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Catholicism quotes by Christopher West
#1. In the sacraments, spirit and matter "kiss." Heaven and earth embrace in a union that will never end. #Quote by Christopher West
Catholicism quotes by Fulton J. Sheen
#2. In moments when fever, agony, and pain make it hard to pray, the suggestion of prayer that comes from merely holding the rosary - or better still, from caressing the Crucifix at the end of it - is tremendous! #Quote by Fulton J. Sheen
Catholicism quotes by Chaka Khan
#3. I was born and raised in the University of Chicago area and had an uneventful middle-class Catholic childhood. I had a heavy Catholic upbringing and Catholicism is terrible - it's the reason there were slaves. Mass every morning at seven o'clock during Lent. It's a totally negative, man-made religion. #Quote by Chaka Khan
Catholicism quotes by Charb
#4. We have to go on until Islam is made as ho-hum as Catholicism. #Quote by Charb
Catholicism quotes by Anonymous
#5. For the rest, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever modest, whatsoever just, whatsoever holy, whatsoever lovely, whatsoever of good fame, if there be any virtue, if any praise of discipline: think on these things. #Quote by Anonymous
Catholicism quotes by Marcel Lefebvre
#6. From such an extravegent summary, we can draw only one conclusion: either we must condemn the Second Vatican Council which authorized it, or we must condemn the Council of Trent and all the Popes who, since the sixteenth century, have declared Protestantism heretical and schismatic. #Quote by Marcel Lefebvre
Catholicism quotes by Ernesto Cardenal
#7. LIFE IS SUBVERSIVE #Quote by Ernesto Cardenal
Catholicism quotes by The Catholic Church
#8. The Catholic wisdom of the people ... provides reasons for joy and humor even in the midst of a very hard life. #Quote by The Catholic Church
Catholicism quotes by Matthew Kelly
#9. It would be lovely if we could gather up all the evil people and put them together on one island, leaving them to self-destruct in their collective sinfulness. #Quote by Matthew Kelly
Catholicism quotes by Pat Conroy
#10. Mother, with her upbringing in the primitive Baptist church, believed that converting to Roman Catholicism was a step upward in the social order. Of course she was wrong; when I grew up in the South, a Roman Catholic was the weirdest thing you could be. #Quote by Pat Conroy
Catholicism quotes by Pope Leo XIII
#11. For what concerns diversity of rites in the sacred liturgy, the Apostolic See has always made its position clear: not only it does not condemn diversity, but it eagerly and willingly grants to each nation the right to keep and preserve the legitimate customs and traditions of its forbears. #Quote by Pope Leo XIII
Catholicism quotes by Yann Martel
#12. We are all born like Catholics ... in limbo, without religion. #Quote by Yann Martel
Catholicism quotes by J.R.R. Tolkien
#13. Or more important, I an a Christian (which can be deduced from my stories), and in fact a Roman Catholic. The latter "fact" perhaps cannot be deduced; though one critic (by letter) asserted that the invocations of Elbereth, and the character of Galadriel as directly described (or through the words of Gimli and Sam) were clearly related to Catholic devotion to Mary. Another saw in waybread (lembras)=vaticum and the reference to its feeding the will (vol. III, p. 213) and being more potent when fasting, a derivation from the Eucharist. (letter 213) #Quote by J.R.R. Tolkien
Catholicism quotes by Mark Morford
#14. When Benedict dies, he will have the pleasure of standing before whatever furious God he believes in, to answer for how it was that he knew for undeniable fact that one
if not dozens
of his priests repeatedly molested, abused and/or raped young children for decades, and he did nothing to stop it. How much does God believe the pope's argument that Vatican PR trumps pedophilia? Joe Ratzinger, 82, will soon find out. #Quote by Mark Morford
Catholicism quotes by Caryll Houselander
#15. The Child Christ lives on from generation to generation in the poets, very often the frailest of men but men whose frailty is redeemed by a child's unworldliness, by a child's delight in loveliness, by the spirit of wonder.

