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Quotes of the Day

What does the Church teach about John 20:22?


November 12, 2021

Spirituality

St. Louis De Montfort (1710): “The word ‘Rosary’ means ‘Crown of Roses,’ that is to say that every time people say the Rosary devoutly they place a crown of one hundred and fifty-three white roses and sixteen red roses upon the heads of Jesus and Mary.” (The Secret of the Rosary, p. 26.)

Doctrine

Pope Julius III, Council of Trent (1551): “If anyone says that those words of the Savior: ‘Receive ye the Holy Ghost; whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them; and whose sins ye shall retain, they are retained’ (John 20:22ff.), are not to be understood of the power of remitting and retaining sins in the sacrament of penance, as the Catholic Church has always understood from the beginning… let him be anathema.” (Denz. 913)

If anyone harbors hypocrisy even in secret, God rejects that man as unfit for true service


November 11, 2021

Spirituality

St. Cyril (350): “If anyone harbors hypocrisy even in secret, God rejects that man as unfit for true service. But whoever is found worthy, to him He readily gives His grace. Holy things He does not give to dogs; but where He perceives a good conscience, there He gives the wondrous and salvific sea, at which demons tremble and which angels recognize.”

Doctrine

Pope St. Leo the Great (c. 450): “For whoever is led away from the path of the true faith, and changed to another, his whole journey is an apostasy; and the further he travels from the Catholic light, the nearer he comes to the darkness of death.”

St. Polycarp said this to the person who was about to martyr him


November 10, 2021

Spirituality

To the person who was about to martyr him, St. Polycarp (A.D. 69-155) said: “You threaten fire that burns for a moment and is soon extinguished, for you know nothing of the judgment to come, and the fire of eternal punishment reserved for the wicked.  But why do you delay?  Bring what you wish.” (Eusebius of Caesarea, Ecclesiastical History, Book 4, Chap. 15)

Doctrine

Pope Leo XIII (1900): “But this supremacy of man, which openly rejects Christ, or at least ignores Him, is entirely founded upon selfishness, knowing neither charity nor self-devotion.” (Tametsi Futura #7)

How the Fatima children offered up sacrifices for sinners


November 9, 2021

Spirituality

“Presently Francisco did begin to grasp what the Angel had meant by sacrifices.  From that day forth he vied with the girls in giving up little pleasures and satisfactions for the sinners of the world.  All three would spend hours at a time lying prostrate on the ground, repeating over and over again the prayer that the Angel had taught.” (Our Lady of Fatima, p. 41.)

Doctrine

Pope Leo XIII, Apostolicae Curae, 1896: “… by Our authority, of Our own inspiration and certain knowledge We pronounce and declare that ordinations enacted according to the Anglican rite have hitherto been and are invalid and entirely void…” (Denz. 1966)

We worship the Lord of creation, the Incarnate Word of God


November 8, 2021

Spirituality

In 1830 St. Catherine Laboure saw a vision of Our Lady. She saw beams of light from the jewels on Our Lady’s hands going down toward the earth, and she observed jewels without such beams. Wondering about this, she asked Our Lady, who answered: “These are the graces men fail to ask of me!”

Doctrine

St. Athanasius (370): “We do not worship a creature.  Inconceivable!  For such an error belongs to heathens and Arians.  Rather, we worship the Lord of creation, the Incarnate Word of God… knowing that the Word was made flesh (Jn. 1:14), we recognize Him as God even after He has come into the flesh.”

The evolution of dogmas is a heretical invention


November 7, 2021

Spirituality

St. Hilary (360): “Bodies corrupted by lust are the dwelling places of devils.”

Doctrine

“I reject the heretical invention of the evolution of dogmas, passing from one meaning to another, different from that which the Church first had.” (Pope Pius X, The Oath Against Modernism, A.D. 1910)

The desire to hurt us is ever active in the tempter


November 4, 2021

Spirituality

Pope St. Leo the Great: “The desire to hurt us is indeed ever active in the tempter, but he will be disarmed and powerless, if he find no vantage ground within us from which to attack us.” (Sermon 78)

Doctrine

St. Alphonsus (c. 1760): “See also the special love which God has shown you in bringing you into life in a Christian country, and in the bosom of the Catholic or true Church. How many are born among the pagans, among the Jews, among the Mohammedans and heretics, and all are lost.”

