Thursday, February 17, 2011

Quotes of the Early Fathers and Christians of the Church (33AD to 750AD)
We ought to remain in the Church that was founded by the Apostles and continues to this day. If ever you hear of any that are called Christians taking their name not from the Lord Jesus Christ, but from some other, for instance, Marcionites, Valentinians … you may be sure that you have not the Church of Christ there, but the synagogue of Antichrist. For the fact that they took rise after the foundation of the Church is proof that they are those whose coming the Apostle foretold. And let them not flatter themselves if they think they have scriptural authority for their assertions, since the devil himself quoted Scripture, and the essence of the Scriptures is not the letter, but the meaning. Otherwise, if we follow the letter, we too can concoct a new dogma and assert that such persons as wear shoes and have two coats must not be received in the Church. 
St. Jerome (342-420AD) on TraditionMini-Bio: Dalmatian; priest, hermit, abbot, biblical scholar and translator, Doctor of the Church

Saints throughout the Age of the Church
We were deceived by the wisdom of the serpent, but we are freed by the foolishness of God. 
St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430AD) on Holy FollyMini-Bio: North African; bishop, theologian, Doctor of the Church

Holy Quotes from the Popes of the Church
Christian life is a sacrifice. Sacrifice inspired by charity has the merit of bringing us into conformity with the earthly life of Jesus. For He became our brother and died for us in order to assure us of joy and glory forever. 
Blessed Pope John XXIII (1881-1963AD)Mini-Bio: pope: (1958-1963) Italian; He advanced cooperation with other faiths and traditions including Protestant and Greek Orthodox. Doubled the number of cardinals, making the college the largest in history and convened Vatican II, on 11 October 1962.

Quotes on Mary, Our Blessed Mother: a Marian Potpourri
Scripture meditation: To you, O men, I call; my appeal is to all mankind. You simple ones, gain prudence; you fools, gain understanding. Proverbs 8:4-5
Reflection: Those who want to prevent their heart from being pervaded by the evils of earth should entrust it to the Blessed Virgin, our Lady and our Mother. They will then regain it in heaven, freed from all evils. 
St. Francis de Sales (1567-1622AD) Mini-Bio: French; bishop, missionary, cofounder of the Order of the Visitation (Visitandines), Doctor of the Church
Prayer: O Mary, move me to entrust my heart and affections to you. By your prayers keep me from all evil and firmly attached to your Divine Son forever.

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