Christ was a poet, and all through His life the Child remains perfect in Him. It was the poet, the unworldly poet, who was King of the invisible kingdom; the priests and rulers could not understand that. The poets understand it, and they, too, are kings of the invisible kingdom, vassal kings of the Lord of Love, and their crowns are crowns of thorns indeed. #Quote by Caryll Houselander
Catholicism quotes by Frederick Dale Bruner
#16. Luther and Calvin believed that both the Roman church on the right and the Zwinglian and Anabaptist churches on the left made the Lord's Supper too much a place WHERE BELIEVERS DID THINGS FOR GOD - either by offering Christ to God (Rome) or by offering their deep devotion to God (the Radical Protestants). The main direction of the Supper, in both of these views, was up. #Quote by Frederick Dale Bruner
Catholicism quotes by Thomas Aquinas
#17. All the efforts of the human mind cannot exhaust the essence of a single fly. #Quote by Thomas Aquinas
Catholicism quotes by Erwin Raphael McManus
#18. Im often accused of being irreligious, and I suppose it's for this very reason. Whether it's Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Catholicism, Hinduism, Judaism, or any other ism, when a religioin is created on the subtle premise that God withholds his love and you must submit to the system to earn that love, I consider it the worst of corruptions ...
For centuries, the church has been telling us that if we want God to love us, we need to follow the rules. It's been far more important to focus on the sin problem than the love problem. #Quote by Erwin Raphael McManus
Catholicism quotes by Gerard Manley Hopkins
#19. I am surprised you shd. say fancy and aesthetic tastes have led me to my present state of mind: these wd. be better satisfied in the Church of England, for bad taste is always meeting one in the accessories of Catholicism. #Quote by Gerard Manley Hopkins
Catholicism quotes by William Edward Hartpole Lecky
#20. In proportion to its power, Protestantism has been as persecuting as Catholicism. #Quote by William Edward Hartpole Lecky
Catholicism quotes by Taylor R. Marshall
#21. Catholicism is Third Temple Judaism. #Quote by Taylor R. Marshall
Catholicism quotes by Joseph Pearce
#22. For Tolkien, Catholicism was not an opinion to which one subscribed but a reality to which one submitted. Quite simply, pseudo-psychology aside, Tolkien remained a Catholic for the simple if disarming reason that he believed Catholicism was true. #Quote by Joseph Pearce
Catholicism quotes by Allen R. Hunt
#23. Suffering often draws us closer to God. Instead of being a sign of God's punishment or distance, suffering can purify us, lead us into the heart of God, and transform our souls. #Quote by Allen R. Hunt
Catholicism quotes by Karl Rahner
#24. For a Catholic understanding of the faith there is no reason why the basic concern of Evangelical Christianity as it comes to expression in the three "only's" should have no place in the Catholic Church. Accepted as basic and ultimate formulas of Christianity, they do not have to lead a person out of the Catholic Church ... They can call the attention of the Catholic church again and again to the fact that grace alone and faith alone really are what saves, and that with all our maneuvering through the history of dogma and the teaching office, we Catholic Christians must find our way back to the sources again and again, back to the primary origins of Holy Scripture and all the more so of the Holy Spirit. #Quote by Karl Rahner
Catholicism quotes by Fulton J. Sheen
#25. If you don't behave as you believe, you will end by believing as you behave. #Quote by Fulton J. Sheen
Catholicism quotes by Thomas King
#26. While the hardware of civilization - iron pots, blankets, guns - was welcomed by Native people, the software of Protestantism and Catholicism - original sin, universal damnation, atonement, and subligation - was not, and Europeans were perplexed, offended, and incensed that Native peoples had the temerity to take their goods and return their gods. #Quote by Thomas King
Catholicism quotes by Flannery O'Connor
#27. Smugness is the Great Catholic Sin. #Quote by Flannery O'Connor
Catholicism quotes by James Carroll
#28. Back home, this Catholic kid was accustomed to a Protestant culture's condescension, but here he could see for himself the world-historic glories of Catholicism ... [A Catholic American soldier's reaction to seeing St. Peter's Basilica during WWII.] #Quote by James Carroll
Catholicism quotes by M. Raymond
#29. We receive God's Will only in fragments; tiny fragments; one to each new now. It is our business to take them and piece them together, to fashion them into the design that is His and has been His from all eternity. What that design is we shall see only at our last moment. It will be perfect as God wills it to be perfect only if we live His Will in the now, the only fragment that is ours, the only fragment of God's plan that is allowed in our hands, the only fragment of Christ's life in us and our life in Christ that can be lived. But it is only by "gathering up these fragments, lest they be lost" that we can really live and attain life's only success - sainthood. #Quote by M. Raymond
Catholicism quotes by Hans Urs Von Balthasar
#30. Mary thus learns that the Most High has ever borne a Son in his bosom, and that this Son has now chosen her bosom as dwelling-place. #Quote by Hans Urs Von Balthasar
Catholicism quotes by Robert Browning
#31. Good strong thick stupefying incense-smoke! #Quote by Robert Browning
Catholicism quotes by Pope Pius XI
#32. Quite agreeable, of course, was this state of things to those who thought it in their abundant riches the result of inevitable economic laws and accordingly, as if it were for charity to veil the violation of justice which lawmakers not only tolerated but at times sanctioned, wanted the whole care of supporting the poor committed to charity alone. #Quote by Pope Pius XI
Catholicism quotes by Pope Benedict XVI
#33. It was easy to know the doctrine. It's much harder to help a billion people live it. #Quote by Pope Benedict XVI
Catholicism quotes by Hans Urs Von Balthasar
#34. In Christ, for the first time, we see that in God himself there exists
within his inseparable unity
the distinction between the Father who gives and the Gift which is given (the Son), but only in the unity of the Holy Spirit. #Quote by Hans Urs Von Balthasar
Catholicism quotes by Joshua Ferris
#35. Her internalization of Catholicism and its institutional disappointments suited a dental office perfectly, where guilt was often our last resort for motivating the masses. #Quote by Joshua Ferris
Catholicism quotes by Michael Coren
#36. The Catholic Church built and ran hospitals, schools, and centres for the poor and unemployed generations before the secular state became involved, and even today a visit to almost any main street in the Western world or to a village or town in the developing world will show Catholic charities and outreach organizations operating in what are often the most challenging of conditions. #Quote by Michael Coren
Catholicism quotes by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
#37. Fernanda was scandalized that she did not understand the relationship of Catholicism with life but only its relationship with death, as if it were not a religion but a compendium of funeral conventions. #Quote by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Catholicism quotes by C.S. Lewis
#38. I think that if God forgives us we must forgive ourselves. Otherwise, it is almost like setting up ourselves as a higher tribunal than Him. #Quote by C.S. Lewis
Catholicism quotes by Bartholomew Augustine Santamaria
#39. Archbishop Mannix was possessed of the clearest intellect I have ever encountered. He prayed regularly for five hours and more each day, this in the midst of a life of intense activity. When he was well over ninety, I once asked him about the precise quality of the Faith which had sustained him. His answer? 'My Faith has always been like a thin silken thread, fraying perpetually at the brink of a precipice over which I hang. Yet the thread has never snapped. #Quote by Bartholomew Augustine Santamaria
Catholicism quotes by Michael A. Mullett
#40. Townspeople themselves were eager for change and experiment. From their point of view, Catholicism was tied in with customs and festivals that made sense in a farming community. People in towns and cities needed to have their industries work without being interrupted by all the feast days of the Catholic faith. #Quote by Michael A. Mullett
Catholicism quotes by Karen Armstrong
#41. even the presidents of Harvard and Yale saw the War of Independence as part of God's design for the overthrow of Catholicism. #Quote by Karen Armstrong
Catholicism quotes by Dean Koontz
#42. I just became fascinated with how complex and unlikely the universe is and life is and Catholicism gives me an answer to that. #Quote by Dean Koontz
Catholicism quotes by Bharath Mamidoju
#43. The Nation doesn't simple need what we have, It needs what we are. #Quote by Bharath Mamidoju
Catholicism quotes by Teresa Of Avila
#44. Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing frighten you,
All things are passing away:
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things.
Whoever has God lacks nothing;
God alone suffices. #Quote by Teresa Of Avila
Catholicism quotes by Adolf Hitler
#45. I go the way that Providence dictates with the assurance of a sleepwalker. #Quote by Adolf Hitler
Catholicism quotes by Pope Francis
#46. Yes, hypothetically, western Catholicism could revise the theme of celibacy ... But for the moment, I am in favor of maintaining celibacy, with the pros and the cons it has, because we have ten centuries of more good experiences than bad ones. #Quote by Pope Francis
Catholicism quotes by George Cardinal Pell
#47. Living the good life as created beings depends on living within the limits and according to the truths of the human condition. Purity of heart and the capacity to channel desires toward personal self-mastery in holiness are part of the high calling of the Christian life. These remain necessities, despite the promises of a false humanism that claims that human nature has neither limits nor boundaries, being infinitely plastic and malleable -- a vain and counterproductive attempt to liberate humans from guilt. #Quote by George Cardinal Pell
Catholicism quotes by Angela Thirkell
#48. The Knox family were all there, as neither George's Catholicism nor his Presbyterianism prevented him from supporting the vicar, who was a great friend. #Quote by Angela Thirkell
Catholicism quotes by William Levada
#49. Even prostitutes, alcoholics, embezzlers - I won't rehearse the whole catalogue - need health insurance. #Quote by William Levada
Catholicism quotes by Edmund Campion
#50. If he had given away anything else, he would have been charged with indecent exposure. #Quote by Edmund Campion
Catholicism quotes by Georges Bernanos
#51. We pay a heavy, very heavy price for the superhuman dignity of our calling. The ridiculous is always so near to the sublime. And the world, usually so indulgent to foibles, hates ours instinctively. #Quote by Georges Bernanos
Catholicism quotes by Hans Urs Von Balthasar
#52. It would be unjust toward children to introduce them to Christian teaching and existence only as little pagans and catechumens, in order to leave it up to them to choose the Faith on their own responsibility at a point in time difficult to determine. #Quote by Hans Urs Von Balthasar
Catholicism quotes by Saint Augustine
#53. It is this one Spirit who makes it possible for an infant to be regenerated ... when that infant is brought to baptism; and it is through this one Spirit that the infant so presented is reborn. For it is not written, 'Unless a man be born again by the will of his parents' or 'by the faith of those presenting him or ministering to him,' but, 'Unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Spirit.' The water, therefore, manifesting exteriorly the sacrament of grace, and the Spirit effecting interiorly the benefit of grace, both regenerate in one Christ that man who was generated in Adam. #Quote by Saint Augustine
Catholicism quotes by Kelly Quindlen
#54. I think that the most essential thing is that God didn't want Adam to be alone. God wanted Adam to be able to love someone. To have a relationship that reflected God's own love. And so he made Eve so that Adam could love her. So that Adam could be fully human. And when he made Eve, he gave her the miraculous capacity to love Adam back. Do you ever think about how crazy that is? – Our miraculous capacity to love? We don't know why, we don't know how, but our hearts and souls are drawn to others. We weren't made to be alone. We were made to love. And when we love, we automatically know God without even trying to, because God is love. If we love as he made us to love-if we love with our hearts instead of our criteria- then we simply are love. #Quote by Kelly Quindlen
Catholicism quotes by Marshall McLuhan
#55. I never came into the church as a person who was being taught. I came in on my knees. That is the only way in. When people start praying they need truths; that's all. You don't come into the Church by ideas and concepts, and you cannot leave by mere disagreement. It has to be a loss of faith, a loss of participation. You can tell when people leave the Church: they have quit praying.
Actively relating to the Church's prayer and sacraments is not done through ideas. Any Catholic today who has an intellectual disagreement with the Church has an illusion. You cannot have an intellectual disagreement with the Church: that's meaningless. The Church is not an intellectual institution. It is a superhuman institution. #Quote by Marshall McLuhan
Catholicism quotes by Mark Crutchfield
#56. Above the altar is suspended the horrifically detailed model of a dying man, who, like the stained-glass version of his mother during The Annunciation, is wearing an expression too serene for such surprising circumstance. Jesus looks like he's thinking, Well, here I am, nailed to some wood. #Quote by Mark Crutchfield
Catholicism quotes by Michael Coren
#57. Catholics are frequently criticised because of the prominence and respect given to the Virgin Mary while simultaneously condemned for not giving enough prominence and respect to women. #Quote by Michael Coren
Catholicism quotes by Garry Wills
#58. There's an interesting contrast between born Catholics and converts. Converts are often much more rule-directed. Catholicism isn't something that they breathed in from their childhood, so they think that if you don't toe the line on abstract doctrine you can't be part of the Church. #Quote by Garry Wills
Catholicism quotes by Gordon T. Smith
#59. If Roman Catholic Christianity has always struggled with the threat of works righteousness, Reformed Protestantism has always struggled with the threat of cheap grace. For many, if not the majority of Protestants, God's love and acceptance do not lead to personal transformation. Evangelical formation often involves seeking to reestablish a pattern of maturing behaviour that should be integral to one's conversion. So both traditions can be challenged on whether there is a genuinely helpful connection between conversion and transformation. #Quote by Gordon T. Smith
Catholicism quotes by Peter Kreeft
#60. It is just as crazy not to be crazy about Christ as it is to be crazy about anything else. #Quote by Peter Kreeft
Catholicism quotes by Tom Spanbauer
#61. I'm an old Catholic. I don't believe in anything Catholic but I do believe that Catholicism keeps me from committing suicide. One #Quote by Tom Spanbauer
Catholicism quotes by Hannah Arendt
#62. The Catholic Church then owed its popularity to the widespread popular skepticism which saw in the republic and in democracy the loss of all order, security, and political will. To many the hierarchic system of the Church seemed the only escape from chaos. Indeed, it was this, rather than any religious revivalism, which caused the clergy to be held in respect.39 As a matter of fact, the staunchest supporters of the Church at that period were the exponents of that so-called "cerebral" Catholicism, the "Catholics without faith," who were henceforth to dominate the entire monarchist and extreme nationalist movement. Without believing in their other-worldly basis, these "Catholics" clamored for more power to all authoritarian institutions. This, indeed, had been the line first laid down by Drumont and later endorsed by Maurras.40 #Quote by Hannah Arendt
