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[ECUMENICAL] Favorite Quotations
StudiObrien ^ | June, 2010 | Michael D. O'Brien

Posted on 06/26/2010 10:50:18 AM PDT by mlizzy

PhotobucketI've been collecting fragments from the writings and sayings of others for nearly forty years. They have always struck me as pieces of a vast mosaic that is being slowly and painstakingly assembled. As in an actual mural mosaic (Byzantine, complex, more than the sum of its parts), if one stands too close to it the image blurs. Focus on a single component and the part becomes the whole, throwing all into misinterpretation. Stand back, find proportion, locate the range of vision, and the portrait emerges. It is my hope that through the passages quoted here a portrait of humanity will emerge, and beyond it the hidden face of Christ become more visible. The following is a work in progress, to which I will be adding all sorts of fragments from time to time --Michael D. O'Brien.

One of the tendencies of our age is to use the suffering of children to discredit the goodness of God, and once you have discredited his goodness, you are done with him. The Aylmers whom Hawthorne saw as a menace have multiplied. Busy cutting down imperfection, they are making headway into the raw material of good. Ivan Karamazov cannot believe, as long as one child is in torment; Camus’ hero cannot accept the divinity of Christ, because of the massacre of the innocents. In this popular pity, we mark our gain in sensibility, and our loss in vision. If other ages felt less, they saw more, even though they saw with the blind, prophetical, unsentimental eye of acceptance, which is to say, of faith. In the absence of this faith now, we govern by tenderness. It is a tenderness which, long since cut off from the person of Christ, is wrapped in theory. When tenderness is detached from the source of tenderness, its logical outcome is terror. It ends in forced labor camps and in the fumes of the gas chamber — Flannery O'Connor.
Flannery O'Connor wrote most of her stories and both of her novels in the front parlor at Andalusia that was turned into a bedroom for her.


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1 posted on 06/26/2010 10:50:20 AM PDT by mlizzy
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To: mlizzy

Please add your favorites! :)


2 posted on 06/26/2010 10:53:17 AM PDT by mlizzy (Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee ...)
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To: mlizzy
G. K. CHESTERTON

"One of the chief uses of religion is that it makes us remember our coming from darkness, the simple fact that we are created." - The Boston Sunday Post, 1/16/21

"The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people." - ILN, 7/16/10

"If there were no God, there would be no atheists." - Where All Roads Lead, 1922

"There are those who hate Christianity and call their hatred an all-embracing love for all religions." - ILN, 1/13/06

"The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried." - Chapter 5, What's Wrong With The World, 1910

"The riddles of God are more satisfying than the solutions of man." - Introduction to the Book of Job, 1907

3 posted on 06/26/2010 11:23:45 AM PDT by johngrace (God so loved the world so he gave his only son! Praise Jesus and Hail Mary!)
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To: mlizzy

Do not even such things as are most bitter to the flesh, tend to awaken Christians to faith and prayer, to a sight of the emptiness of this world, and the fadingness of the best it yield? Doth not God by these things (ofttimes) call our sins to remembrance, and provoke us to amendment of life? How then can we be offended at things by which we reap so much good?.... Therefore if mine enemy hunger, let me feed him; if he thirst, let me give him drink. Now in order to do this, (1) We must see good in that, in which other men can see none. (2) We must pass by those injuries that other men would revenge. (2) We must show we have grace, and that we are made to bear what other men are not acquainted with. (4) Many of our graces are kept alive, by those very things that are the death of other men’s souls.... The devil, (they say) is good when he is pleased; but Christ and His saints, when displeased.

—John Bunyan


4 posted on 06/26/2010 11:33:00 AM PDT by johngrace (God so loved the world so he gave his only son! Praise Jesus and Hail Mary!)
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To: mlizzy

I LOVE the last lines of that quote. I have goosebumps. This is exactly what the liberal Left is about. They offer tenderness cut off from the creator of tenderness. I am terrified of this. That must make me Liberaphobe or a Progressiphobe.


