There are very few people who realize what God would make of them if they...– St. Ignatius Loyola, via Happy Catholic (where I get most of my great quotes)
Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and try to be that perfectly.– St. Francis de Sales, via Happy Catholic (Well Said: What to Wish For)
His goodness is so complete that there is no room for anything foul or nasty. He...– Simcha Fisher, via The Anchoress, who adds a funny story: “One More Innocent…”
OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG I just said “your” when I meant...– a dear friend, via chat
Upon arriving at MDW
Plane seat neighbor: I'm sorry, I noticed you were reading Chesterton. Are you at the U of Chicago, by chance?
Me: No, actually, I'm just reading it for fun.
PSN: (clearly taken aback) Oh, for fun? Wow.
Benedict XVI Receives Half Million Bees →
Yup. That’s totally real.
Yikes, this weekend has been crazy!” “Umm… It’s...
But I’m a little concerned that talk of the benefits of forgiveness can...– from Disputations (title unknown)
Bad times, hard times—this is what people keep saying; but let us live well, and...– St Augustine, via Mark Shea, who rightly adds, “Wow. That’s one responsibility-takin’ quote right there.”
Technological society has succeeded in multiplying the opportunities for...– Pope Paul VI, via Well Said: Technology and Joy
Today's mass readings from Paul's Letter to the...
Brothers and sisters: None of us lives for oneself, and no one dies for oneself. For if we live, we live for the Lord, and if we die, we die for the Lord; so then, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. For this is why Christ died and came to life, that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living.
Perhaps not coincidentally, the Catholic Church has long recognized September as...– Pat Gohn, again, also from “9/11 and the Ever-Present Christ”
On 9/11 Jesus stood as the threshold through death to eternity for every...– Pat Gohn, in the deeply consoling post “9/11 and the Ever-Present Christ”
And the banner kept growing, and the list kept getting longer. It seemed like...– -Deacon Greg Kandra’s homily for today
Today's Mass readings from Sirach
Could anyone nourish anger against another and expect healing from the LORD? Could anyone refuse mercy to another like himself, can he seek pardon for his own sins? If one who is but flesh cherishes wrath, who will forgive his sins?
Former NYC mayor on Catholicism
“Unlike a lot of other religions, Catholicism is not a salad bar,” Koch told the Register. “It’s very clear what Catholicism means and what it is about. You either are, or you are not, a practicing Catholic. Those who are not Catholic see this, and they admire it. That’s one reason people turn to the Catholic Church at a time like this.” “In New York, we have always had...
From This Valley
Oh, the desert dreams of a river that will run into the sea Like my heart longs for an ocean to wash down over me. Oh, won’t you take me from this valley to that mountain high above? I will pray, pray, pray, ‘til I see your smiling face I will pray, pray, pray to the one I love The outcast dreams of acceptance just to find pure love’s embrace Like an orphan longs for its...
Dear Mayor Bloomberg, when you have managed to tick off the affable and mild...– Elizabeth Scalia in this incisive post on Bloomberg’s exclusion of clergy and first responders from Sunday’s 9/11 memorial service.
The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their...– Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C.
The Gentlemanly Art of the Insult →
Zing after zing after zing! For example: Shaw, prior to the opening of one of his plays, sent Churchill a telegram: I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend, if you have one.” Churchill, nonplussed (and likely amused), sent a telegram in reply: Cannot possibly attend first night; will attend second, if there is one.”
Yes it is that simple.
Happy Catholic quotes this bit of dialogue from a book I’m not familiar with, but I might hunt it down: “There is a very interesting debate raging at the moment about the nature of sin, for example,” said Oats. “And what do they think? Against it, are they?” said Granny Weatherwax. “It’s not as simple as that. It’s not a black and white issue. There are so many shades of gray.”...
Welcome Back to School! →
From Archbishop Dolan. There are too many quotable lines in here for me to pick one. Just go read the whole thing.
Because Friend, you know. We know. We have that special comfort of love, wherein...– From “Things I Feel When I Miss You: An Open Letter to My Friends” by Kat George for Thought Catalog. (via gazealongtheopenroad)
You shouldn’t assume that because your child makes straight A’s that...– Ron Clark, “What Teachers Really Want to Tell Parents”
In my opinion, I’m not some old fart who wants to defend mediocrity. I am a...– I’ve already lost track of exactly how I came across it, but I found this blog, Starting an Ed School, via this post, via a link on something else, and my interest is certainly piqued.