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We are to love God for Himself, because of a twofold reason; nothing is more reasonable, nothing more profitable.
All the efforts of the human mind cannot exhaust the essence of a single fly.
You cannot be half a saint; you must be a whole saint or no saint at all.
Faith does not merely gaze at Jesus, but sees things as Jesus himself sees them, with his own eyes: it is a participation in his way of seeing.
Pray with great confidence, with confidence based upon the goodness and infinite generosity of God and upon the promises of Jesus Christ. God is a spring of living water which flows unceasingly into the hearts of those who pray.
In confession there is mercy. Believe it firmly, do not doubt, do not hesitate, never despair of the mercy of God.
Each of you has a personal vocation which He has given you for your own joy and sanctity. When a person is conquered by the fire of His gaze, no sacrifice seems too great to follow Him and give Him the best of ourselves. This is what the saints have always done, spreading the light of the Lord... and transforming the world into a welcoming home for everyone.
For me prayer is a surge of the heart, it is a simple look towards Heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy.
What is mercy if not the boundless love of God, who confronted with human sin, re- strains the sentiment of severe justice and, allowing Himself to be moved by the wretchedness of His creatures, spurs Himself to the total gift of self, in the Son’s cross ...?
There is a need for us in the fullness, joy and enthusiasm which comes from the Holy Spirit to take on the task which is more urgent than any other; that of making the unfathomable riches of Christ known to our brothers and sisters!
We can do no great things; only small things with great love.
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy.
You know well enough that Our Lord does not look so much at the greatness of our actions, nor even at their difficulty, but at the love with which we do them.
If we wish to make any progress in the service of God we must begin every day of our life with new eagerness. We must keep ourselves in the presence of God as much as possible and have no other view or end in all our actions but the divine honor.
Do not be afraid... Let His power of truth and love enliven every aspect of your existence.
Before all else, we need to keep alive in our world the thirst for the absolute, and to counter the dominance of a one — dimensional vision of the human person, a vision that reduces human beings to what they produce and to what they consume. This is one of the most insidious temptations of our time.
Priests must sincerely acknowledge and promote the dignity of the laity and the part proper to them in the mission of the Church. And they should hold in high honor that just freedom which is due to everyone in the earthly city. They must willingly listen to the laity, consider their wants in a fraternal spirit, recognize their experience and competence in the different areas of human activity, so that together with them they will be able to recognize the signs of the times.
Most people are taught by way of example and not by way of words.
If we wish to protect the poor we shall be in favour of fixed rules and clear dogmas. The rules of a club are occasionally in favour of the poor member. The drift of a club is always in favour of the rich one.
Since no one can be saved who does not first believe, priests, as co-workers with their bishops, have the primary duty of proclaiming the Gospel of God to all.
Holy Scripture is a stream in which the elephant may swim and the lamb may wade.
People today are tired of having their sins explained away. They want their sins forgiven. They don’t want to be told, anymore, that it was all the fault of their parents or of their environment or that their glands made them behave that way. What they long to find is Mercy.
A man who first tried to guess ‘what the public wants,’ and then preached that as Christianity because the public wants it, would be a pretty mixture of fool and knave.
It is a poor sermon that gives no offense; that neither makes the hearer displeased with himself nor with the preacher.
The human spirit will not even begin to try to surrender self-will as long as all seems to be well with it.... But pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pain: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.
Never forget that there are only two philosophies to rule your life: the one of the cross, which starts with the fast and ends with the feast. The other of Satan, which starts with the feast and ends with the headache.
If I had only one sermon to preach, it would be a sermon against pride.
When preaching takes place within the context of the liturgy, it is part of the offering made to the Father and a mediation of the grace which Christ pours out during the celebration. This context demands that preaching should guide the assembly, and the preacher, to a life-changing communion with Christ in the Eucharist. This means that the words of the preacher must be measured, so that the Lord, more than his minister, will be the centre of attention.
The Church has always held and holds now, Christ underwent His passion and death freely, because of the sins of men and out of infinite love, in order that all may reach salvation. It is, therefore, the burden of the Church’s preaching to proclaim the cross of Christ as the sign of God’s all-embracing love and as the fountain from which every grace flows.
He chose His Apostles, and after infusing into their minds by the power of the Holy Ghost, the gifts in harmony with their high calling, ‘Go ye into the world,’ He told them, ‘and preach the Gospel.’ (Mk 16:15) Their preaching renewed the face of the earth!
People today are tired of having their sins explained away. They want their sins forgiven. They don’t want to be told, any more, that it was all the fault of their parents or of their environment or that their glands made them behave that way. What they long to find is Mercy.
Anyone who listens to the Word of God can and must speak and transmit it to others, to those who have never heard it, or who have forgotten it and buried under the thorny troubles and deceptions of the world (c.f. Mt 13:22).
Faith in Christ cannot be maintained pure and unalloyed when it is not protected and supported by faith in the Church... Faith in Christ and faith in the Church stand together.