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posted by jmcgee

“There is not a flower that opens, not a seed that falls into the ground, and not an ear of wheat that nods on the end of its stalk in the wind that does not preach and proclaim the greatness […]

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posted by jmcgee

“Love is at the heart of the Good News. Love is the gospel we proclaim, but must live that love, not merely pronounce it correctly. And we are to love as Jesus loved — without limit, without exception, being willing […]

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posted by jmcgee

“You choose happiness, and you can choose happiness almost wherever you go.” — Fr. Bill Pruett, of Oklahoma City, OK, speaking of his new assignment. Read more here.

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posted by jmcgee

“You might interpret this as the bishops are tired of short and skinny presidents.” — The new president of the USCCB, New York’s Timothy Dolan, analyzing his upset election as only he can.

Quote of the day

posted by jmcgee

“I really only love God as much as I love the person I love the least.” — Dorothy Day. Read more wonderful insights from her, and about her.

Quote of the day

posted by jmcgee

“I always enjoy the effort some put into trying to find any thing and or every thing that is wrong with a situation… I believe that most Catholics, even in our dwindling numbers, are glad to see others return to […]

Quote of the day

posted by jmcgee

“We are living in an era where people believe in Christ, but not in his Church. They want the king, but not the kingdom; they want to believe without belonging; they want the faith, but not the faithful. But for […]

Quote of the day

posted by jmcgee

“I fear the story of this animosity will be taken to be the story of the real America. It’s not. America was not built on hatred, but on love. This is not the real America. When you attack one religion, […]

Quote of the day

posted by jmcgee

“It’s hard to ignore the fact that Jesus chose to be born poor; he worked as what many scholars now say was not simply a carpenter, but what might be called a day laborer; he spent his days and nights […]

Quote of the day

posted by jmcgee

“Would it be an inviolate ignominy if my consubstantial oblation were suffused?” — Fr. Scott Hurd, on his Facebook page. Priceless. If you don’t get it, you will.  Eventually.  

Quote of the day

posted by jmcgee

“Pierre Teilhard de Chardin wrote: ‘We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience.’ There is a spirit arising from Ground Zero; it is an untethered ghost of American certainties and illusions […]

Quote of the day, II

posted by jmcgee

“We Catholics are welcoming to the outsider, not only because of our own experience of sometimes being scorned in the past, but also because our faith teaches it. As Pope John Paul II remarked during his visit to a mosque […]

Quote of the day

posted by jmcgee

“We certainly do not want to support groups that promote terrorism, but there are many American citizens who are Muslim, and they have a right to practice their faith. Having a mosque near the site of the attack can be […]

Quote of the day

posted by jmcgee

“Being part of a religion is certainly an individual choice. It may not be for everyone at every time in their life. I know there are people who deeply worship God and pray to God every day, but for various […]

Quote of the day

posted by jmcgee

“When you hoard all these things in the insatiable bosom of greed, do you suppose that you do nothing wrong in cheating so many people? Who is a greedy man? Someone who is not content with what is sufficient. Who […]

Quote of the day

posted by jmcgee

“This is another calling for me. I don’t think you can change a community unless you love it first. Jesus gave a command to love one another. I take that seriously. He also said, ‘This is how people will know […]

Quote of the day, on Hitchens

posted by jmcgee

“I would say it is appropriate and even mandatory to do what one can for another who is sick; and if you believe that praying helps, to pray. It is in any case an expression of one’s deep hopes. So […]

Quote of the day, Dreher edition

posted by jmcgee

“The ideas that rage is a sign of authenticity, and the Cause relieves us of our obligation to respect the basic humanity of our opponents, are poisonous ones. People can be wrong without being evil; that’s a truth we’re losing […]

Quote of the day: “I write for spiritual reasons…”

posted by jmcgee

“I have a very unsophisticated relationship with Jesus. I do not have one interesting theological thought in my head. I just feel him, and did from the beginning: I feel the intense love he has for us, especially when we […]

