-- Saint Chromatius of Aquileia from a discourse on the Gospel of Saint Matthew
Friday, November 30, 2012
We have been made light out of darkness as the Apostle says: For once you, were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of light. He says another time: For you are not sons of the light and of darkness, but you are all sons of light and of the day. Saint John also rightly asserts in his letter: God is light, and whoever abides in God is in the light just as God himself is in the light. Therefore, because we rejoice in having been freed from the darkness of error, we should always walk in the light as children of light. This is why the Apostle says: Among them you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life.
-- Saint Chromatius of Aquileia from a discourse on the Gospel of Saint Matthew
Thursday, November 29, 2012
As to the treasons which have been laid to my charge, and for which I come here to suffer, I desire you all to bear witness with me that I am thereto altogether innocent. I am a Catholic man and a priest; in that Faith I have lived, and in that Faith do I intend to die. If you esteem my Religion treason, then I am guilty; as for the other treason, I never committed any, God is my judge.
-- Saint Edmund Campion
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
After Andrew had stayed with Jesus and had learned much from him, he did not keep this treasure to himself, but hastened to share it with his brother Peter. Notice what Andrew said to him: “We have found the Messiah, that is to say, the Christ.” Notice how his words reveal what he has learned in so short a time. They show the power of the master who has convinced them of this truth. Andrew’s words reveal a soul waiting with the utmost longing for the coming of the Messiah, looking forward to his appearing from heaven, rejoicing when he does appear, and hastening to announce to great an event to others. To support one another in the things of the spirit is the true sign of good will between brothers, loving kinship and sincere affection.
-- Saint John Chrysostom from a homily on the Gospel of John
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
If we have obtained the grace of God, none shall prevail against us, but we shall be stronger than all who oppose us.
-- Saint John Chrysostom
Monday, November 26, 2012
I pray You to destroy in me all that is not of You. Grant that I may live but in You, by You and for You, so that I may truly say, with Saint Paul, "I live - now not I - But Christ lives in me.
-- Saint John Gabriel Perboyre
Sunday, November 25, 2012
A man who fails to love the Mass fails to love Christ. We must make an effort to "live" the Mass with calm and serenity, with devotion and affection. And this is why I have always suspected that those who want the Mass to be over with quickly show, with this insensitive attitude, that they have not yet realized what the sacrifice of the altar means.
-- Saint Josemaría Escriva de Balaguer
Some of you may not be aware that I have several other blogs about our Catholic faith other than this one. All of my 20 plus blogs are under the "banner" of "Faith of the Fathers"
We have the mass readings posted every day on our blog, "Daily Mass Readings". They are posted each night, and are actually 1-2 days ahead of time for the U.S.A. They are posted that way so that they will be timely for those nations in Asia, the Pacific, and other nations who are actually a day ahead of us here.
So that you might get an idea of what some of our other blogs are about, I am going to list below a few of our other blogs, and one of the more popular postings from each.
First, we have "Apologetics", and one of the top posts there is: "Why Don't Catholics Read The Bible".
Then we have "Favorite Prayers And Scripture", where one of the more popular posts is: "Novema to Our Lady of Vailankanni".
On the blog "Saints of the Faith" we have a post about the Filipino martyr: "Blessed Pedro Calungsod".
Finally, on "Church Under Attack", there is my post about the National Geographic Special from a few years ago: "Gospel of Judas".
As I said, these are just a few of the several blogs under the "Faith of the Fathers" banner. You can always go to any of our blogs by going to the left-hand sidebar and looking for : FAITH OF THE FATHERS BLOGS (LISTED BY MOST RECENT POSTS), and use the scroll bar there to see our different blogs. The picture below shows what that section looks like.
As it says, the most recently updated blogs will be listed first. I hope you will visit my other blogs, and find them all useful and helpful.
Saturday, November 24, 2012
First let us take these two undeniable truths as a basis: "God wants all men to be saved," "All are in need of the grace of God." Now, if I show you that God wants to save all men, and that for this purpose He gives all of them His grace and all the other necessary means of obtaining that sublime end, you will be obliged to agree that whoever is damned must impute it to his own malice, and that if the greater number of Christians are damned, it is because they want to be. "Thy damnation comes from thee; thy help is only in Me."
-- Saint Leonard of Port Maurice
Friday, November 23, 2012
Your first task is to be dissatisfied with yourself, fight sin, and transform yourself into something better. Your second task is to put up with the trials and temptations of this world that will be brought on by the change in your life and to persevere to the very end in the midst of these things.
-- Saint Augustine of Hippo
We should have frequent recourse to prayer, and persevere a long time in it. God wishes to be solicited. He is not weary of hearing us. The treasure of His graces is infinite. We can do nothing more pleasing to him than to beg incessantly that He bestow them upon us.
-- Saint John Baptist de la Salle
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Thursday, November 22, 2012
Do you ask how to resist anger? As soon as you feel the slightest resentment, gather together your powers, not hastily or impetuously, but gently and seriously. For as in some law courts, the criers make more noise in their efforts to preserve quiet than those they seek to still, so, if we are impetuous in our attempts to restrain our anger, we cause greater discomposure in our hearts than before; and once thrown off its balance, the heart is no longer its own master.
-- Saint Francis de Sales
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
It constantly happens that the Lord permits a soul to fall so that it may grow humbler. When it is honest, and realizes what it has done, and returns, it makes ever-increasing progress in our Lord's service.
-- Saint Teresa of Avila
Monday, November 19, 2012
He says: A good tree, that is, a good heart as well as a soul on fire with charity, can do nothing but good and holy works. For this reason Saint Augustine said: "Love, and do what you will," namely, possess love and charity and then do what you will. It is as if he had said: Charity is not able to sin.
