Saturday, July 25, 2009

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

The kernel of Christianity is to be sound in faith and holy in life.

St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430AD) on Integrity and Constancy
Mini-Bio: North African; bishop, theologian, Doctor of the Church

Saints throughout the Age of the Church

God said to her: I am concealing Myself from you so that you can discover by yourself what you are without Me.

St. Margaret of Cortona (1247-1297AD) on Desolation
Mini-Bio: Italian; visionary, Franciscan tertiary, founder of the Confraternity of Our Lady of Mercy

Holy Quotes from the Popes of the Church

Christians must restore their spiritual and moral unity. It is not enough to say we are Christians. We must live as Christians. Genuine Christians derive the rule, style, and strength of their life from the Faith.

Pope Paul VI (1897-1978AD)
Mini-Bio: pope: (1963-1978) Italian; Reconvened Vatican II, and implemented many of its reforms. Became the first pope in over 150 years to leave Italy. He enlarged the college of cardinals. Reaffirmed the church's ban on contraception.

Quotes on Mary, Our Blessed Mother: a Marian Potpourri

Scripture meditation: But if anyone sins, we have an advocate with God the Father, Jesus Christ the just one. He is propitiation for our sins … and those of all the world. 1 John 2:1-2

Reflection: In heaven Mary remains always in the presence of her Divine Son. There she is continually praying on behalf of sinners.

St. Bede the Venerable (673-735AD)
Mini-Bio: English; priest, monk, scholar, Doctor of the Church
Prayer: O Mary, in accord with the will of your Divine Son, you are the Refuge of Sinners. Beg Him to forgive my past sins and help me to avoid sin in the future.

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

Reason No. 17 - Ability to Cope with Disaster

After a natural disaster, medical emergency, or other personal crisis, many people report that their faith in God helped to carry them through. Is there any scientific evidence to support this?

There is, according to an extensive review of research on sociological support groups published in Psychosomatic Medicine in 1996.

The review showed that having a religious "support group," or a relationship with clergy, fellow congregation members, or God, could have a significant impact on reducing negative stress responses to environmental or personal disasters, such as a life threatening illness or natural disaster. The study, conducted by T.E. Seeman and B.S. McEwen, showed that having a strong religious support structure had a positive influence on neuroendocrine regulation in persons experiencing high stress situations.

Source:Seeman, T.E., and B.S. McEwen, "Impact of Social Environment Characteristics on Neuroendocrine Regulation," Psychosomatic Medicine 58 (1996): 459-471.

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