Quotes of the day

posted by jmcgee

“You can safely assume that you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.” — Author Anne Lamott, cited here. “It is a challenge to look past our own […]

Quote of the day: “We must not blame the media for covering the story”

posted by jmcgee

“The continuous media coverage of this case is damaging the relationship between the clergy and the laity, and it is tragic. But we must not blame the media for covering the story. There are, as I see it, three motives […]

Quote of the day: “Give a soul to the Internet”

posted by jmcgee

“Without fear we must set sail on the digital sea facing into the deep with the same passion that has governed the ship of the Church for two thousand years. Rather than for, albeit necessary, technical resources, we want to […]

Quote of the day: “Our jobs are not to judge…”

posted by jmcgee

“Our jobs are not to judge, not to finger-point, not to consign each other to flames of woe over what we understand of God’s mind, but to simply love each other, as created creatures, all doing the best we can […]

Quote of the day

posted by jmcgee

“There are three great groups of victims in this story. The first and most obvious, the children who were abused, who trusted, were preyed upon and bear the burden through life. The second group is the good priests and good […]

Quote of the day

posted by jmcgee

I alluded to it here, but it’s worth its own post: “To be connected with the church is to be associated with scoundrels, warmongers, fakes, child-molesters, murderers, adulterers and hypocrites of every description. It also, at the same time, identifies […]

Quote of the day

posted by jmcgee

“I want to say to anyone who has been hurt by any failure on my part that I apologise to you with all my heart. I also apologise to all those who feel I have let them down. Looking back, […]

Quote of the day

posted by jmcgee

“When you preach remember that your greatest homily will always be the integrity of your life. Your preaching will always depend upon the witness of the way you live.” — Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta, homily at diaconate ordination. Read […]

Quote of the day

posted by jmcgee

“All I ask of you, especially young people … is one thing. Please don’t be cynical. I hate cynicism — it’s my least favorite quality and it doesn’t lead anywhere. Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were […]

Quote of the day

posted by jmcgee

“For the archdiocese and Catholic Charities, two core tenets of our faith are at the heart of our concerns: our understanding of the nature of marriage and our commitment to expressing Christ’s love through service to others. Under the legislative […]

Quote of the day

posted by jmcgee

“The money wasn’t in family planning, the money wasn’t in prevention, the money was in abortion and so I had a problem with that. I just thought I can’t do this anymore, and it was just like a flash that […]

Quote of the day

posted by jmcgee

“Who cares? Soon I’ll be in a wooden box in front of the altar. What matters is the bigger picture. God matters, the truth matters. We as individuals don’t matter. We think we matter but we don’t.”   — The […]

Quote of the day

posted by jmcgee

“The faithful must be renewed, and those who have fallen away need to be invited back to the Church. We need to spread the kingdom of God to those without hope. Amid all of our prosperity, so many people are […]

Quote of the day

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

“Go and find him when your patience and strength run out and you feel alone and helpless. Jesus is waiting for you in the chapel. Say to him, ‘Jesus, you know exactly what is going on. You are all I […]

Quote of the day. Maybe of the week.

posted by deacon greg kandra

“You know, the church is the one who dreams, the church is the one who constantly has the vision, the church is the one that’s constantly saying ‘Yes!’ to everything that life and love and sexuality and marriage and belief […]

Quote of the day

posted by deacon greg kandra

“In this post-journalistic world, the model for all national debate becomes the trial, where adversaries face off, representing opposing points of view. We accept the harshness of this process because the consequences in a courtroom are so stark; trials are […]

Speechless

posted by deacon greg kandra

That’s what this fellow says we are, and he makes a very good, and very funny, point. Click and enjoy. H/T Brutally Honest by way of The Anchoress.