5 posted on 06/26/2010 12:58:43 PM PDT by Paved Paradise
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To: Paved Paradise
I LOVE the last lines of that quote. I have goosebumps.
Me too! When I initially read this quote, I had no idea where O'Connor was going with it, and then when I got to the two last lines, just like you, goosebumps. It resonates with our current "lifeless" situation in America to a T.
6 posted on 06/26/2010 1:08:02 PM PDT by mlizzy (Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee ...)
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To: mlizzy

When I have more time I would like to read all her works. Flannery O’Connor. Also the others. Thank you for the posts. What a great website too.


7 posted on 06/26/2010 1:38:45 PM PDT by johngrace (God so loved the world so he gave his only son! Praise Jesus and Hail Mary!)
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To: johngrace
"The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people." - ILN, 7/16/10
Good one, John. :)


8 posted on 06/26/2010 1:43:34 PM PDT by mlizzy (Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee ...)
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To: mlizzy

"Never apologize for the Blessed Virgin Mary!"

~~Mother Angelica


9 posted on 06/26/2010 3:39:07 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: mlizzy
Sorry, but I have to put in a political one too.

"Either you are with us
 or you are for the terrorists."
~~George W. Bush

10 posted on 06/26/2010 3:42:45 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: mlizzy
 
Pray the Rosary. 
Pray without ceasing.

11 posted on 06/26/2010 3:43:43 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: mlizzy
"Jesus loves me,
This I know,
For the Bible tells me so."

Unattributed

12 posted on 06/26/2010 3:54:05 PM PDT by T Minus Four (Sin is not weighed with a balance scale. It's pass/fail and one sin = EPIC FAIL)
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To: mlizzy
I've never changed my tagline after I got this one.

("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)

13 posted on 06/26/2010 4:06:16 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: mlizzy

"What you do to the unborn child, you do to Jesus."

 - Mother Teresa of Calcutta

14 posted on 06/26/2010 4:09:45 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: johngrace; mlizzy

"Truth is not subject

to a majority vote."

 

 - Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI

15 posted on 06/26/2010 4:17:04 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation
HOW ABOUT THIS!

Just as true as Today

Chapter I The Period

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way--in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only." Tale of Two Cities By Charles Dickens.

FROM THAT TO THIS

I know that all times are perilous, and that in every time serious and anxious minds, alive to the honour of God and the needs of man, are apt to consider no times so perilous as their own. At all times the enemy of souls assaults with fury the Church which is their true Mother, and at least threatens and frightens when he fails in doing mischief. And all times have their special trials which others have not. And so far I will admit that there were certain specific dangers to Christians at certain other times, which do not exist in this time. Doubtless, but still admitting this, still I think that the trials which lie before us are such as would appall and make dizzy even such courageous hearts as St. Athanasius, St. Gregory I, or St. Gregory VII. And they would confess that dark as the prospect of their own day was to them severally, ours has a darkness different in kind from any that has been before it. The special peril of the time before us is the spread of that plague of infidelity, that the Apostles and our Lord Himself have predicted as the worst calamity of the last times of the Church. And at least a shadow, a typical image of the last times is coming over the world.

— Venerable John Henry Newman (1801-1890), cardinal, October 2, 1873 sermon, “The Infidelity of the Future”

16 posted on 06/26/2010 4:32:47 PM PDT by johngrace (God so loved the world so he gave his only son! Praise Jesus and Hail Mary!)
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To: mlizzy
The quote from Flannery O'Connor gave me goosebumps. I'm forwarding the link for this article to Mr. trisham.

Thanks, mlizzy!

17 posted on 06/26/2010 4:45:36 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: trisham
The quote from Flannery O'Connor gave me goosebumps. I'm forwarding the link for this article to Mr. trisham. Thanks, mlizzy!
Certainly, you're welcome! Hoping Mr. trisham finds the quote enLightening as well ... :)
18 posted on 06/26/2010 4:49:26 PM PDT by mlizzy (Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee ...)
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To: mlizzy

“If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?”

Alexander Solzhenitsyn


19 posted on 06/26/2010 4:50:02 PM PDT by don-o (My son, Ben - Marine Lance Corporal texted me at 0330 on 2/3/10: AMERICA!)
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To: mlizzy

I hope so too. :)


20 posted on 06/26/2010 4:50:20 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: johngrace

Well done!


