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Quotes of the Day

Who will be able to stand next to Christ?


October 6, 2021

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 XIII: “The Church in respect of its unity belongs to the category of things indivisible by nature, though heretics try to divide it into many parts.” (Satis Cognitum #4, June 29, 1896)

The Lord is a jealous God


October 5, 2021

Spirituality

“The Lord is a jealous God, and a revenger: the Lord is a revenger, and hath wrath: the Lord taketh vengeance on his adversaries, and he is angry with his enemies.” (Nahum 1:2)

Doctrine

Pope St. Damasus I, Council of Rome, 382, Can. 23: “If anyone thinks well of the Father and the Son, but does not rightly esteem the Holy Spirit, he is a heretic, because all heretics who think erroneously about the Son [of God] and the [Holy] Spirit are found in the perfidy of the Jews and the pagans.”

Narrow is the road that leads on to life


October 4, 2021

Spirituality

Pope Gregory III, A.D. 739: “… it is written that small is the gate and narrow is the road that leads on to life.”

Doctrine

Pope Leo XIII, Inter Graves (#6), May 1, 1894: “… in your midst are those who have not yet been called out of darkness into His marvelous light, who sit in darkness still and in the shadow of death, sheep who now perish, whom you must lead to Jesus, the first pastor of souls.”

No one can possibly be saved without the knowledge of Jesus Christ


October 3, 2021

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)

In Gehenna weeping will be useless, and prayer ineffectual


October 2, 2021

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

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.”

St. Peter Claver converts a woman of the streets


October 1, 2021

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…”

Maximus the Confessor on those who reject the good things of the soul


September 30, 2021

Spirituality

Maximus the Confessor: “For divine justice has judged that those who reduce human existence to this present life, and who take pride in wealth, bodily health, and various honors, and who believe that these things alone constitute blessedness, reckoning the good things of the soul as having no value, will not be deemed worthy of receiving a share in the divine and eternal good things, to which they gave absolutely no thought, owing to their overwhelming interest in material things…”

Doctrine

Maximus the Confessor: “For that which is moved is not a beginning, but from a beginning, that is, from whatever set it into motion.”

The Holy Rosary commemorates the whole life and passion of Our Savior


September 29, 2021

Spirituality

“Blessed Albert the Great who had St. Thomas Aquinas as his disciple learned in a revelation that by simply thinking of or meditating on the passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ, a Christian gains more merit than if he had fasted on bread and water every Friday for a whole year, or had beaten himself with his discipline once in a week until the blood flowed, or had recited the whole book of psalms every day.  If this is so, then how great must be the merit that we can gain by the Holy Rosary which commemorates the whole life and passion of Our Savior!” (St. Louis De Montfort, The Secret of the Rosary, p. 68.)

Doctrine

Pope St. Innocent (414): “But that which Your Fraternity asserts the Pelagians preach, that even without the grace of Baptism infants are able to be endowed with the rewards of eternal life, is quite idiotic.”

St. John Chrysostom On John 3:5 And Baptism


September 27, 2021

Spirituality

St. Louis De Montfort (1710): “The Blessed Virgin, St. Bernard says… retains and keeps the saints in their plenitude, so that it may not diminish.  She prevents their virtues from being dissipated, their merits from perishing, their graces from being lost, the devil from harming them...” (True Devotion to Mary #174)

Doctrine

St. John Chrysostom (392): “Weep for the unbelievers; weep for those who differ not a whit from them, those who go hence without illumination, without the seal! [Baptism]…  They are outside the royal city… with the condemned.  ‘Amen, I tell you, if anyone is not born of water and the Spirit, he shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.’”

The infallible teaching authority of the Roman Pontiff


September 26, 2021

Spirituality

“And Nadab and Abiu, the sons of Aaron, taking their censers, put fire therein, and incense on it, offering before the Lord strange fire: which was not commanded them. And fire coming out from the Lord, destroyed them, and they died before the Lord.” (Leviticus 10:1-2)

Doctrine

Pope Pius XI, Mortalium Animos (# 9), Jan. 6, 1928: “For this reason it is that all who are truly Christ’s believe, for example, the Conception of the Mother of God without stain of original sin with the same faith as they believe the mystery of the August Trinity, and the Incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ just as they do the infallible teaching authority of the Roman Pontiff…”

St. Ambrose on the Sacrament of Baptism


September 25, 2021

Spirituality

St. Louis De Montfort (1710): “… there are some very sanctifying interior practices for those whom the Holy Ghost calls to high perfection.  These may be expressed in four words: to do all things by Mary, with Mary, in Mary and for Mary; so that we may do them all the more perfectly by Jesus, with Jesus, in Jesus and for Jesus.” (True Devotion to Mary #257)

Doctrine

St. Ambrose (387): “… no one ascends into the kingdom of heaven except through the Sacrament of Baptism.”

