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Quotes of the Day

The primacy of the popes at councils


June 8, 2023

Spirituality

“Sin is called… ‘a stain on the soul.’  A stain is a blot or ugly mark which destroys what is bright and comely.  A stain is caused by contact with soiling and unsuitable things.  Sin dims or blots out the brightness of perfected human nature; it blots out the wisdom and grace of God in the soul.  It is therefore a stain upon the soul.  We speak here of grave sin, not of the actual sin which is called venial.  A stain remains after the contact that caused it has ceased.  So also the stain of serious sin remains in the soul after the act of sin has been completed.  This stain is not removed except by a new act of returning by recovered grace to the unsmirched beauty of the soul.”  (Msgr. Paul J. Glenn, A Tour of the Summa, p. 162).

Doctrine

St. Robert Bellarmine, On Councils, Book 1, Chap. 19: “[The primacy of the popes at councils] is proven from the Apostolic Council, in Acts 15, in which Jerome affirms Peter to have presided in a letter to Augustine, which is 11 among the letters of Augustine.  Likewise from that [council] it is gathered that Peter rises first, speaks first, defines the matter first, and all, as Jerome said, followed his position.”

Prioritize first the things of God


June 7, 2023

Spirituality

Pope St. Celestine: “… success in everything else will follow if priority is given to preserving the things of God…” (To Theodosius II, 5th century)

Doctrine

St. Athanasius: “When he extended his hands upon the cross, he overthrew ‘the ruler of the power of the air, who is at work in the sons of disobedience’ (Eph 2:2) and cleared the way to heaven for us.” (Letter 40 to Adelphius)

An example of someone who is not a believer in God


June 6, 2023

Spirituality

St. Basil, Letter 156: “Indeed, when I look round, I seem to have no one on my side. I can but pray I may be found in the number of those seven thousand who have not bowed the knee to Baal. I know the present persecutors of us all seek my life; yet that shall not diminish ought of the zeal which I owe to the Churches of God.”

Doctrine

Pope Pius XI (1937): “Whoever identifies, by pantheistic confusion, God and the universe, by either lowering God to the dimensions of the world, or raising the world to the dimensions of God, is not a believer in God.” (Mit Brennender Sorge #7)

St. Robert Bellarmine on man created in the image of God


June 4, 2023

Spirituality

St. Basil, Letter 159: “For if, to me, to live is Christ, [Philippians 1:21] truly my words ought to be about Christ, my every thought and deed ought to depend upon His commandments, and my soul to be fashioned after His.”

Doctrine

St. Robert Bellarmine, De Amissione Gratiae et Statu Peccati, Book 4, Chap. 11: “… although the image of God properly resides in the soul, nevertheless by reason of the soul the whole man is rightly said to be made to the image of God.”

"Worthy is the Lamb who was slain"


Spirituality

“… whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.” (James 4:4)

Doctrine

Apocalypse 5:11-13- “Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, ‘Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!’  And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, ‘To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!’”

The Hail Mary prayer drives demons away


June 3, 2023

Spirituality

St. Louis De Montfort (1710): “While St. Dominic was preaching the Rosary in Carcassone, a heretic made fun of the miracles and the fifteen mysteries of the Holy Rosary, and this prevented other heretics from being converted.  As a punishment God suffered fifteen thousand devils to enter the man’s body.  His parents took him to Fr. Dominic to be delivered… St. Dominic started to pray and begged everyone who was there to say the Rosary out loud with him, and at each Hail Mary Our Lady drove one hundred devils out of the heretic’s body and they came out in the form of red hot coals.” (The Secret of the Rosary, p. 30.)

Doctrine

Pope St. Celestine I (431): “… pray that the faith may be granted to infidels; that idolaters may be delivered from the errors of their impiety; that the light of truth may be visible to the Jews, and the veil of their hearts may be removed; that heretics may come to their senses through a comprehension of the Catholic faith; that schismatics may receive the spirit of renewed charity…”

It is unlawful to proceed further in inquiry regarding the one baptism of water


June 1, 2023

Spirituality

St. Alphonsus (1755): “The atmosphere of the world is noxious and pestilential.  Whosoever breathes it easily catches spiritual infection.  Human respect, bad example, and evil conversations are powerful incitements to earthly attachments and to estrangement of the soul from God.  Everyone knows that the damnation of numberless souls is attributable to the occasions of sin so common in the world.”

