28 Apr 2019

Solemnity of the Second Sunday of Easter; Divine Mercy Sunday, Cycle C

We must strive to be moved by a generosity of spirit that will enable us to outgrow . . . conflicts of the past.
—Nelson Mandela

Christ has no body on earth but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours. Yours are the eyes through which Christ’s compassion for the world is to look out; yours are the feet with which he is to go about doing good; and yours are the hands with which he is to bless us now.
—Saint Teresa of Ávila

21 Apr 2019

Solemnity of the Resurrection of the Lord (Easter Sunday), Cycle C

Incarnated into the fullness of human life, our religion, in order to be faithful to Christ, must plant the cross in it, so as to introduce the life-giving death without which there is no glorious Resurrection.
—Henri de Lubac

As the new sun rises from below, the grace of the Resurrection already casts its radiance over the whole world, a radiance reflected in the eyes of those who have watched for him since daybreak, a dawn that ushers in the day of eternity.
—Guerric of Igny

14 Apr 2019

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, Cycle C

No pain, no palm; no thorns, no throne; no gall, no glory; no cross, no crown. 
—William Penn 

Palm Sunday tells us that  . . . it is the cross that is the true tree of life.
—Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

7 Apr 2019

Fifth Sunday of Lent, Cycle C

Everything terrible is something in need of our love.                                       
—Rainer Marie Wilke

In God alone is there primordial and true delight, and in all our delights it is this delight that we are seeking.
—Saint Bonaventure

31 Mar 2019

Fourth Sunday of Lent, Cycle C

 “Raising children in today’s culture can be a challenge. But you’re not alone in the journey as a father. God, the perfect father in Heaven, offers grace to help you along the journey.”
Pope Francis

“There are many kinds of alms the giving of which helps us to obtain pardon for our sins; but none is greater than that by which we forgive from our heart a sin that someone has committed against us.”
—Saint Augustine of Hippo (354-430)

“Whom must we recognize in this father? God, of course: No one is father as he is, no one is benevolent as he is. This is why he will welcome you—you who are his child, even if you have wasted what you had received from him, even if you arrive naked—because you have come back.”
—Tertullian (160-220)

24 Mar 2019

Third Sunday of Lent, Cycle C

“To the one who still remains in this world, no repentance is too late.”
—Saint Cyprian of Carthage (c. 200-258)

“Why do you ask my name, which is mysterious?”
—Judges 13:18

17 Mar 2019

Second Sunday of Lent, Cycle C

“Faith is a light of such supreme brilliance that it dazzles the mind and darkens all its visions of other realities, but in the end . . . we gain a new view of all reality transfigured and elevated in the light itself.”
—Thomas Merton

“As well as the vision of Christ’s glory . . .  something else occurred which was to serve as a vital confirmation, not only of the disciples’ faith, but of ours as well. From a cloud on high came the voice of God the Father saying: This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased. Listen to him.”
—Saint Cyril of Alexandria (376-444)

24 Feb 2019

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

The roots of war are in the way we live our daily lives, the way we develop our industries, build up our society, and consume goods. We have to look deeply into the situation, and we will see the roots of war. We cannot just blame one side or the other. We have to transcend the tendency to take sides.
—Thich Nhat Hanh

Mercy is the image of God, and the merciful are, in fact, God dwelling on the earth. As God is merciful to all, without distinction, so the merciful should share benefits equally. . . . The merciful person is another God on the earth.
—Rabban Youssef Bousnaya, 10th-century Syrian monk

Just as God has shown us his mercy and faithfulness—his mercy by forgiving our sins and his faithfulness by keeping his promises—so we too should practice mercy and faithfulness in our own lives. Let us show mercy to the sick and needy, even our enemies, and practice faithfulness by refraining from sin.
—Saint Augustine of Hippo (354-430)

The highest wisdom is kindness.
—The Talmud