Quote of the day

posted by deacon greg kandra

“So, what are some of the basics of health care reform? Health care reform especially needs to protect those at the beginning of life and at its end — the most vulnerable and the voiceless. It is essential that reform […]

Quote of the day

posted by deacon greg kandra

“I urge you to join the bishops in advocating for health care reform that is truly universal and protects human life at every stage of development. We must remain resolute in urging the federal government to continue its essential and […]

Quote of the day

posted by deacon greg kandra

“When you fall, people push you down even more. The world is full of materialism and envy. When you are famous and you fall, people don’t want you to come back. It is almost impossible to come back. It’s hard […]

Quote of the day

posted by deacon greg kandra

“I’ve learned that the focus is on Christ anyway and we’re merely the vessels and instruments; and we’re here to help the people find Christ, like a mediator. I try to remember that its all about bringing the people to […]

Quote of the day

posted by deacon greg kandra

“Faith is also a process of Incarnation – of becoming who and what you were born to be. When you are doing what you are meant to do, the queasiness vanishes. Identifying a calling is no easy thing. Following a […]

Quote of the day

posted by deacon greg kandra

“We now record fetal heartbeats at 14 days post-conception. We record fetal brainwaves at 39 days post-conception. And I don’t expect you to answer this, but I do expect you to pay attention to it as you contemplate these big […]

Quote of the day

posted by deacon greg kandra

“The news media, despite their claims of impartiality, and despite the good work they often do accomplish, are just as prone to prejudice, ignorance, bad craftsmanship and tribalism as any other profession. But unlike other professions, the press has constitutional […]

Quote of the day

posted by deacon greg kandra

“In television interviews she was out of her depth in a shallow pool.” — Peggy Noonan, eviscerating Sarah Palin. Read the whole thing. She knows whereof she speaks.

Quote of the day

posted by deacon greg kandra

“There is no such thing as a ‘Catholic judge.’ The bottom line is that the Catholic faith seems to me to have little effect on my work as a judge…Just as there is no ‘Catholic’ way to cook a hamburger, […]

Quote of the day

posted by deacon greg kandra

“Are you out of your Vulcan mind?” — James Tiberius Kirk, in that movie. I finally saw it today. Everything you’ve heard is true. And then some.

Quote of the day

posted by deacon greg kandra

“I would really love to continue the perception that Catholicism has a very human face, that we’re clearly able to laugh at ourselves, that we are actually not afraid of being criticized and we are not going to get on […]

Quote of the day

posted by deacon greg kandra

“We need to foster worship which stuns, which leaves the newcomer, long-time practicing Catholic, above all the fallen-away simply thunder stuck. Worship must at some point leave people speechless in awe. We need language and music and gesture which in […]

Quote of the day

posted by deacon greg kandra

“I am saddened that many friends of Notre Dame have suggested that our invitation to President Obama indicates ambiguity in our position on matters of Catholic teaching. The University and I are unequivocally committed to the sanctity of human life […]

Quote of the day

posted by deacon greg kandra

“To a certain extent Christianity is always going to be counter-cultural. It cannot become a religious apology for what contemporary culture happens to believe at any moment in time. But at the same time we have to translate the realities […]

Quote of the day

posted by deacon greg kandra

“I figured, ‘I’m a bishop — I’m not going to tell them to attack Notre Dame with a pitchfork.’ I’m going to tell them to go pray.” — Orlando Bishop Thomas Wenski,discussing a Mass of Reparation he plans to celebrate […]

Quote of the day

posted by deacon greg kandra

“For the foreseeable future, the institution of the church will continue to shrink, and the number of priests and sisters will become steadily smaller. Even as new forms of lay ministry expand, the reconfiguration of the institutions and agencies of […]

Quote of the day

posted by deacon greg kandra

“You know what I’m going to do? I’m going to pray every day that I love the people of this new archdiocese. I hope that’s the kind of archbishop you want, because that’s the kind of archbishop I am.” — […]