St. Maximus the Confessor on the heretics Nestorius and Severus


September 24, 2021

Spirituality

“In the mean time there arose a murmuring of the people against the Lord… For a mixed multitude of people… burned with desire…and said: Who shall give us flesh to eat?  We remember the fish that we ate in Egypt freecost… Now Moses heard the people weeping, every one at the door of his tent.  And the wrath of the Lord was enkindled exceedingly: to Moses also the thing seemed insupportable… [Moses said to them] the Lord may give you flesh, and you may eat: Not for one day, nor two, nor five, nor ten, no nor for twenty.  But even for a month of days, till it come out at your nostrils, and become loathsome to you… And a wind going out from the Lord, taking quails up beyond the sea brought them… The people therefore rising up all that day, and night, and the next day, gathered together of quails… As yet the flesh was between their teeth, neither had that kind of meat failed: when behold the wrath of the Lord being provoked against the people, struck them with an exceeding great plague.  And that place was called the graves of lust…” (Numbers 11)

Doctrine

St. Maximus the Confessor, Opuscule 2, on the heretics Nestorius and Severus: “Truly, this is a pair of evil and law-breaking men who would thus insanely and wickedly transgress the truth of correct dogmas in opposite [ways].”

Jesus Christ is called Net


September 23, 2021

Spirituality

“Moses answered and said: They will not believe me, nor hear my voice, but they will say: The Lord hath not appeared to thee.  Then he said to him: What is that thou holdest in thy hand?  He answered: A rod.  And the Lord said: Cast it down upon the ground.  He cast it down, and it was turned into a serpent, so that Moses fled from it.  And the Lord said: Put out thy hand, and take it by the tail.  He put forth his hand, and took hold of it, and it was turned into a rod… And the Lord said again: Put thy hand into thy bosom.  And when he had put it into his bosom, he brought it forth leprous as snow.  And he said: Put back thy hand into thy bosom.  He put it back, and brought it out again, and it was like other flesh.” (Exodus 4:1-7)

Doctrine

St. Gregory of Elvira (A.D. 360): “Christ is called Net, because through Him and in Him the diverse multitudes of peoples are gathered from the sea of the world, through the water of Baptism and into the Church, where a distinction is made between the good and the wicked.”

How St. Isaac Jogues Baptized Two New Converts With Drops Of Water On A Leaf


September 22, 2021

Spirituality

The Life of St. Isaac Jogues, p. 225: “Two of the Hurons, Jogues learned, were to be burned to death that night at Tionontoguen.  He stayed with them on the platform and concentrated his appeals on them.  Finally they consentedAbout that moment, the Mohawks threw the prisoners some raw corn that had been freshly plucked.  The sheaths [of the corn] were wet from the recent rains.  Father Jogues carefully gathered the precious drops of water on a leaf and poured them over the heads of the two neophytes [new converts], baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  The Mohawks understood that his [Jogues’] act meant to bring happiness to these hated victims.  They raged at his audacity and beat him down, threatening to slaughter him with the Hurons… That night the two Hurons [whom he had baptized] were burned over the fire.”

Doctrine

St. Aphraates (A.D. 336): “This, then, is faith: that a man believe in God… His Spirit… His Christ… Also, that a man believe in the resurrection of the dead; and moreover, that he believe in the Sacrament of Baptism.  This is the belief of the Church of God.”

How To Practice Humility? Love The Truth!


September 21, 2021

Spirituality

St. Alphonsus (c. 1755): “Humility is truth, as St. Teresa has well said, and therefore the Lord greatly loves the humble, because they love the truth.”

Doctrine

Pope Pius IX, First Vatican Council, Sess. 3, Chap. 2 on Revelation, 1870: “Hence, also, that understanding of its sacred dogmas must be perpetually retained, which Holy Mother Church has once declared; and there must never be a recession from that meaning under the specious name of a deeper understanding.”

“Hour by hour keep careful watch over all you do, aware that God’s gaze is upon you”


September 19, 2021

Spirituality

St. Benedict: “Hour by hour keep careful watch over all you do, aware that God’s gaze is upon you, wherever you may be.”

Doctrine

Romans 11:33-35- “O the depth of the riches of the wisdom and of the knowledge of God!  How incomprehensible are his judgments, and how unsearchable his ways!  For who hath known the mind of the Lord?  Or who hath been his counselor?  Or who hath first given to him, and recompense shall be made him?”

