Quotes of the Early Fathers and Christians of the Church (33AD to 750AD)
Nothing happens without God, we know this from many sources. And everyone who realizes that God is Reason, Wisdom, Perfect Goodness, and Truth -- and that He could not admit of anything that is not good and not consistent with His Truth -- everyone who realizes this will admit that God's dispensations have no element of chance and confusion … It befits us, then to acknowledge that these things happen for the best.
St. Gregory of Nyssa (330-395AD) on the Will of God
Mini-Bio: Cappadocian; bishop, theologian
Saints throughout the Age of the Church
The soul is the user, the body for use; hence the one is master, the other servant.
St. Ambrose of Milan (340-397AD) on the Body
Mini-Bio: German; bishop, Doctor of the Church
Holy Quotes from the Popes of the Church
Welcome Christ into your lives. Without the experience of this interior meeting with Christ, life can all too easily be wasted on illusory and consumerist experiences. These obviously include the suicidal experience of drugs or the egoistic one of using our neighbor and rejecting solidarity.
Pope John Paul II (1920 - 2005AD)
Mini-Bio: pope: (1978 - 2005) Polish; The most traveled pope in history. During his papacy he has issued many letters clarifying and safeguarding the Churches teachings in moral areas. Has consecrated his papacy to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Quotes on Mary, Our Blessed Mother: a Marian Potpourri
Scripture meditation: My sister, my spouse, is a garden enclosed, an enclosed garden, a fountain sealed up. Song of Solomon 4:12
Reflection: Happy are those to whom the Holy Spirit reveals the Secret of Mary in order that they may come to know her. Happy are those to whom He opens the "Enclosed Garden" that they may enter and to whom He gives access to the "Sealed Fountain" that they may drink of the living waters of grace.
St. Louis Grignion de Montfort (1673-1716AD)Prayer: O Mary, help me to know you and be devoted to you more each day, so that I may obtain the graces God wants to bestow on me.
Mini-Bio: French; priest, missionary, spiritual writer founder of the Daughters of Divine Wisdom and the Missionaries of the Company of Mary
52 Practical/Scientific Reasons to go to Church...besides the obvious ones.
Reason No. 8 - Less Alcohol Abuse Among College Students
Alcohol abuse can be a problem for college students. Going to church does seem to have an impact on their alcohol use and abuse.
A study conducted by H. Wechsler and M. McFadden in New England and published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol is one of many studies showing the beneficial effect of religious practices with regard to alcohol use. 7,170 students at thirty-four colleges were surveyed. Attendance at church was found to be inversely proportionate to alcohol consumption.
The study suggested that students who attend church are less likely to drink heavily. The effect of church attendance on alcohol use has been demonstrated in men and women of many age groups.
Source:Wechsler H., and M. McFadden, "Drinking Among College Students in New England: Extent, Social Correlates, and Consequences of Alcohol Use," Journal of Studies on Alcohol 40, (1979): 969-996. Used with permission. All rights reserved, ACTA Publications. http://www.actapublications.
Used with permission. All rights reserved, ACTA Publications. http://www.actapublications.