"Human beings live both inside themselves and outside themselves. They live in those they love and in those who love them. We are relational. Only in and with others am I myself. But sin is the disturbance of relationship. Therefore sin is not restricted only to the individual. So in is always an offense that touches others, that alters the world and damages it."

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

"At Lourdes, our Blessed Mother asked Bernadette many times to pray for the conversion of sinners. Every time she did, Bernadette asked her what she meant. She said Mary just smiled. There is a mystery in that smile. Bernadette was to learn later in her life about that mystery. She suffered greatly for the conversion of many souls. Mary wanting a soul for her Son because her own love for that soul is strong is behind every conversion story."

Father Donald Haggerty

"The Bible portrays Babel … which was the most advanced city in terms of technical skill … as representing a total incapacity for any kind of communication. This was a logical outcome where every person wants to be a god - that is so adult and independent that he owes himself to no one but determines his own destiny simply for himself. Then every other person becomes for him an antigod."

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

"The Devil tempts so that he may ruin; God tests so that He may crown."

St. Ambrose

"Modern man experiences the threat of spiritual indifference and even the death of conscience; and this death is something deeper than sin. It is the killing of the sense of sin."

St. John Paul II

"Lord Jesus, as I kneel before your manger in adoration, let my first Christmas word be: thank you. Thank you, Gift of the Father, for coming to save me from my sins."

Father Peter John Cameron O.P.

May the Lord grant you His blessings of Peace and Joy this Christmas!

If
you want
the Virgin will come walking down the road
pregnant with the holy,
and say,
“I need shelter for the night, please take me inside your heart,
my time is so close.”

Then, under the roof of your soul, you will witness the sublime
intimacy, the divine, the Christ
taking birth
forever,

as she grasps your hand for help, for each of us
is the midwife of God, each of us.

Yet there, under the dome of your being does creation
come into existence eternally, through your womb, dear pilgrim—
the sacred womb in your soul,

as God grasps our arms for help; for each of us is
His beloved servant
never far.

If you want, the Virgin will come walking
down the street pregnant
with Light and sing ...

--St. John of the Cross, “If You Want”

"A minute, once it has passed, will never return. A miracle will not bring it back. As we have used it up, so will it remain for all eternity. Only the truth helps us to take advantage of time, of every little moment in our lives."

-- St. Maximilian Kolbe

“They have convicted an innocent man,” one source directly familiar with the evidence told CNA. “What’s worse is that they know they have.”

“It was absolutely clear to everyone in that court that the accusations were baseless. It wasn’t that Pell didn’t do what he’s accused of - he clearly couldn’t have done it.”

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