Mighty Maxims of Wisdom to Live By
From Many Different Sources.

St. Catherine of Siena, "Speak the truth with a thousand voices, it is silence that kills the world."

The flak is heaviest right over the target. Satan is threatened by the Church and he reserves 
his heaviest flak for the Church. We have a high set of standards and the World will always hate us for it.

Political Correctness is another name for moral cowardice.

"Not to oppose error is to approve it; and not to defend truth is to suppress it.
And, indeed, to neglect to confound evil men – when we can do it – is no less a sin 
than to encourage them." Pope St. Felix III (483-492)

ATHEISM: The belief that there was nothing and nothing happened to nothing and then
      nothing magically exploded for no reason, creating everything and then a bunch of
      everything magically rearranged itself for no reason whatsoever into self-replicating
      bits which then turned into dinosaurs. Makes perfect sense.

"If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you'll most certainly be right."

"Trees that bend a little in the wind last the longest." From The Viking Queen Movie.

"Suffering is a gift from God; blessed is he who knows how to profit by it."  St. Padre Pio

Disciple means one who follows, and Apostle one who is sent. Disciple is sometimes applied to the Apostles,
for they are followers as well as future leaders.
But not all disciples are Apostles--only the 12 can be said to have been both.

"Prayer enlarges the heart until it is capable of containing God's gift of himself...." Mother Teresa (1910-1997)

"The reformer is always right about what is wrong. He is generally wrong about what is right." - G. K. Chesterton

"The trouble with nearly everybody who prays is that he says "Amen" and runs away before God has a chance to reply. 
Listening to God is far more important than giving Him your ideas..." Frank Laubach (1884-1970)

Worry looks around, Sorry looks back, Faith looks up.

"And the truth is passed on by the small fervent band of the few. Not by the many but by dauntless, resolute, dedicated few. 
 John Henry Cardinal Newman

"The world is rapidly being divided into two camps, the comradeship of anti-Christ and the brotherhood of Christ.
The lines between these two are being drawn. How long the battle will be we know not; whether swords will have to
be unsheathed we know not; whether blood will have to be shed we know not; whether it will be an armed conflict
we know not. But in a conflict between truth and darkness, truth cannot lose."   Bishop Fulton J. Sheen...

"If we see a speck in a brother's eye, we must first see if there is a log in our own eye; perhaps that speck in our
brother's eye is only a reflection of the beam in our own...." David Watson

"If you're not a thorn in somebody's side, you aren't doing Christianity right..."  Mother Angelica

Aspire to inspire before you expire.

Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting.

"If there were no GOD, there would be no atheists."  G.K Chesterton

"God the Father is the giver of Holy Scripture; God the Son is the theme of Holy Scripture;
and God the Spirit is the author, authenticator, and interpreter of Holy Scripture..." J.I. Packer b.1926

"A man who is well-grounded in the testimonies of the Scripture is the bulwark of the Church..." St. Jerome (340?-420)

"There is no situation so chaotic that God cannot from that situation create something that is surpassingly good.
He did it at the creation. He did it at the cross. He is doing it today."  Bishop Handley Moule (1841-1920)

"There are only two kinds of men: the righteous, who believe themselves sinners; the rest,
sinners who believe themselves righteous."  Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), Pensees [1660]

The Kingdom of Heaven is on earth because the Church is in Heaven.

Everything from creation, and before, and for all eternity is now with GOD, including the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross.
It is a continuous, never ending sacrifice.
You cannot repeat something that never ends.

"Several times in history the Church seemed to be done and destroyed. But it is still here. It has survived its own death, 
because it had a God who knew his way out of the grave."...G. K. Chesterton

"Jesus hath many lovers of His heavenly Kingdom, but few bearers of His Cross. He hath many desirous of consolation,
but few of tribulation. Many love Jesus so long as no adversities befall them."
Thomas a Kempis (1380-1471), The Imitation of Christ, II.xi. [1418]

"Liberalism: A mental disorder wherein the illogical becomes completely
      logical, with no lasting effect on the conscience."
That one has always reminded me of this verse:
Isaiah 5:20, "Woe to you that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light and light for darkness..."

