September 16, 2005

This Sunday...

...marks the second anniversary of the first STG. I'm getting vaklempt. (By the way, Elena has a version of quote/link saving here.) In honor of this anniversary, here are some quotes from those outside St. Blog's:
It is better to pray than to read: by reading we know what we ought to do; by prayer we receive what we ask. – St. Augustine

I strongly suspect that if we saw all the difference even the tiniest of our prayers make, and all the people those little prayers were destined to affect, and all the consequences of those prayers down through the centuries, we would be so paralyzed with awe at the power of prayer that we would be unable to get up off our knees for the rest of our lives. --Peter Kreeft, Professor of Philosophy, Boston College

A divine mystery, or sacrament, is a reality which you cannot see it. It is the opposite of magic, which an unreality that appears real. With magic, you see something that isn't there, with sacrament you don't see something that is. – Fr. Groeschel, on the difference between mystery and magic.

Man can be defined as an animal that makes dogmas. As he piles doctrine on doctrine and conclusion on conclusion in the formation of some tremendous scheme of philosophy and religion, he is, in the only legitimate sense of which the expression is capable, becoming more and more human. When he drops one doctrine after another in a refined skepticism…then he is by that very process sinking slowly backwards into the vagueness of the vagrant animals and the unconsciousness of the grass. Trees have no dogmas. Turnips are singularly broad. --G. K. Chesterton

There is a modern ideology that fundamentally traces all institutions back to power politics. And this ideology corrupts humanity and also destroys the Church. Here is a concrete example: If I see the Church only under the aspect of power, then it follows that everyone who doesn't hold an office is oppressed. And then the question of, for example, women's ordination, as an issue of power, becomes imperative. I think this ideology produces a totally false point of view, as if power were the only category for explaining the world and the communion present in it. If belonging to the Church has any meaning at all, then the meaning can only be that it gives us eternal life. We are not in the Church in order to exercise power as if in some kind of association. –Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict

If you pray, you will have faith. And if you have faith, you will love. And if you have love, you will serve. And if you serve, you will have peace. – Blessed Mother Teresa

Next to the Blessed Sacrament itself, your neighbor is the holiest object presented to your senses. – C.S. Lewis

Some first discover Christ's Body, the Church, and are convinced by her history or theology or structure that she is indeed Christ's Body, but these people need to go on and discover the Head of the Body they have encountered, the source of her life, history, structures, theology, all of which are servants of his, Christ himself. There are others who discover the Person of Christ and are won by his glory, his truth, his power, his radiance. These people need to go on to discover Christ's Body, the Church, and learn to love her and abide in her as Christ loves and abides in her. Christ has identified himself with his Body in a remarkable way: "And he fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, 'Saul, Saul why do you persecute me?' ….'I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.' - Ralph Martin, author of “The Church at the End of an Age:What is the Spirit Saying”

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