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Maximus the Confessor: “We do not know God from His essence.”

10 October 2015

Maximus the Confessor

“We do not know God from His essence. We know Him rather from the grandeur of His creation and from His providential care for all creatures. For through these, as though they were mirrors, we may attain insight into His infinite goodness, wisdom and power.”
– St Maximus the Confessor



Holy Martyrs of Libya, pray for us

9 October 2015


“The Holy Martyrs of Libya”  written by Nikola Saric, a Serbian living in in Germany. The modern icon depicts the beheading of 21 Christians in Libya at the hands of ISIS.

Pope John Paul II: “a new ideology of evil”

9 October 2015


“It is legitimate and necessary to ask oneself if this [gay marriage] is not perhaps part of a new ideology of evil, perhaps more insidious and hidden, which attempts to pit human rights against the family and against man.”

– Pope John Paul II

John Chrysostom: “we are withal but strangers and sojourners”

8 October 2015


“If you are a Christian, no earthly city is yours. Of our City ‘the Builder and Maker is God.’ Though we may gain possession of the whole world, we are withal but strangers and sojourners in it all. We are enrolled in heaven: our citizenship is there! Let us not, after the manner of little children, despise things that are great, and admire those which are little! Not our city’s greatness, but virtue of soul is our ornament and defence. If you suppose dignity to belong to a city, think how many persons must partake in this dignity, who are whoremongers, effeminate, depraved and full of ten thousand evil things, and at last despise such honour! But that City above is not of this kind; for it is impossible that he can be a partaker of it, who has not exhibited every virtue.”

– St John Chrysostom, Homily 17 on the Commissioners

Pope Benedict XVI: “No one should ignore or underestimate the decisive role of the family”

8 October 2015

Pope Benedict XVI

“No one should ignore or underestimate the decisive role of the family, which is the basic cell of society from the demographic, ethical, pedagogical, economic and political standpoints. The family has a natural vocation to promote life: it accompanies individuals as they mature and it encourages mutual growth and enrichment through caring and sharing. The Christian family in particular serves as a seedbed for personal maturation according to the standards of divine love. The family is one of the indispensable social subjects for the achievement of a culture of peace. The rights of parents and their primary role in the education of their children in the area of morality and religion must be safeguarded. It is in the family that peacemakers, tomorrow’s promoters of a culture of life and love, are born and nurtured.”

– Pope Benedict XVI

C.S. Lewis: “The homemaker has the ultimate career”

7 October 2015

C.S. Lewis

“The homemaker has the ultimate career. All other careers exist for one purpose only – and that is to support the ultimate career. ”
– C.S. Lewis


Pope Benedict XVI: “the natural structure of marriage”

7 October 2015

Pope Benedict XVI

“There is also a need to acknowledge and promote the natural structure of marriage as the union of a man and a woman in the face of attempts to make it juridically equivalent to radically different types of union; such attempts actually harm and help to destabilize marriage, obscuring its specific nature and its indispensable role in society.
These principles are not truths of faith, nor are they simply a corollary of the right to religious freedom. They are inscribed in human nature itself, accessible to reason and thus common to all humanity. The Church’s efforts to promote them are not therefore confessional in character, but addressed to all people, whatever their religious affiliation. Efforts of this kind are all the more necessary the more these principles are denied or misunderstood, since this constitutes an offence against the truth of the human person, with serious harm to justice and peace.”

– Pope Benedict XVI


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