The faithful in Christ are deemed children of Abraham


November 3, 2021

Spirituality

St. Gregory Nazianzen: “Seeing many people… expending a great deal of time on their efforts for which no reward awaits – or only empty chatter…”

Doctrine

Pope St. Gregory I (c. 590): “… if you be Christ’s then you are the seed of Abraham (Gal. 3:29).  If we because of our faith in Christ are deemed children of Abraham, the Judeans therefore because of their perfidy have ceased to be his seed.”

Through the prayer of the Rosary hardened souls are converted


November 2, 2021

Spirituality

Our Lady to St. Dominic (1214): “Dominic, do you know which weapon the Blessed Trinity wants to use to reform the world? ‘Oh, my Lady,’ answered St. Dominic, ‘you know far better than I do…’ Then Our Lady replied: ‘I want you to know that, in this kind of warfare, the battering ram has always been the Angelic Psalter (the Rosary) which is the foundation stone of the New Testament.  Therefore if you want to reach these hardened souls and win them over to God, preach my Psalter (the Rosary).’” (The Secret of the Rosary, p. 18.)

Doctrine

St. Aphraates (336): “And Jesus handed over the keys to Simon, and ascended and returned to Him who had sent Him.”

Pope Gregory XVI condemns the idea of a certain ‘restoration’ for the Church


November 1, 2021

Spirituality

St. Louis De Montfort (1706): “… the devils, who are skillful thieves, wish to surprise us unawares, and to strip us.  They watch day and night for the favorable moment.  For that end they go round about us incessantly to devour us and to snatch from us in one moment, by a sin, all the graces and merits we have gained for many years.” (True Devotion to Mary #87)

Doctrine

Pope Gregory XVI, Mirari Vos (# 10), Aug. 15, 1832: “Therefore, it is obviously absurd and injurious to propose a certain ‘restoration and regeneration’ for her (the Church) as though necessary for her safety and growth, as if she could be considered subject to any failing health or dimming of mind or other misfortune.”

If you neglect God’s call on this occasion, He may perhaps abandon you forever


October 31, 2021

Spirituality

St. Alphonsus (1760): “If you neglect God’s call on this occasion, He may perhaps abandon you forever.  Resolve, then, resolve! ‘The devil,’ says St. Theresa, ‘is afraid of resolute souls.’  St. Bernard teaches that many souls are lost through want of fortitude.”

Doctrine

St. John Chrysostom (c. 380): “Then (in the Old Covenant) it sufficed for salvation to know God alone. Now it is no longer so; the knowledge of Christ is necessary for salvation…”

St. Ambrose on the heretical Council of Rimini


October 29, 2021

Spirituality

Proverbs 23:9- “… a fool… will despise the wisdom of your words.”

Doctrine

St. Ambrose (386): “This denial of the Divinity of Christ was written in the Council of Rimini, and I am right when I shiver at the thought of that Council. I follow the teaching of the Council of Nicea, from which neither death nor the sword shall ever be able to separate me.”

Wisdom silences the dread folly of heretics (the gates of Hell)


October 28, 2021

Spirituality

Isaias 33:14: “Which of you can dwell with devouring fire? Which of you can dwell with everlasting burnings?”

Doctrine

St. Thomas Aquinas (1262): “Wisdom may fill the hearts of the faithful, and put to silence the dread folly of heretics, fittingly referred to as the gates of Hell.” (Intro. To Catena Aurea.)

The perverse are hard to be corrected, and the number of fools is infinite.


October 26, 2021

Spirituality

“The perverse are hard to be corrected, and the number of fools is infinite.” (Ecclesiastes 1:15)

Doctrine

St. Basil (370): “Whence is it that we are Christians? Through faith, all will answer. How are we saved? By being born again in the grace of baptism. For how else could we be?… For it is the same loss for anyone to depart life unbaptized, as to receive that baptism from which one thing of what has been handed down has been omitted.”

He that is of God, hears the words of God.


