception (The Ratzinger Report, p. 84).
THE POWER OF TRUTH | The truth is like a lion; you don’t have to defend it. Let it loose; it will defend itself. ― St. Augustine of Hippo
SACRED SILENCE | Silence teaches us a major rule of the spiritual life: familiarity does not foster intimacy; on the contrary, a proper distance is a condition for communion. It is by way of adoration that humanity walks toward love. Sacred silence opens the way to mystical silence, full of loving intimacy. Under the yoke of secular reason, we have forgotten that the sacred and worship are the only entrances to the spiritual life. Therefore I do not hesitate to declare that sacred silence is a cardinal law of all liturgical celebration.—Robert Cardinal Sarah.
GOD'S LAW | G.K. Chesterton once said,“When you break the big laws, you do not get liberty; you do not even get anarchy. You get the small laws.” Indeed, we get thousands of lesser laws. How true this is in an age that has cast off God’s moral vision (the big laws). We don’t get fewer laws; we get more—a lot more.—Msgr. Charles Pope.
ASSISTING AT MASS | You cannot do anything to glorify God more, nor profit your soul more, than by devoutly assisting at Mass, and assisting as often as possible.
"It is important to understand what Saint Peter Julian Eymard, a nineteenth century priest, would have meant when he referenced the faithful assisting at Mass. This is not participation as understood in the modern, secular, sense of the word. Nor is it the motion and busy-ness so often found in the post-conciliar liturgy. Rather, the saint is speaking of an interior action on the part of the faithful; something much easier for us to discern the more reverent and traditional the Mass is. It is the difference between being and doing."—H/T The Liturgy Guy.
PIETY | The nation doesn’t simply need what we have. It needs what we are.—St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein).
CHRISTIAN WITNESS | God assumed from the beginning that the wise of the world would view Christians as fools … and he has not been disappointed. … If I have brought any message today, it is this: Have the courage to have your wisdom regarded as stupidity. Be fools for Christ. And have the courage to suffer the contempt of the sophisticated world.—Antonin Scalia, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
AUTHORITY OF THE OFFICE OF PETER | Against the Heresies, Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyon (d. AD 202).
It is possible, then, for everyone in every church, who may wish to know the truth, to contemplate the tradition of the apostles which has been made known throughout the whole world. And we are in a position to enumerate those who were instituted bishops by the apostles and their successors to our own times—men who neither knew nor taught anything like these heretics rave about.
But since it would be too long to enumerate in such a volume as this the successions of all the churches, we shall confound all those who, in whatever manner, whether through self-satisfaction or vainglory, or through blindness and wicked opinion, assemble other than where it is proper, by pointing out here the successions of the bishops of the greatest and most ancient church known to all, founded and organized at Rome by the two most glorious apostles, Peter and Paul, that church which has the tradition and the faith which comes down to us after having been announced to men by the apostles.
With this church (i.e., Rome), because of its superior origin, all churches must agree—that is, all the faithful in the whole world—and it is in her that the faithful everywhere have maintained the apostolic tradition.
AUTHENTIC MERCY| Pope Saint John Paul II The Great, Holy Thursday Letter to Priests 2002.
Likewise, a failure to speak the truth because of a misconceived sense of compassion should not be taken for love. We do not have a right to minimize matters of our own accord, even with the best of intentions. Our task is to be God’s witnesses, to be spokesmen of a mercy that saves even when it shows itself as judgment on man’s sin. “Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord', shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven” (Mt 7:21).
ON SALVATION & REPENTANCE | CATECHISM 1846: #116 St. Augustine, Sermo 169,11,13:PL 38,923; #117 1 Jn 8-9.
"God created us without us: but he did not will to save us without us."116
To receive his mercy, we must admit our faults. "If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness."117
ON HUMILITY | What we suffer from today is humility in the wrong place. Modesty has moved from the organ of ambition. Modesty has settled upon the organ of conviction; where it was never meant to be. A man was meant to be doubtful about himself, but undoubting about the truth; this has been exactly reversed. Nowadays, the part of a man that a man does assert is exactly the part he ought not to assert–himself. The part he doubts is exactly the part he ought not to doubt–the Divine Reason…We are on the road to producing a race of man too mentally modest to believe in the multiplication table.—G.K. Chesterton