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Quotes of the Day

When the former Jews said: “We have no king but Caesar”


June 6, 2022

Spirituality

St. Ignatius of Antioch, (107), preparing for martyrdom: “I look forward with joy to the wild animals held in readiness for me; I will coax them to devour me, so that they may not, as happened in some cases, shrink from seizing me… I am God’s wheat, and I am ground by the wild beasts that I may be found the pure bread of Christ.”

Doctrine

St. Athanasius: “For thus, the former Jews also, denying the Word, and saying, ‘We have no king but Caesar’, were forthwith stripped of all they had, and forfeited the light of the Lamp, the odor of ointment, knowledge of prophecy, and the Truth itself; till now they understand nothing, but are walking as in darkness.” (First Discourse Against The Arians, Chap. 3, c. AD 360)

The Christians were at once the objects of hatred by the populace of the Roman Empire


June 5, 2022

Spirituality

“And I say to you, my friends: Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.  But I will shew you whom ye shall fear: fear ye him who, after he hath killed, hath power to cast into hell.  Yea, I say to you, fear him.” (Luke 12:4-5)

Doctrine

“The Christians were at once the objects of hatred and contempt [by the populace of the Roman Empire].  Because they were intolerant of all other religions, because they either denied outright the existence of heathen deities or regarded them as evil spirits whose worship was the greatest sacrilege and treason to the true God – they were called narrow-minded bigots…” (Fr. Laux, Church History, p. 44)

Christ feeds on the lilies of chastity


June 4, 2022

Spirituality

St. Alphonsus (1760): “The spouse in the canticles feedeth among the lilies (Cant. 2:16). One of the sacred interpreters, explaining these words, says, that ‘as the devil revels in the uncleanness of lust, so Christ feeds on the lilies of chastity.’”


Doctrine

Errors of the Modernists #62: “The principal articles of the Apostles’ Creed did not have the same meaning for the Christians of the earliest times as they have for our times.” – Condemned by Pope Pius X

St. Athanasius Against the Arians: “All abhor you, except the Devil alone”


June 2, 2022

Spirituality

Dan. 7:9-10: “I beheld till thrones were placed, and the Ancient of days sat: his garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like clean wool: his throne like flames of fire: the wheels of it like a burning fire.  A swift stream of fire issued forth from before him: thousands of thousands ministered to him, and ten thousand times a hundred thousand stood before him: the judgment sat, and the books were opened.”

Doctrine

St. Athanasius (347) [Against the Arians]: “All abhor you, except the Devil alone; for he alone is your father in such an apostasy.  In the beginning he sowed you with the seeds of this impiety, and now he persuades you to slander the Ecumenical Council (Nicaea)… For the faith which the Council confessed in writing is the faith of the Catholic Church.  In order to establish this, the blessed fathers wrote as they did, while condemning the Arian heresy.”

Offer prayers and sacrifices constantly to the Most High


Spirituality

“What are you doing?  Pray!  Pray a great deal!  The hearts of Jesus and Mary have merciful designs for you.  Offer prayers and sacrifices constantly to the Most High.” (The Angel to the Fatima Children)

Doctrine

Pope St. Leo the Great: Those who “return once more to the catholic Faith which they had long ago lost, should first confess without ambiguity that their errors and the authors of the errors themselves are condemned by them, that their base opinions may be utterly destroyed, and no hope survive of their recurrence…” (Letter 18, Dec. 30, 447)

The Devil is at work in the sons of disobedience


June 1, 2022

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. 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)

Priority must be given to preserving the things of God


May 30, 2022

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

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. Basil: “when I look round, I seem to have no one on my side”


May 29, 2022

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

Hermas (A.D. 140): “They had need to come up through the water, so that they might be made alive; for they could not otherwise enter into the kingdom of God.”

Whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God


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!’”

St. Polycarp knew the Apostles of Jesus


May 27, 2022

Spirituality

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)

Doctrine

St. Irenaeus, Against Heresies, Book 3, Chap. 3, A.D. 180:  “Since, however, it would be very tedious in such a volume as this, to reckon up the successions of all the Churches, we do put to confusion all those who… assemble in unauthorized meetings; [we do this, I say] by indicating that tradition derived from the apostles, of the very great, the very ancient, and universally known Church founded and organized at Rome by the two most glorious apostles, Peter and Paul; as also [by pointing] out the faith preached to men, which comes down to our time by means of the successions of the bishops.  For it is a matter of necessity that every Church should agree with this Church [i.e. of Rome], on account of its preeminent authority, that is, the faithful everywhere...”