Doctrine

Pope Pius IX: “… let us hold most firmly that, in accordance with Catholic teaching, there is ‘one God, one faith, one baptism’ (Eph. 4:5); it is unlawful to proceed further in inquiry.” (Singulari Quadam, Dec. 9, 1854)

St. Irenaeus met St Polycarp, who himself knew the Apostles


May 30, 2023

Spirituality

St. Gregory Nazianzen, Carmen De Vita Sua, AD 382: “Seeing many people in this present age writing words without measure which flow forth easily, and expending a great deal of time on their efforts for which no reward awaits – or only empty chatter…”

Doctrine

St. Irenaeus (born A.D. 130), on meeting St. Polycarp (born A.D. 69) who knew the Apostles: “I remember the events of those days more clearly than those which happened recently, for what we learn as children grows up with the soul and is united to it, so that I can speak even of the place in which the blessed Polycarp sat and disputed… the discourses which he made to people, how he reported his discussions with John and with the others who had seen the Lord, how he remembered their words, and what were the things concerning the Lord which he had heard from them, and about their miracles, and about their teaching, and how Polycarp had received them from the eyewitnesses of the word of life, and reported all things in agreement with the Scriptures. I listened eagerly even then to these things through the mercy of God which was given me.” (quoted in Eusebius, Ecclesiastical History)

Prayer must be said without hypocrisy


May 28, 2023

Spirituality

St. Peter Canisius, Summa Doctrinae Christianae, 16th century, Three Kinds of Good Works: “There is no work more commended in Holy Scripture, none… more necessarily is to be exercised in this life than prayer.  The prayer of him that humbles himself shall pierce the clouds [Sirach 35:21].  Also, it behooves us always to pray [Luke 18:1], namely, with a zealous disposition of heart, and without hypocrisy or respect for the praise of men, that is to say, in spirit and truth.”

Doctrine

Pope St. Celestine I (431): “… pray that the faith may be granted to infidels; that idolaters may be delivered from the errors of their impiety; that the light of truth may be visible to the Jews, and the veil of their hearts may be removed; that heretics may come to their senses through a comprehension of the Catholic faith; that schismatics may receive the spirit of renewed charity…”

 

St. Peter the Apostle confronts Ananias for lying to the Holy Ghost


May 26, 2023

Spirituality

“Ananias, with Saphira his wife, sold a piece of land, And by fraud kept back part of the price of the land… But Peter said: Ananias, why hath Satan tempted thy heart, that thou shouldst lie to the Holy Ghost, and by fraud keep part of the price of the land?... Thou has not lied to men, but to God.  And Ananias hearing these words, fell down, and gave up the ghost.  And there came great fear upon all that heard it.” (Acts 5:1-5)

Doctrine

Errors of the Modernists #22: “Revelation, constituting the object of Catholic faith, was not completed with the apostles.” – Condemned by Pope Pius X

God is absolutely without motion and is not measured by time


May 24, 2023

Spirituality

During the sixth and seventh centuries, the Church of Ireland stood in the full beauty of its bloom.  The spirit of the Gospel operated amongst the people with a vigorous and vivifying power; troops of holy men, from the highest to the lowest ranks of society, obeyed the counsel of Christ, and forsook all things, that they might follow Him.  There was no country in the world, during this period, which could boast of pious foundations or of religious communities equal to those that adorned this far-distant land.” (Laux, Church History, p. 182)

Doctrine

St. Thomas Aquinas: “Everything that begins to be or ceases to be does so through motion or change.  Since, however, we have shown that God is absolutely immutable, He is eternal, lacking all beginning or end.  Those beings alone are measured by time that are moved.  For time, as is made clear in Physics IV, is ‘the number of motion.’  But God, as has been proved, is absolutely without motion, and is consequently not measured by time.  There is, therefore, no before and after in Him.” (Summa Contra Gentiles, Book I, Chap. 15)

No one ascends into the kingdom of heaven except through the Sacrament of Baptism


May 23, 2023

Spirituality

“… a Spaniard well known in the town was leaving Cartegena with a loose woman.  Claver’s words, ‘I am sorry to see you travelling with the Devil,’ checked him like an arrow to the heart.  He got no farther than Turbaco.  That night he was knocking at Claver’s door.  He fell on his knees and told the story of his disordered life.” (Fr. Angel Valtierra, Peter Claver – Saint of the Slaves, 1960, pp. 210-211.)

Doctrine

St. Ambrose, The Duties of Clergy, A.D. 391: “The Church was redeemed at the price of Christ’s blood.  Judean or Greek, it makes no difference; but if he has believed he must circumcise himself from his sins so that he can be saved... for no one ascends into the kingdom of heaven except through the Sacrament of Baptism.”