Think not what God can do for me at Mass but what I can do for Him there. As Archbishop Fulton Sheen put it,
"we should not attend Mass like parasites, seeking what we can take from God, but what we can give."

A woman's heart should be so lost in God that a man needs to seek Him in order to find her. ~Unknown

"To a great extent the level of any civilization is the level of its womanhood. When a man loves a woman,
he has to become worthy of her. The higher her virtue, the more her character, the more devoted she is 
to truth, justice, goodness, the more a man has to aspire to be worthy of her.
The history of civilization could actually be written in terms of the level of its women." ~Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

"In God's eternal plan, woman is the one in whom the order of love in the created world of persons takes first root."
~Pope John Paul II

"Only the chaste man and the chaste woman are capable of true love." Pope John Paul II

"From my ten years' experience I can unhesitatingly say that the Cross bears those who bear the Cross..."
Sadhu Sundar Singh (1889-1929)

"The next great heresy is going to be simply an attack on morality, and especially on sexual morality. 
And the madness of tomorrow will come not from Moscow but from Manhattan...G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

"Who today can fail to recognize the need to make more room for the "reasons of the heart"?
In a world like ours, dominated by technology, we feel the need for this feminine complementarity,
so that the human race can live in the world without completely losing its humanity...
It is almost always women who manage to preserve human dignity, to defend the family and to
protect cultural and religious values."  Pope Benedict XVI

"When we are troubled with temptation and evil thoughts, then we see clearly the great need we have of God,
since without him we can do nothing good... No one is so good that he is immune to temptation; 
we will never [in this life] be entirely free of it...." Thomas a Kempis (1380-1471), Of the Imitation of Christ.

"It’s too late in the day to think we can get by with anything other than Christianity in its fullness. 
The Reformation has petered out. The Enlightenment has fizzled. This century’s isms, including varieties 
of totalitarianism and feminism, all have proved failures. There is only one thing left, one thing that 
has youthful vigor and age-old wisdom, one thing that has a prayer of resuscitating our moribund society, 
and that thing is the Catholic faith." Karl Keating, This Rock magazine, July/August 1996, page 2

"God wants us to know that when we have Him we have everything."... A. W. Tozer (1897-1963)

"Who is going to save our Church? Not our Bishops, not our priests and religious. It is up to the people.
You have the minds, the eyes, the ears to save the Church. Your mission is to see that your priests act like
priests, your bishops like bishops and your religious act like religious." ~Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

"It is better that scandals arise than the truth be suppressed." – Pope St. Gregory the Great

"Pride is an admission of weakness; it secretly fears all competition and dreads all rivals." Bishop Fulton J. Sheen

"Life is like a cash register, in that every account, every thought,  every deed, like every sale, is registered
and recorded." Bishop Fulton John Sheen

"The big print giveth, and the fine print taketh away." Bishop Fulton J. Sheen

"It is not possible ever to exhaust the mind of the Scriptures. 
 It is a well that has no bottom...." St. John Chrysostom (345-407)

"This seems a cheerful world, Donatus, when I view it from this fair garden, under the shadow of these vines.
But if I climbed some great mountain and looked out over the wide lands, you know very well what 
I would see--brigands on the high roads, pirates on the seas; in the amphitheaters men murdered to please
applauding crowds; under all roofs misery and selfishness. It is really a bad world, Donatus, an incredibly
bad world. Yet in the midst of it I have found a quiet and holy people. They have discovered a joy which is
a thousand times better than any pleasures of this sinful life. They are despised and persecuted, but they care
not. They have overcome the world. These people, Donatus, are the Christians--and I am one of them.
St. Cyprian (?-258)

"Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time he will pick himself up and hurry off as
if nothing had happened."...Sir Winston Churchill

"The believer in God has to account for the existence of unjust suffering; 
 the atheist has to account for the existence of everything else."...Rabbi Milton Steinberg

Margaret Thatcher: "The trouble with Socialism is, sooner or later you run out of other people's money."

"When you subsidize poverty and failure, you get more of both." James Dale Davidson, National Taxpayers Union

"The more corrupt the state, the more it legislates." - Tacitus

"A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own."  Unknown

"Live in the world as if only God and your soul were in it; then your heart will never be made captive by any earthly thing.
 ... St. John of the Cross (1542-1591), from "Spiritual Maxims".

