May 20, 2015

[The Lord] also transmitted the mission of maternity to us, so that we might, as it were, give God a new chance to be born in our time, too. The birth of God was one of the major themes for the Church Fathers. They said that God was born once in Bethlehem, but that there is also a very significant and profound way in which he must be born again in every new generation, and it is to this, they thought, that every Christian is called. (Pope Benedict XVI, Light of the World, pg 159)

May 19, 2015

This is a sign of the times that should be an urgent challenge to us, especially as Christians. We have to show – and also live this accordingly – that the eternity man needs can come only from God. That God is the first thing necessary in order to be able to withstand the afflictions of this time. That we must mobilize, so to speak, all the powers of the soul and of the good so that a genuine coin can stand up against the false coin – and in this way the cycle of evil can be broken and stopped. (Pope Benedict XVI, Light of the World, pg 61)

May 18, 2015

If we want the world to move forward a little, the only criterion in terms of which this can happen is God, who enters into our lives as a real presence. The Eucharist is the place where men can receive the kind of formation from which new things come to being. This is why the great figures who throughout history have really brought about revolutions for the good have been the saints who, touched by Christ, have brought new impulses into the World. (Pope Benedict XVI, Light of the World, pg 158)

May 17, 2015

Nuclear physicist Werner Heisberg admitted that reality is designed in such a way that even the improbable is essentially possible. The Nobel Prize winner’s conclusion: “The first swallow from the cup of natural sciences makes atheists—but at the bottom of the cup God is waiting.” (Peter Seewald in Light of the World, pg 168)

May 16, 2015

We really are in an age in which a new evangelization is needed; in which the one gospel has to be proclaimed both in its great, enduring rationality and in its power that transcends rationality, so that it can reenter our thinking and understanding in a new way. (Pope Benedict XVI, Light of the World, pg 136)

May 15, 2015

Above all else we must try to make sure that people do not lose sight of God. That they recognize the treasure they have. And that they themselves then, as a result of the strength of their own faith, enter into the conflict with secularism and are capable of carrying out the discernment of spirits. This tremendous process is the real, great task of this hour. We can only hope that the inner strength of the faith that is present in people will then become powerful publicly as well by leaving its imprint on public thinking, too, and that society does not simply fall into the abyss. (Pope Benedict XVI, Light of the World, pg 58)

May 14, 2015

We must summon fresh energy for tackling the problem of how to announce the gospel anew in such a way that this world can receive it, and we must muster all of our energies to do this. This is one of the points of the program I have received as my task. (Pope Benedict XVI, Light of the World, pg 130)

May 13, 2015

Being Christian must not become a sort of archaic stratum to which I cling somehow and on which I live to a certain extent alongside of modernity. Christianity is itself something living, something modern, which thoroughly shapes and forms all of my modernity – and in this sense actually embraces it. (Pope Benedict XVI, Light of the World, pg 56)

May 12, 2015

If this attitude [practical atheism] becomes a general existential position, then freedom no longer has any standards, then everything is possible and permissible. That is why it is so urgent also to bring the question about God back into the center. Of course, this does not mean a God who exists in some way or other, but rather a God who knows us, speaks to us, and approaches us --- and who is then our judge also. (Pope Benedict XVI, Light of the World, pg 49)

May 11, 2015

The very first people who followed Jesus were John and Andrew, when he was down by the Jordan with John the Baptist. They were walking behind him, and Jesus turned around and asked them, ‘What do you seek?’—and they wanted to know from him, ‘Teacher, where are you staying?’ At that, he said to them, ‘Come and see!’ There is nothing more urgently needed in Christianity than a place, and especially people, in which and in whom it can be seen. (Christoph Cardinal Schonborn, Who Needs God?)

May 10, 2015

I do not concern myself about the Church's public relations. Jesus did not give us the mission of making as much and as good public relations as we can; rather, he said, "Preach the gospel, the good news." That must become visible and audible. (Christoph Cardinal Schonborn, Who Needs God?)

May 9, 2015

The change produced in us, by which we freely submit to the absolute dominion of the Eucharist God involves, besides the consciousness of His presence, the recognition that we must exemplify Him for others, especially for unbelievers, by ever giving outward expression to his operations within us. (Fr. John Kane, Transforming Your Life through the Eucharist, pg 127)

May 8, 2015

Through His presence in us, we become the means of communicating His infinite life, dispensers of His mysterious work within us, organs most holy, to reveal Him to those who know Him not or have forsaken Him. (Fr. John Kane, Transforming Your Life through the Eucharist, pg 127)

May 6, 2015

Let us but profit by the grace of Holy Communion, and we will be one with Christ, and in Him one with the father, realizing therefore the end of both Baptism and the Holy Eucharist, by which we are created new creatures, by God and in god. We will thus labor incessantly for the one thing necessary, and be honored instruments in the hands of Christ for the salvation of others, one with them and Him, here and eternally hereafter. (Fr. John Kane, Transforming Your Life through the Eucharist, pg 56,57)

May 5, 2015

How distressing, then, it is that we human habitations of the Eucharistic God speak and act so often from natural impulse. The natural, the carnal, is powerless to uplift, to beget sympathy, for it is the nature of natural things to resist each other. Man will never yield to, much less be inspired by, what is no better than himself. His dissatisfaction with the finite – his searching but fruitless seeking for happiness without alloy, proves that he will be influenced and ruled only by God, or by him who represents God. God alone can appease the ravenous hunger of the human heart. (Fr. John Kane, Transforming Your Life through the Eucharist, pg 19)

