Someone sent me this photo and it’s now the new image held in my mind as I pray one of my favorite psalms, Psalm 19:
The heavens proclaim the glory of God,
and the firmament shows forth the work of his hands. — Psalm 19:1
I will be briefly pausing this weekend from writing as I am involved in leading a retreat. I ask your kind prayers for its fruits to be abundant for the participants.
I will resume on January 20 or 21.
Let me leave you with some bite-sized food for the soul in the form of some of my favorite quotes. Yes, I collect quotes all the time and, as I do with gum, chew on them until all the flavor is gone. I hope you also derive some good from them. And while I’m at it, in the spirit of yesterday’s post, and with paternal pride, let me share my daughter’s newest sketch from last night as well. Thanks for indulging me…
“…we can never attain a maximum love of God with only a minimum knowledge of God” ― Frank J. Sheed
“When the labors of virtue leave you weary and tempt you to return to your life of ease, seek for divine aid to persevere…Let yourself die while striving, rather than living in laziness. For those who die while trying to keep the commandments are just as much martyrs as those who died for Christ’s sake.” – St. Maximos the Confessor
“Examine yourself to see whether you have within you a strong sense of your own self importance, or negatively, whether you have failed to realize that you are nothing. This feeling of self-importance is deeply hidden, but it controls the whole of our life. Its first demand is that everything should be as we wish it, and as soon as this is not so we complain to God and are annoyed with people.” — Saint Theophan the Recluse
“In this Kingdom which is to come and has already begun, ‘being oneself’ is to understand oneself as ‘the other’; and in the ultimate transcendence, it means to tilt the entire material plane toward the Divine Other. The Virgin and St John the Baptist witness to this. They effect such transcendence, the one through the other, and together they integrate the human fullness in Christ. The Office of St John the Baptist makes this explicit: ‘Through the bonds of the communion of prayer you are one; O Mother of the King of all and divine Forerunner, pray together!’” — Paul Evdokimov
“The Church is intolerant in principle because she believes; she is tolerant in practice because she loves. The enemies of the Church are tolerant in principle because they do not believe; they are intolerant in practice because they do not love.” -Rev. Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange O.P
“It takes three to make love, not two: you, your spouse, and God. Without God people only succeed in bringing out the worst in one another. Lovers who have nothing else to do but love each other soon find there is nothing else. Without a central loyalty life is unfinished.” ― Fulton J. Sheen
“Evil is conquered by prayer, not by complaining and ranting.” ― Fulton J. Sheen
“Protestants believe that the sacraments are like ladders that God gave to us by which we can climb up to Him. Catholics believe that they are like ladders that God gave to Himself by which He climbs down to us.” ― Peter Kreeft
“You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink.” ― G.K. Chesterton
“Instead of being just a church that welcomes and receives by keeping the doors open, let us try also to be a church that finds new roads, that is able to step outside itself and go to those who do not attend Mass, to those who have quit or are indifferent. The ones who quit sometimes do it for reasons that, if properly understood and assessed, can lead to a return. But that takes audacity and courage.” — Pope Francis
“The Holy Father told me at the beginning: ‘You can sell your desk. You don’t need it. You need to get out of the Vatican. Don’t wait for people to come ringing. You need to go out and look for the poor,'” — Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, the Vatican Almoner whose job is handing out alms to needy.
“The artist has a special relationship to beauty. In a very true sense it can be said that beauty is the vocation bestowed on him by the Creator in the gift of ‘artistic talent.’ Artists of the world, may your many different paths all lead to that infinite Ocean of beauty where wonder becomes awe, exhilaration, unspeakable joy.” — Bl. John Paul II