Catholicism quotes by Walter M. Miller Jr.
#63. M'Lord, I know from history that once upon a time in a much earlier Church, a vocation to the priesthood meant a call from the bishop, not necessarily a call from God. And I heard the Bishop of Rome himself call you to be that which you have now become by ordination and consecration. #Quote by Walter M. Miller Jr.
Catholicism quotes by Miguel De Unamuno
#64. The truth is that my work - I was going to say my mission - is to shatter the faith of men here, there, and everywhere, faith in affirmation, faith in negation, and faith in abstention in faith, and this for the sake of faith in faith itself; it is to war against all those who submit, whether it be to Catholicism, or to rationalism, or to agnosticism; it is to make all men live the life of inquietude and passionate desire. #Quote by Miguel De Unamuno
Catholicism quotes by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
#65. But ... that's absurd!" he cried, blushing. "Your poem praises Jesus, it doesn't revile him ... as you meant it to. And who will believe you about freedom? Is that, is that any way to understand it? It's a far cry from the Orthodox idea ... It's Rome, and not even the whole of Rome, that isn't true - they're the worst of Catholicism, the Inquisitors, the Jesuits ... ! But there could not even possibly be such a fantastic person as your Inquisitor. What sins do they take on themselves? #Quote by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Catholicism quotes by Pope Pius IX
#66. Atheism in legislation, indifference in matters of religion, and the pernicious maxims which go under the name of Liberal Catholicism are the true causes of the destruction of states; they have been the ruin of France. Believe me, the evil I denounce is more terrible than the Revolution, more terrible even than The Commune. I have always condemned Liberal Catholicism, and I will condemn it again forty times over if it be necessary. #Quote by Pope Pius IX
Catholicism quotes by M. Raymond
#67. It takes courage to be a Christian. It takes great courage to go out and meet Christ when He is on the road to Calvary. But just as a coward has no right to call himself a man, so a slacker in any slightest degree has no right to call himself a Christian. We cannot say that we are "of Christ", far less that we are "in Christ", if we flinch the fullness of crucifixion! #Quote by M. Raymond
Catholicism quotes by John Zmirak
#68. Hence it's funny to read in the New York Times that liberal Catholic activists are pushing for a change in Church teaching on issues relating to -- well, let's admit it, sex. Nobody is out there demanding the popes revisit the condemnation of Jansenism (don't ask), or settle the question of whether divine grace is or isn't resistable. No, journalists want to know what the Church thinks about whether one person should poke another and, if so, where, when, and how. What liberal Catholics and the journalists who love them are really asking for isfor the Church to admit that it was teaching a set of harsh, repressive errors for nineteen centuries and that now it is very, very sorry. #Quote by John Zmirak
Catholicism quotes by Toni Morrison
#69. I never asked Tolstoy to write for me, a little colored girl in Lorain, Ohio. I never asked [James] Joyce not to mention Catholicism or the world of Dublin. Never. And I don't know why I should be asked to explain your life to you. We have splendid writers to do that, but I am not one of them. It is that business of being universal, a word hopelessly stripped of meaning for me. Faulkner wrote what I suppose could be called regional literature and had it published all over the world. That's what I wish to do. If I tried to write a universal novel, it would be water. Behind this question is the suggestion that to write for black people is somehow to diminish the writing. From my perspective there are only black people. When I say 'people,' that's what I mean. #Quote by Toni Morrison
Catholicism quotes by Anne Rice
#70. The world of atheism was cracking apart for me, just as once the world of Catholic faith had cracked apart. I was losing my faith in the nonexistence of God. #Quote by Anne Rice
Catholicism quotes by Frank McCourt
#71. Everything in my head was secondhand, too: Catholicism; Ireland's sad history, a litany of suffering and martyrdom drummed into me by priests, schoolmasters and parents who knew no better. #Quote by Frank McCourt
Catholicism quotes by Pope Benedict XVI
#72. In the Eucharist a communion takes place that corresponds to the union of man and woman in marriage. Just as they become "one flesh", so in Communion we all become "one spirit", one person, with Christ. #Quote by Pope Benedict XVI
Catholicism quotes by Lenny Bruce
#73. ... Catholicism is like Howard Johnson, and what they have are these franchises and they give all these people different franchises in the different countries but they have one government, and when you buy the Howard Johnson franchise you can apply it to the geography - whatever's cool for that area - and then you, you know, pay the bread to the main office. #Quote by Lenny Bruce
Catholicism quotes by Madonna Ciccone
#74. That's what I mean about Catholicism - your sexual life is supposed to be dead if you're a good Catholic. That's wrong. It's human nature to be sexual, so why would God want you to deny your human nature? #Quote by Madonna Ciccone
Catholicism quotes by Benedict XVI
#75. How many winds of doctrine we have known in recent decades, how many ideological currents, how many ways of thinking. The small boat of thought of many Christians has often been tossed about by these waves - thrown from one extreme to the other: from Marxism to liberalism, even to libertinism; from collectivism to radical individualism; from atheism to a vague religious mysticism; from agnosticism to syncretism, and so forth. Every day new sects are created and what Saint Paul says about human trickery comes true, with cunning which tries to draw those into error (cf Ephesians 4, 14). Having a clear Faith, based on the Creed of the Church, is often labeled today as a fundamentalism. Whereas, relativism, which is letting oneself be tossed and 'swept along by every wind of teaching', looks like the only attitude acceptable to today's standards. We are moving towards a dictatorship of relativism which does not recognize anything as certain and which has as its highest goal one's own ego and one's own desires. However, we have a different goal: the Son of God, true man. He is the measure of true humanism. Being an 'Adult' means having a faith which does not follow the waves of today's fashions or the latest novelties. A faith which is deeply rooted in friendship with Christ is adult and mature. It is this friendship which opens us up to all that is good and gives us the knowledge to judge true from false, and deceit from truth. #Quote by Benedict XVI
Catholicism quotes by Pope Benedict XVI
#76. Grant that we may be one flock and one shepherd. Do not allow your net to be torn, help us to be servants of unity. #Quote by Pope Benedict XVI
Catholicism quotes by Chino Moreno
#77. I think a lot of bands are influenced by religious symbolism and not even necessarily Christianity or Catholicism. #Quote by Chino Moreno
Catholicism quotes by Adolf Hitler
#78. For the political leader the religious doctrines and institutions of his people must always remain inviolable; or else has no right to be in politics, but should become a reformer, if he has what it takes! #Quote by Adolf Hitler
Catholicism quotes by Octavio Paz
#79. One of the great creations of Mexican Catholicism was the appearance of the Virgin of Guadalupe to a Mexican Indian, on the same hill where, before the Conquest, a pre-Hispanic goddess had been worshiped. Catholicism was able to take root in Mexico by transforming the ancient gods into the saints, virgins, and devils of the new religion. Nothing similar could occur in India with Muslim monotheism or Protestant Christianity, both of which saw the cult of images, of saints and virgins, as idolatry. The Christianity imported by the British was poor in rites and ceremonies, but full of moral and sexual rigidity. In other words: the exact opposite of popular Hinduism. Similarly, in Christian asceticism, the central concept is redemption; in India, it is liberation. These two words encompass opposite ideas of this world and the next, of the body and the soul. #Quote by Octavio Paz
Catholicism quotes by Mary Norris
#80. One of the things I like about my job is that it draws on the entire person: not just your knowledge of grammar and punctuation and usage and foreign languages and literature but also your experience of travel, gardening, shipping, singing, plumbing, Catholicism, midwesternism, mozzarella, the A train, New Jersey. And in turn it feeds you more experience. #Quote by Mary Norris
Catholicism quotes by Tim Crane
#81. I had abandoned Catholicism, but even during my short militant atheist period I maintained an interest in western religious art and music. #Quote by Tim Crane
Catholicism quotes by Joyelle McSweeney
#82. I've begun to recognize myself as a Catholic writer because my whole notion of the image, of symbol, of art and what it can do, has been conditioned by my immersion in Catholic culture, ritual, and art since my earliest days. Catholicism seeped into me through every pore. Catholicism is about seeping and pores! #Quote by Joyelle McSweeney
Catholicism quotes by J.R.R. Tolkien
#83. An ultimately evil job. For we are attempting to conquer Sauron with the Ring. And we shall (it seems) succeed. But the penalty is, as you will know, to breed new Saurons, and slowly turn Men and Elves into Orcs. Not that in real life things are as clear cut as in a story, and we started out with a great many Orcs on our side. (letter 66) #Quote by J.R.R. Tolkien
Catholicism quotes by Mary McCarthy
#84. To care for the quarrels of the past, to identify oneself passionately with a cause that became, politically speaking, a losing cause with the birth of the modern world, is to experience a kind of straining against reality, a rebellious nonconformity that, again, is rare in America, where children are instructed in the virtues of the system they live under, as though history had achieved a happy ending in American civics. #Quote by Mary McCarthy
Catholicism quotes by Edith Stein
#85. On the question of relating to our fellowman - our neighbor's spiritual need transcends every commandment. Everything else we do is a means to an end. But love is an end already, since God is love. #Quote by Edith Stein
Catholicism quotes by Michel Templet
#86. The Catholic Church made a serious mistake when they started caring about how many people are in the pews. #Quote by Michel Templet
Catholicism quotes by Karl Wiggins
#87. Let's face it, if what you do is good, then you have God's blessing anyway. And if what you do is bad, then a priest's blessing isn't going to make the slightest bit of difference #Quote by Karl Wiggins
Catholicism quotes by Emile Zola
#88. Has science ever retreated? No! It is Catholicism which has always retreated before her, and will always be forced to retreat. #Quote by Emile Zola
Catholicism quotes by Vernon Johnson
#89. Surely--we argue--it is safer to make, at the Morning Offering, a virtual intention covering all the day, and then carry on with practical common sense.
This sounds excellent in theory, but too often it breaks down in practice and merely ends in the making of the Morning Offering, while we slip through the day on a purely natural plane till we arrive at our prayers in the evening; and it is precisely our habit of thus meeting the smallest actions of our daily life on the natural plane which makes them more than we can cope with. Divorced from their true purpose, that of leading us out of ourselves to God and to our fellow-men, they imprison us within ourselves and make us give way to self-pity and discontent.
On the other hand, if we do everything to please Our Lord we shall find ourselves becoming more and more alert to help others and far more conscious of the endless little opportunities around us, the value of which we had never realized before. #Quote by Vernon Johnson
Catholicism quotes by Oscar Romero
#90. We must not seek the child Jesus in the pretty figures of our Christmas cribs. We must seek him among the undernourished children who have gone to bed at night with nothing to eat, among the poor newsboys who will sleep covered with newspapers in doorways. #Quote by Oscar Romero
Catholicism quotes by Philip Connors
#91. I'd rather have drugs and liquor and divine visions than this empty barren fatalism on a mountaintop," he wrote toward the end of his stint. These words are especially poignant when you consider that two years earlier he'd written to Allen Ginsberg: "I have crossed the ocean of suffering and found the path at last." For Kerouac, the path of Buddhism proved too difficult, too alien to his temperament, and he eventually retreated into the mystical French Catholicism he'd known as a boy. Its fascination with the martyrdom of the Crucifixion jibed with his sense of himself as a doomed prophet destined for self-annihilation. The essential Buddhist ethic - do no violence to any living being - was a principle that tragically eluded him in his treatment of himself. #Quote by Philip Connors
Catholicism quotes by Paul Farmer
#92. Again, conventional Catholicism does not much appeal to me. #Quote by Paul Farmer
Catholicism quotes by Kiran Nagarkar
#93. It did not cross the minds of most Hindus that barring exceptions, they were responsible for Catholicism in India. The outcastes of Hinduism, the untouchables, who fell beyond the pale of the caste system had ample reason to convert to Catholicism. The caste-Hindus, as a matter of fact, left them no choice. As sub-humans they were little better than slaves. #Quote by Kiran Nagarkar
Catholicism quotes by Oscar Hijuelos
#94. Latins are predisposed to thinking about the past. Catholicism has a lot to do with it because Catholicism is a contemplation of the past, of symbols that are supposed to be eternally present. #Quote by Oscar Hijuelos
Catholicism quotes by Anthony M. Esolen
#95. The first good news for all of us, the first joyful story of our lives, is that there is a story at all, and an Author who has loved us into being. #Quote by Anthony M. Esolen
Catholicism quotes by Frank Sheed
#96. We can never attain a maximum love of God with only a minimum knowledge of God #Quote by Frank Sheed
Catholicism quotes by C.S. Lewis
#97. When Catholicism goes bad it becomes the world-old, world-wide religio of amulets and holy places and priestcraft. Protestantism,in its corresponding decay, becomes a vague mist of ethical platitudes. Catholicism is accused of being too much like all the other religions; Protestantism of being insufficiently like a religion at all. Hence Plato, with his transcendent Forms, is the doctor of Protestants; Aristotle, with his immanent Forms, the doctor of Catholics. #Quote by C.S. Lewis
Catholicism quotes by Adolf Hitler
#98. In the ranks of the movement [National Socialist movement], the most devout Protestant could sit beside the most devout Catholic, without coming into the slightest conflict with his religious convictions. The mighty common struggle which both carried on against the destroyer of Aryan humanity had, on the contrary, taught them mutually to respect and esteem one another. #Quote by Adolf Hitler
Catholicism quotes by Catherine Of Siena
#99. Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire. #Quote by Catherine Of Siena
Catholicism quotes by Philip Neri
#100. It is very useful for those who minister the word of God, or give themselves up to prayer, to read the works of authors whose names begin with S, such as Saint Augustine, Saint Bernard, &c #Quote by Philip Neri
Catholicism quotes by Mother Teresa
#101. The problem with the world is that we draw the circle of our family too small. #Quote by Mother Teresa
Catholicism quotes by Meriol Trevor
#102. That's not a lucky thing, Cecil," said Teresa, "it's a sacred thing."

