28 Oct 2018

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

Receive Christ, receive power to see, receive your light . . . . More delightful than gold and precious stones, more desirable than honey and the honeycomb is the word that has enlightened us.
—Saint Clement of Alexandria (c. 150-c. 215)

The light in which you dwell, Lord, is beyond my understanding. It is so brilliant that I cannot bear it, I cannot turn my mind’s eye toward it for any length of time. I am dazzled by its brightness, amazed by its grandeur, overwhelmed by its immensity, bewildered by its abundance.
—Saint Anselm of Canterbury (c. 1033-1109)

The fullness of joy is to behold God in everything.
–Julian of Norwich (c. 1342-1417)

21 Oct 2018

Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

The evangelizing mission of the church is essentially the announcement of God’s love, mercy, and forgiveness revealed to humanity through the life, death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ our Lord. It is the proclamation of the good news that God loves us and wants all people united in God’s loving mercy. God forgives us and asks us to forgive others even for the greatest offences.
—Pope John Paul II, Message for Mission Sunday, 2002

Jesus is subversive, because he invites us to continually overturn the image we have formed of him. Through his whole life, as much as through his words, he directs us toward a God who became the servant of those to whom he gave birth through love.
—Gérard Bessière

When [Christ] humbled himself he lifted the world up. . . . He filled the world with faith in God . . . and gained innumerable blessings beyond the power of myself or anyone else to describe in words.
—Saint John Chrysostom (c. 347-407)

We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.
—Helen Keller

I personally measure success in terms of the contributions an individual makes to her or his fellow human beings.
—Margaret Mead

14 Oct 2018

Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

All through our life Christ is calling us. He called us first in Baptism, but afterwards also, whether we obey his voice or not, he graciously calls us still. If we fall from our Baptism, he calls us to repent; if we are striving to fulfill our calling, he calls us on from grace to grace, and from holiness to holiness, while life is given us.
—John Henry Newman (1801-1890)

It is asked of Christians that they let go of riches and many other things, but this is only a gesture of welcome, a preliminary condition to a rebirth that makes us over, renders us able to receive the salvation coming from God alone.
—J. Delorme

A sacrifice can change someone’s life today, a country tomorrow, and even change a history forever.
Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters

7 Oct 2018

Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

It is a lovely thing to have a husband and wife developing together and having the feeling of falling in love again. That is what marriage really means: helping one another to reach the full status of being persons, responsible and autonomous beings who do not run away from life. 
—Paul Tournier

Because the divine goodness could not be adequately represented by one creature alone, God produced many and diverse creatures, that what was wanting in one in the representation of the divine goodness might be supplied by another.
—Saint Thomas Aquinas (c. 1225-1274)

Your Son went down from the heights of his divinity to the depths of our humanity. Can anyone’s heart remain closed and hardened after this?
—Saint Catherine of Siena (1347-1380)

30 Sep 2018

Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

The cry of the oppressed is God’s voice. . . . The cry of the voiceless and the hopeless is God’s voice. . . . The protest of the poor is God’s voice. . . . And the voice of the countries who are victims of these injustices is God’s voice.
—Dom Helder Camara

The church is not in charge of God. It is a sacrament of God’s reign in the world, sustaining us to live and love the way Jesus of Nazareth did. Our faith is not in the church as a human institution, but rather in God, in Jesus, in the gospel . . . .
—Educator Thomas Groome

If everyone kept only what is necessary for ordinary needs and left the surplus to the poor, wealth and poverty would be abolished.
—Saint Basil the Great (329-379)

23 Sep 2018

Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

To follow Christ by bending down to our brothers and sisters . . . to be everything to everyone, to undervalue nothing that pertains to Christ; to be thirsty for only one thing, to be concerned with only one thing when dealing with the One Christ.
—Isaac de l’Etoile (d. ca. 1167)

The whole world cannot rob of its peace the soul who really rests in God’s love; no attack . . . will disturb it, even so slightly, because genuine love of God in God is for the soul a rampart that no violence can break down. Christ’s peace is a rock . . . .
—Blessed Paul Giustiniani (1476-1528)

Peace is not built up simply by political means and the balance of power and interests. It is built in the realm of the spirit, in the world of ideas, in the arena of peaceful activity.
—Pope Paul VI (1897-1978)

16 Sep 2018

Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

Crucified inwardly and outwardly with Christ, you will live in this life with fullness and satisfaction of soul, and possess your soul in patience.
—John of the Cross (1542-1591)

Faith and charity are the beginning and the end of life: the beginning is faith and the end is charity. The two together are God, and everything else that leads to human perfection is only a consequence of faith and charity.
—Ignatius of Antioch (d. c. 110)

9 Sep 2018

Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

If poor people come in . . . make room for them wholeheartedly, O bishop, even if it means that you have to sit on the ground. You must not be a respecter of persons if you want your ministry to be agreeable before God.
—The Teachings of the Twelve Apostles (c. 60-100)

But Satan is wiser than of yore, / And tempts by making rich, not poor.
—Alexander Pope (1688-1744)

2 Sep 2018

Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

What goes into a person can defile a person. Ask a drug addict or an alcoholic. But Jesus’ diagnosis is that there’s a deeper problem that comes from within. Spiritual impurity or moral defilement starts on the inside. It arises from the heart.
—Heidi Husted, The Christian Century

From a controversy on the clean and unclean, on good and evil, on tradition and newness, Jesus leads us into an altogether different perspective: that of an examination of one’s life and of conversion of the heart. . . . In the name of this reality, we must attempt to track down our hidden hypocrisies, this ever-renewed need to cheaply justify ourselves.
—P. Y. Emery

Knowledge is of no avail without the love of God, nor is understanding of mysteries, faith, or prophecy. Without love all are vain and profitless. Love, on the other hand, perfects a person, and one who loves God is perfect both in this world and the next, for we shall never stop loving God.
Saint Irenaeus (c. 140-200)

26 Aug 2018

Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

Do not regard the bread and wine as natural elements because they are, as the Master declared, body and blood. . . . [D]o not judge by taste but by faith; be fully assured, you who have been judged worthy of the body and blood of Christ.
—Saint Cyril of Jerusalem (315?-386)

That the desire to follow Christ alone and to be with him always is a good thing leading to our salvation is entirely self-evident; yet we may learn this from the Old Testament as well. . . . Keeping with their guide was the Israelites’ salvation then, just as not leaving Christ is ours now.
—Saint Cyril of Alexandria (d. 444)

No one realizes the mystery of the Incarnation but must feel disposed towards that of Holy Communion. Let us pray [to Jesus] to give us an earnest longing after him—a thirst for his presence—and anxiety to find him—a joy on hearing that he is to be found, even now, under the veil of sensible things—and a good hope that we shall find him there.
—Cardinal John Henry Newman (1801-1890)