Quote of the day

posted by deacon greg kandra

“Thanks for opening the door wide enough even for me to get in. Thanks for welcoming me so warmly as your new pastor! Thanks for already making me feel at home! Thanks for letting me into your lives! I am […]

Quote of the day

posted by deacon greg kandra

“On the eve of my priestly ordination, fifty-eight years ago, I opened the Sacred Scripture, because I wanted to receive once more a word from the Lord for that day and for my future journey as a priest. My gaze […]

Quote of the day

posted by deacon greg kandra

“If bigots in one state succeed…bigots in other states will try the same.” — Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput,strongly condemning a Connecticut billthat would force the Catholic Church there to turn over control to lay people.

Quote of the day

posted by deacon greg kandra

“Frankly, federal funding of embryonic stem cell research can bring on embryo harvesting, perhaps even human cloning that occurs. We don’t want that…. And certainly that is something that we ought to be talking about, but let’s take care of […]

Quote of the day II

posted by deacon greg kandra

“Part of our job here is to challenge guys to make sure they are not floating into the priesthood, to make sure they are asking the tough questions. So sometimes we say—as much as we hate to see a guy […]

Quote of the day

posted by deacon greg kandra

“I was at the vespers when he was installed as bishop. And there’s a part where the bishop knocks on the door. Most do it timidly. Tap, tap. Not him — ‘Bang! Bang!’ It echoed through the cathedral and let […]

Quote of the day

posted by deacon greg kandra

“The last several weeks of curial chaos, confusion, and incompetence in the wake of the lifting of the excommunications of four Lefebvrist bishops have made clear just how dysfunctional the curia remains in terms of both crisis analysis and crisis […]

Quote of the day

posted by deacon greg kandra

“What is the opposite of the ‘big lie’? Trust. When questioned by an English journalist about the future of the Religious Order that he co-founded, Father Benedict Groeschel gave a simple reply, “We have no plans, except to be led […]

Quote of the day

posted by deacon greg kandra

“The cycle of Christmas solemnities brings us to meditate on the birth of Jesus announced by the angels suffused with the luminous splendor of God; Christmas time speaks to us of the star that guided the magi from the east […]

Quote of the day

posted by deacon greg kandra

“The unfolding of the Church’s history always occurs within the context of the history of the age. Today, here, that means Southeast Michigan’s struggle to find a new way to establish a vibrant economy, so that families have sufficient resources […]

Quote of the day II

posted by deacon greg kandra

“I don’t see how any review could really spoil what may be among the most transcendently, eye-poppingly, call-your-friend-ranting-in-the-middle-of-the-night-just-to-go-over-it-one-more-time crazily awful motion pictures ever made. I would tell you to go out and see it for yourself, but you might take […]

Quote of the day

posted by deacon greg kandra

“Catholics who get caught up in complaining about how the press or Hollywood treats us are wasting precious airtime and energy, and they sound like every other whining, hurt-feelings group on the planet — crabbed and weak. The gospel message […]

Quote of the day

posted by deacon greg kandra

“I am my own worst enemy. I have always feared failure in the vocation. But I know if I keep up my end of the bargain, I have no reason to believe that God is going to let me down.” […]

Quote of the day

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

“The common good can never be adequately incarnated in any society when those waiting to be born can be legally killed at choice. If the Supreme Court’s Dred Scott decision that African Americans were other people’s property and somehow less […]

Quotes of the day

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

“Tonight — tonight, more than any night, I hold in my heart nothing but love for this country and for all its citizens, whether they supported me or Senator Obama — whether they supported me or Senator Obama. I wish […]

Quote for an election day

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

“Voting is a civic sacrament.” — Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C.

