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Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth; and God has placed in the human heart a desire to know the truth—in a word, to know himself—so that, by knowing and loving God, men and women may also come to the fullness of truth about themselves.
Blessed Pope John Paul II, http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/john_paul_ii/encyclicals/documents/hf_jp-ii_enc_15101998_fides-et-ratio_en.html

Today at Mass: There are 3 kinds of people in the world:

1) The Stoics who believe everything in the world should be shunned, for they are evil.

2) Addicts who believe that earthly pleasure is paramount but are never satisfied anyway.

3) And the Mystics who believe the things of this world are good but the human heart is made for Eternity, for a world beyond this one.. For God.

Fr. Joel O. Jason, Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Jesus homily
The humor is entirely consistent with a spiritual world view. The most humorless people I’ve ever known are ardent atheists. Many Catholic writers have been howlingly funny, not least of all Evelyn Waugh, Graham Greene in books like TRAVELS WITH MY AUNT, Dorothy Sayers, certainly the singular G.K. Chesterton. We once had a party, about sixty people, and half a dozen were friends who were monks. There was also an avowed atheist present. The evening was marked by much laughter and high good spirits. Near the end, the atheist said to me, in astonishment, “The monks are very funny. You must be playing a joke on us. They can’t really be monks.” When I assured him that monks—they were all priests as well—are usually highly accomplished, deeply educated, and nearly always amusing, he looked at me as if I were insane. He said, “But they’re Catholics.” At other functions, he had met and liked numerous other friends of ours, but he had no idea that many of them were Catholics—or that I was. When I noted this, his eyes widened even further. The Catholic view of the human condition is fundamentally tragic, but that does not mean that we are required to be glum. Indeed, quite the opposite. The human condition may be tragic, but we have been given a beautiful world to enjoy and the promise of eternity, and if we are open to the grace of God, we must be happy because faith and hope and happiness are the proper reaction to what we’ve been given. The fact that in many of my books—such as LIFE EXPECTANCY and ONE DOOR AWAY FROM HEAVEN and THE FACE and TICKTOCK—comedy is as big an element as suspense…well, that seems to me to be the natural consequence of my Catholicism!
Dean Koontz, http://www.examiner.com/spiritual-pathways-in-phoenix/an-interview-with-ny-times-bestselling-novelist-dean-koontz-on-the-spirituality-of-odd-thomas H/T M. Miles
The suffering and death of Jesus Christ on the cross is the journey of the Divine light into our worst darkness. The point of it now is to Divinize us even in those ‘places’, even in those conditions. Sin is a ‘turning away’; Death is this fearful place that seems alien to God. God ‘invades’ all those places in Christ and illumines them and thereby offers us the possibility of divinization - even if we wander as far as we possibly can from God.
Fr. Robert Barron, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSzNgyMF6DQ
When I learned that the host and wine is transubstantiated to the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus (ie. While retaining the appearance of bread and wine) at Mass, and the angels and saints are present, adoring God and making up for the imperfections of our worship- it is reason enough for me to go to Mass every Sunday (or when possible, any day of the week).
http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/05572c.htm
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