Pius IX condemns the theory that it makes no difference to which religion one belongs


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 Pius IX (1846): “Also perverse is that shocking theory that it makes no difference to which religion one belongs, a theory greatly at variance even with reason.  By means of this theory, those crafty men remove all distinction between virtue and vice, truth and error, honorable and vile action.  They pretend that men can gain eternal salvation by the practice of any religion, as if there could ever be any sharing between justice and iniquity, any collaboration between light and darkness, or any agreement between Christ and Belial.” (Qui Pluribus #15, Nov. 9, 1846)

Pope St. Gregory VII on punishing those who defend injustices


May 26, 2022

Spirituality

Pope St. Gregory VII: “… without doubt… we shall punish heavily and most severely him who having an unjust case shall try to defend it…” (Nov. 24, 1078)

Doctrine

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

Those who were not willing to be at agreement in the Church of God, cannot remain with God


May 25, 2022

Spirituality

St. Euplius, before his martyrdom, said: “Brethren, love the Lord with all your hearts; for He never forgets those who love Him. He remembers them during life and at the hour of their death, when He sends His angels to lead them to His heavenly country.”

Doctrine

Pope Pelagius II: “Those who were not willing to be at agreement in the Church of God, cannot remain with God; although given over to flames and fires… there will not be for them that crown of faith, but the punishment of faithlessness…”

Hearing the commandments of the Lord, they did all things contrary


May 24, 2022

Spirituality

“And the Lord raised up judges, to deliver them from the hands of those that oppressed them: but they would not hearken to them, committing fornication with strange gods, and adoring them. They quickly forsook the way in which their fathers had walked: and hearing the commandments of the Lord, they did all things contrary.” (Judges 2:16-17)

Doctrine

Pope Benedict XIV: “The faithful must be fully aware that sin and its eternal punishment are remitted by the Sacrament of Penance if one makes proper use of it; however the entire temporal punishment is very seldom taken away. This must be removed either by satisfactory works in this life or by the fire of Purgatory after death.” (Apostolica Constitutio #13, June 26, 1749)

What The Greatest Saints Did To Be Rich In Graces And Virtues


May 22, 2022

Spirituality

St. Louis De Montfort: “… the greatest saints, the souls richest in graces and virtues, shall be the most assiduous in praying to our Blessed Lady, and in having her always present as their perfect model for imitation and their powerful aid for help.” (True Devotion to Mary #46)

Doctrine

Pope Leo XIII: “The defense of Catholicism, indeed, necessarily demands that in the profession of doctrines taught by the Church all shall be of one mind and all steadfast in believing…” (Immortale Dei #46, Nov. 1, 1885)

It is not the multitude who are being saved, but the elect of God


May 21, 2022

Spirituality

St. Basil, Letter 257, 4th century: “Remember that it is not the multitude who are being saved, but the elect of God.  Be not then affrighted at the great multitude of the people who are carried here and there by winds like the waters of the sea.”

Doctrine

Pope Eugene IV: “The Holy Roman Church, founded by the voice of our Lord and Savior, firmly believes, professes, and preaches one true God, omnipotent, unchangeable, and eternal, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost… These three persons are one God, and not three gods, because of the three there is one substance, one essence, one nature, one divinity, one immensity, one eternity… It [the Holy Roman Church] condemns, rejects and anathematizes all who think opposed and contrary things, and declares them to be aliens from the Body of Christ, which is the Church.” (Council of Florence, “Cantate Domino,” 1441, ex cathedra)

The Appearance of the Angel to the Fatima Children – 1916


Spirituality

[The Appearance of the Angel to the Fatima Children – 1916]: “Then, rising up, the Angel took the Chalice and the Host, and kneeling on the flat rock, held the white disk before him, saying: ‘Take and drink the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, horribly insulted by ungrateful men.  Make reparation for their crimes and console your God.’” (Our Lady of Fatima, p. 42.)

Doctrine

Pope Gregory XVI: “We are thankful for the success of apostolic missions in America, the Indies, and other faithless lands… They fearlessly fight the Lord’s battles against heresy and unbelief by private and public speech and writings… They search out those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death to summon them to the light and life of the Catholic religion.” (Probe Nostis #6, Sept. 18, 1840)

The happiness of this present life is a dream of one awakening


May 19, 2022

Spirituality

St. Alphonsus: “David calls the happiness of this present life a dream of one awakening: ‘As the dream of them that awake’ (Ps. 72:20)… The goods of this world appear great, but in fact are nothing; like sleep, they last but a little while, and then all vanishes.”