Quote of the day

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

“My fellow citizens of the United States of America should be deeply concerned about any candidate for the presidency who supports legislation which permits the destruction of human life at its very beginning, the killing of babies in the womb, […]

Quote of the day

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

“About 80 percent in this town are Catholic but they’re still voting for Obama. The state is very conservative but everybody pays attention to politics and the issue here like anywhere else is a town that needs jobs. The economy […]

Quote of the day

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

“No USCCB document is relevant in this diocese. The USCCB doesn’t speak for me. The only relevant document … is my letter. There is one teacher in this diocese, and these points are not debatable.” — Scranton Bishop Joseph F. […]

Quote of the day

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

“We pray to God using His own words, as related to us in the Scriptures. Likewise we praise Him, also using His own words from the Bible. We ask for His mercy, mentioning what He has promised to our ancestors […]

Quote of the day

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

“We must feel small before God. I am not ashamed to feel like a child before his mother; one believes in one’s mother; I believe in the Lord, in what he has revealed to me.” — Pope John Paul I, […]

Quote of the day

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

“I didn’t know you were Catholic.” — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, to Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, during a White House meeting, September 25, 2008. Paulson had reportedly gotten down on one knee to beg Pelosi and other Democrats to keep […]

Quote of the day

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

“Television is to blame for exactly 57 percent of America’s civic ills. I could prove it if I had the space. Television came of age at a time when Americans were becoming more mobile geographically and spiritually. We moved around […]

Quote of the day

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

“It takes a long time to construct the assembly plant, but once you get the thing built you can get the product out more quickly.” — Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, commenting on the difficulties of implementing wider use of the Tridentine […]

Quote of the day

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

“Tim would have liked this: the people, warm weather, sunshine and the Buffalo Bills are winning right now.” — Sister Lucille Socciarelli, September 15, 2008, at a memorial mass for Tim Russert sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy near Russert’s […]

Quote of the day

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

“Did we just get the Miracle Whip account?” — ad executive in Mad Men last night, when he spots a Catholic priest in the office. Right now, there’s just no better drama on television, and the subtle but striking depiction […]

Quote of the day

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

“What marvels surround our work in the service of God’s word! We are instruments of the Holy Spirit; God is so humble that He uses us to spread His word. We become His voice, once we have listened carefully to […]

Quote of the day

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

“We ourselves are brought into conversation with God by the word of God. The God who speaks in the Bible teaches us how to speak with Him ourselves. Particularly in the book of Psalms, He gives us the words with […]

Quote of the day

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

One month since the inhumane terrorist attacks that occurred in different parts of the United States of America, we again recommend to the eternal mercy of the God of our Fathers the numerous innocent victims. We ask for consolation and […]

Quote of the day

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

“I have never understood the standard Democratic combo of support for abortion and yet opposition to the death penalty. Surely it is the guilty rather than the innocent who deserve execution?” — Democrat Camille Paglia, rip-roaringly good, on the subject […]

Quote of the day

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

“In his Meet the Press interview, Sen. Biden used a morally exhausted argument that American Catholics have been hearing for 40 years: i.e., that Catholics can’t “impose” their religiously based views on the rest of the country. But resistance to […]

Quote of the day

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

“Mercy is not difficult. It is the great leveler, actually. When a heart at least partially attuned to mercy, even slightly open to it, then the more generous impulses are allowed out. You can see it, occasionally, even in the […]

Quote of the day

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

“In answer to my question, the oncologist estimated that I had six months to a year to live. Being read your death sentence is like being a character in one of the old Bette Davis movies. I believe I was […]

Quote of the day

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

“She has the power of the normal.” — Peggy Noonan, again in very good form, writing this morning about Sarah Palin’s speech.

Quote of the day

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

“The unborn child, who is alive and is a member of the human family, cannot defend himself or herself. Good law defends the defenseless. Our present laws permit unborn children to be privately killed. Laws that place unborn children outside […]

Quote of the day

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

Do you feel like there’s a way in which God is disappointed with you now? Yes, absolutely. Every day. Every day. Because I am like anyone else. I revert to bad, selfish behavior. I try to make myself not do […]

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