Even in our falls from fidelity, we are rescued by Jesus Christ who desires to set captives free. Claim your rightful freedom. What creates freedom? In Christ and in the sacramental life of the Church, we are set free to live fully. Let us be convinced that the most effective means to the conversion of a culture is the quiet yet powerful alchemy of love— loving those gripped by fear one heart at a time. The culture of death is fueled by fear and thrives on it. Perfect love drives away fear. Love is the only agent powerful enough to wash away our fears.
Mother Agnes Mary Donovan

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There is no evil to be faced that Christ does not face with us. There is no enemy that Christ has not already conquered. There is no cross to bear that Christ has not alreasy borne for us, and does not now bear with us.
Pope John Paul II (via livingmylifeforhim)

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If I say, “Let the darkness hide me and let the light around me turn into night,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. My flesh was made by you, and my parts joined together in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to you because I have been so amazingly and miraculously made. Your works are miraculous, and my soul has become fully aware of this.
Psalm 139:11-14

One cannot desire freedom from the cross when one is especially chosen for the cross. […] The more lofty the degree of loving union to which God destines the soul, so much more profound and persistent must be its purification.
Saint Theresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein)

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It is Christ Himself, not the Bible, who is the true word of God. The Bible, read in the right spirit and with the guidance of good teachers will bring us to Him.
C.S. Lewis; Letters of C.S. Lewis (8 November 1952), page 247 (via quotablecslewis)

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Nil nisi Te, Domine


“The critical question for our generation—and for every generation— 
is this: If you could have heaven, with no sickness, and with all the 
friends you ever had on earth, and all the food you ever liked, and 
all the leisure activities you ever enjoyed, and all the natural beauties 
you ever saw, all the physical pleasures you ever tasted, and no 
human conflict or any natural disasters, could you be satisfied with 
heaven, if Christ were not there? “ 
— John Piper 

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Reliquary with skull of Mary Magdalene ©Catherine Karnow 1989


Reliquary with skull of Mary Magdalene ©Catherine Karnow 1989

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I do not fear Satan half so much as I fear those who fear him
Saint Teresa of Avila (via childofthemosthigh22)

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God would never inspire me with desires which cannot be realized…If I were a priest, how lovingly I would carry you in my hands when you came down from heaven at my call; how lovingly I would bestow you upon people’s souls…If I were a priest, O Jesus, with what love would I give you to people!
St. Therese of Lisieux

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