St. Peter Canisius (16th century), on the sin of sodomy


September 18, 2021

Spirituality

St. Alphonsus (c. 1755): “What greater peace can a soul feel than in being able to say on lying down at night: Should death come this night, I hope to die in the grace of God. What a consolation is it to hear the thunder roll, to feel the earth tremble, and to await death with resignation, if God so ordain it.”

Doctrine

St. Peter Canisius (16th century), on the sin of sodomy: “This horrible and abominable sin Saint Peter and Paul do reprove – yes nature itself abhors it – and the Scriptures also declare the greatness of so foul a wickedness… this vice which can never be sufficiently detested… which sin if it be committed… the very earth is polluted with such horrible and abominable lusts… and God’s wrath is very much provoked against the people.” (Summa Doctrinae Christianae)

“And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing”


September 17, 2021

Spirituality

“St. Francis Borgia says that he who desires to consecrate himself to God must, in the first place, trample under his feet all regard for what others will say of him… why do we not ask what Jesus Christ or His holy mother will think of our conduct?” (St. Alphonsus)

Doctrine

2 Corinthians 4:3-4- “And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, that the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should not shine unto them.”

Among the many converts made by the Apostle of the Rocky Mountains


September 16, 2021

Spirituality

Among the many converts made by the Apostle of the Rocky Mountains, Fr. De Smet (1801-1873), “Many of those baptized died saintly deaths.  A girl twelve years of age exclaimed at the moment of death: ‘How beautiful!  How beautiful!  I see the heavens opening and the Mother of God is calling me to come!’  Then turning to those about her she said: ‘Heed what the Black Robes tell you, for they speak the truth; they will come and in this place build a house of prayer.’” (The Life of Fr. De Smet, p. 124.)

Doctrine

“And God seeing that the wickedness of men was great on the earth, and that all the thought of their heart was bent upon evil at all times, it repented him that he had made man on the earth.  And being touched inwardly with sorrow of heart, He said: I will destroy man, whom I have created, from the face of the earth, from man even to beasts, from the creeping thing even to the fowls of the air, for it repenteth me that I have made them.  But Noe found grace before the Lord.” (Genesis 6:5-8)

“Affliction is everywhere to be found… for in all places the wicked oppress the good.”


September 15, 2021

Spirituality

St. Robert Bellarmine (1616): “Affliction is everywhere to be found, everywhere to be met with, at home, on a journey, in the forum… for in all places the wicked oppress the good.” (De Aeterna felicitate sanctorum)

Doctrine

St. Ephraim (350): “… we are anointed in Baptism, whereby we bear His seal.”

St. Jerome (390 AD): “God made us with free-will”


September 13, 2021

Spirituality

St. Louis De Montfort (1710): “… inasmuch as our good works pass through the hands of Mary, they receive an augmentation [increase] of purity, and consequently of merit, and of satisfactory and impetratory value.  On this account they become more capable of solacing the souls in purgatory and of converting sinners than if they did not pass through the virginal and liberal hands of Mary.  It may be little that we give by our Lady; but, in truth, if it is given without self-will and with a disinterested charity, that little becomes very mighty to turn away the wrath of God and to draw down His mercy.” (True Devotion to Mary #172)

Doctrine

St. Jerome (390): “God made us with free-will, neither are we drawn by necessity to virtue or vice; else where there is necessity [and not free-will], there is neither damnation nor reward.”

Resist the devil, and he will fly from you


September 12, 2021

Spirituality

James 4:7- “Be subject therefore to God, but resist the devil, and he will fly from you.”

Doctrine

St. Robert Bellarmine, 1616: “The Christian faith proposes many things to be believed, which are so beyond all understanding that it is most difficult to give our consent to them; and yet we are commanded to believe them so firmly that we should be prepared (if necessary) to die a thousand deaths rather than deny one article of faith.” (De Aeterna felicitate sanctorum)

Labor not for the meat which perishes


September 11, 2021

Spirituality

“Labor not for the meat which perishes, but for that which endures unto everlasting life…” (John 6:27)

Doctrine

Barnabas (A.D. 70): “… we descend into the water full of sins and foulness, and we come up bearing fruit in our heart…”

Sacred Scripture enumerates a number of other torments which will afflict the damned


September 10, 2021

Spirituality

St. Alphonsus (c. 1755): “Sacred Scripture enumerates a number of other torments which will afflict the damned [besides hellfire].  One of these is the ‘worm,’ to which the Scriptures refer frequently… most theologians explain it metaphorically as the remorse of conscience which will afflict the damned in the fire and darkness of hell.  Forever will they have imprinted on their memories the results of their sins; forever will they repeat the words ascribed to the damned in the book of Wisdom: ‘We have erred from the way of truth, we wearied ourselves in the way of iniquity and destruction and have walked through hard ways.  What hath pride profited us?  Or what advantage hath the boasting of riches brought us?... Such as these the sinners said in hell’ (Wisdom 5:6-14).”

