1. Christian Education

“The aim of all Christian education, moreover, is to train the believer in an adult faith that can make him a “new creation”, capable of bearing witness in his surroundings to the Christian hope that inspires him.”
Pope Benedict XVI
The Sacrament Of Charity: Sacramentum Caritatis1

 

2. The Self-Intoxicated

“Far better it is for you to say: “I am a sinner,” than to say: “I have no need of religion.” The empty can be filled, but the self-intoxicated have no room for God.”
Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
Seven Words of Jesus and Mary: Lessons from Cana and Calvary

 

3. Woman Is the Heart of Man

“The heart is like a woman, and the head is like a man, and although man is the head of woman, woman is the heart of man, and she turns man’s head because she turns his heart.”
Peter Kreeft
Jesus-Shock

 

4. Starved Our Wonder

“Our culture has filled our heads but emptied our hearts, stuffed our wallets but starved our wonder. It has fed our thirst for facts but not for meaning or mystery. It produces “nice” people, not heroes.”
Peter Kreeft
Jesus-Shock

 

5. To Owe One’s Existence

“To be a child means to owe one’s existence to another, and even in our adult life we never quite reach the point where we no longer have to give thanks for being the person we are.”
Hans Urs von Balthasar
Unless You Become Like This Child

 

6. No Other Road

“It is to the Cross that the Christian is challenged to follow his Master: no path of redemption can make a detour around it.”
Hans Urs von Balthasar
Unless You Become Like This Child

7. Baptism

“The Church does not dispense the sacrament of baptism in order to acquire for herself an increase in membership but in order to consecrate a human being to God and to communicate to that person the divine gift of birth from God.”
Hans Urs von Balthasar
Unless You Become Like This Child

 

8. The Ontological Oxymoron

“Like apes, we breed, sleep, and die. Yet like God we say, “I am.” We are ontological oxymorons.”
Peter Kreeft
Jesus-Shock

 

9. When We Suffer

“When you suffer, you are being conformed to the image of Jesus. When you pray, you are being made holy in the image of Jesus. When you quietly serve a person in need, you are being shaped into the image of Jesus. When you generously give, your heart is being remade into the image of Jesus, our Lord and Savior.”
Allen R. Hunt
Confessions of a Mega Church Pastor: How I Discovered the Hidden Treasures of the Catholic Church

 

10. Preparing the Soul for Beauty

“It became obvious why Catholics had built such beautiful cathedrals and churches throughout the world. Not as gathering or meeting places for Christians. But as a home for Jesus Himself in the Blessed Sacrament. Cathedrals house Jesus. Christians merely come and visit Him. The cathedrals and churches architecturally prepare our souls for the beauty of the Eucharist.”
Allen R. Hunt
Confessions of a Mega Church Pastor: How I Discovered the Hidden Treasures of the Catholic Church

 

11. Laws of the Flesh

“For me it is the virgin birth, the Incarnation, the resurrection which are the true laws of the flesh and the physical. Death, decay, destruction are the suspension of these laws. I am always astonished at the emphasis the Church puts on the body. It is not the soul she says that will rise but the body, glorified.”
Flannery O’Connor
The Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O’Connor

 

12. Cradle Catholics

“[W]hat one has as a born Catholic is something given and accepted before it is experienced. I am only slowly coming to experience things that I have all along accepted. I suppose the fullest writing comes from what has been accepted and experienced both and that I have just not got that far yet all the time. Conviction without experience makes for harshness.”
Flannery O’Connor
The Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O’Connor

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