"Do you think that Thomas was not in the Upper Room by chance? Divine compassion brought this about. When the doubting disciple touched the wounds of his master's body, he cured the wounds of our unbelief. Thomas' unbelief was of more advantage to us than the faith of the believing apostles. When he was led back to faith by touching Jesus, our own minds were relieved of all doubt and made firm in the faith."

Saint Gregory the Great (+604)

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"The chief concern of the Christian should be to tend to perfection. Be faithful imitators of God. St. Gregory makes a delightful comparison when he says that we are all artists and that our souls are blank canvasses which we have to fill in. The colors we use are the Christian virtues and the original we have to copy is Jesus Christ, the perfect living image of God the Father."

St. Louis de Montfort

"Today, there is sometimes a suggestion that the word "orthodoxy" is to be disdained. Those who hold fast to right doctrine are seen as narrow, rigid, potentially intolerant. Such a suggestion would have been incomprehensible for those in the ancient church. They rightly understood the word "orthodoxy" to mean, not right doctrine, but authentic adoration and glorification of God. They were convinced that everything depended on being in right relationship with God, on knowing what pleases him and what one can do to respond to him in the right way."

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

"We cannot speak about charity unless we start with the heart of Jesus. Charity is not an emotion. Charity is a participation in the love with which Jesus loves us, in the love that is manifested in the Sacrifice of the Mass. Christians sometimes think charity is giving a little money to the poor. It is much more than that. Charity is the blood that courses through the heart of Jesus. Charity is the love that gives itself to the point of death. Charity manifests the presence of God in the soul."

Cardinal Robert Sarah

"In the morning I watched the sun as it was born and in the evening as it set. And I thought that if it was beautiful, how much more beautiful must be the one who had made it."
— St. Josephine Bakhita

"An important characteristic of the Spirit is listening. He does not speak in his own name. He listens and teaches us how to listen. In other words, he doesn't add anything but rather acts as a guide into the heart of the Word, which becomes light in the act of listening."

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

"With the Holy Spirit within us, it is quite natural for people who had been absorbed by the things of this world to become entirely otherworldly in outlook and for cowards to become people of great courage."

St Cyril of Alexandria

"We must pray incessantly for the gift of perseverance. We must not leave off our prayers because of distractions and restlessness of mind, although it can seem useless to go on with them. He who perseveres for the whole of his accustomed time, gently recalling his mind to the subject of prayer, merits greatly."

St. Philip Neri

"Now it could be that I am mistaken in this matter but … (I believe) I see and know why there aren't more spiritual persons. When individuals do not respond … do not prepare to receive (graces) … the Lord goes in search of those who do love him and so he gives more to them. There are persons - and I am one of them - who make themselves deaf when the Lord, taking pity on them, gives them holy inspirations and light concerning the nature of things … and places them in the prayer of quiet."

St. Teresa of Avila

"Disinformation has never been so rampant. The father of lies and prince of this world has taken possession of the hearts of those who have power."

Cardinal Robert Sarah

"I think the real source of today's crisis of moral theology is the fear that has overcome the hearts of clergymen. We are afraid of being thought of as cruel inquisitioners. We do not want to be unpopular in the world's sight. Nevertheless, St Paul VI, who had this experience with regard to contraception, reminds us: "It is an outstanding manifestation of charity toward souls to omit nothing from the saving doctrine of Christ.""

Cardinal Robert Sarah


"...laborers have a right under natural law to work to provide for themselves and their families. To interfere with their doing so when such interference is not absolutely necessary is a grave offense against social justice (and not merely against prudence), certainly as social justice is understood in the natural law tradition and in Catholic moral theology.

"Hence, governmental authorities must not treat permitting and forbidding such work as prima facie equally legitimate courses of action, either of which might be chosen depending on which one strikes them as having on balance the best consequences. Rather, the burden of proof is on them to show that there is no other way to prevent greater catastrophe..."

"My opinion is that all those who lack knowledge of God are those who refuse to turn to him. I am certain that they refuse because they imagine this kindly disposed God to be harsh and severe, this merciful God to be callous and inflexible, this lovable God to be cruel and oppressive. So it is that wickedness plays false to itself, setting up for itself an image that does not represent him."

St. Bernard of Clairvaux

"Not everyone saw the Risen Christ. Why not? Why didn't he go in triumph to the Pharisees and Pilate? Because Jesus only reveals himself to those whom he can entrust with a mission. He does not reveal himself to curiosity but only to those who love."

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

"Heresy is always the outcome of one-sidedness and isolation. By substituting a part for the whole, and making that part absolute, it falsifies the truth."
— Gertrud von le Fort

"What would it mean if Easter, the Resurrection of Jesus, had NOT taken place? Well … the story of Jesus would have ended with Good Friday. That would have meant that there is no judgment and no justice. It would mean the moment is all that counts and that right belongs to the cunning, those without consciences. This makes what Easter DOES mean more clear. It means God has acted. History does not go on aimlessly. Justice, love and truth are genuine realities. It means God loves us and has come to meet us."

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

"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

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