"What's the difference?" Cecil asked.

Teresa smiled. "Roughly this," she said. "A thing is magic if you get what you want through it; but if it is blessed you get what God wants through it. #Quote by Meriol Trevor
Catholicism quotes by Marcel Lefebvre
#103. This is why I persist, and if you wish to know the real reason for my persistence, it is this. At the hour of my death, when Our Lord asks me: "What have you done with your episcopate, what have you done with your episcopal and priestly grace?" I do not want to hear from his lips the terrible words "You have helped to destroy the Church along with the rest of them." (p. 163) #Quote by Marcel Lefebvre
Catholicism quotes by Tom Clancy
#104. Anti-Catholicism is the last respectable prejudice. You can't hate black people anymore, of course, and you can't hate homosexuals anymore, but you can hate all the Catholics you want. #Quote by Tom Clancy
Catholicism quotes by Thomas E. Woods Jr.
#105. Father Roger Boscovich is often credited as the father of modern atomic theory. #Quote by Thomas E. Woods Jr.
Catholicism quotes by Peter Kreeft
#106. Our culture has filled our heads but emptied our hearts, stuffed our wallets but starved our wonder. It has fed our thirst for facts but not for meaning or mystery. It produces "nice" people, not heroes. #Quote by Peter Kreeft
Catholicism quotes by Fulton J. Sheen
#107. Since the basic cause of man's anxiety is the possibility of being either a saint or a sinner, it follows that there are only two alternatives for him. Man can either mount upward to the peak of eternity or else slip backwards to the chasms of despair and frustration. Yet there are many who think there is yet another alternative, namely, that of indifference. They think that, just as bears hibernate for a season in a state of suspended animation, so they, too, can sleep through life without choosing to live for God or against Him. But hibernation is no escape; winter ends, and one is then forced to make a decision - indeed, the very choice of indifference is itself a decision. White fences do not remain white fences by having nothing done to them; they soon become black fences. Since there is a tendency in us that pulls us back to the animal, the mere fact that we do not resist it operates to our own destruction. Just as life is the sum of forces that resist death, so, too, man's will must be the sum of the forces that resist frustration. A man who has taken poison into his system can ignore the antidote, or he can throw it out the window; it makes no difference which he does, for death is already on the march. St. Paul warns us, "How shall we escape it we neglect so great a salvation" (Heb 2:3). By the mere fact that we do not go forward, we go backward. There are no plains in the spiritual life, we are either going uphill or coming down. Furthermore the pose of indifference #Quote by Fulton J. Sheen
Catholicism quotes by Kadmi Cohen
#108. The idea of authority, and therefore the respect for authority, is an anti-Semitic notion. It is in Catholicism, in Christianity, in the very teachings of Jesus that it finds at once its lay and its religious consecration. #Quote by Kadmi Cohen
Catholicism quotes by Brian Doyle
#109. There is a wonderful simple human reality to Christ's hunger. The man is famished. He's missed meals for three days, He has a lot on his mind, He's on His way back to heaven, but before He goes He is itching for a nice piece of broiled fish and a little bread on the side with the men and women He loves. Do we not like Him the more for His prandial persistance? And think for a moment about the holiness of our own food, and the ways that cooking and sharing a meal can be forms of love and prayer. And realize again that the Eucharist at the heart of stubborn Catholicism is the breakfast that Christ prepares for Catholics, every morning, as we return from fishing in vast dreamy seas? #Quote by Brian Doyle
Catholicism quotes by Paul Karl Feyerabend
#110. The way towards this aim is clear. A science that insists on possessing the only correct method and the only acceptable results is ideology and must be separated from the state, and especially from the process of education. One may teach it, but only to those who have decided to make this particular superstition their own. On the other hand, a science that has dropped such totalitarian pretensions is no longer independent and self-contained, and it can be taught in many different combinations (myth and modern cosmology might be one such combination). Of course, every business has the right to demand that its practitioners be prepared in a special way, and it may even demand acceptance of a certain ideology (I for one am against the thinning out of subjects so that they become more and more similar to each other; whoever does not like present-day Catholicism should leave it and become a Protestant, or an Atheist, instead of ruining it by such inane changes as mass in the vernacular). That is true of physics, just as it is true of religion, or of prostitution. #Quote by Paul Karl Feyerabend
Catholicism quotes by Graeme Simsion
#111. I had no idea what they sang. I guessed it was all in Latin, but some words could have been French. I didn't need to understand the words to have them touch me. I don't know whether it was the acoustics, the song, the beauty of the singing or the conviction behind it, but there was grandeur and hope in every note.

