Thursday, February 12, 2009

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

It is impossible that He Who holds perfect excellence should not also possess perfect patience.

Lactantius (240-323AD) on Divine Mercy
Mini-Bio: North African; apologist, professor of rhetoric at Nicomedia , tutor to Constantine's son, poet

Saints throughout the Age of the Church

He cannot be accounted a Catholic who does not agree with the Roman Church.

Pope St Gregory VII (1021-1085AD) on being Catholic, Catholics, and Catholicism
Mini-Bio: Italian; pope, reformer

Holy Quotes from the Popes of the Church

In a world that often reduces sex to the pursuit of pleasure, and in some cases to domination, the Church has a special mission. She is to place sex in the context of conjugal love and of generous and responsible openness to parenthood.

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: I dwell in counsel and in learned thoughts. … Counsel and sound judgment are mine; mine are prudence and power. Proverbs 8:12-14

Reflection: When we dedicate ourselves to Mary, we become instruments in her hands just as she is an instrument in God's hands. Let us then be guided by her, for she will provide for the needs of body and soul and overcome all difficulties and anxieties.

St. Maximilian Kolbe (1894-1941AD)
Mini-Bio: Polish; Franciscan priest, founder of Knights of Mary Immaculate, martyr
Prayer: O Mary, in all my trials and difficulties let me have recourse to Jesus through your intercession. And when I call upon you, please comfort me and lead me to your Divine Son.

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

Reason No. 16 - Greater Resistance to Cancer

Studies indicate that going to church has a positive impact on health. Some researchers have used modern research techniques to attempt to discover how this is so.

A study presented to the American Psychological Association in 1998 showed some interesting relationships between church attendance and immune system functioning.

The researchers looked at the religious practices of 112 women with breast cancer. The average age of the women was fifty-three years, and those in the study group had metastatic breast cancer on average for two years. The researchers found that those who were highly religious or attended church often had stronger immune systems, including greater number of T-helper cells, lymphocytes, and other beneficial disease-fighting cells. They concluded that "spirituality is positively associated with immune status."

Source:Schaal, M.D., S.E. Sephton, C. Thoreson, C. Koopman, and D. Spiegel, "Religious Expression and Immune Competence in Women with Advanced Cancer." (August 1998): Paper presented at the Meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.

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