May 4, 2015

This thought, that we must be other Christs, should inspire our words and actions. Briefly, we must glorify Christ by emptying ourselves for others, as He glorifies the Father by emptying Himself for us. What a mission of purest love would be ours if we daily endeavored to kindle in the souls of our brethren the fire of love which our Savior came to cast on earth, and longed so ardently to see kindled! (Fr. John Kane, Transforming Your Life through the Eucharist, pg 91)

May 3, 2015

What, it is natural to ask, should be the influence of such a life [a Christian life] on the souls of our brethren? What Christ is to us, that we should be to them. He dwells in us as the primal source of sanctity and strength, elevating the nature that He so lovingly associates with Himself. We must therefore diffuse this sanctity and strength in all our human contacts. In imitation of Christ’s purpose in us, as He acts and speaks in us, we should communicate with the souls of others. (Fr. John Kane, Transforming Your Life through the Eucharist, pg 19)

May 2, 2015

They will not come to you, for they do not know how or why they should do so. You will have to go to them, as Christ commanded you to do. On the other hand, if you neglect to go and continue going to all people, you will be helping to plunge the world into a nightmare of misery and despair far worse than anything that has ever been witnessed before in history. (Fr. James Keller, You Can Change the World, pg 285)

May 1, 2015

Indeed, the Church’s mission of spreading the Gospel not only demands that the Good News be preached ever more widely and to ever greater numbers of men and women, but [also] that the very power of the Gospel should permeate thought patterns, standards of judgment, and the norms of behavior; in a word, it is necessary that the whole of human culture be steeped in the Gospel. (Martin & Williamson, John Paul II and the New Evangelization, pg 295)

April 30, 2015

But you will have to think and act in a big way—in terms of the world, not only of the neighborhood; of all men, not just a few. You will have to be daring and take literally the words of the Master when he said, “Launch out into the deep.” In cautious, shallow water the returns are always small. Only far out in the deep, where the waves are rough and the chances great, is there much to be gained. (Fr. James Keller, You Can Change the World, pg 242)

April 29, 2015

It is up to the Christ bearer to bring this glorious concept of the dignity of both the workingman and the employer back into our economic life. A comparative few, working in the spirit of Truth, can bring sanity and decency back into this vital phase of our national life—where these virtues rightfully belong! In doing this, they will be one with the Carpenter of Nazareth, Who Himself knew what it was to toil and labor. In doing this, they will literally be helping to carry Christ into the market places of our country—and eventually into the whole world. (Fr. James Keller, You Can Change the World, pg 143)

April 28, 2015

The new evangelization that can make the twenty-first century a springtime of the Gospel is a task for the entire People of God, but will depend in a decisive way on the lay faithful being fully aware of their baptismal vocation and their responsibility for bringing the good news of Jesus Christ to their culture and society. (Martin & Williamson, John Paul II and the New Evangelization, pg 288)

April 27, 2015

To be Christian means to be missionaries, to be apostles. It is not enough to discover Christ- you must bring him to others! You must have the courage to speak about Christ, to bear witness to your faith through a lifestyle inspired by the gospel…Christ trusts you and counts on your collaboration. (Pope John Paul II, November 27, 1988)

April 26, 2015

Constantly before one’s mind’s eye should be the eloquent reminder contained in the Scriptural parable of Christ and the fig tree. While beautiful in appearance and pleasing to the sight, Christ cursed it and it withered away. Why? The answer lies not in the fact that it was doing any harm, but only that it was doing no good. It produced only foliage, not fruit. And the latter was the purpose for which it was created. (Fr. James Keller, You Can Change the World, pg 203)

April 25, 2015

While we are not the lords of the harvest and cannot control the results, we can set our sights on steady growth. We do so not merely to add to our numbers and so become bigger; we do so in obedience to God and so that he may be honored more fully by the people for whom Jesus Christ died and rose. (Martin & Williamson, John Paul II and the New Evangelization, pg 253)

April 24, 2015

The Church wishes to transform the world through the proclamation of the Gospel of love, ‘that can always illuminate a world grown dim and give us the courage needed to keep living and working … and in this way … cause the light of God to enter into the world’ (Deus Caritas Est, 39). With this message I renew my invitation to all the members and institutions of the Church to participate in this mission and this service. (Pope Benedict XVI, World Mission Day, 2009)

April 23, 2015

To be truly a Christ-bearer, you will always have to accept people, not as they ought to be, but as they are. Christ Himself did just that, for he found His followers among folks in all walks of life, in high places and in low. He accepted them all and asked only one thing in return: that they strive to do God’s Will. (Fr. James Keller, You Can Change the World, pgs 297,298)

April 22, 2015

It is surprising, on the other hand, how your whole activity will be sparked with an ever-deepening faith if only a few minutes are set aside regularly each day for meditation and prayer. Then you will find yourself growing closer and closer to Christ. For you there will be an increasing thrill in the privilege of being a Christ-bearer of bringing the Prince of Peace into the market-place. (Fr. James Keller, You Can Change the World, pg 300)

April 21, 2015

The Church is an evangelizer, but she begins by being evangelized herself. She is the community of believers, the community of hope lived and communicated, the community of brotherly love, and she needs to listen unceasingly to what she must believe, to her reasons for hoping, to the new commandment of love. (Pope Paul VI, Evangelii Nuntiandi 15)

April 20, 2015

The Church's mission is to spread hope ‘contagiously’ among all peoples. This is why Christ calls, justifies, sanctifies and sends his disciples to proclaim the Kingdom of God, so that all nations may become the People of God. It is only in this mission that the true journey of humanity is understood and attested. The universal mission should become a fundamental constant in the life of the Church. Proclamation of the Gospel must be for us, as it was for the Apostle Paul, a primary and unavoidable duty. (Pope Benedict XVI, World Mission Day, 2009)