If you are defeated by the world, you will not stand next to Him who conquered the world


May 21, 2023

Spirituality

Maximus the Confessor: “No one who enjoys indulging the flesh will be able to pass over to Him, or who takes greater pleasure in the deceptions of the world than in His blessed glory; neither will such a person be able to stand next to Him who conquered the world [John 16:33], since he himself has been defeated by the world…”

Doctrine

Pope Leo XII, Quod hoc ineunte (# 8), May 24, 1824: “We address all of you who are still removed from the true Church and the road to salvation.  In this universal rejoicing, one thing is lacking: that having been called by the inspiration of the Heavenly Spirit and having broken every decisive snare, you might sincerely agree with the mother Church, outside of whose teachings there is no salvation.”

Without the knowledge of Jesus Christ it is impossible to be saved


May 19, 2023

Spirituality

“For all that is in the world is the concupiscence of the flesh, and the concupiscence of the eyes, and the pride of life, which is not of the Father, but is of the world” (1 John 2:16).

Doctrine

St. Louis De Montfort (1710): “… no one can possibly be saved without the knowledge of Jesus Christ – and yet a man who knows absolutely nothing of any of the other sciences will be saved as long as he is illumined by the science of Jesus Christ.” (The Secret of the Rosary, p. 65)

On the monstrous crime of blasphemy


May 18, 2023

Spirituality

Pope Leo XII, Charitate Christi (#11), Dec. 25, 1825: “That monstrous crime of blasphemy, for instance — who would ever have believed that it could be heard among Christians?  And yet there is almost no region now where oaths are not taken rashly, and the holy and terrible name of God is used irreverently in every land.  Some even dare to blaspheme Him whom the angels glorify.  With fiery zeal, search out and attack this impiety which so greatly injures God.”

Doctrine

St. Cyprian (252): “An ever-burning Gehenna and the punishment of being devoured by living flames will consume the condemned; nor will there be any way in which the tormented can ever have respite or the torments end… weeping will be useless, and prayer ineffectual.”

Ancient heretics and recent Protestants attack the authority of the Apostolic See


May 17, 2023

Spirituality

Pope St. Leo the Great, Sermon 9, 444: “Who then would not tremble at this doom of eternal torment?  Who would not dread evils which are never to be ended?”

Doctrine

Pope Pius IX, Nostis et Nobiscum (#17), Dec. 8, 1849: “So it has been a common characteristic both of the ancient heretics and of the more recent Protestants — whose disunity in all their other tenets is so great — to attack the authority of the Apostolic See.  But never at any time were they able by any artifice or exertion to make this See tolerate even a single one of their errors.”

Jesus will come in His glorious Majesty, as He Himself has foretold


May 16, 2023

Spirituality

On another occasion Claver was in the main square inveighing against sexual vice.  A Spanish woman of the streets laughed at him and yelled insults when he began his customary reading of the Gospel.  The saint held up his crucifix and said: ‘Since you wish to go to Hell, here is the Divine Judge to pronounce judgment.’  The woman, terrified, was overcome, and brought her repentance to Claver.  This conversion caused a great stir.” (Fr. Angel Valtierra, Peter Claver – Saint of the Slaves, 1960, p. 211.)

Doctrine

Pope St. Leo the Great, Sermon 9, 444: “For the Lord will come in His glorious Majesty, as He Himself has foretold, and there will be with Him an innumerable host of angel-legions radiant in their splendor. Before the throne of His power will all the nations of the world be gathered; and all the men that in all ages and on all the face of the earth have been born, shall stand in the Judge’s sight. Then shall be separated the just from the unjust, the guiltless from the guilty…”

When King Achaz sacrificed his own children to the idol Moloch


May 15, 2023

Spirituality

“During the reign of [King] Achaz the people of Juda were visited with a terrible calamity.  That unhappy king had sacrificed his own children to the idol Moloch, one of the chief gods of the Gentiles.  He had closed the gates of the Temple, and broken the sacred vessels.  The Lord therefore delivered him into the hands of the king of Syria, who slew in one day a hundred and twenty thousand men of Juda, while two hundred thousand women and children were carried into captivity.” (2 Paralip. 29-32 - Bishop Frederick Justus Knecht, A Practical Commentary on Holy Scripture, p. 314.)

