Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Living the Catholic Faith - Messages From Our Bishops

"To the extent that religion becomes a purely private affair, it loses its very soul." 
- Pope Benedict XVI

"People who take the question of human truth, freedom and meaning seriously will never remain silent about it. They can’t. They’ll always act on what they believe, even at the cost of their reputations and lives. That’s the way it should be. Religious faith is always personal, but it’s never private. It always has social consequences, or it isn’t real. And this is why any definition of “tolerance” that tries to turn religious faith into a private idiosyncrasy, or a set of personal opinions that we can have at home but that we need to be quiet about in public, is doomed to fail." 
- Archbishop Chaput

"Faith is not a contract. Faith is surrender. If no other relationship in our experience is one of self-surrender, if it’s all contractual, people won’t know how to believe."
– Francis Cardinal George

"The greatest mistake is in not being aware that others are Christ. There are very many people who will not discover it until their last day."
- Archbishop Van Thuân

"We must open our eyes to admire God who hides and at the same time reveals himself in things and introduces us into the realms of mystery... we must be pure and simple like children, capable of admiring, being astonished, of marveling, and being enchanted by the divine gestures of love and closeness we witness."
- Pope John Paul II

"Ever since the days of Adam, man has been hiding from God and saying, 'God is hard to find.'"
- Archbishop Fulton Sheen

1 comment:

eric said...

Wow. Archbishop Chaput just rocked me.