21 posted on 06/26/2010 4:52:12 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: don-o; Salvation; johngrace

Thanks for the great quotes. Inspiring ...


22 posted on 06/26/2010 5:11:32 PM PDT by mlizzy (Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee ...)
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To: mlizzy
One of My favorites:

"Honey, if it's happening, it's God's will." ~ Mother Angelica

23 posted on 06/26/2010 5:41:25 PM PDT by Desdemona (One Havanese is never enough.)
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To: Desdemona
"Honey, if it's happening, it's God's will." ~ Mother Angelica
*smiles*
24 posted on 06/26/2010 5:46:36 PM PDT by mlizzy (Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee ...)
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To: mlizzy

We do not want merely to see beauty, though, God knows, even that is bounty enough. We want something else which can hardly be put into words-to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bathe in it... CS Lewis


25 posted on 06/26/2010 6:08:00 PM PDT by kalee (The offences we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we engrave in marble. J Huett 1658)
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To: don-o

HOW TRUE!


26 posted on 06/26/2010 7:31:20 PM PDT by johngrace (God so loved the world so he gave his only son! Praise Jesus and Hail Mary!)
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To: mlizzy; Salvation; trisham; don-o
Prayer reveals to souls the vanity of earthly goods and pleasures. It fills them with light, strength and consolation; and gives them a foretaste of the calm bliss of our heavenly home. -- St. Rose of Viterbo

We must pray without tiring, for the salvation of mankind does not depend on material success; nor on sciences that cloud the intellect. Neither does it depend on arms and human industries, but on Jesus alone. -- St. Frances Xavier Cabrini

27 posted on 06/26/2010 8:23:32 PM PDT by johngrace (God so loved the world so he gave his only son! Praise Jesus and Hail Mary!)
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To: mlizzy

“You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you odd.” (Flannery O’Connor was so right.)


28 posted on 06/26/2010 8:29:30 PM PDT by johngrace (God so loved the world so he gave his only son! Praise Jesus and Hail Mary!)
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To: mlizzy; don-o
Long applause for Flanner O'Connor, and for Lewis and Chesterton. But --- lest this turn into an O'Connor-Lewis-ChestertonFest (always a danger because they're so eye-poppingly good)--- I have to put in some of my other favorites.


"A comprehended god is no god."

"Slander is worse than cannibalism."

"The floor of hell is paved with the skulls of bishops."

Those are all from St. John Chrysostom, Bishop


Oh, OK. I can't resist s couple more from Flannery O'Connor. From "A Good Man in Hard to Find"

"She would of been a good woman," The Misfit said, "if it had been somebody there to shoot her every minute of her life."

(This is one of my husband's favorites, too).

On the Holy Eucharist:

"If it's just a symbol, to hell with it."

29 posted on 06/27/2010 8:25:45 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o
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To: Mrs. Don-o
"She would of been a good woman," The Misfit said, "if it had been somebody there to shoot her every minute of her life."
*Roaring* One of my favorites too, Mrs. Don-o! I may have given you this link before (my apologies if so), but here is a paper Tom wrote on Flannery: "The Fight to be “Flannery”: A Good (Catholic) Woman (Writer) is Hard to Find."
30 posted on 06/27/2010 8:43:04 AM PDT by mlizzy (Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee ...)
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To: mlizzy
“She didn't think she could be a saint, but maybe a martyr if they killed her quick.”

Flannery O'Connor

31 posted on 06/27/2010 8:48:28 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o
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To: Mrs. Don-o
“She didn't think she could be a saint, but maybe a martyr if they killed her quick.” --Flannery O'Connor
ROFL
32 posted on 06/27/2010 10:24:11 AM PDT by mlizzy (Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee ...)
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To: mlizzy
"I've noticed that everybody that is for abortion
has already been born."

~Ronald Reagan, quoted in New York Times, 22 September 1980
 
 

33 posted on 06/28/2010 9:29:53 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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