Doctrine

Pope Pius X (1904): “Men even go so far as to impugn the arguments for the existence of God, denying with unparalleled audacity and against the first principles of reason the invincible force of the proof which from the effects ascends to their cause, that is God, and to the notion of His infinite attributes.  ‘For the invisible things of him, from the creation of the world, are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made: his eternal power and divinity’ (Rom. 1:20).” (Iucunda sane #15)

These are the many allurements of corruption


May 14, 2023

Spirituality

Acts 26:15-18 – “And I said: Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord answered: ‘I am Jesus whom you are persecuting.  But rise and stand upon your feet, for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you as a servant and witness to the things in which you have seen me and to those in which I will appear to you, delivering you from your people and from the Gentiles—to whom I am sending you to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive remission of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by the faith that is in me.’”

Doctrine

Pope Leo XIII (1886): “Everyone knows how inimical to virtue these times are and how the Church is attacked.  We have much to fear amid such dangers, lest a shaken faith languish even where it has taken strong and deep roots.  It is enough to recall rationalism and naturalism, those deadly sources of evil whose teachings are everywhere freely distributed.  We must then add the many allurements of corruption: the opposition to or open defection from the Church by public officials, the bold obstinacy of secret societies, here and there a curriculum for the education of youth without regard for God.” (Quod multum #3)

Heretics are subject to the Devil and with divers errors serve in his camp


May 13, 2023

Spirituality

2 Chronicles 12:5- “Then Shemaiah the prophet came to Rehoboam and to the princes of Judah, who had gathered at Jerusalem because of Shishak, and said to them: Thus says the LORD, ‘You abandoned me, so I have abandoned you to the hand of Shishak.’”

Doctrine

Pope St. Leo the Great, Sermon 16, 5th century: “But at all these acts of godliness, dearly-beloved, which commend us more and more to God, there is no doubt that our enemy, who is so eager and so skilled in harming us, is aroused with keener stings of hatred, that under a false profession of the Christian name he may corrupt those whom he is not allowed to attack with open and bloody persecutions, and for this work he has heretics in his service whom he has led astray from the Catholic faith, subjected to himself, and forced under divers errors to serve in his camp.”

How the slanderer inflicts injury on three persons at once


May 11, 2023

Spirituality

St. Basil (4th century): “… our life has been slandered; and our faith in God has been slandered; for I realize that the slanderer inflicts injury on three persons at once: he injures him whom he calumniates, those with whom he has conversation, and himself.” (Letter 204)

Doctrine

St. Athanasius, 4th century: “First of all believe that God is one, who created all things and fitted them together, and made all things to be out of that which is not” (On the Incarnation, 3, 1).

When the demons gnashed their teeth at St. Antony of the Desert


May 10, 2023

Spirituality

“So, after making many attempts” to attack, discourage and frighten St. Antony of the Desert, “they [the demons] gnashed their teeth at him… And the Lord in this also forgot not Antony’s wrestling, but came to his defense.  For looking up, Antony saw as it were the roof opening and a beam of light coming down to him.  And the demons suddenly disappeared, and the soreness of his body ceased at once, and the building was again sound.” (St. Antony of the Desert, p. 14.)

Doctrine

Job 11:7-10- “… God… He is higher than heaven, and what wilt thou do?  He is deeper than hell, and how wilt thou know?  The measure of him is longer than the earth, and broader than the sea.”

Impious heretics are far from the men who speak of God


May 9, 2023

Spirituality

Vision of St. Ansgar (9th century): “When then I had been brought by the men whom I mentioned into the presence of this unending light, where the majesty of almighty God was revealed to me without need for anyone to explain, and when they and I had offered our united adoration, a most sweet voice, the sound of which was more distinct than all other sounds, and which seemed to me to fill the whole world, came to me from the same divine majesty…” (Life of Ansgar, p. 10)

Doctrine

Pope St. Martin I, Lateran Synod, 649: “… there is no common ground between the heretics and the holy fathers, but that ‘as far as the East is from the West’, so far are the impious heretics in word and thought from the men who speak of God.”

Many souls perished by their own tongue


May 8, 2023

Spirituality

Ecclesiasticus 28:22- “Many have fallen by the edge of the sword, but not so many as have perished by their own tongue.”

