Quotes

30 May 2021

Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, Cycle B

God, who has His loving Being-in-communion . . . has, in the freedom of His love, created us and redeemed us that we might find our true being in communion with him and one another.
—James B. Torrance

The Father is a sun with the Son as rays and the Holy Spirit its heat.
—John Damascene

Without the Spirit it is not possible to hold the Word of God nor without the Son can any draw near to the Father, for the knowledge of the Father is the Son and the knowledge of the Son of God is through the Holy Spirit.
—Irenaeus

23 May 2021

Solemnity of Pentecost, Cycle B

We can study the whole history of salvation, we can study the whole of theology, but without the Spirit we cannot understand. It is the Spirit that makes us realize the truth or—in the words of Our Lord—it is the Spirit that makes us know the voice of Jesus.
Pope Francis

The Spirit gives us the confidence to call God Father, to share in Christ’s grace, to be called children of the light, to have a share in eternal glory, to be filled with every blessing, in this age and in the age to come.
Basil of Caesarea

When the work that the Father gave to the Son to do on Earth was accomplished, the Holy Spirit was sent on the day of Pentecost in order that [the Spirit] might continually sanctify the church, and that . . . those who believe might have access through Christ in one Spirit to the Father.
—Second Vatican Council, Lumen Gentium

16 May 2021

Seventh Sunday of Easter, Cycle B

The Word is the face, the countenance, the representation of God, in whom he is brought to light and made known.
—Clement of Alexandria

Love consists in sharing what one has and what one is with those one loves. Love ought to show itself in deeds more than in words.
—Ignatius of Loyola

16 May 2021

Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord, Cycle B

As sign and wonder this exaltation is a pointer to the revelation . . . of Jesus Christ as the heart of all powers in heaven and Earth.
Karl Barth

For Christ also suffered for sins once . . . . Put to death in the flesh, he was brought to life in the spirit. In it he also went to preach to the spirits in prison.
1 Peter 3:18-19

9 May 2021

Sixth Sunday of Easter, Cycle B

Who except God can give you peace? Has the world ever been able to satisfy the heart?
Saint Gerard Majella

And so our mothers and grandmothers have, more often than not anonymously, handed on the creative spark, the seed of the flower they themselves never hoped to see—or like a sealed letter they could not plainly read.
—Alice Walker

Let us in all time . . . learn to love as we should, God above all things, and all other things for him.
Saint Thomas More

I can think of no better way of redeeming this tragic world today than love and laughter. Too many of the young have forgotten how to laugh, and too many of the elders have forgotten how to love. Would not our lives be lightened if only we could all learn to laugh more easily at ourselves and to love one another?
Father Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C. 

2 May 2021

Fifth Sunday of Easter, Cycle B

If you wish to know the mind of a person, listen to their words. If you want to know their hearts, watch their actions.
Lisa Prozen

When we are crushed like grapes, we cannot think of the wine we will become.
Henri Nouwen

You have heard, no doubt, of my earlier life . . . . I was violently persecuting the church of God and was trying to destroy it.
—Galatians 1:13

25 Apr 2021

Fourth Sunday of Easter; Good Shepherd Sunday, Cycle B

Example is not the main thing in influencing others, it is the only thing.
—Albert Schweitzer

In this world, we give ourselves, with God’s help, the eyes and heart that a final transfiguration will make into organs of a power of adoration and of a capacity for bliss—both unique to each of us.
—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone. Therefore, we are saved by love. No virtuous act is quite as virtuous from the standpoint of our friend or foe as from our own; therefore, we are saved by the final form of love which is forgiveness.
—Reinhold Niebuhr

18 Apr 2021

Third Sunday of Easter, Cycle B

Obedience calls for a listening and discerning heart.
—Sister Charlene Diorka, S.S.J.

It’s hard work to let God forgive me. I have to . . . strip away all the cynicism and anger I’ve built up, defy my disappointments, and find what is real again.
—Donna Schaper, Stripping Down: The Art of Spiritual Restoration

Decide here and now to love things and [people] as Jesus loved them, that is, to the point of self-sacrifice. Do not bother with the bookkeeping of love; love without keeping accounts.
—Carlo Carreto

11 Apr 2021

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

The gate of heaven is very low; only the humble can enter it.
—Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

We too often forget that faith is a matter of questioning and struggle before it becomes one of certitude and peace. You have to doubt and reject everything else in order to believe firmly in Christ, and after you have begun to believe, your faith itself must be tested and purified.  
—Thomas Merton

To the hungry belongs the bread you have. To the naked belongs the cloak that is hidden in your trunk. To the footsore, the shoes rotting in your house. To the poor the money you have buried in the earth. How can you oppress so many people that you could help?
—Saint Basil the Great

4 Apr 2021

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

We must reflect the light of Christ through lives of prayer and joyful service to others.
—Saint Pope John Paul II

I . . . have faith in the cross . . . as the revelation of the “way” or “path” of transformation, as the revelation of the depth of God’s love for us, and as the proclamation of radical grace.
—Marcus J. Borg, The Heart of Christianity

Every day do something that won’t compute. Love the Lord. Love the world. . . . Be joyful though you have considered all the facts. . . . Practice resurrection.
—Wendell Berry, Manifesto


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