Saturday, August 1, 2015
Friday, July 31, 2015
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
'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.’
St. Augustine, from today's Office of Readings
Painting: Semiradsky, Christ and Martha and Maria
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Sunday, July 26, 2015
'The dawn is sprinkling in the east
Its golden shower, as day flows in;
Fast mount the pointed shafts of light:
Farewell to darkness and to sin!'
Painting: Jules Tavernie, Sunrise Over Diamond Head,1888
Saturday, July 25, 2015
Friday, July 24, 2015
Thursday, July 23, 2015
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
'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.'
Venerable Fulton Sheen
Painting: James Tissot, Jesus Wept
Monday, July 20, 2015
Saturday, July 18, 2015
Friday, July 17, 2015
'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