The frescos flickered in candlelight and stained-glass men looked down upon me benevolently as the monks' singing brought pieces of me apart. Maybe this was why I had come, why I was meant to be here. I saw tears running down Fabiana's cheeks.

Brother Rocher asked in French and English for those wishing to be blessed to come forward. I sat and watched the three Brazilians and half a dozen others move forward in turn. There was a final chant and everyone filed out. Except me.

Centuries of singing, service to others and dedication to something bigger than twenty-first-century materialism had created a peace that permeated the walls. Whatever issues I had with religion were not relevant here. The stillness and austerity gave me a strange sense of comfort, and I seemed to be moving toward some sort of clarity. #Quote by Graeme Simsion
Catholicism quotes by Edmund Campion
#112. At his funeral the priest's words applied signally to him: 'The Christian Brothers are a body of men who live without luxury, labour without emolument, and die without notice, that they might stamp God's image on the soul of youth. That surely is a splendid vocation. #Quote by Edmund Campion
Catholicism quotes by Flannery O'Connor
#113. I am a Catholic not like someone else would be a Baptist or a Methodist, but like someone else would be an atheist. #Quote by Flannery O'Connor
Catholicism quotes by Tim Crane
#114. One philosophically fascinating aspect of Catholicism is the very strange conception of reality it presents (the incarnation, the eucharist, judgement day etc.). #Quote by Tim Crane
Catholicism quotes by Therese Of Lisieux
#115. No harm can come to me since, in whatever happens, I see only the tender hand of Jesus. #Quote by Therese Of Lisieux
Catholicism quotes by Catherine Of Siena
#116. Also in America, the Redemptorist priest and founder of the Paulist order, Fr. Isaac Hecker, was a great admirer of St. Catherine, seeing in her the perfect foil to those who claimed that Catholicism promotes a mechanical piety or fosters a sanctity unconcerned with the real needs of suffering humanity in society. To the latter charge he replied forcefully:
"Read the life of St. Catherine, and in imagination fancy her in the city hospital of Genoa, charged not only with the supervision and responsibility of its finances, but also overseeing the care of its sick inmates, taking an active, personal part in its duties as one of its nurses, and conducting the whole establishment with strict economy, perfect order, and the tenderest care and love! #Quote by Catherine Of Siena
Catholicism quotes by Mark Morford
#117. If there is a true measure of a person's soul, if there is a single gauge of real divinity, of how beautifully a fellow human honors this life, has genuine spiritual fire and is full of honest love and compassion, it has to be right there, in the eyes.
The Dalai Lama's eyes sparkle and dance with laughter and unbridled love. The Pope's eyes are dark and glazed, bleak as obsidian marbles. Pat Robertson's eyes are rheumy and hollow, like tiny potholes of old wax. Goldman Sachs cretins, well, they don't use their own eyes at all; they just steal someone else's. #Quote by Mark Morford
Catholicism quotes by Taylor R. Marshall
#118. J.R.R. Tolkien was also opposed to the Novus Ordo Mass. Simon Tolkien recalls his grandfather's protest to the Novus Ordo:
"I vividly remember going to church with him in Bour-nemouth. He was a devout Roman Catholic and it was soon after the Church had changed the liturgy from Latin to English. My grandfather obviously didn't agree with this and made all the responses very loudly in Latin while the rest of the congregation answered in English. I found the whole experience quite excruciating, but my grandfather was oblivious. He simply had to do what he believed to be right. #Quote by Taylor R. Marshall
Catholicism quotes by Matthew Kelly
#119. Catholicism is not merely a religion, or a sect, or a set of rules. When small minds and smaller spirits try to capture the essence of Catholicism, this is often what they tend to conclude. But Catholicism is more than a religion. It is more than just another movement. The essence of Catholicism is not sin, punishment, duty, or obligation, and it is more than a set of lifeless rules and regulations. Catholicism is more. It is more than most people think and more than most Catholics ever experience ... The essence of Catholicism is dynamic transformation. You cannot become more like Jesus Christ and at the same time stay as you are. #Quote by Matthew Kelly
Catholicism quotes by Rod Dreher
#120. Once, during my Catholic days, I was complaining with a Catholic friend about how terrible the teaching was in parish life. A priest listening to us said that everything we griped about was true, but we didn't have to resign ourselves and our children to this fate.
'You could go online to Amazon.com tonight and have sent to you within a week a theological library that Aquinas would have envied,' he said. 'My parents raised me in the seventies, which was the beginning of the catechesis nightmare. They knew that if they were going to raise Catholic kids, they would have to do a lot of it themselves, and they did. So do you. #Quote by Rod Dreher
Catholicism quotes by Gerard Manley Hopkins
#121. The Best ideal is the true and other truth is none. All glory be ascribed to the holy Three in One. #Quote by Gerard Manley Hopkins
Catholicism quotes by Tony Hendra
#122. Like the rest of Holy Week, Easter is also a terrific story. It starts as tragedy: the hero broken and bloody, against all expectation dead, his followers' joyful hope in him entombed with his corpse, the rock rolled into place, sealing their despair.

But the curtain doesn't fall there. The next morning at dawn they discover the rock has been rolled back. The tomb is empty, the body's gone! A missing corpse? Great stuff. A whisper of comedy. Now a touch of farce as Mary Magdalen and the guys chase frantically around looking for help, or the corpse, when suddenly, out of nowhere, up it pops - alive!

Of course it's Jesus, who's done the impossible and beaten death.

And they're so amazed they think he's the gardener! It's a payoff way beyond the Hollywood ending: all the flooding emotion and uplift of a tragedy followed by all the bubbling joy and optimism of a comedy.

