Quotes

26 Apr 2020

Third Sunday of Easter, Cycle A

In faith, there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don’t.
—Blaise Paschal

The Lord became our bread and we are his bread. . . . If you want to know him, break yourself as he did, because anyone who claims to abide in Christ ought to live as he lived. . . . Bear in your body the marks of Jesus Christ by accepting the condition of a servant, not of a superior. And when you have emptied yourself, you will know the Lord through the breaking of bread.
—12th-century homily

29 Mar 2020

Fifth Sunday of Lent, Cycle A

One truth stands firm. All that happens in world history rests on something spiritual. If the spiritual is strong, it creates world history. If it is weak, it suffers world history.
—Albert Schweitzer

Yes, Lord, we do follow you, but we can only come at your bidding. No one can make the ascent without you, for you are our way, our truth, our life, our strength, our confidence, our reward. Be the way that receives us, the truth that strengthens us, the life that invigorates us.
—Ambrose of Milan

We who are slaves of Christ make our bodies serve and our minds govern, so that the flesh receives its orders and accompanies our will, which is guided by Christ our maker.
—Paulinus of Nola

22 Mar 2020

Fourth Sunday of Lent, Cycle A

The eye through which I see God is the same eye through which God sees me; my eye and God’s eye are one eye, one seeing, one knowing, one love.
—Meister Eckhart

He who restored the man to health by anointing his eyes with clay is the very one who fashioned the first [humans] out of clay, and . . . this clay that is our flesh can receive the light of eternal life through the sacrament of baptism.
—Ambrose of Milan

There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.
—Søren Kierkegaard

15 Mar 2020

Third Sunday of Lent, Cycle A

Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in.
—Mark Twain

To hold to God is to rely on the fact that God is there for me, and to live in this certainty.
—Karl Barth

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8 Mar 2020

Second Sunday of Lent, Cycle A

To heal divisions, to relieve the oppress’d, In virtue rich; in blessing others, bless’d.
—The Odyssey

A promise is a cloud; fulfillment is rain.
—Arab proverb

1 Mar 2020

First Sunday of Lent, Cycle A

Both at the beginning of creation, and at the beginning of the recreation, temptation was the first event.
—Pope Francis

One act of obedience is better than one hundred sermons.
—Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Draw near to God, and Satan will flee from you.
—Ephraem the Syrian