Friday, February 6, 2009

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

You have no reason to grieve for ill success. Perhaps it has seemed
good to God to make my race course longer, so that my crown may be

St. John Chrysostom (347-407AD) on the Will of God

Mini-Bio: Syrian; archbishop, Doctor of the Church

Saints throughout the Age of the Church

Don't ask me to give in to this body of mine. I can't afford it. Between me and my body there must be a struggle until death.

St. Margaret of Cortona (1247-1297AD) on the Body

Mini-Bio: Italian; visionary, Franciscan tertiary, founder of the Confraternity of Our Lady of Mercy

Holy Quotes from the Popes of the Church

Nobody is a Christian for oneself alone. The gift of faith is
given to us so that by word and example we may become witnesses before

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: Keep my commands and you shall
live; guard my teaching as the apple of your eye. Bind them on your
fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart. Proverbs 7:2-3

Reflection: Entrust your cause to her who is the
Mother of Mercy, and zealously offer her day by day most special marks
of reverence. Endeavor to maintain within both body and soul the
spotlessness of her purity, and walk in her footsteps, humbly and
gently like her.

St. Bonaventure (1221-1274AD)

Mini-Bio: Italian; cardinal-bishop, Franciscan minister general, philosopher, theologian, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, let me be devoted to you in heart and
soul ever more and more. And help me to put that devotion into practice
daily by more closely imitating your life and virtues.

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

Reason No. 9 - Improved Self-Image

Can going to church improve your self-esteem? In 1996, M.C. Commerford
and M. Reznikoff studied residents of four 200-bed nursing homes in New
York City.

their findings was that public religious participation had a more
positive influence on how people felt about themselves in their later
years than "intrinsic religiosity" -- that is, believing oneself to be
religious but not participating in religious activities.

Source:Commerford, M.C., and M. Reznikoff, "Relationship of
Religion and Perceived Social Support to Self-Esteem and Depression in
Nursing Home Residents," Journal of Psychology 130 (1996): 35-50.

Used with permission. All rights reserved, ACTA Publications.

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