Ideas Worth Pondering…

“Our life and our death is with our neighbour.  If we gain our brother, we have gained God, but if we scandalise our brother, then we have sinned against Christ.”
~St Anthony
“Tradition, our faith heritage, is the living faith of the dead, not the dead faith of the living.”  ~Unknown
“For we speak to Him when we pray; we listen to him when we read the divine oracles.” , “Seek in reading and you will find in meditating; knock in mental prayer and it will be opened to you by contemplation.  ~CCC 2653, 2654
“The fevered restlessness of heretics stirs questions about many articles of the Catholic faith. But the need to defend them forces us to investigate them more accurately, understand them more clearly, and proclaim them more earnestly. So the question raised by an adversary becomes the occasion of instruction.” ~St. Augustine, City of God 16.2.

“If a man wants to be always in God’s company, he must pray regularly and read regularly.  When we pray, we talk to God; when we read, God talks to us.” ~St. Isidore of Seville

“One cannot possibly understand the teaching of the saints unless one has a pure mind and is trying to imitate their life.” ~St. Athanasius of Alexandria, On the Incarnation 57

“Anything worth doing is worth doing badly.” ~GK Chesterton (don’t let the magnitude of the task stop you)

“The word orthodoxy no longer means being right; it practically means being wrong.” ~GK Chesterton

“What can one be but frivolous about serious things? Without frivolity they are simply too tremendous.” ~GK Chesterton

“Give time and presence to those around you every day.” ~ Unknown

“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even on life has breathed easier because you have lived.  This is to have succeeded” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Lord, May everything I do begin with your inspiration and continue with hour help.  So that all my prayers and works may begin in you and by you be happily ended.  Amen” ~Unknown

“Nothing worth doing is completed in our lifetime; Therefore we must have hope.  Nothing true or beautiful makes complete sense in any immediate context of history; Thereforee we must have faith.  Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplishedd alone; Therefore we must have love.” ~Reinhold Niebuhr

“Creator of all things, true source of light and wisdom, lofty origin of all being, graciously let a ray of your brilliance penetrate into the darkness of my understanding and take from me the double darkness in which I have been born, an obscurity of both sin and ignorance. Give me a sharp sense of understanding, a retentive memory, and the ability to grasp things correctly and fundamentally. Grant me the talent of being exact in my explanations, and the ability to express myself with thoroughness and charm. Point out the beginning, direct the progress, and help in completion; through Christ our Lord. Amen.” ~St Thomas Aquinas “Prayer Before Studying”

“To be deep in history is to cease to be Protestant”, “If Christianity is historical, Catholicism is Christianity” ~Cardinal John Henry Newman


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