“Some of the greatest saints our Church has ever known will come out of this time period. Right now. Now, they might not look the same, they might have more holes than God gave them and be covered in tattoo ink… In fact, some of the greatest saints our Church will ever know are currently atheists. How’s that for blowing your mind? Because if Church history taught us anything it’s that God is not done. Those sheep are going to keep running, but the shepherd will run faster.”
“In a special way, I would like to greet today, being fathers’ day, all parents, all fathers… I ask for you the grace to be ever closer to your children, allow them to grow, but be close, close! They need you, your presence, your closeness, your love. May you be for them as St Joseph was: guardians of their growth in age, wisdom and grace. May you guard them on their journey: be educators and walk with them. And by this closeness you will be true educators. Thank you for all you do for your children: thank you. Best wishes to you, and a happy fathers’ day to all fathers here, and to all fathers. May St Joseph bless you and accompany you.”
– Pope Francis
“Hollywood is always telling us that if you want anything badly enough, you can achieve it; just believe in yourself, and you can accomplish anything you set your mind to.
In a way, Pixar has been pouring cold water on this idea ever since Buzz Lightyear came crashing to Earth despite his deep need to believe that he could fly. Perhaps everyone is special, and anyone can cook — but real superpowers, or the makings of a great chef, are a gift that not everyone has. On this theme, Pixar remains true to its school. Well, kind of.”
Steven Greydanus’ review of Monsters University. For those working through Walking Toward Eternity this provides an interesting secular reflection on the topic of humility (loosely related to Day 2, reflection #4).
You can read his full review here.
“Well, why not? I guess the reasons against having more children always seemed uninspiring and superficial. What exactly am I missing out on? Money? A few more hours of sleep? A more peaceful meal? More hair? These are nothing compared to what I get from these five monsters who rule my life … each one of them has been a pump of light into my shriveled black heart.”
Jim Gaffigan on having a large family. Here is an interesting blurb about he and his “Shiite Catholic” wife.
From Philosphy of Jesus by Peter Kreeft. It was if the last line was written just for me. Classic.
“This is the most radical solution to the fundamental problem of metaphysics: how to know Being. Being (“AM”) turned out to be also Person (“I”), and knowing turned out to be marrying! The object of metaphysics proposes to the metaphysician. It is as utterly unexpected as if when Newton discovered gravity he had heard a voice coming from all the gravity in the universe: “Will you marry me?” It is as if the square of the hypotenuse had confessed it was in love with Pythagoras.”
“I do not wish to add too many words. One word should suffice this evening, that is the Cross itself. The Cross is the word through which God has responded to evil in the world. Sometimes it may seem as though God does not react to evil, as if he is silent. And yet, God has spoken, he has replied, and his answer is the Cross of Christ: a word which is love, mercy, forgiveness. It is also reveals a judgment, namely that God, in judging us, loves us. In judging us, he loves us. If I embrace his love then I am saved, if I refuse it, then I am condemned, not by him, but my own self, because God never condemns, he only loves and saves.”
Pope Francis, Good Friday March 29, 2013
“Today we can no longer be Christians as a simple consequence of the fact that we live in a society that has Christian roots: even those born to a Christian family and formed in the faith must, each and every day, renew the choice to be a Christian, to give God first place, before the temptations continuously suggested by a secularized culture, before the criticism of many of our contemporaries.
The tests which modern society subjects Christians to, in fact, are many, and affect the personal and social life. It is not easy to be faithful to Christian marriage, practice mercy in everyday life, leave space for prayer and inner silence, it is not easy to publicly oppose choices that many take for granted, such as abortion in the event of an unwanted pregnancy, euthanasia in case of serious illness, or the selection of embryos to prevent hereditary diseases. The temptation to set aside one’s faith is always present and conversion becomes a response to God which must be confirmed several times throughout one’s life.”
Pope Benedict, Wednesday Audience: 2/13/13
“Being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction.”
Pope Benedict XVI on living the Christian Life (from Deus Caritas Est)