Doctrine

Pope St. Leo IX: “The holy Church built upon a rock, that is Christ, and upon Peter or Cephas, the son of John who first was called Simon, because by the gates of Hell, that is, by the disputations of heretics which lead the vain to destruction, it would never be overcome.” (In terra pax hominibus, Sept. 2, 1053, Denz. 351)

So many souls are lost because they have never known truth


May 18, 2022

Spirituality

St. Louis De Montfort: “All the true children of God, the predestinate, have God for their Father and Mary for their Mother. He who has not Mary for his Mother has not God for his Father. This is the reason why the reprobate, such as heretics, schismatics and others, who hate our Blessed Lady or regard her with contempt and indifference, have not God for their Father, however much they boast of it, simply because they have not Mary for their Mother.” (True Devotion to Mary #30)

Doctrine

Fr. De Smet: “New priests are to be added to the Potawatomi Mission, and my Superior, Father Verhaegen gives me hope that I will be sent. How happy I would be could I spend myself for the salvation of so many souls, who are lost because they have never known truth!” (Jan. 26, 1838 - Fr. De Smet was a great missionary to the American Indians)

Those who prefer the eternal to the temporal are hardly to be found


Spirituality

Pope St. Leo the Great: “And thus is perfectly fulfilled that assurance of the Truth, by which we learn that ‘narrow and steep is the way that leads to life’; and whilst the breadth of the way that leads to death is crowded with a large company, the steps are few of those that tread the path of safety. And wherefore is the left road more thronged than the right, save that the multitude is prone to worldly joys and carnal goods? And although that which it desires is short-lived and uncertain, yet men endure toil more willingly for the lust of pleasure than for love of virtue. Thus while those who crave things visible are unnumbered, those who prefer the eternal to the temporal are hardly to be found.” (Sermon 49, 5th century)

Doctrine

Pope Pius XI: “So, Venerable Brethren, it is clear why this Apostolic See has never allowed its subjects to take part in the assemblies of non-Catholics: for the union of Christians can only be promoted by promoting the return to the one true Church of Christ…” (Mortalium Animos # 10, Jan. 6, 1928)

Delay not to be converted to the Lord


May 17, 2022

Spirituality

“Delay not to be converted to the Lord, and defer it not from day to day. For His wrath shall come on a sudden, and in the time of vengeance he will destroy thee.” (Ecclesiasticus 5:8-9)

Doctrine

Pope Paul III: “If anyone shall say that baptism is optional, that is, not necessary for salvation (cf. Jn. 3:5): let him be anathema.” (Council of Trent, Canon 5 on the Sacrament of Baptism)

God does not give eternal rewards to members of false religions


May 16, 2022

Spirituality

St. Louis De Montfort: “If devotion to the most holy Virgin Mary is necessary to all men simply for working out their salvation, it is still more so for those who are called to any special perfection…” (True Devotion to Mary #43)

Doctrine

Pope Leo XII: “It is impossible for the most true God, who is Truth itself, the best, the wisest Provider, and the Rewarder of good men, to approve all sects who profess false teachings which are often inconsistent with one another and contradictory, and to confer eternal rewards on their members… by divine faith we hold one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and that no other name under heaven is given to men except the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth in which we must be saved. This is why we profess that there is no salvation outside the Church.” (Ubi Primum #14, May 5, 1824)

So shall it be at the end of the world


May 15, 2022

Spirituality

So shall it be at the end of the world, the angels shall go out, and shall separate the wicked from among the just, and shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Have you understood all these things? They say to Him: Yes.” (Matthew 13:49-51)

Doctrine

Pope St. Leo the Great, Sermon 46: “… remember that your works of mercy will only then profit you, and your strict continence only then bear fruit, when your minds are unsoiled by any defilement from wrong opinions. Cast away the arguments of this world’s wisdom, for God hates them, and none can arrive by them at the knowledge of the Truth…”

Consider that in a few years, perhaps months or days, you will become rottenness and worms


May 14, 2022

Spirituality

St. Alphonsus: “My brother, in this picture of death behold yourself, and what you will one day become: ‘Remember that thou art dust, and to dust thou shalt return.’ Consider that in a few years, perhaps months or days, thou wilt become rottenness and worms. This thought made Job a saint: ‘I have said to rottenness, Thou art my father; to worms, My mother and my sister’ (Job. 17:14).”

Doctrine

Second Council of Constantinople, Canon 1, 553: “If anyone does not confess one nature or essence of Father and Son and Holy Spirit, and one power and authority, a consubstantial Trinity to be worshipped as one Godhead in three hypostases or persons, let such a one be anathema.”

