28 Feb 2021

Second Sunday of Lent, Cycle B

I'm only asking you to stop every so often and turn off your mobile device, put down the Angry Birds and the Words with Friends and take a moment. Stop to look up and look around. Pause and check in . . . and spend a moment there.
—Maria Shriver

By virtue of Isaac who offered himself as a sacrifice on top of the altar, the Holy One . . . will resurrect the dead in the future. 
Mekilta of Rabbi Simeon

God is transfiguring the world right this very moment through us because God believes in us and because God loves us.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu

21 Feb 2021

First Sunday of Lent, Cycle B

When you fast, see the fasting of others. If you want God to know that you are hungry, know that another is hungry. If you hope for mercy, show mercy. If you look for kindness, show kindness. If you want to receive, give.
—Saint Peter Chrysologus

Baptism is related not only to momentary experience, but to lifelong growth into Christ. . . . . As they grow in the Christian life of faith, baptized believers demonstrate that humanity can be regenerated and liberated.
—Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry document from the World Council of Churches

When . . . the Earth was flooded, Wisdom again saved it, piloting the righteous man on frailest wood.
—Wisdom 10:4

14 Feb 2021

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

The things that we love tell us what we are.
—Saint Thomas Aquinas

Without being forgiven, released from the consequences of what we have done, our capacity to act would, as it were, be confined to a single deed from which we could never recover; we would remain the victims of its consequences forever.
—Hannah Arendt

Jesus confirms and corroborates what the leper had said and . . . does not merely answer, 'Be made clean.' . . . He verifies the truth glimpsed by the man . . . .
—Saint John Chrysostom

7 Feb 2021

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

Healing yourself is connected with healing others.
—Yoko Ono

Rightly is my hope strong in Him, who sits at Thy right hand and intercedes for us . . . . For many and great are my infirmities, many and great; but Thy medicine is of more power.
—Saint Augustine of Hippo

31 Jan 2021

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

Authority and power are two different things: Power is the force by means of which you can oblige others to obey you. Authority is the right to direct and command, to be listened to or obeyed by others. Authority requests power. Power without authority is tyranny.
—Jacques Maritain

At the time appointed, Christ came forth from the Father and showed himself in this external word, first as its creator, then as its teacher, the revealer of secrets, the mediator . . . and the express image of his person.
—John Henry Newman

To believe in the relevance of God is to believe in the presence of prophets among us who show the relevance of his word. To believe in the faithfulness of God and in his church is to believe that he will not let it fall asleep, be overwhelmed, lose its vigor and the dynamism of its hope.
—Jésus-Maria Asurmendi

24 Jan 2021

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

To pay attention—this is our endless and proper work.
—Mary Oliver

The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet.
—Frederick Buechner

God’s will is to save us, and nothing pleases God more than our coming back to God with true repentance.
—Maximus the Confessor

Repentance is not an emotion. It is not feeling sorry for your sins. It is a decision. It is deciding that you have been wrong in supposing that you could manage your own life and be your own god.
—Eugene Peterson

We cannot be fishers of men and women if in our hearts we are haters of them. This truth . . . reveals a nonviolent ethic: Love even your enemies; become fishers of them. We will not win people to our convictions if we despise them.
—Susan B. W. Johnson

17 Jan 2021

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

All vocations are intended by God to manifest His love in the world.
—Thomas Merton

Vocation doesn’t come from willfulness. It comes from listening. I must listen to my life and try to understand what it is truly about . . . or my life will never represent anything real in the world, no matter how earnest my expectations.
—Parker Palmer

10 Jan 2021

Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Cycle B

Hold your eyes on God and leave the doing to him. That is all the doing you have to worry about.
—Saint Jane Frances de Chantal

Jesus rises from the waters; the world rises with him.
—Saint Gregory of Nazianzen

3 Jan 2021

Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord, Cycle B

If we want to find Jesus, we have to overcome our fear of taking risks . . . . We need to take risks simply to meet a child.
—Pope Francis

Lord Jesus . . . . every presence makes me feel that you are near; every touch is the touch of your hand; every necessity transmits to me a pulse of your will.
—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Today the Magi gaze in deep wonder at what they see: heaven on Earth, Earth in heaven, a human being in God, God in a human being, one whom the whole universe cannot contain now enclosed in a tiny body.
—Saint Peter Chrysologus

27 Dec 2020

Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, Cycle B

The more holy someone is, the more cordial they should be with others.
—Saint Teresa of Á​vila (1515-1582)

Jesus is the only person in recorded history whose parents thought he was a child of God rather than their own creative project and possession.
—Polly Berrien Berends in Gently Lead

It is necessary to go back to seeing the family as the sanctuary of life. The family is indeed sacred: It is the place in which life—the gift of God—can be properly welcomed and protected against the many attacks to which it is exposed, and can develop in accordance with what constitutes authentic human growth.
—Pope John Paul II in Centesimus Annus, 1991

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