Is that possible? Not just to live happily ever after but to die - and still live happily ever after? It's the most audacious claim of Christianity, the one element that marks the brand indelibly, that trumps the claims of all other major faiths. #Quote by Tony Hendra
Catholicism quotes by Meister Eckhart
#123. When God laughs at the soul and the soul laughs back at God, the persons of the Trinity are begotten. When the Father laughs at the Son and the Son laughs back at the Father, that laughter gives pleasure, that pleasure gives joy, that joy gives love, and that love is the Holy Spirit. #Quote by Meister Eckhart
Catholicism quotes by Nathaniel Hawthorne
#124. It [Catholicism] supplies a multitude of external forms in which the spiritual may be clothed and manifested. #Quote by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Catholicism quotes by Jaclyn Moriarty
#125. The Irish people didn't get on that well with each other either. They hated the Catholics, was the main issue, as I see. You can't blame them for that. If I understand correctly, Catholics do not believe in contraception. So, you know, sex is not relaxing. #Quote by Jaclyn Moriarty
Catholicism quotes by Pope Leo XIII
#126. They knew only too well the intimate bond which unites faith with worship, 'the law of belief with the law of prayer,' and so, under the pretext of restoring it to its primitive form, they corrupted the order of the liturgy in many respects to adapt it to the errors of the Innovators. #Quote by Pope Leo XIII
Catholicism quotes by Kaya Oakes
#127. There has been something missing from this experience of Catholicism that I've plunged into to such a surprising depth. It's the women. #Quote by Kaya Oakes
Catholicism quotes by Andrew Greeley
#128. The kernel is the belief that God is love and, in Catholicism, God's love is present in the world. It is in the sacraments, in the Eucharist, in our families, in our friends, in our neighborhood, and forgiveness in the touch of a friendly hand, in a rediscovered love God is there. #Quote by Andrew Greeley
Catholicism quotes by Richard Dooling
#129. I begin every novel with the vow that I will not write about technology, Catholicism, or Hell. As you know, I end up writing about all three. They just happen to be personal obsessions of mine. #Quote by Richard Dooling
Catholicism quotes by Park Chan-wook
#130. The atmosphere of Catholicism in Korea is quite different to the way it is practised and perceived in Europe or the U.S. #Quote by Park Chan-wook
Catholicism quotes by Bertrand Russell
#131. The battle must be fought exactly as the battle of religious toleration was fought. And as in that case, so in this, a decay in the intensity of belief is likely to prove the decisive factor. While men were convinced of the absolute truth of Catholicism or Protestantism, as the case may be, they were willing to persecute on account of them. While men are quite certain of their modern creeds, they will persecute on their behalf. Some element of doubt is essential to the practice, thought not to the theory, of toleration. #Quote by Bertrand Russell
Catholicism quotes by Michael Novak
#132. We can talk about human dignity, but where is it? #Quote by Michael Novak
Catholicism quotes by Emilia Pardo Bazan
#133. The government makes use of the clergy as of one arm more, which, however, is now almost powerless through corruption. The Oriental church has no conception of the noble devotion which has honored Catholicism in the lives of Saint Thomas of Canterbury and Cardinal Cisneros. The #Quote by Emilia Pardo Bazan
Catholicism quotes by Gabe Newell
#134. It feels a little bit funny coming here and telling you guys that Linux and open source are the future of gaming. It's sort of like going to Rome and teaching Catholicism to the pope. #Quote by Gabe Newell
Catholicism quotes by Allen R. Hunt
#135. When you suffer, you are being conformed to the image of Jesus. When you pray, you are being made holy in the image of Jesus. When you quietly serve a person in need, you are being shaped into the image of Jesus. When you generously give, your heart is being remade into the image of Jesus, our Lord and Savior. #Quote by Allen R. Hunt
Catholicism quotes by Augustine Of Hippo
#136. Thus I remained to myself an unhappy lodging where I could neither stay nor leave.
For where could my heart fly from my heart? Where could I fly from my own self? #Quote by Augustine Of Hippo
Catholicism quotes by Giovannino Guareschi
#137. Lord, my hands were made for blessing, but not my feet! #Quote by Giovannino Guareschi
Catholicism quotes by Allen R. Hunt
#138. It became obvious why Catholics had built such beautiful cathedrals and churches throughout the world. Not as gathering or meeting places for Christians. But as a home for Jesus Himself in the Blessed Sacrament. Cathedrals house Jesus. Christians merely come and visit Him. The cathedrals and churches architecturally prepare our souls for the beauty of the Eucharist. #Quote by Allen R. Hunt
Catholicism quotes by Charles Bukowski
#139. Nothing was ever in tune. People just blindly grabbed at whatever there was: communism, health foods, zen, surfing, ballet, hypnotism, group encounters, orgies, biking, herbs, Catholicism, weight-lifting, travel, withdrawal, vegetarianism, India, painting, writing, sculpting, composing, conducting, backpacking, yoga, copulating, gambling, drinking, hanging around, frozen yogurt, Beethoven, Back, Buddha, Christ, TM, H, carrot juice, suicide, handmade suits, jet travel, New York City, and then it all evaporated and fell apart. People had to find things to do while waiting to die. I guess it was nice to have a choice. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
Catholicism quotes by James Joyce
#140. The language in which we are speaking is his before it is mine. How different are the words HOME, CHRIST, ALE, MASTER, on his lips and on mine! I cannot speak or write these words without unrest of spirit. His language, so familiar and so foreign, will always be for me an acquired speech. I have not made or accepted its words. My voice holds them at bay. My soul frets in the shadow of his language. #Quote by James Joyce
Catholicism quotes by G.K. Chesterton
#141. Christianity even when watered down is hot enough to boil all modern society to rags. The mere minimum of the Church would be a deadly ultimatum to the world. #Quote by G.K. Chesterton
Catholicism quotes by Tom Hollander
#142. My father was ethnically Jewish, but his family converted to Catholicism. #Quote by Tom Hollander
Catholicism quotes by Peter Julian Eymard
#143. He loved us personally ... centuries before we were born. #Quote by Peter Julian Eymard
Catholicism quotes by Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen
#144. Petre's commitment to Roman Catholicism combined with her openness to mental and moral subjectivism formed a rare alchemy among early twentieth-century Catholics. Her exposure to thinkers like Nietzsche did not strip her of her faith. She argued that despite Nietzsche's professed atheism, his life and thought offered much for Catholics to admire. His was a 'strenuous,' 'suffering,' 'unselfish' 'life militant' marked by 'purity, integrity, [and] utter unworldliness.' Despite being the sweetheart of libertine artists and writers, Nietzsche criticized the decadence and pessimism of modern aesthetics. Likewise, the goal of his celebration of free will and his critique of sin was not an orgiastic 'self-abandonment, but ... strong self-possession; a mastering of one's own life and conduct' and a recognition that true contrition is not legislated from without but cultivated from within a deep reverence for the 'mysterious laws of our being.' Petre insisted that in Nietzsche, Catholics could find a fellow seeker of moral strenuousness: 'There is to be here no dilettantism, but sheer hard work. #Quote by Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen
Catholicism quotes by Graham Greene
#145. I know one thing you don't. I know the difference between Right and Wrong. They didn't teach you that at school.'
Rose didn't answer; the woman was quite right: the two words meant nothing to her. Their taste was extinguished by stronger foods
Good and Evil. #Quote by Graham Greene
Catholicism quotes by Malcolm Muggeridge
#146. Learning from experience means, in practice, learning from suffering; the only schoolmaster. Everyone knows that this is so, even though they try to persuade themselves and their fellows otherwise. Only so is it possible to understand how it came about that, through all the Christian centuries, people have been prepared to accept the Cross, ostensibly a symbol of suffering, as the true image and guarantee of their creator's love and concern for them. To climb the highest, stoniest mountain to set it on its peak, to carry it to the remotest, darkest, most forbidding corners of the earth; to build great cathedrals to glorify it; to find in it the inspiration for the most sublime achievements and noblest lives over the last two thousand years. #Quote by Malcolm Muggeridge
Catholicism quotes by Dietrich Von Hildebrand
#147. The soldier of Christ is obligated to fight against sin and error. His battle against the Antichrist is prompted by his loved for Christ, and for the salvation of souls. He fights this battle for the salvation of those who have gone astray. His attitude is one of true love. But those who flee from the inevitable battle, and treat irenically those who have gone astray, obfuscating their error and playing down their revolt against God, are, fundamentally, victims of egoism and complacency. #Quote by Dietrich Von Hildebrand
Catholicism quotes by Patricia Monaghan
#148. Ireland is still what novelist Edna O'Brien calls a "pagan place." But that paganism does not conflict with a devout Catholicism that embraces and absorbs it, in a way that can seem mysterious, even heretical, elsewhere. In Ireland, Christianity arrived without lions and gladiators, survived without autos-da-fe and Inquisitions. The old ways were seamlessly bonded to the new, so that ancient rituals continued, ancient divinities became saints, ancient holy sites were maintained just as they had been for generations and generations. #Quote by Patricia Monaghan
Catholicism quotes by San Juan De La Cruz
#149. There is another reason also why the soul has traveled safely in this obscurity; it has suffered: for the way of suffering is safer, and also more profitable, than that of rejoicing and of action. In suffering God gives strength, but in action and in joy the soul does but show its own weakness and imperfections. And in suffering, the soul practices and acquires virtue, and becomes pure, wiser, and more cautious. #Quote by San Juan De La Cruz
Catholicism quotes by Edmund Campion
#150. We human beings are story-tellers, we pass on our values through the stories we tell. This is particularly true of Catholics, who get their identity through their histories, which they see as salvation history linking them to the saving actions of Christ. So, for Catholics, doing history – passing on the values by telling stories – is a pastoral imperative. We must look where we have been in order to know where we are going. #Quote by Edmund Campion
Catholicism quotes by Marilyn Manson
#151. My first memories of religion were being taken to Episcopal church. My father was Catholic, but my mother, I believe, was Episcopal. So I sort of veered off into the watered-down version of Catholicism. #Quote by Marilyn Manson
Catholicism quotes by Peter Kreeft
#152. The most total opposite of pleasure is not pain but boredom, for we are willing to risk pain to make a boring life interesting. #Quote by Peter Kreeft
Catholicism quotes by Malcolm Muggeridge
#153. In worldly terms, she was totally innocent; Eve before the fall, with no knowledge of good and evil. She made one realize how necessary the Fall was; without it, there would have been no human drama, and so no literature, no art, no suffering, no religion, no laughter, no joy, no sin and no redemption. Only camera work (towards which Mrs. Dobbs's painting was reaching) and sociology (which her sister, Beatrice Webb, may be said to have invented). #Quote by Malcolm Muggeridge
Catholicism quotes by Douglas Carter Beane
#154. If you're raised Methodist, Catholicism is a bit of a workout. It's sort of like you're up, you're down, you're up, you're down. It's a continual hokey-pokey. #Quote by Douglas Carter Beane
Catholicism quotes by Hans Urs Von Balthasar
#155. What you are is God's gift to you, what you become is your gift to God. #Quote by Hans Urs Von Balthasar
Catholicism quotes by Pope John Paul II
#156. Proclaiming the death of the Lord "until he comes" (1 Cor 11:26) entails that all who take part in the Eucharist be committed to changing their lives and making them in a certain way completely "Eucharistic". It is this fruit of a transfigured existence and a commitment to transforming the world in accordance with the Gospel which splendidly illustrates the eschatological tension inherent in the celebration of the Eucharist and in the Christian life as a whole: "Come, Lord Jesus!" (Rev 22:20) #Quote by Pope John Paul II
Catholicism quotes by Jean  Bernard
#157. The first days of January 1942 brought enormous amounts of snow. The reader already knows what snow meant for the clergy. But this time the torture surpassed the bounds of the endurable. At the same time the thermometer hovered between 5 and 15 degrees below zero. From morning till night we scraped, shoveled, and pushed wheelbarrow after wheelbarrow of snow to the brook. The work detail consisted of more than 1,000 clergymen, forced to keep moving by SS men and Capos who kicked us and beat us with truncheons.

