Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Quotes of the Early Fathers and Christians of the Church (33AD to 750AD)

You and I share the same teachers of God's mysteries and spiritual fathers, who from the beginning were the founders of your Church.

St. Basil the Great (329-379AD) on Tradition
Mini-Bio: Cappadocian; bishop, theologian, monk

Saints throughout the Age of the Church

Our weakness is such that, if the guardian angels had not been given to us, we could not resist the many and powerful attacks of the evil spirits. For this purpose, we had need of a higher nature ... That is why God has taken these spirits out from among His treasures, and has given through them an aid to human weakness, so that this divine assistance might help us against the powers of this world of darkness to attain the heritage of salvation.

St. Hilary of Poitiers (315-368AD) on Guardian Angels
Mini-Bio: French; husband, bishop, theologian, Doctor of the Church

Holy Quotes from the Popes of the Church

Once a star led the Magi to set out on their journey to the Lord. And it may be that the star has not yet appeared in the sky that you see. Nonetheless, in your soul there is that same interior light that guided the Magi.

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: You … know me, you see me, you have tested my heart. Jeremiah 12:3

Reflection: O Mary, you are the Virgin who captivates our hearts. Introduce into heavenly joy the souls who venerate your Heart.

St. John Eudes (1601-1680AD)
Mini-Bio: French; priest, missionary, founder of seminaries and of the Congregation of Jesus and Mary (Eudists)
Prayer: O Mary, you are the Queen of Hearts. Take me under your care and help me to venerate you Heart temporally on earth and eternally in heaven.

52 Practical/Scientific Reasons to go to Church...besides the obvious ones.

Reason No. 24 - Influence on Future Generations

In spite of an apparent decrease in church attendance, particularly among young people, there is evidence to show a stability of church attendance in families across generations.

A study by Arland Thornton and Donald Camburn of the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan concluded:

"These data indicate strong inter-generational transmission of religious involvement. Attendance at religious services is also very stable within generations across time."

This could indicate that our individual dedication to going to church regularly may have an impact on our posterity.

The upshot of this, for those of us who would want the benefits of going to church for our children and grandchildren, is that we must lead by example if we expect future generations to do the same.

Source:Thornton, A., and D. Camburn, "Religious Participation and Adolescent Sexual Behavior and Attitudes," Journal of Marriage and the Family 51 (1989): 641-653.

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