The Seven Sacraments
A sacrament is a remembrance of the past [Christ's Passion], a proof of the present [grace], and a promise of the future [eternal life].
--St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica
The baby doesn't understand English, and the devil knows Latin.
--Ronald Knox, on refusing to conduct a baptism in English
Confession and Penance
Hearing nuns' confessions is like being stoned to death by popcorn.
--Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
Eucharist and the Sacrifice of the Mass
If it is daily bread, why do you take it once a year, as the Greeks in the east are accustomed to do? Take daily what is to profit you daily. So live that you may deserve to receive it daily. He who does not deserve to receive it daily does not deserve to receive it once a year.
--St. Ambrose, On the Sacraments
When we come to the service of Christ, we come to a rough profession.
--St. Robert Southwell, S.J.
The Christian Family and Holy Matrimony
The family, grounded on marriage freely contracted, monogamous and indissoluble, is and must be considered the first and essential cell of human society.
--Blessed Pope John XXIII, Pacem in Terris
Holy Orders and the Priesthood
And I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding.
--Our Lord to Jeremiah, Jer 3:15
Suffering and the Anointing of the Sick
My bags are packed and I am ready to go.
--Blessed Pope John XXIII, his last dying words
Tracts by Phatmassers
The Internet causes billions of images to appear on millions of computer monitors around the planet. From this galaxy of sight and sound will the face of Christ emerge and the voice of Christ be heard?
--Pope John Paul II, Message for World Communications Day, 2002
Vatican II and Ultratraditionalism
When one reads the luminous encyclical Ecclesiam Suam of Pope Paul VI or the magnificent Dogmatic Constitution on the Church of the Fathers of the Council, one cannot but realize the greatness of the Second Vatican Council . . . Indeed, it would be difficult to conceive a greater contrast than that existing between the official documents of Vatican II and the superficial, insipid pronouncements of various theologian and laymen that have been breaking out everywhere like some infectious disease.
--Dietrich von Hildebrand, Trojan Horse in the City of God
Testimony of the Early Church Fathers
Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes--our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy who merely happen to be walking about.
--G. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy
Morality and Ethics
Christianity, considered as a moral system, is made up of two elements, beauty and severity; whenever either is indulged to the loss or disparagement of the other, evil ensues.
--John Henry Cardinal Newman, Sermons on Subjects of the Day
Sin and the Christian Lifestyle
The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult and left untried.
--G. K. Chesterton, What's Wrong with the World
Give me chastity and continence, but not yet!
--St. Augustine, Confessions
Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his or her existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person - among which is the inviolable right of every innocent human being to life.
--Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 2270
Prayer, Devotion, and Spirituality
No soul can be lost by following the simple and well-beaten path of ordinary devotion and prayer.
--R. H. Benson, The Light Invisible
History of the Church
The first law of history is not to dare to utter falsehood; the second, not to fear to speak the truth.
--Pope Leo XIII, On the Opening of the Vatican Archives
Theology of the Body
It is an illusion to think we can build a true culture of human life if we do not . . . accept and experience sexuality and love and the whole of life according to their true meaning and their close inter-connection.
--Pope John Paul II, The Gospel of Life
The reasoned arguments for the faith are not sufficiently strong to coerce the unwilling into faith, but they are stronger than any argument that can be brought against Christianity, and are quite sufficiently strong to reinforce and to strengthen the will to believe.
--Arnold Lunn, Now I See
There are not over a hundred people in the United States who hate the Catholic Church. There are millions, however, who hate what they wrongly believe to be the Catholic Church—which is, of course, quite a different thing.
--Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, Preface, Radio Replies
Even before he was of our fold, he was ours. His character made him one of us. For, as many of our own are not with us, whose life alienates them from the common body, so, many of those without are on our side, whose character anticipates their faith, and need only the name of that which indeed they possess.
--St. Gregory of Nazianzus, Oration 18, Article 6
Non-Catholic Christian Denominations
To be deep in history is to cease to be Protestant.
--John Henry Cardinal Newman, Conscience, Consensus, and the Development of Doctrine
Life is given us that we may learn to die well, and we never think of it! To die well we must live well.
--St. John Mary Vianney, On Death
Salvation, Justification, and Predestination
For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God....
--St. Paul to the Ephesians, Eph 2:8
Faith and Science
Believe first of all that God is one, that he created all things and set them in order and brought out of nonexistence into existence everything that is, and that he contains all things while he himself is uncontained.
--Hermas, The Shepherd
Communion of Saints
You say in your book that while we live we are able to pray for each other, but afterwards when we have died, the prayer of no person for another can be heard. . . . But if the apostles and martyrs while still in the body can pray for others, at a time when they ought still be solicitous about themselves, how much more will they do so after their crowns, victories, and triumphs?
--St. Jerome, Against Vigilantius
Do not marvel at the novelty of the thing, if a Virgin gives birth to God.
--St. Jerome, Commentaries on Isaiah
Peter and the Papacy
It often happens that I awake at night and begin to think about a serious problem and decide I must tell the Pope about it. Then I wake up completely and remember that I am the Pope.
--Blessed Pope John XXIII
Church Authority and Apostolic Succession
I would not believe in the Gospel if the authority of the Catholic Church did not move me to do so.
--St. Augustine, Faith and Creed
We possess nothing certainly except the past.
--Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited
Sola Scriptura and the Canon of the Bible
The Church was gathered and the faith was believed before any part of the New Testament was put into writing. And which writing was or is the true scripture neither Luther nor Tyndale knoweth but by the credence they give to the Church.
--St. Thomas More, Apology
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