We believe that two people can fall in love and stay in love.
We believe that the biggest jerk can become the holiest person in our lives.
We believe that the lowly are the ones who will be raised, the downtrodden, the blessed, and the ones who are taken advantage of, justified.
We believe that joy changes lives.
That a piece of bread and a cup of wine transforms into the Body and Blood of Christ and consuming that Body and Blood will transform us.
We believe that we can step into a confessional a repentant sinner and walk out a forgiven son or daughter.
We are romantic
– Fr Ryan Mann
We like to hide behind our big institutional solutions to problems.
That’s why we’d rather elect somebody to clean up the streets than take a walk down our own street with some paint and a broom. That’s why we’re more likely to pay higher taxes to support the elderly than to spend time getting to know them. And it’s why we’re more likely to drop ten dollars in the collection plate than we are to take a homeless man to lunch.
We love to subsidize and outsource our charity and the fixing of our problems.
– Matthew Warner, Messy & Foolish
You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before a concert and the opera, and grace before the play and the pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in ink
– GK Chesterton, St. Francis of Assisi
“There is a posse of men I know who really exemplify the strength and perseverance of living out the Virtue Challenge together. They confided in me that all five of them were fighting addictions to pornography and sexual sin. They got together and talked about it openly and honestly and decided to hold each other accountable. If any one of the guys fell in a moment of weakness, he would send out a group text to all the men in the posse, and from that moment on all five men would fast for twenty-four hours. No one ate. They prayed for each other and sacrificed eating for twenty-four hours”
– Sarah Swafford, Emotional Virtue
“Life is not just a succession of events or experiences. It is a search for the true, the good, and the beautiful. It is to this end that we make our choices; it is for this that we exercise our freedom; it is in this – in truth, in goodness, and in beauty – that we find happiness and joy”
– Pope Benedict XVI, “New Technologies, New Relationships: Promoting a Culture of Respect, Dialogue, and Friendship”
“We are but pilgrims in this present world, journeying to our heavenly homeland. But we have a choice: we can be like whining children, grating the ears of their parents in the front seats with cries of ‘are we there yet?’—or we can entertain our fellow pilgrims with humor and good cheer?”
– Fr. Innocent Smith O.P. in an article about Archbishop Fulton Sheen
For those of you who are disappointed that the St. Francis saying is apocryphal…
“We must preach to the poor with our hands before we preach with our lips”
– St. Peter Claver