Doctrine

Pope Innocent IV, First Council of Lyons, 1245: “… to be unwilling to disquiet evildoers is none other than to encourage them, and… he who fails to oppose a manifest crime is not without a touch of secret complicity…”

How a man was damned due to concealing many sins


May 6, 2023

Spirituality

“Padre Pio had an unpleasant duty to perform.  He was talking with a recently-widowed woman.  Her husband had once left her and their two children to live with another woman for over three years.  Unexpectedly cancer had claimed his life.  Before his death, after urgent appeals, he had consented to receive the last Sacraments of the Church.  The woman, short and plain, finally asked the inevitable: ‘Where is his soul, Padre?  I haven’t slept, worrying.’  Padre Pio watched her with troubled eyes.  He could almost feel her grief filling his own heart.  ‘Your husband’s soul is condemned forever,’ he whispered.  The woman shook her head and her eyes clouded with tears.  ‘Condemned?’  Padre Pio nodded sadly.  ‘When receiving the last Sacraments he concealed many sins.  He had neither repentance nor a good resolution.  He was also a sinner against God’s mercy, because he said he always wanted to have a share of the good things in life and then have time to be converted to God.’” (Prophet of the People, A Biography of Padre Pio, p. 158)

Doctrine

Pope St. Leo the Great: “Defend the Church in unshaken peace against the heretics, that your empire also may be defended by Christ’s right hand.” (Letter 44, Oct. 13, 449, to Emperor Theodosius II)

Avoid those who dissent from the true doctrine, who serve their own belly


May 5, 2023

Spirituality

Proverbs 15:8- “The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord…”

Doctrine

Romans 16:17-18 “Now I beseech you, brethren, to mark them who make dissensions and offences contrary to the doctrine which you have learned, and avoid them. For they that are such, serve not Christ our Lord, but their own belly; and by pleasing speeches and good words, seduce the hearts of the innocent.”

On the Jesuit missionaries bringing the Christian Faith to America


May 4, 2023

Spirituality

Concerning the 19th century Jesuit missionaries in the wilderness of America: “In the first excursions made by Fathers Van Quickenborne and Christian Hoecken, they were often lost for days at a time, and would traverse the immense prairies in every direction in a vain endeavor to discover their whereabouts.  These plains resembled a vast sea: as far as the eye could see one beheld nothing but a limitless stretch of green pasture and blue sky: deer, chamois, and roebuck were plentiful; prairie-chicken and other wild game abounded.  Wolves and bears creeping from their lairs to eat sheep terrified both man and beast.  But even in such straits they were not abandoned by divine Providence.  At nightfall the Fathers would often throw the reins on the horse’s neck, letting him take his own direction, and before long would find themselves in sight of some habitation.  Once an immense and strange dog sprang in front of their horses, and, making a path through the high grass, brought them to the home of a Catholic, where they rested and were refreshed, and, to their great consolation and that of their host, they celebrated the Divine Mysteries.” (The Life of Fr. De Smet, p. 78.)

Doctrine

Pope Benedict XIV, Nuper ad nos, March 16, 1743, Profession of Faith: “This faith of the Catholic Church, without which no one can be saved, and which of my own accord I now profess and truly hold…”

The Devil deceives the mind of man into disobeying the commandments of God


May 3, 2023

Spirituality

St. Alphonsus (1755): “Worldlings shun solitude, and with good reason; for in solitude they feel more acutely the remorse of conscience, and therefore they go in search of the conversations and tumults of the world, that the noise of these occupations may stifle the stings of remorse.”

Doctrine

St. Irenaeus, Against Heresies, Book 5, Chap. 24, c. AD 180: “The Devil, however, as he is the apostate angel, can only go to this length, as he did at the beginning, [namely] to deceive and lead astray the mind of man into disobeying the commandments of God, and gradually to darken the hearts of those who would endeavor to serve him...”

The Church says: Heretics shall not be heirs with Catholics


May 2, 2023

Spirituality

There is, says the Holy Ghost, one that humbleth himself wickedly, and his interior is full of deceit (Ecclus. 19:23).  There are some who humble themselves... through a motive of being esteemed humble and of being praised for their humility.  But, according to St. Bernard, to seek praise from voluntary humiliations is not humility, but the destruction of humility, for it changes humility into an object of pride.” (St. Alphonsus)

Doctrine

St. Augustine (391): “Sara said: ‘Cast out the bondwoman and her son; for the son of a bondwoman shall not be heir with my son Isaac’ (Gen. 21:10).  And the Church says: ‘Cast out the heresies… for heretics shall not be heirs with Catholics.’”

Christ on the cross cleared the way to Heaven for us


May 1, 2023

Spirituality

St. Alphonsus (1755) on detachment from relatives: “If attachment to relatives were not productive of great mischief Jesus Christ would not have so strenuously exhorted us to estrangement from them… a man’s enemies shall be they of his own household (Mt. 10:36)… Relatives are [very often] the worst enemies of the sanctification of Christians...”

Doctrine

St. Athanasius (4th century): “When He [Christ] extended his hands upon the cross, He overthrew ‘the ruler of the power of the air, who is at work in the sons of disobedience’ (Eph 2:2) and cleared the way to heaven for us.”

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