Catholic Brain Waves

Kneeling in mud,  facing the priest and the the Holy Host.
How accurate.

How accurate.

A picture is worth a thousand words, or in this case, at least 50 Hail Marys!
Grazie Papa!

“The fact that a chaotic and ill-educated time cannot clearly grasp the truth does not alter the fact that it always will be the truth.”

—   G. K. Chesterton 

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"You can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God, But let us not come with any patronising nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to."

-C.S. Lewis

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“We love only to the degree that we are willing to suffer.”

—   Fr. John Hardon, S.J.

“Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die.”

—   G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy

“If there were no God, there would be no atheists.”

—   G.K Chesterton

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“Jesus spoke these words; “My child, I have need of victims, and strong victims, who by their sufferings, tribulations, and difficulties, make amends for sinners and for their ingratitude.””

—   St. Gemma Galgani

“Jesus says; ‘My daughter, I want to INSTRUCT you on HOW YOU ARE TO RESCUE SOULS through sacrifice and prayer. You will save MORE SOULS through prayer and suffering than will a missionary through his teachings and sermons alone. I WANT to see you as a sacrifice of living love, which only then carries weight before Me… AND GREAT WILL BE YOUR POWER for whomever you intercede. Outwardly, your sacrifice must look like this: silent, hidden, permeated with love, imbued with prayer.”

—   Diary of St. Faustina

Suffering strengthens us, humbles us, and forges us into saints.

But how can this be so? How can a God of love value our suffering? After all, suffering exists because of sin. Suffering entered the world through the disobedience of our first parents. So, clearly, God never intended for us to suffer. Even while on earth, Jesus worked miracles of healing for countless people, curing blindness, leprosy, deformities, and disease. It is clear Our Lord wants us to be happy and healthy, not to suffer. But it is when we offer our suffering—the one thing most disagreeable to our human nature—back to the Creator, it becomes a gift of inestimable value; drawing down from heaven more grace than any other action we can possibly make.

Perhaps the question above could be addressed another way, that is to say; “We love only to the degree that we are willing to suffer.” (Fr. John Hardon, S.J.)

For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

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“Hearing nuns’ confessions is like being stoned to death with popcorn.”

—   Servant of God Fulton J. Sheen

“"Christ said, “I am the Truth”; he did not say “I am the custom."”

—   St. Toribio