Quotes of the Day
Excerpts from the 2016 National Catholic Prayer Breakfast
Dare to be of good cheer … See Christ in each person, whether friend or foe … Believe that nothing is impossible with God. These are the convictions I would like to share with you today. …
This brings me to the second counsel I was given: to look upon each person, both friend and foe, as Christ would, because even our most cunning adversary is a person ultimately longing to love and be loved. Here I would simply like to quote Pope Benedict XVI: “In God and with God, I love even the person whom I do not like or even know. This can only take place on the basis of an intimate encounter with God, an encounter which has become a communion of will, even affecting my feelings. Then I learn to look on this other person not simply with my eyes and my feelings, but from the perspective of Jesus Christ…. Going beyond exterior appearances, I perceive in others an interior desire for a sign of love, of concern.… Seeing with the eyes of Christ, I can give to others much more than their outward necessities; I can give them the look of love which they crave.” …
I trust because I know that I am infinitely loved and because I believe — with all my heart and soul — that Jesus is risen and that his power now at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine. This quiet yet firm trust is what will enable us to overcome our natural timidity, our discouragement, or even our just anger in the face of a dominant culture that disrespects our most strongly held convictions. …
Lord, we have let ourselves be deceived; we have shunned your love, yet here we are once more, to renew our covenant with you. Save us once again, Lord; take us once more into your redeeming embrace as we pray, “Christ in us arise.”
— Sister Constance Veit, Little Sister of the Poor
I encourage you to truly make use of the freedom willed by your founding fathers, lest you lose it. In so many other countries, on almost a daily basis, we hear of merciless beheadings, futile bombings of churches, torching of orphanages and ruthless expulsions of entire families from homes that religious minorities suffer worldwide simply because of their beliefs. Even in this yet young twenty-first century of barely 16 years, one million people have been martyred around the world because of their belief in Jesus Christ.
Yet the violence against Christians is not just physical, it is also political, ideological and cultural. This form of religious persecution is equally damaging, yet more hidden. It does not destroy physically but spiritually; it demolishes the teaching of Jesus and His Church and, hence, the foundations of faith by leading souls astray. By this violence, political leaders, lobby groups and mass media seek to neutralize and depersonalize the conscience of Christians so as to dissolve them in a fluid society without religion and without God. This is the will of the Evil One: to close Heaven … out of envy.
— Cardinal Robert Sarah
What people of faith understand is there is more to life than what we can see and hear. And there is nothing more life-changing than coming to know the Lord. Once you realize that there is a God . . . and He is good . . . and He loves you—not just humanity at large, but you the person—you realize that you are not alone. You are not just a body. You are body and soul. And life is not just a tale ‘full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.’ Life is full of meaning. That is why prayer is so important. It is the hotline to heaven. And that is why we object when government restricts religious liberty: When faith is ruled out of bounds, then happiness itself is put out of reach.
— Speaker Paul Ryan