30 Jul 2017

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary, Cycle A

The works performed by God in the history of salvation show forth and bear out the doctrine and realities signified by the words; the words, for their part, proclaim the works, and bring to light the mystery they contain.
—Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation

Providence is the care God takes of all existing things.
—John Damascene (676-749)

A wise person is out of the reach of fortune.
—Sir Thomas Browne (1605-1682)

23 Jul 2017

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

Those therefore who wish to . . . inherit the everlasting kingdom of God must not be weeds but wheat. They must avoid saying or doing anything useless, and practice the opposite virtues, thus bringing forth the fruits of repentance.
—Gregory Palamas (1296-1359)

Holy Spirit, spirit of truth, you are the reward of the saints, the comforter of souls, light in the darkness, riches to the poor . . . food for the hungry, comfort to those who are wandering; to sum up you are the one in whom all treasures are contained.
—Mary Magdalene de' Pazzi (1566-1607)

The gospel of Jesus is . . . the Kingdom himself.
—Origen (185-254)

16 Jul 2017

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

Store up in your minds the Lord's words which you receive through your ears, for the Word of the Lord is the nourishment of the mind. . . . Be careful, then, that the word you have received through your ears remains in your heart.
—Gregory the Great (c. 540-604)

Among all human pursuits, the pursuit of wisdom is more perfect, more noble, more useful, and more full of joy.
—Thomas Aquinas (c. 1225-1274)

9 Jul 2017

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

Let us . . . acquire that meekness of him who said, "Learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart," so that he may teach us his ways and cause us to rest in the kingdom of heaven.
—Evagrius Ponticus (c. 345-399)

The work of the Spirit is the bringing to be of the vision of God . . . . The birth of the church is the beginning of the End. . . . The kingdom of God as the miracle of . . . newness when "the blind see" makes its impact on history in the creation of a visionary community.
—Gabriel Fackre, A Christian Story

25 Jun 2017

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

The church is not a community of the perfect, but a community of sinners, obliged to recognize their need for God’s love, their need to be purified through the cross of Jesus Christ.
—Pope Benedict XVI, 2012 Feast of Saints Peter & Paul

The Christian view boldly denies the Greek axiom that love is an aspiration of the lower towards the higher. On the contrary, now the criterion of love is . . . the healthy to the sick, the rich to the poor . . . the good and saintly to the bad and common, the Messiah to the sinners and publicans.
—Max Scheler

11 Jun 2017

Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, Cycle A

We are not soul freelancers but beings created to dance in the arms of the Trinity.
—Adele Ahlberg Calhoun

The gospel is absurd and the life of Jesus is meaningless unless we believe that he lived, died, and rose again with but one purpose in mind: to make brand-new creation.
—Brennan Manning

4 Jun 2017

Solemnity of Pentecost, Cycle A

What you are is God’s gift to you, what you become is your gift to God.
—Hans Urs von Balthasar, Prayer

I would like to achieve a state of inner spiritual grace from which I could function and give as I was meant to in the eye of God.
—Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gift from the Sea