We had to make rounds with the wheelbarrows from the assembly square to the brook and back. Not a moment of rest was allowed, and much of the time we were forced to run.

At one point I tripped over my barrow and fell, and it took me a while to get up again. An SS man dashed over and ordered me to turn with the full load. He ran beside me, beating me constantly with a leather strap. When I got to the brook I was not allowed to dump out the heavy snow, but had to make a second complete round with it instead.

When the guard finally went off and I tried to let go of the wheelbarrow, I found that one of my hands was frozen fast to it. I had to blow on it with warm breath to get it free. #Quote by Jean Bernard
Catholicism quotes by George Cardinal Pell
#158. As well as being essential to theological study, philosophy is an indispensable tool for communicating theology, for evangelization and catechesis. A faith based on how warm and comfortable you feel and how "affirmed" you are by your community is pleasant, but there is no guarantee that it is true. Fides et ratio make clear that philosophy's central tasks are to justify our grasp of reality, of truth, and to make cogent suggestions as to life's true meaning. Being able to say something compelling on these topics -- reality, truth, and life's meaning -- is critical in winning young and old alike to the faith. A theology that incorporates philosophy's work in these areas will be faithful to the teaching of the Church and able to stand up to the most rigorous secular arguments and the ideologies of the age. #Quote by George Cardinal Pell
Catholicism quotes by Lenny Bruce
#159. If Jesus had been killed twenty years ago, Catholic school children would be wearing little electric chairs around their necks instead of crosses. #Quote by Lenny Bruce
Catholicism quotes by Tony Hendra
#160. But does contemptus mean 'contempt,' dear? Of course not. That would imply arrogance, superiority, pride. So much that we call worldly is actually just flawed or being seen through a cracked lens. Imperfect or imperfectly understood. Who are we to judge as contemptible a thing or person whose existence God sustains? Everything, however imperfect, has its purpose.

