Dear young people:
What will you leave to the next generation? Are you building your lives on firm foundations? Are you living in a way that opens a space for the Spirit in the midst of a world that wants to forget God, or even rejects him in the name of a falsely-conceived freedom? How are you using the gifts you have been given, the ‘power’ that the Holy Spirit is even now prepared to release within...
Teach us to give and not count the cost.– St. Ignatius of Loyola
This individual, not Catholic nor really religious, thanked me, and said “I...– Bishop Kevin Vann (Fort Worth)
What really makes us happy? Love, above all, is what we are hard-wired for. We...– Bishop Anthony Fisher (Parramatta)
Traditional Catholicism Is Winning →
“Younger men and women … are attracted to the church because of the very timelessness of its teachings. They are attracted to the philosophy, the art, the literature and the theology that make Catholicism countercultural. They are drawn to the beauty of the liturgy and the church’s commitment to the dignity of the individual. They want to be contributors to that...
Breaking You by Audrey Assad
You’ve been let down, it’s true. Your pain is so easy to see You’re hunted by your history and it feels like you’ve got no escape Your life left you high and dry You used to be sure of yourself But then your whole world went to hell And tomorrow looks just like today So you lie on your bed You won’t let the morning come in And you hide in your room Feeding that fear...
For all the lovers who spent their love on a lie For the forgotten, the...– The Spirit and the Bride, Matt Maher
“Speaking of generosity, I would like to mention one particular joy. It is the joy we feel when we respond to the vocation to give our whole life to the Lord. Dear young people, do not be afraid if Christ is calling you to the religious, monastic or missionary life or to the priesthood. Be assured that he fills with joy all those who respond to his invitation to leave everything to be with him and...
What if God doesn’t just love you because He’s God and that’s His job? What if...– Lee Younger
It is in being loved by those who owe me nothing...
My dear young friends, I want to invite you to “dare to love”. Do...– Pope Benedict XVI
I think in particular of our need to speak to the hearts of young people, who,...– Pope Benedict XVI
not just for Saints
theheadandheart: “Some of you need to hear this for the first time: The Kingdom of God is for the burnouts, the broken, and the broke, the drug addicts, the divorced, the HIV-positive, the herpes-ridden, the hopeless, for the outcasts that have been created by the church, and for the outcasts of our society that have been created by us. The Kingdom of God is for the brain-damaged, the...
Let us take things as we find them; let us not attempt to distort them into what...– Cardinal John Henry Newman
“In this trying time that our country is going through we Catholics and especially we students, have a serious duty to fulfill: our self-formation. We, who by the grace of God are Catholics… must steel ourselves for the battle we shall certainly have to fight to fulfill our program and give our country, in the not too distant future, happier days and a morally healthy society, but to...
Christ continues to walk with you. He is as present today through His Church,...– Bishop Paul Etienne (Cheyenne)
God solicits each of us by a dialogue no other soul can hear. His action on the...– Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
There is no pain or suffering so difficult, so intractable, so enormous that...– Bishop Thomas Tobin (Providence)
Easter makes everything gleam with this joyful...
and I just can’t help but grin at how HAPPY life is! It really doesn’t matter, in the end, all the sadness and anxiety and frustration that we think we are facing. Everything is a gift, not an obstacle. They’re opportunities for grace, little entries for Jesus to come BLAZING with power into our lives. We’re told that the stone was rolled away, but I wouldn’t be...
Good Friday is an end: an end to death; an end to our old selves and our old...– Archbishop Charles Chaput (Philadelphia)
Something strange is happening — there is a great silence on earth today, a...–
Love didn't give up, Love gave everything.
I just want to listen to someone talk about Jesus. Not Jesus an idea… or a story or a figurehead or a tradition, but Jesus, the person. I want to listen to someone talk about Jesus — a close friend, a trusted mentor, an admired teacher, and an intimate lover. I want to hear about Jesus who was man; Jesus, who walked and talked and healed and prayed and loved. I want to talk with...
me: How would your life change if you knew that someone else died so you could live?
teen: Well, I know I would probably think about that every day for the rest of my life.
me: ... me, too. I would think about that every day for the rest of my life.
There is someone who gave up his life so I could live. Jesus died for me. His death is the only one that will save me. And I can't go a day without remembering — I'm alive because He died.
Jesus, I am stumbling into this week as blind as your first disciples. I thought I was prepared, I thought I was ready to go with you. I am shaken and stunned by what I’ve heard and seen… can I even continue on? I don’t have it all figured out, and I don’t understand what you’re doing. I’m scared of what others think and desperate to be loved…...
becket: Cardinal Timothy Dolan on Holy Week. love this guy.