“A beast gnawing at its prey can be happy too, but only human beings can feel affection for each other, and this is the highest achievement they can aspire to.”

“One should never direct people towards happiness, because happiness too is an idol of the market-place. One should direct them towards mutual affection.”

“The day that man forgets that love is identical with sacrifice, he will ask how a God of love could demand mortification and self-denial.”
― Fulton J. Sheen, God's World and Our Place in It

"We don't believe that grace is something you have to feel. The Catholic always distrusts his emotional reaction to the sacraments." —Flannery O'Connor

“You only have power over people so long as you don’t take everything away from them. But when you’ve robbed a man of everything he’s no longer in your power — he’s free again.”

“Patriotism is an integral and persistent feeling of love for one’s homeland, with a willingness to make sacrifices for her, to share her troubles, but not to serve her unquestioningly, not to support her unjust claims...”

This time of year is a freaking minefield. I was on my way home from the dentist and this song came on the radio: youtube.com/watch?v=KNmtxXP4UC

Apparently it's from 2008, but I hadn't heard it before. It would have made me cry even then, but as it is...

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It seems as you get older, you’re less likely to cry from physical pain, but more likely to cry from emotional pain.

@artsyhonker Awkward, too. People usually assume I'm crying because I had something happen. It's the opposite of that.

And now starts the season wherein people talk about babies constantly and share uplifting stories about how their unplanned pregnancy changed their life for the better, and I try not to be too conspicuous with my sobbing, wishing I could ever have been so lucky.

"No, all hope cannot be pinned on science, technology, or economic growth. The victory of technological civilization has also instilled in us a spiritual insecurity. Its gifts enrich, but enslave us as well.”

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God of power and love,
look kindly on the tasks we have begun,
and at this midday hour renew your grace within us:
make good our defects,
and bring our work to that fulfilment which accords with your will.
Through Christ our Lord.

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Grant that our life and work may be pleasing to you
and bear witness to the power of your redeeming love.

Let us sing a new song not with our lips but with our lives.

St. Augustine

See how he himself provides you with a way of singing. Do not search for words, as if you could find a lyric which would give God pleasure. Sing to him 'with songs of joy.' This is singing well to God, just singing with songs of joy.

St. Augustine

Honestly the hardest part about working a UK schedule while living in the US is remembering something that I want to tell someone about, and then having to wait until the sun comes up to text them.

"After the Western ideal of unlimited freedom, after the Marxist concept of freedom as acceptance of the yoke of necessity—here is the true Christian definition of freedom. Freedom is self-restriction! Restriction of the self for the sake of others!”

'Sing to him a new song, sing to him with joyful melody.'

Every one of us tries to discover how to sing to God. You must sing to him, but you must sing well. He does not want your voice to come harshly to his ears, so sing well, brothers!

St. Augustine

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