The battle of Christianity is not a battle between Christianity and atheism or even secularism. The battle of Christianity is between every Christian’s mind, heart, and soul on the one hand, and all that seeks to pull him down into the values, worldview, and behavior of the system that is popularly called “this world” on the other.
“ You never go away from us, yet we have difficulty in returning to You. Come, Lord, stir us up and call us back. Kindle and seize us. Be our fire and our sweetness. Let us love. Let us run. ”
“ It is obedience that welcomes the seed of the Word, patience that makes it fruitful, perseverance that reaps it. ”
“ We are losing our ability to weep over human suffering, cruelty and injustice. “It’s not my concern,” we assure ourselves. This numbing of conscience is facilitated by an individualistic culture of well-being, which allows us to think only of ourselves. ”
“ White is a colour. It is not a mere absence of colour; it is a shining and affirmative thing, as fierce as red, as definite as black … And one of the two or three defiant verities of real Christianity is exactly this same thing; the chief assertion of religious morality is that white is a colour.
Virtue is not the absence of vices or the avoidance of moral dangers; virtue is a vivid and separate thing, like pain or a particular smell.
Mercy does not mean not being cruel or sparing people revenge or punishment; it means a plain and positive thing like the sun, which one has either seen or not seen.
Chastity does not mean abstention from sexual wrong; it means something flaming, like Joan of Arc.
In a word, God paints in many colours, but he never paints so gorgeously, I had almost said so gaudily, as when He paints in white. ”
“ God will never waste our time, because time was never ours to begin with. ”
“ Catholic-bashers frequently accuse the Catholic religion of promoting a childish narrative of good and evil that is immune to factual evidence. Yet they do precisely the same, in the service of their fashionable and irrational new religion of anti-Catholicism. ”
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”