The Church has established the universal prayer which is offered up for the faithless Jews


May 13, 2022

Spirituality

“And the Lord said to Abraham: If I find in Sodom fifty just within the city, I will spare the whole place for their sake… What if there be five less than fifty just persons?... And He said: I will not destroy it, if I find five and forty. But if forty be found there, what wilt thou do? He said: I will not destroy it for the sake of forty. Lord, saith he, be not angry, I beseech thee, if I speak: What if thirty shall be found there? I will not do it, if I find thirty there…What if twenty be found there? He said: I will not destroy it for the sake of twenty. I beseech thee, saith he, be not angry, Lord, if I speak yet once more: What if ten shall be found there? And the Lord said: I will not destroy it for the sake of ten. And the Lord departed… And the Lord rained upon Sodom and Gomorrha brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven. And He destroyed these cities, and all the country about…” (Genesis, Chapters 19-20)

Doctrine

Pope Benedict XIV: “Surely it is not in vain that the Church has established the universal prayer which is offered up for the faithless Jews from the rising of the sun to its setting, that the Lord God may remove the veil from their hearts, that they may be rescued from their darkness into the light of truth.” (A Quo Primum # 4, June 14, 1751)

Finding True Peace


May 12, 2022

Spirituality

St. John Eudes (17th century): “Experience, as well as faith, teaches us that the wicked shall find no peace. But on the contrary: those who love and serve God shall enjoy peace in abundance, which shall render their lives a thousand times sweeter and more agreeable than are the lives of those who follow their own inordinate inclinations.”

Doctrine

St. Robert Bellarmine: “Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart (Acts 2:37)… Therefore the Gospel not only consoles but even terrifies.  For compunction is born from terror.” (De Justificatione, Book 4, Chap. 2)

The true worship of God is unique to the Catholic religion


May 10, 2022

Spirituality

St. Louis De Montfort: “When the Holy Ghost, her Spouse, has found Mary in a soul, He flies there. He enters there in His fullness; He communicates Himself to that soul abundantly, and to the full extent to which it makes room for His Spouse. Nay, one of the great reasons why the Holy Ghost does not now do startling wonders in our souls is because He does not find there a sufficiently great union with His faithful and inseparable Spouse.” (True Devotion to Mary, # 36)

Doctrine

Pope Gregory XVI: “Therefore, they must instruct them in the true worship of God, which is unique to the Catholic religion.” (Summo Iugiter Studio # 6, May 27, 1832)

Altar Girls Are Forbidden


Spirituality

Pope St. Leo the Great, Sermon 39: “… understand that the more zealous we are for our salvation, the more determined will be the assaults of our opponents.” (5th century)

Doctrine

Pope Benedict XIV: “Pope Gelasius in his ninth letter (Chap. 26) to the bishops of Lucania condemned the evil practice which had been introduced of women serving the priest at the celebration of Mass. Since this abuse had spread to the Greeks, Innocent IV strictly forbade it in his letter to the bishop of Tusculum: ‘Women should not dare to serve at the altar; they should be altogether refused this ministry.’ We too have forbidden this practice in the same words in Our oft-repeated constitution Etsi Pastoralis, sect. 6, no. 21.” (Allatae Sunt #29, July 26, 1755)

Outside of Jesus there exists nothing but error, iniquity, death and damnation


May 8, 2022

Spirituality

“And the angels [who became devils], who kept not their principality, but forsook their own habitation, He hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness, unto the judgment of the great day.  As Sodom and Gomorrha, and the neighboring cities, in like manner having given themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, were made an example, suffering the punishment of eternal fire.  In like manner these men also defile the flesh, and despise dominion and blaspheme majesty.” (Jude, verses 6-8)

Doctrine

St. Louis De Montfort: “There has been no name given under heaven, except the name of Jesus, by which we can be saved.... Every one of the faithful who is not united to Him as a branch to the stock of the vine, shall fall, shall wither and shall be fit only to be cast into the fire.  Outside of Him there exists nothing but error, falsehood, iniquity, futility, death and damnation.” (True Devotion to Mary, #61)

Whoever once enters Hell shall never quit it for all eternity


Spirituality

St. Alphonsus: “Whoever once enters Hell shall never quit it for all eternity. This thought caused David to tremble, saying: ‘Let not the deep swallow me up, and let not the pit shut her mouth upon me’ (Psalm 68:16).”

Doctrine

St. Francis De Sales: “And to say that the Church has failed - what else is it but to say that all our predecessors are damned. Yes, truly; for outside the Church there is no salvation, out of this Ark every one is lost.” (The Catholic Controversy, p. 59)

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