'You, Martha, if I may say so, are blessed for your good service, and for
your labors you seek the reward of peace. Now you are much occupied in
nourishing the body, admittedly a holy one.
'But when you come to the heavenly
homeland will you find a traveler to welcome, someone hungry to feed, or
thirsty to whom you may give drink, someone ill whom you could visit, or
quarreling whom you could reconcile, or dead whom you could bury? No, there
will be none of these tasks there.
'What you will find there is what Mary chose.
There we shall not feed others, we ourselves shall be fed. Thus what Mary chose
in this life will be realized there in all its fullness; she was gathering
fragments from that rich banquet, the Word of God.
'Do you wish to know what we
will have there? The Lord himself tells us when he says of his servants, Amen,
I say to you, he will make them recline and passing he will serve them.’
'Some... equate goodness with indifference to evil and think that God is good if He is broadminded or tolerant about evil. Like the onlookers at the Cross, they want God on their terms, not His, and they shout 'come down, and we will believe.'
'But the things they ask are the marks of a false religion: it promises salvation without a cross, abandonment without sacrifice, Christ without His nails.'
'We are living in the only period of the world's history in which there is a universal denial of guilt. Dostoevsky wrote 'the time is coming when men will say there is no sin; there is no guilt; there is only hunger. And they will come crying and fawning to our feet saying 'give us bread.''
'It used to be that Catholics were the only ones who believed in the Immaculate Conception. Now everybody believes that he was immaculately conceived.'
Archbishop Fulton Sheen
Painting: Michelangelo, Fall and Expulsion from Garden of Eden
'Sins, however great and detestable they may be, are looked upon as trivial, or not as sins at all, when men get accustomed to them. And so far does this go, that such sins are not only not concealed, but are boasted of and published far and wide.'
'Sin is not the worst thing in the world. The worst thing in the world is the denial of sin.... If I deny that there is any such thing as sin, how shall I ever be forgiven? The denial of sin is the unforgivable sin, for it makes redemption impossible.' Venerable Fulton Sheen
Painting: Jean Béraud, The Magdalen at the House of the Pharisees, in US public domain due to age