"The world that should not be loved is the world as it has become under the dominion of Satan and of sin. This is a world of new ideologies that deny human nature and destroy the family. The U.N. structures which impose a new world ethic play a decisive role and have today become a crushing power that propagates itself over the airwaves and through the seemingly unlimited possibilities of technology."

Cardinal Robert Sarah

"We priests are laborers of the eternal Kingdom of God not agents of an international business. The 12 apostles turned the world upside down. Why are we so preoccupied about the number of priests? Did Jesus not tell us that the Kingdom of heaven possesses within itself a force, it's own secret energy that enables it to grow, to develop, and to arrive at its harvest without man knowing it?

Cardinal Robert Sarah (from The Day Is Now Far Spent, Ignatius Press)

"We must stop in front of suffering man to rediscover our own essential link between our own human self and his. We must testify to him about the great dignity of his suffering. I would actually say the majesty of his suffering. We must bow our heads before brothers and sisters who are weak and helpless, deprived of what we have been granted every day."

St. John Paul II

"God made Man found liberty in being enclosed in Mary's womb. He showed his power by letting himself be carried by her; He found glory in hiding his splendor from all creatures on earth so as to reveal them to Mary alone. It is she who nourished and supported him, who brought him up and then sacrificed him for us. Our Divine Lord remains as much the Son of Mary in heaven as he was on earth."

St. Louis de Montfort

"I think we have arrived at a turning point in the history of the Church. Two roads lie ahead. Either we continue to pretend to save the Church through our restructuring efforts … or we decide to let ourselves be saved by God acting in His Church. We are on the eve of a great reform. Historians will see this as a period of structural reform but it is only the saints who change things and bring reform. The structural changes follow."

Cardinal Robert Sarah

"We are not the sum total of our weaknesses and failures. We are the sum total of our Father's love for us and our real capacity to become the image of his Son."

St. John Paul II

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"Poor and spiritless preaching, as surveys have repeatedly shown, is a major factor in why many have said they stopped coming to Mass or migrated to evangelical or Pentecostal churches. It’s a serious problem.

"The solution, however, is not shorter poor and spiritless preaching. It’s much better preaching."

"Man does not feel he is in any danger. Many in the Church no longer dare to teach the reality of the salvation Christ came to bring to all men. In homilies there is a strange silence concerning last things. Preachers avoid speaking about original sin. In fact, the sense of sin seems to have disappeared. Man no longer feels any need to be saved. But how can we be saved by Christ if we do not have the radical humility to receive salvation as a gratuitous grace?"

Cardinal Robert Sarah

"In our hearts and on our lips Christ places three little words when he came into the world: "Here I am." And his entire earthly life was a constant prompt response of "Here I am" to his heavenly Father. These are words we must learn to answer too, just as did the Virgin Mother when she responded to the Angel Gabriel. If we generously obey God's will, in imitation of the Holy Infant and His Mother, we will be able to experience the same joy felt by so many saints down through the centuries who spent their lives for the Gospel."

St. John Paul II

Merry Christmas! May the celebration of the birth of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, bring you peace and joy this day and in the coming year.

"When the Church defends the lives of preborn children, when she defends marriage by showing the profound harmfulness of divorce, when she protects the conjugal relationship by warning against the dead end of homosexual relations, when she defends the dignity of the dying by speaking out against euthanasia, when she warns against the dangers of gender ideology and transhumanism, in reality she makes herself the servant of humanity and the protectress of civilization."

Cardinal Robert Sarah (from The Day is Far Spent; Ignatius)

"Enemy-occupied territory. That's what this world is. Christianity is the story of how the rightful king has landed, you might say in disguise, and is calling us all to take part in a great campaign of sabotage."

C.S. Lewis (from Mere Christianity)

"Let us gaze upon John the Baptist in Advent. Challenging and active he stands before us. In harsh terms he demands our metanoia, a radical transformation of our attitude. Those who would be Christians must be "transformed" ever again. Our natural disposition is to always assert ourselves, to put ourselves at the center. Those who want to find God need, again and again, that inner conversion, that new direction. This has to be more important than anything that bombards us day after day with exaggerated urgency."

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

"You and I were not at Bethlehem when his Mother wandered through the streets looking for a place where the Redeemer of the world could be born. But we can be present when he is born again each day at Mass. Perhaps we are too busy to answer Mary's knock. Maybe we are just too uncomfortable with trying to be holy. Today we are certainly being given the opportunity of either receiving our Redeemer or rejecting him. Just as the people of Bethlehem were given the opportunity on a starry night so long ago when the Word was made flesh, and came to dwell among us."

Sister Mary Jean Dorcy, O.P. +1988 (Dominican sister and author)

"Surrender to God is the only absolute power with which the creature is endowed."

Gertrud von le Fort (French author)

"God has no rigid plan that he must at all costs carry out. On the contrary he has many different ways of seeking man out. He even makes man's devious way into ways leading to him. That is why we should always be available to God and to never write anyone off. Our most important task is not to assert ourselves, but always to be ready to set off on the way to God and to each other … and to never forget that God is the one who writes straight on crooked lines."

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

"We are the men and women of an extraordinary time. Humanity now has instruments of unprecedented power. We can turn the world into a garden, or reduce it to a pile of rubble. We have devised the astounding capacity to intervene in the very well springs of life. Man can use this power for good or he can succumb to the short sided pride of a science that knows no limits but tramples the respect due every human being. Today, as never before in the past, humanity stands at a crossroads. And once again, O Virgin most holy, salvation lies fully and uniquely in Jesus your Son."

St. John Paul II (Act of Entrustment to Mary, October 8, 2000)

"To believe in Jesus today, and to follow him as Peter and the apostles did, demands of us, just as it did in the past, that we take a stand for him, almost to the point at times of a new martyrdom. A martyrdom of going against the tide in order to follow the divine Master. Perhaps you will not have to shed your blood but you will certainly be asked to be faithful to Christ."

St. John Paul II

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