29 Aug 2021

Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

We may truly be said to worship God-though we lack perfection; but we cannot be said to worship Him if we lack sincerity.
—Stephen Charnock

Deep in the human heart
The fire of justice burns;
A vision of a world renewed
Through radical concern.
—William L. Wallace

The highest form of wisdom is kindness.
—The Talmud

22 Aug 2021

Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

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

 We become Christ-bearers when his body and blood spread into our body. In this manner, according to Blessed Peter, we “come to share in the divine nature” (2 Peter 1:4).
—Cyril of Jerusalem

Let us pray Jesus to give us an earnest longing after him—a thirst for his presence—an anxiety to find him—a joy on hearing that he is to be found, even now, under the veil of sensible things.
—John Henry Newman

15 Aug 2021

Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Cycle B

Today Earth has sent a priceless gift up to heaven, so that by giving and receiving within the blessed bond of friendship, the human is wedded to the divine, Earth to heaven, the depths to the heights. . . .  
—Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153)

Hail, God's palace; hail tabernacle of the Most High; hail, house of God; hail, God's holy vestments; hail, handmaid of God!
—Francis of Assisi (1181-1226)

Whatever was transitory in [Mary’s] life fell into the power of death, but only so that all that was eternal in her could shine in the full light, the eternal light made up of all the little flames of each instant of her shining existence.
—Karl Rahner, S.J. (1904-84)

8 Aug 2021

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

Compassion, forgiveness, these are the real, ultimate sources of power for peace and success in life.
—The Dalai Lama

We are sad because we are unable to love. But the Eucharist gives us the one who on the night on which he was handed over (for us all), loved his own to the end.
—Karl Rahner

1 Aug 2021

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

Bread for myself is a material question. Bread for my neighbor is a spiritual one.
—Nikolai Berdyaev

I always think that the best way to know God is to love many things.
—Vincent van Gogh

If you have understanding to first notice the signs, continue with the courage to follow them.
—Nikki Rowe

I long to understand in some degree thy truth, which my heart believes and loves. For I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand.
—Anselm of Canterbury

Yes, the time has come for conversion, for personal transformation, for inner renewal. We must get used to thinking in a new way, of humanity, of common life among humans, of the roads of history and the destiny of the world.
—Pope Paul VI

25 Jul 2021

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.
—Mother Teresa

Since once again, Lord . . . I have neither bread, nor wine, nor altar, I will raise myself above these symbols . . . I, your priest, will make the whole Earth my altar and on it will offer you all the labors and sufferings of the world.
—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Bread plays so many roles! We have learned to recognize, in it, an instrument of the human community, because of the bread we break together. We have learned to recognize, in it, the image of the nobility of work, because of the bread we earn by the sweat of our brow. We have learned to recognize, in it, the essential vehicle of pity, because of the bread we distribute in times of want.
—Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

18 Jul 2021

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

This is what it means to really take pity on the poor, and on those who have no one to guide them: to open the way of truth to them by teaching, to heal their physical infirmities, and to make them want to praise the divine generosity by feeding them when they are hungry.
—Venerable Bede

We are called to solitude where we can struggle against our anger and greed and let our new self be born in the loving encounter with Jesus Christ. It is in this solitude that we become compassionate people, deeply aware of our solidarity in brokenness with all humanity and ready to reach out to anyone in need.
—Henri Nouwen

11 Jul 2021

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

Grant me, O Lord and God, a mind to know you, a heart to seek you, wisdom to find you, conduct pleasing to you, faithful perseverance in waiting for you, and a hope of finally embracing you.
—Saint Thomas Aquinas

When you come up and receive the sweet reward which grace has wrought for us, then we shall thank and bless our Lord. . . . And that shall be a property of blessed love that we shall know in God which we could never have known without woe going before.
—Julian of Norwich

For who would not blush for shame, strip himself of his possessions, and embrace a life of poverty when he saw an apostle carrying neither bag, nor even bread which is so very essential?

We glimpse upon the beauty that is laid up for us when we gaze upon the spiritual beauty your immortal will now creates within our mortal selves.
—Saint Ephrem the Syrian

4 Jul 2021

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

The call of the Lord comes to you through the needs of other people. You just don’t say no to the call of the Lord.
—Msgr. Jack Egan

I am not in the slightest displeased, Margaret, that your frailty causes you to fear. God gave us both the grace to despair of ourselves and to entrust ourselves entirely, in utter dependence, to the strength of hope.
—Saint Thomas More, from a letter to his daughter

Let orators keep their eloquence, philosophers their wisdom, kings their kingdoms; for us, Christ is glory, riches, and kingdom; for us, wisdom is the folly of the gospel; for us, strength is the weakness of the flesh and glory the scandal of the cross.
—Saint Paulinus of Nola

27 Jun 2021

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

We always find that those who walked closest to Christ were those who had to bear the greatest trials.
—Saint Teresa of Á​vila

For what is faith unless it is to believe what you do not see. 
—Saint Augustine

The presence of fear does not mean you have no faith.  Fear visits everyone.  But make fear a visitor and not a resident. 
—Max Lucado

Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.
—Albert Camus

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