"To doubt is the greatest insult to the Divinity."...St. Padre Pio

"Life without God is like an unsharpened pencil - it has no point."

"Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely."
       Lord Acton (1834 - 1902)

Quotations from Ronald Reagan:
      "Socialism only works in two places: Heaven where they don't need it and
      hell where they already have it." -Ronald Reagan
      "Here's my strategy on the Cold War: We win, they lose." - Ronald Reagan
      "The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the
      government and I'm here to help."-Ronald Reagan
      "The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they're ignorant; it's
      just that they know so much that isn't so." -Ronald Reagan
      "Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S.
      was too strong."- Ronald Reagan
      "I have wondered at times about what the Ten Commandments would have
      looked like if Moses had run them through the U.S. Congress." -Ronald Reagan
     "The taxpayer: That's someone who works for the federal government but
      doesn't have to take the civil service examination."- Ronald Reagan
     "Government is like a baby: An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one
      end and no sense of responsibility at the other."- Ronald Reagan
     "The nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth is a
      government program." - Ronald Reagan
     "It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have
      learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first."- Ronald Reagan
     "Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases:
      If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving,
      subsidize it" - Ronald Reagan
     "Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed, there are many rewards;
      if you disgrace yourself, you can always write a book."- Ronald Reagan
     "No arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is as formidable as
      the will and moral courage of free men and women."- Ronald Reagan
     "If we ever forget that we're one nation under GOD, then we will be a nation
      gone under."-Ronald Reagan

"Men are driven by the love of pleasure and women are driven by the pleasure
        of love". Bishop Fulton Sheen

Quotations from Thomas Jefferson:
       "When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become
       as corrupt as Europe.
       The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing
       to work and give to those who would not.
       It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes.
       A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.
       I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from
       wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.
       My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too
       much government.
       No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.
       The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is,
       as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.
       The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
       To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he
       disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical."

"You have to push as hard as the age that pushes against you."
      Flannery O'Connor, Catholic novelist

"The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil,
      but because of the people that don't do anything about it." - Albert Einstein

"When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty." - Thomas Jefferson

To get something you never had, you have to do something you never did.

The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you.

"We are not called to be successful, we are called to be faithful" ...Mother Theresa

"Man fell from grace by eating something he was forbidden to eat, and he is restored
      to grace by eating something he is commanded to eat." ...Stephen Rombouts

"How is salvation possible for man, who, by definition, is imperfect? The faithful 
receive God's redeeming grace through the body and blood of Christ, by which the human 
imperfection that otherwise would exclude us from Heaven is overcome by the perfection 
of Christ. Imperfect man is made fit for Heaven when, in the form of the Eucharist, 
Christ becomes part of us and we become part of Him: Jesus "dwells" in us and we in him, 
in the most literal, physical sense." ...Stephen Rombouts

"As unto the bow, the cord is. So unto the man, is the woman. Though she bends him, 
she obeys him. Though she draws him, yet she follows. Useless each without the other."
      Longfellow, Hiawatha.

"When anger enters the mind, wisdom departs." ...Thomas a Kempis (1380-1471)

I would rather live my life as if there is a God, and die to find out there isn't,
than live my life as if there isn't, and die to find out there is.

Quotes from Father Dwyer:
       1. Death is not a wall. It is a doorway into the next life.
       2. Eternity was invading time.
       3. The only answer for peace in the world is to go to the peacemaker.
       4. The state cannot punish us for what we think but GOD can.
       5. The Church is not a dead leaf pressed between the pages of history.
       6. Nobody audits the books of GOD.
       7. It is the candle that wastes away that gives the light.
       8. The cross is a saving ladder. Any man can use it to climb out of the mud and up to the stars.
       9. She is our mother because she gave birth to our Brother.

No matter how your life is going at any given moment, no matter how lonely you 
get...frustrated, confused...  It's really sobering to consider all that went 
into creating you and to know that, even if no one else loves you, GOD intended 
you into being and does every day. I find such solace in that.

Catholic to Protestant:
      "Are you willing to learn from the pope, or are you attempting to teach the pope?"

"Not to oppose error is to approve it; and not to defend truth is to suppress it".
Pope St. Felix III (483-492)

November 25, 2011

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