"An examination of one's conscience is always a rereading of the deepest truth about oneself, a truth that can never be erased. The greatness of man lies in this truth. The dignity of a human being demands that man might be able to call it by its name, and not falsify it. As the Psalmist says: "I know my offense; my sin is ever before me" (Ps 51:5)."

St. John Paul II

"The Beatitude 'Happy are the pure of heart for they shall see God' could be turned around: 'Happy are those who see God for they shall keep their hearts pure.' The most powerful safeguard of a pure heart is the spirit of faith by which we see God's hand in everything that comes to us. This is what the saints did. Especially their suffering."

Father Jacques Phillippe

" My daughter, write about My mercy towards tormented souls. Souls that make an appeal to My mercy delight me. To such souls I grant even more graces than they ask. I cannot punish even the greatest sinner if he makes an appeal to my compassion. Write this: before I come as a just Judge, I first open wide the door to My mercy. But he who refuses to pass through the door to My mercy must pass through the door to My justice."

St. Faustina's Diary (#1146)

" The conversion of the heart cannot fail to include penitence. In a certain sense, that is the principal element. In fact, it is the essential element. Penitence means a profound change of heart under the influence of the word of God. It is a commitment to restore the equilibrium and harmony shattered by sin and therefore change direction, even at the cost of sacrifice. The resolutions of conversion and repentance, in order to be authentic and enduring, must be translated into concrete penitential acts."

St. John Paul II

"Joseph's embrace of the Mother and the Son gave reason and purpose for building the domestic church, and thus fulfilled the promise given to Jacob concerning him: "... and by your descendants shall all families on the earth bless themselves." It is by virtue of the Holy Family that all families receive the blessing of God, and it is by the virtue and example of St. Joseph's that all fathers are blessed by God."

Devin Schadt, Author (From Joseph's Way: The Call to Fatherly Greatness, Ignatius Press)

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ICYMI: GOA argues that the ATF doesn't have the legal authority to disqualify a Michigan CPL from being used in place of a NICS check when buying a gun. ammoland.com/2020/03/goa-files …

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I keep up the Holy Hour . . . to grow more and more into His likeness. . . . We become like that which we gaze upon. Looking into a sunset, the face takes on a golden glow. Looking at the Eucharistic Lord for an hour transforms the heart in a mysterious way.
— Venerable Fulton J. Sheen

"The human spirit will not even begin to try to surrender self-will as long as all seems to be well with it. Error and sin both have the same property: that the deeper they are, the less their victim suspects their existence. They are both masked evil."

C.S. Lewis

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This is a message that NEEDS to be shared. Our friends at @VCDL_ORG and @Semper_Fidelity produced this POWERFUL ad, exposing the racist roots of gun control. Watch and share!

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The four Gospels were written by four witnesses, relaying four historical accounts from four different perspectives, with four different objectives, written to four different audiences, all telling one story through one spirit, deposited into one Church and protected by one Magesterium.
—Steve Ray

"Egoism is often due to inner strife, to the attempt to create a different "I." To the degree that we seek only for ourselves, try to only realize our own potential, and are concerned solely with the success and fulfillment of our own "I", to that same degree this "I" becomes disagreeable, irritable, and repugnant."

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

"It is precisely the existence of sin that modern man is unable to take seriously. Because of this rejection of the concept of sin, no one is touched today by the Gospel claim that the evidence of Jesus' divine nature is based on his power to forgive sin. Hardly anyone seriously thinks nowadays that men's wrong actions may offend God and that he alone can forgive them. Even theologians have discussed replacing confession with conversations with psychologists! Sin has disappeared and with it forgiveness. And behind that disappearance is a God who is forever turned to man."

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

"On this day, marked by the austere symbol of ashes, we enter the season of Lent and begin a spiritual journey that prepares us for celebrating worthily the Easter Mysteries. The blessed ashes that are upon our forehead are a sign that reminds us of our condition as creatures, that invites us to repent, to follow our Lord ever more closely. We undertake this journey that we might arrive at Easter renewed and able to say with St Paul: "It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me (Gal 2:20)."

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

"When divine life is rejected, nothing can else can make us happy. Depression has captured the heart of Western man. It has settled there and it secretes its dangerous venom. We have refused to let joy come to us from someone other than ourselves, from God. We no longer want to be bothered by the invitation to endless happiness that God offers us."

Cardinal Robert Sarah

"By the light of the Gospel, the machine operator or the field hand, the office clerk or the trained professional, or anyone who pursues an occupation, discovers that the basis for determining the value of human work is not primarily the kind of work being done but the fact that the one who is doing the work is a person. It is on this principal that the true meaning and worth of the work and the dignity of the worker is based."

St. John Paul II

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For Prager U, Lauren Chen answers the question "why date?"

She gives a very Catholic answer (although she is not Catholic, as far as I could find). It really should be obvious, but obviously in today's culture there is almost no grasp of the topic. Not that all Catholics understand what their faith teaches -- that is why there are so many annulments. Of course, a lot more could be said about marriage but this is a good, secular 101.

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"Today I was led by an Angel to the chasms of hell. It is a place of great torture. How awesomely large and extensive it is. The first torture is loss of God. The second is perpetual remorse. The third is no possible release. The fourth is fire that penetrates the soul without destroying it. The fifth is a suffocating smell. The sixth is the constant company of Satan. The seventh is a horrible despair."

St Faustina (after an 8 day retreat in 1936)

"God and man do not face off in a duel to gain dominion over the world. God the Creator wants to help man govern himself. For this purpose he entrusted to the Church the mandate to remind everyone of what each person can discover in his own conscience. the laws that rule our being profoundly. In a way, the natural law is the grammar of our nature."

Cardinal Robert Sarah

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