Faith in the resurrection of Jesus says that there is a future for every human being; the cry for unending life which is a part of the person is indeed answered … God exists: that is the real message of Easter. Anyone who even begins to grasp what this means also knows what it means to be redeemed.
Pope Benedict XVI
The Cross is the word through which God has responded to evil in the world. Sometimes it may seem as though God does not react to evil, as if he is silent. And yet, God has spoken, he has replied, and his answer is the Cross of Christ: a word which is love, mercy, forgiveness. It is also reveals a judgment, namely that God, in judging us, loves us. Remember this: God, in judging us, loves us. If I embrace his love then I am saved, if I refuse it, then I am condemned, not by him, but my own self, because God never condemns, he only loves and saves.
Pope Francis, 2013 Way of the Cross, Rome
Lent is like a long ‘retreat’ during which we can turn back into ourselves and listen to the voice of God, in order to defeat the temptations of the Evil One. It is a period of spiritual ‘combat’which we must experience alongside Jesus, not with pride and presumption, but using the arms of faith: prayer, listening to the word of God and penance. In this way we will be able to
celebrate Easter in truth, ready to renew the promises of our Baptism.
Pope Benedict XVI, Lent 2010
“The only reason for my being killed is that I have taught the doctrine of Christ. I thank God it is for this reason that I die. I believe that I am telling the truth before I die. I know you believe me and I want to say to you all once again: ask Christ to help you become happy. I obey Christ. After Christ’s example, I forgive my persecutors. I do not hate them. I ask God to have pity on all, and I hope my blood will fall on my fellow men as a fruitful rain.”
St Paul Miki, Martyr of Nagasaki, 1565 – 1597
It would be easier for the world to survive without the sun than to do without Holy Mass.
(St Pio of Pietrelcina, 1887 – 1968)
There is nothing so great as the Eucharist. If God had something more precious, He would have
given it to us.
(St John Vianney, 1786 – 1859)
Today the Magi gaze in deep wonder at what they see: heaven on earth, earth in heaven, man in God, God in man, one whom the whole universe cannot contain now enclosed in a tiny body.
As they look, they believe and do not question, as their symbolic gifts bear witness: incense for God, gold for a king, myrrh for one who is to die.
St Peter Chrysologus (406 – 450)
At this Christmas when Christ comes, will He find a warm heart? Mark the season of Advent by loving and serving others with God’s own love and concern.
(St Teresa of Calcutta, 1910 – 1997)
Look at the set of senseless reasons the enemy gives you for abandoning your prayer: “I have no time” (when you are constantly wasting it!), “This is not for is me”, “My heart dry …”, and so on. Prayer is not a question of what you feel, but of love. And you love when you try hard to say something to the Lord, even though you might not actually say anything.
(St Josemaría Escrivá, 1902 – 1975)
When the Spirit from on high is poured out on us, then will the desert become an orchard and the orchard be as a forest. Right will dwell in the desert and justice abide in the orchard. Justice will bring about peace; right will produce calm and security. (Isaiah 32:15)
The Christian who desires to follow Jesus, carrying his cross, must bear in mind that the name “Christian” means “learner or imitator of Christ” and that if they wish to bear that noble title worthily they must, above all, do as Christ charges us in the Gospel: we must oppose or deny ourselves, take up the cross, and follow him.
St Anthony Mary Claret (1807 – 1870)