Sunday, July 5, 2015

Why Sin Is Not the Worst Thing In The World



'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

Friday, July 3, 2015

So That...



'Do not conform yourselves to this age 
but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, 
so that you may judge what is God's will, 
His good, pleasing and perfect will.'  

Romans 12:2

Painting: Paul Gauguin

Thursday, July 2, 2015

And Fair Weather Returns


'Storms, like a wave, pass quickly. And the fair weather returns.'

St. Teresa of Avila




Painting: Winslow Homer, Summer Squall

Monday, June 29, 2015

The Very Air I Breathe


'One glance 
at the holy Gospel, 
and the life of Jesus 
becomes a perfume that 
fills the very air I breathe.'

St. Therese of Lisieux























Painting: Léon Frédéric, Fragrance, in US public domain due to age

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Criticism Unveiled

'Criticism of others is ... an oblique 
form of self-condemnation. 
We think we make the picture 
hang straight on our wall by 
telling our neighbor that
all his pictures are crooked.'

Archbishop Fulton Sheen




Painting: Edgar Degas



Criticism of others is thus an oblique form of self-commendation. We think we make the picture hang straight on our wall by telling our neighbors that all his pictures are crooked.
Read more at: http://www.azquotes.com/author/13447-Fulton_J_Sheen
Criticism of others is thus an oblique form of self-commendation. We think we make the picture hang straight on our wall by telling our neighbors that all his pictures are crooked.
Read more at: http://www.azquotes.com/author/13447-Fulton_J_Sheen
Criticism of others is thus an oblique form of self-commendation. We think we make the picture hang straight on our wall by telling our neighbors that all his pictures are crooked.
Read more at: http://www.azquotes.com/author/13447-Fulton_J_Sheen

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Where Is My Heart?


'God will love you, of course, even though you do not love Him, but remember if you give Him only half your heart, He can make you only fifty percent happy. You have freedom only to give your heart away. To whom do you give yours? You give it either

to the moods of the hour, 
to your egotism, 
to creatures, 
or to God.'

Archbishop Fulton Sheen 




Painting: Guy Rose, in US public domain due to age

Sunday, June 21, 2015

If We Are Truly Friends

'Eating and drinking don't make friendships - such friendships even robbers and murderers have. But if we are friends, if we truly care for one another, let's help one another spiritually... Let's hinder those things that lead our friends away to hell.'

St. John Chrysostom










Painting: Mabel Frances Layng, The Cafe

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Friday, June 19, 2015

Shields for One Another

'I would counsel those who practice prayer
to seek, especially in the beginning, friendship 
and association with other persons having this same interest... 
This spiritual friendship is so extremely 
important for souls not yet fortified in virtue - since they have so many opponents
and friends to incite them to evil - 
I don't know how to urge it enough... 
It is necessary for those who serve Him 
to become shields for one another 
that they might advance.'

St. Teresa of Avila



Painting: Winslow Homer

Monday, June 15, 2015

Be the Stars of Their Dark Nights


             'Millions there are who are fluttering like wounded birds around the Rock.
             Get on your knees for them; sacrifice for them. 
             Be the sign of the Eternal on the face of the earth, 
             the mystery of faith against the mystery of iniquity. 
             Bear love to those who hate; bring pity to the world's tears;     
             bless those who have forgotten the need of blessing. 
             Be the hidden writing on the parchment of their world. 
             Be the stars of their dark nights.' 

             Archbishop Fulton Sheen


               


                    Painting: George Henry Boughton



Friday, June 12, 2015

Let the Admirable Modesty


'Let the admirable modesty 
of your Saviour be seen 
in your countenance,
in your movements,
and in your apparel.' 

St. Paul of the Cross




















Painting: Richard Edward Mille, in US public domain due to age

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

But I Have a Wandering Mind


"Some say 'I do not make mental prayer, because I am subject to desolation, to distractions, and to temptations. I have a wandering mind that I cannot confine to the subject of meditation, and therefore I have given up mental prayer.' But to such persons St. Francis de Sales says: if in their meditations they do nothing else than banish distractions and temptations, the meditation is well made, provided the distraction is not voluntary. The Lord is pleased with a good intention, with patient endurance, during the whole time prescribed for meditation, and with pain arising from distractions, and will bestow many graces in return. We ought to go to prayer, not to please ourselves, but to please God. Even holy souls generally suffer aridity in meditation, but because they persevere, God enriches them with His blessings.' 

St. Alphonsus Liguori

 Painting: Carl Holsoe, in US public domain due to age