“To live without faith, without a patrimony to defend, without a steady struggle for truth, that is not living, but existing.”
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“He [Satan] will set up a counter-Church which will be the ape of the Church because, he the devil, is the ape of God. It will have all the notes and characteristics of the Church, but in reverse and emptied of its divine content. It will be a mystical body of the anti-Christ that will in all externals resemble the mystical body of Christ. In desperate need for God, whom he nevertheless refuses to adore, modern man in his loneliness and frustration will hunger more and more for membership in a community that will give him enlargement of purpose, but at the cost of losing himself in some vague collectivity.”
“Who is going to save our Church? Not our bishops, not our priests and religious. It is up to you, the people. You have the minds, the eyes, and the ears to save the Church. Your mission is to see that your priests act like priests, your bishops act like bishops.”
- Fulton Sheen
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- C.S. Lewis
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"But if, in any layman who is indeed imbued with literature, ignorance of the Latin language, which we can truly call the 'catholic' language, indicates a certain sluggishness in his love toward the Church, how much more fitting it is that each and every cleric should be adequately practiced and skilled in that language!" - Pius XI
"Let us realize that this remark of Cicero (Brutus 37, 140) can be in a certain way referred to [young lay people]: 'It is not so much a matter of distinction to know Latin as it is disgraceful not to know it.'" - St. John Paul II
Grant unto thy Church, we beseech Thee, O merciful God, that She, being gathered together by the Holy Ghost, may be in no wise troubled by attack from her foes. O God, who by sin art offended and by penance pacified, mercifully regard the prayers of Thy people making supplication unto Thee,and turn away the scourges of Thine anger which we deserve for our sins. Almighty and Everlasting God, in whose Hand are the power and the government of every realm: look down upon and help the Christian people that the heathen nations who trust in the fierceness of their own might may be crushed by the power of thine Arm. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. R. Amen.
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A crowd flowed over London Bridge, so many,
I had not thought death had undone so many.
a reference to Dante
63. Cf. Inferno III, 55-57:
“si lunga tratta
di gente, ch’io non avrei mai creduto
che morte tanta n’avesse disfatta.”
And there, behind it, marched so long a file
Of people, I would never have believed
That death could have undone so many souls.
Blessed Frassati, intercede for our lost young people.
I might add the Bl. Pier Giorgio was a member of the Dominican Third Order (now Dominican Laity). We celebrate him on July 4th.
What a lovely quote! thanks for posting that. I found myself thinking about Bl Pier Giorgio yesterday and pondering what a great patron he is for young people. We have a wonderful book about him written for children- I can’t recall the author or publisher, it was given to us by God parents-a fantastic read.
There is a Pier Giorgio group starting up in London. I suggest this as a good thing for young people. They have fun and pray, just like Blessed Pier Giorgio. As a mother of a young man the same age as Blessed Pier Giorgio was when he died, it brings home how vulnerable all youth are and how we need to be aware of their spiritual needs.
A little over a year ago, I discovered and joined a Frassati group near my home, in an area that could be described as a desert of orthodoxy – like a shoot of grass coming up through a crack in a sea of pavement. Life! (As an aside, concerning spiritual outposts, Father Z and his readers have been an invaluable source of encouragement and instruction… Save the liturgy, save the world!)
Anyway, my Frassati group has become a lifeline and a source of a superabundant outpouring of God’s grace… its members busily generating vigor, zeal, and sharpened knowledge of the faith in the local Catholic community, in small ways and not-so-small ways. I marvel at the faith, insights, and support on display in our weekly meetings. I come away refreshed, renewed, edified and strengthened. Through Frassati, I have learned so much and have grown tremendously in my faith, not to mention the blessed discovery of new, true friends – a different kind of friend than I’d previously known. This is remarkable and unique – I thank God that I could be so lucky.
Blessed Pier Giorgio, thank you! Pray for us! Thanks be to God for His loyal and humble servant Pier Giorgio Frassati and the example he provided to young people.
Rachel K: I’d be curious to learn the author of the book you mention, if you’re able to dig it up.
Book suggestion: Pier Giorgio Frassati – Man of the Beatitudes.
You see his real struggle and his real courage.
[Good choice! That is what I linked in the top entry.]
“I don’t want to survive, I want to live!” – Captain B. McCrea, Wall-E
Two months ago, my 3rd son entered National Service in the armed forces (in our country, all males having attained the age of 18 are eligible for NS, as we call it). Having been through it myself, some 40 years ago I know the pitfalls of being exposed to all manner of beliefs (and unbelief) in the “big wide world” that we inhabit. My only advice for my son was, “Never forget just who you are. A child of God, by your baptism. This is your IDENTITY. This is who you ARE”. I couldn’t think of any other advice to give him except this.