“Occasionally in life there are those moments of unutterable fulfillment which cannot be completely explained by those symbols called words. Their meanings can only be articulated by the inaudible language of the heart.” ~The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
“Every man needs a little bit of madness. Otherwise he will never cut the rope and be free.” ~Zorba the Greek
“The church must suffer for speaking the truth, for pointing out sin, for uprooting sin. No one wants to have a sore spot touched, and therefore a society with so many sores twitches when someone has the courage to touch it and say: “You have to treat that. You have to get rid of that. Believe in Christ. Be converted.” ~Archbishop Oscar Romero, from The Violence of Love
Holy Mary, Mother of God, Our Lady of Walsingham, pray for us.
Find a hymn to Our Lady of Walsingham here.
“You Can’t Give God Deadlines.”
~St. Pio of Pietrelcina, from the book Padre Pio Under Investigation
Now the people were bringing even infants to Jesus that he might touch them. And when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. But Jesus called them to him, saying, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.” ~Luke 18:15-16
“What is entailed, for our communities and for each one of us, in being part of a Church that is Catholic and Apostolic? First of all, it means taking to heart the salvation of the whole of humanity, not feeling indifferent or strangers in face of the fate of so many of our brothers, but open and in solidarity with them. Moreover, it means having the sense of the fullness, the completeness and the harmony of Christian life, rejecting always partial, unilateral positions that shut us in on ourselves.
To be part of the Apostolic Church means to be aware that our faith is anchored in the proclamation and witness of Jesus’ Apostles themselves and, therefore, always to feel sent, in communion with the successors of the Apostles, to proclaim, with a heart full of joy, Christ and His love for the whole of humanity.” ~From remarks by Pope Francis during his weekly audience, Sept 17, 2014
Today is the day that Franciscans throughout the world comemorate Saint Francis of Assisi receiving the Stigmata (the wounds of Christ) on his body. For a good reflection on the significance of the Stigmata in Francis’ life and in our own, go here.
“There are two ways to get enough. One is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less.” ~G. K. Chesterton
“In the hour of rejection at the Cross, the Virgin Mary is there by her Son, willing to go through the same fate. Let us lose our fear of behaving like responsible Christians when the environment in which we move is not easy. She will help us.” ~St. Josemaria Escriva, Furrow, #977
Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us.