October 25, 2021

Spirituality

Jesus said: “He that is of God, hears the words of God. Therefore you hear them not, because you are not of God.” (John 8:47)

Doctrine

St. Athanasius, Discourse Against the Arians, Chap. 3, A.D. 356: “Therefore, since all that remains is to say that from the devil came their mania (for of such opinions he alone is sower), proceed we to resist him— for with him is our real conflict, and they are but instruments —that, the Lord aiding us, and the enemy, as he is wont, being overcome with arguments, they may be put to shame, when they see him without resource who sowed this heresy in them, and may learn, though late, that, as being Arians, they are not Christians.”

The Second Council of Nicea Anathematized The “Catholics Accept Idols” Heresy


October 24, 2021

Spirituality

St. Louis De Montfort (1710): “The Hail Mary is a blessed dew that falls from heaven upon the souls of the predestinate.  It gives them a marvelous spiritual fertility so that they can grow in all virtues.  The more the garden of the soul is watered by this prayer the more enlightened one’s intellect becomes, the more zealous his heart, and the stronger his armor against his spiritual enemies.” (The Secret of the Rosary, p. 46)

Doctrine

Second Council of Nicea, 787: “To those who dare to say that the Catholic Church ever accepted idols anathema!” (Seventh Session, Definition of Faith)

Pope Leo XIII On Christopher Columbus


October 23, 2021

Spirituality

St. Benedict: “Idleness is the enemy of the soul…”

Doctrine

Pope Leo XIII (1902): “By his (Christopher Columbus’) toil another world emerged from the unsearched bosom of the ocean: hundreds of thousands of mortals have, from a state of blindness been raised to the common level of the human race, reclaimed from savagery to gentleness and humanity; and, greatest of all, by the acquisition of those blessings of which Jesus Christ is the author, they have been recalled from destruction to eternal life.” (Encyclical, Quarto Abrupto)

The demons became evil by their own doing


October 22, 2021

Spirituality

“Before I go, and return no more, to a land that is dark and covered with the mist of death: a land of misery and darkness, where the shadow of death, and no order, but everlasting horror dwelleth.” (Job 10:21-22)

Doctrine

Pope Innocent III (1215): “The devil and other demons were created by God naturally good, but they became evil by their own doing.  Man, however, sinned at the prompting of the devil.” (Fourth Lateran Council)

In the Kingdom of God nothing is desired that may not be found


October 20, 2021

Spirituality

St. Patrick (450): “In the Kingdom of God nothing is desired that may not be found: but in Hell, nothing is found that is desired.  In the Kingdom of God there is nothing that does not delight and satisfy; while in that deep lake of unending misery nothing is seen, nothing is felt, which does not displease, which does not torment.”

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.”

What are you doing?  Pray!  Pray a great deal!


October 19, 2021

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)

Sin is called… ‘a stain on the soul’


October 18, 2021

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)

Give priority to preserving the things of God


October 17, 2021

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)

Hermas (A.D. 140) on water baptism necessary for salvation


October 16, 2021

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

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


October 15, 2021

Spirituality

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

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…”

Pius IX: It is unlawful to proceed further in inquiry regarding "one baptism"


October 13, 2021

Spirituality

Jesus said: “If anyone abides not in me, he shall be cast forth as a branch, and shall wither, and they shall gather him up, and cast him into the fire, and he burns.” (John 15:6)

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)

The atmosphere of the world is noxious and pestilential


October 12, 2021

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

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

Why has Satan tempted your heart, that you should lie to the Holy Ghost?


October 11, 2021

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

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…”

God never forgets those who love Him


October 10, 2021

Spirituality

St. Alphonsus (1755): “The proud are hateful before God; He cannot bear them.  As soon as the angels yielded to pride, He banished them from paradise and sent them into Hell, far distant from his presence.  The words of God must be fulfilled: Whosoever, says the Lord, shall exalt himself, shall be humbled (Matt. 23:12).”

Doctrine

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.”

The Church of Ireland stood in the full beauty of its bloom in the 6th and 7th centuries


October 8, 2021

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. Athanasius: “… the phrases ‘once was not,’ and ‘before it came to be,’ and ‘when,’ and the like, belong to things originate and creatures, which come out of nothing.”

There is no before and after in God


October 7, 2021

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. 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)

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