No, Tony dear, contemptus mundi means 'detachment from the world,' seeing the world sub specie aeternitatis. Enduring or celebrating it, but never forgetting - even when it seems perfect and forever - that as the Bible says: 'all this shall pass like grass before the wind. #Quote by Tony Hendra
Catholicism quotes by Eugene Kennedy
#161. Catholicism actually resembles a family that survives because even as it aspires to holiness, it understands and can live with sin and imperfection. #Quote by Eugene Kennedy
Catholicism quotes by Kathy Griffin
#162. Presentation was the name of the Catholic church [my mother's family] attended, and this is what I love about the Irish: My mother became known as the second prettiest girl at Presentation parish. "Why was that okay?" I once asked her. "Oh, because everybody knew Mary Griffin was the most beautiful girl at Presentation," she replied. My mom was happy to be on the D-list! Just like I'm not trying to be Brooke Shields, she wasn't trying to be Mary Griffin. #Quote by Kathy Griffin
Catholicism quotes by Brennan Manning
#163. God's love is based on nothing, and the fact that it is based on nothing makes us secure. Were it based on anything we do, and that 'anything' were to collapse, then God's love would crumble as well. But with the God of Jesus no such thing can possibly happen. People who realize this can live freely and to the full. #Quote by Brennan Manning
Catholicism quotes by Thomas Aquinas
#164. There must be must be a first mover existing above all – and this we call God. #Quote by Thomas Aquinas
Catholicism quotes by Fulton J. Sheen
#165. The nice people do not come to God, because they think they are good through their own merits or bad through inherited instincts. If they do good, they believe they are to receive the credit for it; if they do evil, they deny that it is their own fault. They are good through their own goodheartedness, they say; but they are bad because they are misfortunate, either in their economic life or through an inheritance of evil genes from their grandparents. The nice people rarely come to God; they take their moral tone from the society in which they live. Like the Pharisee in front of the temple, they believe themselves to be very respectable citizens. Elegance is their test of virtue; to them, the moral is the aesthetic, the evil is the ugly. Every move they make is dictated, not by a love of goodness, but by the influence of their age. Their intellects are cultivated - in knowledge of current events; they read only the bestsellers, but their hearts are undisciplined. They say that they would go to church if the Church were only better - but they never tell you how much better the Church must be before they will join it. They sometimes condemn the gross sins of society, such as murder; they are not tempted to these because they fear the opprobrium which comes to them who commit them. By avoiding the sins which society condemns, they escape reproach, they consider themselves good par excellence. #Quote by Fulton J. Sheen
Catholicism quotes by Joanne Harris
#166. That's Catholicism for you. A perpetual war between repression and excess. #Quote by Joanne Harris
Catholicism quotes by Peter Kreeft
#167. It is reasonable to love the Absolute absolutely for the same reason it is reasonable to love the relative relatively. #Quote by Peter Kreeft
Catholicism quotes by Mother Teresa
#168. I begin each day with holy Mass, receiving Jesus hidden under the appearance of a simple piece of bread. Then I go out into the streets and I find the same Jesus hidden in the dying destitute, the AIDS patients, the lepers, the abandoned children, the hungry, and the homeless. It's the same Jesus. #Quote by Mother Teresa
Catholicism quotes by Tim Crane
#169. Catholicism is the most philosophical branch of Christianity. #Quote by Tim Crane
Catholicism quotes by Glen Duncan
#170. I find the ideas of Catholicism incredibly rich and inspiring. Bogus, unfortunately, but nonetheless inspiring. I think they always provide an interesting nexus through which to look at the way we are. #Quote by Glen Duncan
Catholicism quotes by Rob Sheffield
#171. When you're a Catholic kid, the nuns teach you that when something is annoying you, you "offer it up", as a sacrificial gift. #Quote by Rob Sheffield
Catholicism quotes by Maria Faustina Kowalska
#172. Act in such a way that all those who come in contact with you will go away joyful. Sow happiness about you because you have received much from God; give, then, generously to others. They should take leave of you with their hearts filled with joy, even if they have no more than touched the hem of your garment. #Quote by Maria Faustina Kowalska
Catholicism quotes by Matthew Kelly
#173. Are we willing to change? I hope so. Almost every person I speak to about the future of Catholicism says, "The Church really needs to change," or something to that effect. What we perhaps forget in making this statement is that we are the Church, and so the real question becomes: Are you willing to change? Am I willing to change? #Quote by Matthew Kelly
Catholicism quotes by Adolf Hitler
#174. As long as leadership from above was not lacking, the people fulfilled their duty and obligation overwhelmingly. Whether Protestant pastor or Catholic priest, both together and particularly at the first flare, there really existed in both camps but a single holy German Reich, for whose existence and future each man turned to his own heaven. #Quote by Adolf Hitler
Catholicism quotes by Elvia Alvarado
#175. My mother is very religious. She's one of those old ladies that spends her life in the church. She just prays and prays, day and night. We have a very different idea of what religion is. She doesn't understand what my work is about, why I want to make changes in the way we live. She thinks we should be thankful for the little we have and leave well enough alone. I suppose she thinks that if she prays enough, God will come down from the sky with a plate of beans for her to eat.
But I don't think that God say, 'Go to church and pray all day and everything will be fine.' No. For me God says, 'Go out and make the changes that need to be made, and I'll be there to help you.' [p. 30] #Quote by Elvia Alvarado
Catholicism quotes by Sarah MacLean
#176. Nick spoke again. "Her legitimacy will be questioned."
Gabriel thought for several moments. "If our mother married her father, it means that the marchioness must have converted to Catholicism upon arriving in Italy. The Catholic Church would never have acknowledged her marriage in the Church of England."
"Ah, so it is we who are illegitimate." Nick's words were punctuated with a wry smile.
"To Italians, at least," Gabriel said. "Luckily, we are English."
"Excellent. That works out well for us. #Quote by Sarah MacLean
Catholicism quotes by Hans Urs Von Balthasar
#177. The Church does not dispense the sacrament of baptism in order to acquire for herself an increase in membership but in order to consecrate a human being to God and to communicate to that person the divine gift of birth from God. #Quote by Hans Urs Von Balthasar
Catholicism quotes by Thomas E. Woods Jr.
#178. (Catholic) monks taught metallurgy, introduced new crops, copied ancient texts, preserved literacy, pioneered in technology, invented champagne, improved the European landscape, provided for wanderers of every stripe, and looked after the lost and shipwrecked. #Quote by Thomas E. Woods Jr.
Catholicism quotes by M. Raymond
#179. Staring thus closely at time we suddenly realize that what many look upon as a bromide is really a bombshell; namely, the fact that "there is no time like the present." Indeed, no! For it is the only time God grants to any of us. He does not give us years, months, days, or even hours. He grants us nothing but the truly, indivisible, yet immense and immeasurable, Now. This is "your time" - part of "your hour. #Quote by M. Raymond
Catholicism quotes by Bertrand Russell
#180. Broadly speaking, Protestants like to be good and have invented theology in order to keep themselves so, whereas Catholics like to be bad and have invented theology in order to keep their neighbors good. Hence, the social character of Catholicism and the individual character of Protestantism. #Quote by Bertrand Russell
Catholicism quotes by Kevin Hart
#181. When I was in my early 20s I converted to Catholicism after a long period of searching. What I think drew me to the Catholic church is that in Catholicism, prayer suffuses all of one's life by virtue of the sacraments. Prayer is not something which occurs just on Sunday, it doesn't occur only at particular moments of intensity or by particular conventions, one's whole life is given up to prayer in many, many modes. And so everything to do with the faith is trying to put you in relationship with God and trying to make that relationship grow deeper and more mature. #Quote by Kevin Hart
Catholicism quotes by Nikos Kazantzakis
#182. You know all about love, but that is not enough. You must also learn that hate comes from God as well, that it too is in the Lord's service. And in times like these, with the world fallen to the state it has, hate serves God more than love. #Quote by Nikos Kazantzakis
Catholicism quotes by Pope Francis
#183. Narcissism makes people incapable of looking beyond themselves, beyond their own desires and needs. #Quote by Pope Francis
Catholicism quotes by Noel Malcolm
#184. Religion mattered at a deep level, which must help to explain why none of these people went over to Islam; but in most cases it did not direct their lives, nor did it prevent some of them from cultivating their connection with a powerful relative who was a Muslim convert. Whilst the fact that they were Catholics from one of Christendom's frontier zones may have given them an enhanced sense of their Catholicism, the fact that they were Albanians, connected by language, blood and history to Ottoman subjects and Ottoman territory, gave them an ability to see things also from something more like an Ottoman perspective #Quote by Noel Malcolm
Catholicism quotes by Bill Maher
#185. Catholicism has changed tremendously in recent years. Now when Communion is served there is also a salad bar. #Quote by Bill Maher
Catholicism quotes by Tony Hoagland
#186. There's Socialism and Communism and Capitalism and there's Feminism and Hedonism, and there's Catholicism and Bipedalism and Consumerism, but I think Narcissism is the system that means the most to me. #Quote by Tony Hoagland
Catholicism quotes by Paul Monette
#187. Organized religion is the school of hate, and never more exultant in its righteous indignation than when it talks about gay and lesbian. In America the unholy alliance between the know-nothing fundamentalists and the Catholic hierarchy keeps the faithful whipped up to a frenzy of witch-hunting and fag-bashing. #Quote by Paul Monette
Catholicism quotes by Barbara Ehrenreich
#188. Roman Catholicism: a hundred million people bowing down before a flesh-hating, elderly celibate. #Quote by Barbara Ehrenreich
Catholicism quotes by Christopher Hitchens
#189. Benito Mussolini had barely seized power in Italy before the Vatican made an official treaty with him ... Catholicism became the only recognized religion in Italy ... and in return urged its followers to vote for Mussolini's party. Pope Pius XI described [Mussolini] as 'a man sent by providence.' ... Across southern Europe, the church was a reliable ally in the instatement of fascist regimes ... #Quote by Christopher Hitchens
Catholicism quotes by Ignatius Of Antioch
#190. Wherever the bishop shall appear, there let the multitude also be; even as, wherever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church. #Quote by Ignatius Of Antioch
Catholicism quotes by Pope Pius IX
#191. The Roman Pontiffs have always ... held that all those rites should be preserved which deviate neither from accuracy in matters of faith, nor from what is fitting. #Quote by Pope Pius IX
Catholicism quotes by Thomas Ferguson
#192. I believe that Judaism was an improvement on polytheism; Christianity was an improvement on Judaism (to some degree and in some departments only); that Protestantism is an improvement on Catholicism; that Mormonism is an improvement on Protestantism. So I give Joseph Smith credit as an innovator and as a smart fellow. #Quote by Thomas Ferguson
Catholicism quotes by Richard Rohr
#193. Much of what is called Christianity has more to do with disguising the ego behind the screen of religion and culture than any real movement toward a God beyond the small self, and a new self in God. #Quote by Richard Rohr
Catholicism quotes by R. Alan Woods
#194. It is widely unknown, but nonetheless true that Catholicism fervently promotes the 'spiritual disciplines' whereas Protestantism has largely neglected them altogether. Does 'volunteerism' facilitate the formation of Christ's character in us or rather does it reveal our level of Christ-like maturity through the work of the Holy Spirit in us? Jesus modeled son-ship and gave all of His time, shared his talents,and invested all of His treasure while affirming others as He proclaimed through demonstrations the Kingdom of God.'Christ-likeness cannot be self-efforted' (Woods, 2007)."


~R. Alan Woods [2013] #Quote by R. Alan Woods
Catholicism quotes by George Burns
#195. The Pope's entrance was stunning. Maybe the Catholics know about miracles, and maybe they know about saints, but they've never received enough credit for what they know about show business. #Quote by George Burns
Catholicism quotes by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
#196. Look through the whole history of countries professing the Romish religion, and you will uniformly find the leaven of this besetting and accursed principle of action - that the end will sanction any means. #Quote by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Catholicism quotes by Fulton J. Sheen
#197. The Trinity is the answer to the questions of Plato.
If there is only one God, what does He think about? He thinks an eternal thought: His eternal Word, or Son.
If there is only one God, whom does he love? He loves His Son, and that mutual love is the Holy Spirit.
The great philosopher was fumbling about for the mystery of the Trinity, for his noble mind seemed in some small way to suspect that an infinite being must have relations of thought and love. But it was not until the Word became Incarnate that man knew the secret of those relations and the inner life of God, for it was Jesus Christ, the Son of God, Who revealed to us the inmost life of God. #Quote by Fulton J. Sheen
Catholicism quotes by Oscar Romero
#198. We suffer with those who have disappeared, those who have had to flee their homes, and those who have been tortured. #Quote by Oscar Romero
Catholicism quotes by Margaret Fuller
#199. How anyone can remain a Catholic - I mean who has ever been aroused to think, and is not biased by the partialities of childish years - after seeing Catholicism here in Italy I cannot conceive. #Quote by Margaret Fuller
Catholicism quotes by Marcel Lefebvre
#200. God does not punish, just as the Church no longer condemns, except those who stay faithful to Tradition. (p. 61) #Quote by Marcel Lefebvre

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