I love quotes. I draw so much inspiration and solace in them. I haven’t done a Quick Takes Friday in a while so thought I’d share some of my most favorite quotes with you today. Quotes that make me think, try to be a better person and find peace. Do you have any favorites? Share them with me in the comments section! Have a wonderful weekend everyone!
“There are not more than 100 people in the world who truly hate the Catholic Church, but there are millions who hate what they perceive to be the Catholic Church. …As a matter of fact, if we Catholics believed all of the untruths and lies which were said against the Church, we probably would hate the Church a thousand times more than they do.” -Archbishop Fulton Sheen
“The apostles were dodos, dummies. But all the smart people in the world at the time wouldn’t take chances. That is the same problem we have today. The world is looking for intellectuals and the Lord is looking for dummies. That’s why I’m here.” -Mother Angelica
“Let nothing disturb you, Nothing frighten you.
All things are passing. God never changes.
Patient endurance attains all things.
Whoever possesses God lacks nothing.
God alone is sufficient.” –St. Teresa of Avila
“It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish.” -Mother Teresa
Bonus: “When you look at the crucifix, you understand how much Jesus loved you then. When you look at the Sacred Host, you understand how much Jesus loves you now.” -Mother Teresa
“On the one hand, we all want to be happy. On the other hand, we all know the things that make us happy. But we don’t do those things. Why? Simple. We are too busy. Too busy doing what? Too busy trying to be happy. This is the paradox of happiness that has bewitched our age.” – Matthew Kelly
“I strongly suspect that if we saw all the difference even the tiniest of our prayers to God make, and all the people those little prayers were destined to affect, and all the consequences of those effects down through the centuries, we would be so paralyzed with awe at the power of prayer that we would be unable to get up off our knees for the rest of our lives.” -Peter Kreeft
And of course, I just couldn’t pick only one from John Paul II…
The Pope’s last audible words, on hearing tens of thousands of young people singing in St. Peter’s Square as he lay in his deathbed, Friday, April 1, 2005: “I sought you out and now you come to me. Thank you.”
“Stupidity is also a gift from God, but one mustn’t misuse it.”
“To celebrate the Eucharist “to eat his flesh and drink his blood”, means to accept the wisdom of the Cross and the path of service. It means that we signal our willingness to sacrifice ourselves for others, as Christ has done. Our society desperately needs this sign, and young people need it even more so, tempted as they often are by the illusion of an easy and comfortable life, by drugs and pleasure-seeking, only to find themselves in a spiral of despair, meaninglessness and violence. It is urgent to change direction and to turn to Christ. This is the way of justice, solidarity and commitment to building a society and a future worthy of the human person.”
“As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.”
I have a good friend.
She has a daughter.
Her daughter has a boyfriend. His name is Seth. Seth is an amazing kid. He lost his mom to cancer 3 years ago. Seth has 3 younger brothers that he took care of when his mom passed. The 3 brothers and the dad now live in TN with their grandmother. Seth lives here in the Atlanta area. Seth’s dad and 3 brothers were driving home from a family vacation in North Carolina. Seth’s dad swerved off the road. They think he may have had a heart attack. Seth’s dad Mark died on impact. The 3 brothers were injured. Two remain in the hospital. Corey flew through the windshield 30 feet and has a head injury. Tucker shattered his pelvis, broke his collar bone, leg and ankle. Eli made it with only cuts and bruises.
The Manis family is in deep financial need. They are trying to raise money for a proper burial for Mark. Should you want to do a good deed for a family who has been through hell, please consider donating to the Mark Manis Memorial Fund.
First National Bank of Oneida (423) 569-8586
The Mark Manis Memorial Fund/Account #543587
First National Bank of Oneida
PO Box 950
Helenwood, TN 37755
no credit card donations please mail check or use your online bill pay.
Please keep this family in your prayers! Thank you!
My mother was supposed to be at her 50th class reunion this past weekend. She did not go. Travel is just too hard for her and she doesn’t know how she’ll be feeling from one day to the other so she made the decision not to go. She really wanted to be there and I know she was very disappointed. There was an event on Friday night and then the dinner on Saturday night.
Friday we received some great news. She had a PET scan last week and the results came back NO CANCER. Thank you Lord! So that put us in a great mood…Mom was so relieved and you could just see the tension drain out of her face.
Then on Saturday the phone rang. She looked at the caller ID. She couldn’t believe her eyes. A friend from childhood calling after a 10 year long estrangement. 10 years. A mis-communication, a misunderstanding, something my mom DID NOT and would never have said, had ended this life-long beautiful relationship. Both parties were hurt. The friendship had ended. Done and over with. My mom mourned this friendship for all these years.
The conversation went so well, it was as if they’d never parted. I can’t tell you how happy my mom was, again her face looked like a huge burden had been lifted. There is nothing like reconnecting and forgiveness. Just like the story of the periodical son! Do you have someone you need to forgive? Are you holding a grudge and can’t even remember why anymore? Have you turned your back on someone? Do yourself a favor – RID yourself and that other person of that burden and hurt. Take the first step. Pick up the phone. Initiate an email. Do something. Life is too short to hold a grudge. Get on with it. Don’t regret not reaching out and being the bigger person. God wants us to forgive. “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.”