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invicem sunt

I am blessed to be a witness
Oct 1 '14
So when you are returning to the journey, you put yourself in the condition to enjoy things, to understand them, to use them with purity and with a gusto that your companion would have not even imagined as possible. In fact, your friend is obliged to call happiness an instinct that burns the present moment. He needs to continually multiply it so that it continues to burn. However, you don’t have the impression that things are burning. A moment after another, a day after another—a rainy day and then sunny the next day—you understand that you are building your journey to your destiny. You build and the other burns. At night, if you look at your day, your friend remains with a handful of ashes. You, however, can look back at the end of the day and say, ‘I made a mistake here and there, but I am walking. Even when everything went wrong, what dominates me is the will to walk. Help me, Lord, to be better tomorrow than today.’ You build a journey, and your friend doesn’t. Rather, he destroys. And he will destroy everything that he touches, especially people. He will not love anyone, but will only look to exploit.
— Luigi Giussani

Sep 30 '14
All Christian theology has its origin in the wonder of all wonders: that God became human. Holy theology arises from knees bent before the mystery of the divine child in the stable. Without the holy night, there is no theology. “God is revealed in flesh,” the God-human Jesus Christ — that is the holy mystery that theology came into being to protect and preserve. How we fail to understand when we think that the task of theology is to solve the mystery of God, to drag it down to the flat, ordinary wisdom of human experience and reason! Its sole office is to preserve the miracle as miracle, to comprehend, defend, and glorify God’s mystery precisely as mystery.
— Dietrich Bonhoeffer, God is in the Manger (via hislivingpoetry)

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Sep 29 '14
The purpose of God’s Providence is to unite, by means of right faith and spiritual love, people who have been separated by evil. To this end the Savior also suffered for us, ‘in order to gather together the children of God who were scattered.’
— St. Maximus Confessor

Sep 28 '14
"Dear Brothers and Sisters: Continuing our catechesis on the Sacraments of Initiation, I wish to reflect on how we live the Eucharist in our daily lives, as a Church and individual Christians. First, the Eucharist affects the way we see others. In his life, Christ manifested his love by being with people, and by sharing their desires and problems. So too the Eucharist brings us together with others – young and old, poor and affluent, neighbours and visitors. The Eucharist calls us to see all of them as our brothers and sisters, and to see in them the face of Christ. "Second, in the Eucharist we experience the forgiveness of God and the call to forgive. We celebrate the Eucharist not because we are worthy, but because we recognize our need for God’s mercy, incarnate in Jesus Christ. In the Eucharist, we renew the gift of the Body and Blood of Christ for the remission of sins, and our hearts are enlarged to receive and show mercy. "Third, in the Eucharistic celebration, we are nourished as the Christian community by Christ’s Word and Life. It is from the Eucharist that the Church receives continually her identity and mission. It is in our celebration that Christ fills us with his grace, so that our lives may be consonant with our worship of God in the Liturgy. Let us live the Eucharist in a spirit of faith and prayer, with the certainty that the Lord will bring to fulfillment all that he has promised."I offer an affectionate greeting to all the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors present at today’s Audience, including those from England, Denmark, Hong Kong and the United States. May Jesus Christ confirm you in faith and make you witnesses of his love and mercy to all people. God bless you all! - Pope Francis from his Wednesday General Audience

"Dear Brothers and Sisters: Continuing our catechesis on the Sacraments of Initiation, I wish to reflect on how we live the Eucharist in our daily lives, as a Church and individual Christians. First, the Eucharist affects the way we see others. In his life, Christ manifested his love by being with people, and by sharing their desires and problems. So too the Eucharist brings us together with others – young and old, poor and affluent, neighbours and visitors. The Eucharist calls us to see all of them as our brothers and sisters, and to see in them the face of Christ. 
"Second, in the Eucharist we experience the forgiveness of God and the call to forgive. We celebrate the Eucharist not because we are worthy, but because we recognize our need for God’s mercy, incarnate in Jesus Christ. In the Eucharist, we renew the gift of the Body and Blood of Christ for the remission of sins, and our hearts are enlarged to receive and show mercy. 
"Third, in the Eucharistic celebration, we are nourished as the Christian community by Christ’s Word and Life. It is from the Eucharist that the Church receives continually her identity and mission. It is in our celebration that Christ fills us with his grace, so that our lives may be consonant with our worship of God in the Liturgy. Let us live the Eucharist in a spirit of faith and prayer, with the certainty that the Lord will bring to fulfillment all that he has promised.
"I offer an affectionate greeting to all the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors present at today’s Audience, including those from England, Denmark, Hong Kong and the United States. May Jesus Christ confirm you in faith and make you witnesses of his love and mercy to all people. God bless you all! - Pope Francis from his Wednesday General Audience

Sep 27 '14
The hope of the Christian faith is dependent on God’s display of strength, not ours. God is in the business of destroying our idol of self-sufficiency in order to reveal himself as our sole sufficiency. This is God’s way-he kills in order to make alive; he strips us in order to give us new clothes. He lays us flat on our back so that we’re forced to look up. God’s office of grace is located at the end of our rope. The thing we least want to admit is the one thing that can set us free: the fact that we’re weak.
— Tullian Tchividjian

Sep 26 '14
To help, to continually help and share, that is the sum of all knowledge; that is the meaning of art.
— Eleonora Duse

Sep 25 '14
by-grace-of-god:

"The first duty of charity is to try and enter into the mind and feelings of others." ~ Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman
Art: Paul Newton

by-grace-of-god:

"The first duty of charity is to try and enter into the mind and feelings of others." ~ Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman

Art: Paul Newton

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Sep 24 '14
Loss of the past, whether it be collectively or individually, is the supreme human tragedy, and we have thrown ours away just like a child picking off the petals of a rose. It is above all to avoid this loss that people will put up a desperate resistance to being conquered.
Simone Weil, from The Need for Roots (Routledge, 2001 (via apoetreflects)

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Sep 23 '14
We must accept the adversities which God sends us without reasoning too much upon them, and we must take for granted that it is the best thing which could happen to us.
— St Philip Neri

Sep 22 '14
O you who were created for union of love with God Himself and whom He is ever attracting to Himself, what are you doing with your precious lives, with your time? You are laboring for nothingness and all you think you possess is pure misery. O terrible human blindness. So great a light about you and you do not see it! So clear a voice sounding and you do not hear!
— St. John of the Cross (via confessionsofsomeoneanonymous)

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