Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Courage For Conflict

'They who want to win the world for Christ must have the courage to come into conflict with it.'

Blessed Titus Brandsma

Painting: Isaac Israels

Thursday, August 20, 2015

On This Great Ship

'In her voyage across the ocean of this world, the Church is like 
a great ship being pounded by the waves of life's different stresses.
Our duty is not to abandon ship but to keep her on her course.'

St. Boniface

Painting: Ivan Aivazovsky

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Is This My Decision?

'The refusal to take sides on great moral issues is itself a decision. It is a silent acquiescence to evil.'
Venerable Fulton J. Sheen

Painting: George Frederic Watts 

I'm probably the first person ever to put a PS on a blog post - but PS!  I also made a graphic (meme) of this quote. Please feel free to save and share it if you like.


Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Kindly Evangelize

'Kindness has converted more people than zeal, science, or eloquence.'

Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Painting: Louis Breton

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Today I Begin!

'Lord, today is the day I begin!' 

St Philip Neri

Painting: Charles Courtney Curran, in US public domain due to age

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

By A Tempest Purified

'Have you ever noticed rocks in the sea, beaten by the tempest? A furious wave dashes against the rock, another and yet another does likewise, yet the rock is unmoved. 

'But look at it after the storm has subsided, and you will see that the flood has but served to wash and purify it of the defilement it had contracted during the calm.'

St. Paul of the Cross

Painting: Lionel Walden, Crashing Sea 1904

Monday, August 10, 2015

Where The Horizon Closes Down

'O my God, fill my soul with holy joy, courage and strength to serve You. Enkindle Your love in me, and then walk with me along the next stretch of road before me. 

'I do not see very far ahead, but when I have arrived where the horizon now closes down, a new prospect will open before me, and I shall meet it with peace.'

St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein)


Friday, August 7, 2015

I Am Not Worthy

'I am not worthy, 
Lord, mine eyes 
to turn upon
Thy starry skies; 
But bowed in sin, 
with moans and sighs, 
I beg Thee, hear me.'

St. Hilary of Poitiers

Painting: Rae Sloan Bredin

Thursday, August 6, 2015

If the World is Topsy Turvy

'If the whole world is topsy-turvy - if all around 
is darkness and smoke 
and din - God is still with us.'

St. Francis de Sales

Painting: Winslow Homer, To the Rescue

Monday, August 3, 2015

And So We Pray

'To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it.'

Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Painting: Friedrich Wilhelm Schadow