Respect and Fidelity

“Today, certainly it is important for us to show that same respect and fidelity to the Word of God, so as not to manipulate it to fit historical, political, or ideological circumstances, for the purpose of pleasing men and acquiring a reputation as a scholar or avant-garde theologian. . . . As Saint Paul says, ‘We are not like so many [who] practice cunning or. . . tamper with God’s word’ (cf. 2 Cor 2:17; 4:2).” — Cardinal Robert Sarah, God or Nothing

Fantasies

“We say that it is in believing ages that you get men living in the open and dancing and telling tales by the fire. We say that it is in ages of unbelief, that you get emperors dressing up as women, and gladiators, or minor poets wearing green carnations and praising unnameable things. We say that, taking ages as a whole, the wildest fantasies of superstition are nothing to the fantasies of rationalism.” — G. K. Chesterton, God and my Neighbour

Belief

“I have heard it confidently stated, for instance, that the American troops had been brought to Europe not to fight the Germans but to crush an English revolution. One has to belong to the intelligentsia to believe things like that: no ordinary man could be such a fool.” — George Orwell, Notes on Nationalism

Contagion

“There is nothing so contagious as holiness, nothing more pervasive than Prayer. This is precisely what the traditional Church means by evangelism and what distinguishes it from recruitment.” — Fr. Martin Thornton, “Pastoral Theology: A Reorientation”

In Your Philosophy, Horatio

“There can be no doubt that there is an essential relation between Christian revelation and certain fundamental natural truths. The existence of objective truth, the spiritual reality of the person, the difference between soul and body, the objectivity of moral good and evil, the freedom of the will, the immortality of the soul, the existence of a personal God — all are implied by Christian revelation. Every word in the New Testament clearly presupposes these elementary truths. And any philosophy that denies them can never be accepted or tolerated by the Church.” — Deitrich von Hildebrand, “Trojan Horse in the City of God” (p. 62)

Adversus Haereses

“It would be futile to make a sketch of St. Thomas and conceal the fact that he fought with heretics; and yet the fact itself may embarrass the very purpose for which it is employed. I can only express the hope, and indeed the confidence, that those who regard me as the heretic will hardly blame me for expressing my own convictions, and certainly not for expressing my hero’s convictions. There is only one point upon which such a question concerns this very simple narrative. It is the conviction, which I have expressed once or twice in the course of it, that the sixteenth-century schism was really a belated revolt of the thirteenth-century pessimists. It was a back-wash of the old Augustinian Puritanism against the Aristotelian liberality. Without that, I could not place my historical figure in history.” — G. K. Chesterton “Saint Thomas Aquinas – the Dumb Ox”

A Great Man

“Whatever the word ‘great’ means, Dickens was what it means. Even the fastidious and unhappy who cannot read his books without a continuous critical exasperation, would use the word of him without stopping to think.” — G. K. Chesterton, “Charles Dickens”

Heresy

“But there is one thing that is infinitely more absurd and unpractical than burning a man for his philosophy. This is the habit of saying that his philosophy does not matter, and this is done universally in the twentieth century, in the decadence of the great revolutionary period.” — G. K. Chesterton, “Heretics”

Wolves

“It is an act of charity to cry out against the wolf when he is among the sheep.” — St. Francis de Sales, Introduction to the Devout Life, Part 3, Ch.29