Doctrine

“… He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.” (1 Timothy 6:15-16)

St. Irenaeus (180 AD) On Water Baptism Being Necessary


September 9, 2021

Spirituality

St. Isaac Jogues (1630): “Well must we use the time that is accorded us that we must do that in our life which we would have wished that we did at the moment of our death.”

Doctrine

St. Irenaeus (180): “… giving the disciples the power of regenerating in God, He said to them: ‘Go teach all nations, and baptize…’ Just as dry wheat without moisture cannot become one dough or one loaf, so also, we who are many cannot be made one in Christ Jesus, without the water from heaven… Our bodies achieve unity through the washing… our souls, however, through the Spirit.  Both, then, are necessary.”

“The fool has said in his heart: there is no God.” (Psalm 13:1)


September 8, 2021

Spirituality

“There was another woman in Aljustrel [Portugal] who never lost an opportunity to revile the three [Fatima] children as liars and impostors… Jacinta said, ‘We must ask Our Lady to convert this woman.  She has so many sins which she does not confess that she will go to Hell!’  They offered some penances for her.  And never again did she give them an unkind word.” (Our Lady of Fatima, pp. 122-123)

Doctrine

 “The fool has said in his heart: there is no God.” (Psalm 13:1)

Never give up mental prayer, however great the distractions may be


September 7, 2021

Spirituality

St. Alphonsus (c. 1755): “Let us remember that the devil labors hard to disturb us in the time of meditation in order to make us abandon it.  Let him, then, who omits mental prayer on account of distractions be persuaded that he gives delight to the devil.  It is impossible, says Cassian, that our minds should be free from all distractions during prayer.  Let us, then, never give up meditation, however great our distractions may be.  St. Francis de Sales says that if in mental prayer we should do nothing else than continually banish distractions and temptations, the meditation is well made.”

Doctrine

St. Peter Canisius: “Herein magistrates offend, when they bear the sword in vain, and are not, as they are called, God’s ministers and revengers unto wrath, to those that behave themselves wickedly or seditiously.”

St. John Fisher (1535) martyred by the Anglicans for not denying the Papacy


September 6, 2021

Spirituality

When St. Thomas Aquinas chose to become a Dominican (c. 1245) he met with “severe opposition from his family… St. Thomas was literally captured by his brothers and imprisoned in the family castle… The most dramatic episode of his imprisonment, came when his brothers sent a temptress to his quarters.  As soon as St. Thomas saw that the girl’s intention was to seduce him, he ran to the fireplace, seized a burning stick and, brandishing it, chased her from the room with it.  Then he traced a cross on the wall with the charred wood. When he fell asleep soon afterward, he dreamed that two Angels came and girded him about the waist with a cord, saying: ‘On God’s behalf we gird you with the girdle of chastity, a girdle which no attack will ever destroy.’” (33 Doctors of the Church, p. 367)

Doctrine

When St. John Fisher (1535) “had finished the hymn [ready to be martyred by the Anglicans for not denying the Papacy] he bowed his head beneath the sword of the executioner, gave up his soul to God, and received the crown of justice.  His head, fixed on a pike, was exposed to the sight of all on London Bridge, but was afterwards taken away, because it was said that the longer it remained the more ruddy [full of life] and venerable it seemed to grow.” (The Rise and Growth of the Anglican Schism, p. 122)

“I am the Lord and I change not.”


September 5, 2021

Spirituality

“See ye that I alone am, and there is no other God besides me: I will kill, and I will make to live: I will strike, and I will heal, and there is none that can deliver out of my hand. I will lift up my hand to heaven, and I will say: I live forever.” (Deuteronomy 32:39-40)

Doctrine

“I am the Lord and I change not.” (Malachias 3:6)

“Much time had I spent in vanity, and had wasted nearly all my youth acquiring the sort of wisdom made foolish by God.”


September 4, 2021

Spirituality

St. Basil the Great (360): “Much time had I spent in vanity, and had wasted nearly all my youth acquiring the sort of wisdom made foolish by God. Then once, like a man roused from deep sleep, I turned my eyes to the marvelous light of the truth of the Gospel, and I perceived the uselessness of the ‘wisdom… of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away’ (1 Cor. 2:6). I wept many tears over my miserable life and I prayed that I might receive guidance to admit me to the doctrines of the true religion.”

Doctrine

“Lord, thou hast been our refuge from generation to generation.  Before the mountains were made, or the earth and the world were formed, from eternity and to eternity thou art God.” (Psalm 89:1-2)

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