-- Saint Angela Merici
Sunday, November 18, 2012
We believe in one Catholic and Apostolic Church, and in one Baptism of repentance, and in the resurrection of the dead and the just judgement of souls and bodies, and in the kingdom of heaven, and in eternal life.
But those who say that there was a time when the Son or the Holy Spirit was not, or was made out of nothing or of another substance or essence, who say the Son of God or the Holy Spirit is liable to change or to becoming different, these people the Catholic and Apostolic Church, your Mother and ours, anathematizes; and again we anathematize those who do not confess the resurrection of the dead, and all heresies which are not consistent with this, the true faith.
-- Saint Epiphanius of Salamis
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Friday, November 16, 2012
Thursday, November 15, 2012
"Do this in remembrance of me." Two things should be noted here. The first is the command that we should use this sacrament, which is indicated when Jesus says, "Do this." The second is that this sacrament commemorates the Lord's going to death for our sake.
This sacrament is profitable because it grants remission of sins; it is most useful because it bestows the fullness of grace on us in this life. "The Father of spirits instructs us in what is useful for our sanctification." And his sanctification is in Christ's sacrifice, that is, when he offers himself in this sacrament to the Father for our redemption to us for our use.
Christ could not have commanded anything more beneficial, for this sacrament is the fruit of the tree of life. Anyone who receives this sacrament with the devotion of sincere faith will never taste death. "It is a tree of life for those who grasp it, and blessed is he who holds it fast. The man who feeds on me shall live on account of me."
Nor could he have commanded anything more lovable, for this sacrament produces love and union. It is characteristic of the greatest love to give itself as food. "Had not the men of my text exclaimed: Who will feed us with his flesh to satisfy our hunger? as if to say: I have loved them and they have loved me so much that I desire to be within them, and they wish to receive me so that they may become my members. There is no more intimate or more natural means for them to be united to me, and I to them.
Nor could he have commanded anything which is more like eternal life. Eternal life flows from this sacrament because God with all sweetness pours himself out upon the blessed.
-- Saint Albert the Great from a commentary on the Gospel of Luke
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Depression comes from not having faults but from refusal to face them. There are tens of thousands of persons today suffering from fears which in reality are nothing but the effects of hidden sin. The examination of conscience will cure us of self- deception. It will also cure us of depression!
-- Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen
Sunday, November 11, 2012
We must pray without tiring, for the salvation of mankind does not depend on material success; nor on sciences that cloud the intellect. Neither does it depend on arms and human industries, but on Jesus alone.
-- Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini first American citizen to be canonized
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Please God I will give my life for the holy union, for the supremacy of Peter and of the Holy Father, his successor… Lord, grant me the grace to shed my blood for the unity of the church and in behalf of obedience to the Holy See.
-- Saint Josaphat of Polotsk
Friday, November 09, 2012
The Church of the Lord is built upon the rock of the apostles among so many dangers in the world; it therefore remains unmoved. The Church's foundation is unshakable and firm against assaults of the raging sea. Waves lash at the Church but do not shatter it. Although the elements of this world constantly beat upon the Church with crashing sounds, the Church possesses the safest harbor of salvation for all in distress.
-- Saint Ambrose of Milan
Thursday, November 08, 2012
And so if anything is rightly done and rightly decreed by us, if anything is won from the mercy of GOD by our daily supplications, it is of his work and merits whose power lives and whose authority prevails in his See. For this, dearly-beloved, was gained by that confession, which, inspired in the Apostle's heart by GOD the Father, transcended all the uncertainty of human opinions, and was endued with the firmness of a rock, which no assaults could shake. For throughout the Church Peter daily says, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living GOD," and every tongue which confesses the LORD, accepts the instruction his voice conveys. This Faith conquers the devil, and breaks the bonds of his prisoners. It uproots us from this earth and plants us in heaven, and the gates of Hades cannot prevail against it. For with such solidity is it endued by GOD that the depravity of heretics cannot mar it nor the unbelief of the heathen overcome it.
-- Pope Saint Leo the Great from a sermon
Wednesday, November 07, 2012
When you perceive that God is chastening you, fly not to his enemies...but to his friends, the martyrs, the saints, and those who were pleasing to him, and who have great power in God.
-- Saint John Chrysostom
What folly it would be for travellers to think only of acquiring dignities and possessions in the countries through which they had to pass, and then to reduce themselves to the necessity of living miserably in their native lands, where they must remain during their whole lives! And are not they fools who seek after happiness in this world, where they will remain only a few days, and expose themselves to the risk of being unhappy in the next, where they must live for eternity?
-- Saint Alphonsus Liguori
Monday, November 05, 2012
Sunday, November 04, 2012
A slight sabre-cut will separate my head from my body, like the spring flower which the Master of the garden gathers for His pleasure. We are all flowers planted on this earth, which God plucks in His own good time: some a little sooner, some a little later...Father and son may we meet in Paradise. I, poor little moth, go first. Adieu.
-- Saint Théophane Vénard in a letter to his father just before his martyrdom in Vietnam
Saturday, November 03, 2012
We must meditate before, during and after everything we do. The prophet says: "I will pray, and then I will understand."
This is the way we can easily overcome the countless difficulties we have to face day after day, which, after all, are part of our work. In meditation we find the strength to bring Christ to birth in ourselves and in other men.
Friday, November 02, 2012
Thursday, November 01, 2012
Compassion is preferable to cleanliness: with a little bit of soap I can clean my bed, but think of the flood of tears I would require to clean from my soul the stain that harshness against this unfortunate would leave.
-- Saint Martin de Porres