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Quote of the day Archives

“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 …Read More

“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 …Read More

“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.

“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.

“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.

“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 …Read More

“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 …Read More

“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, …Read More

“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 …Read More

“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.