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Being a lover of freedom, when the Nazi revolution came in Germany, I looked to the universities to defend it, knowing that they had always boasted of their devotion to the cause of truth; but, no, the universities immediately were silenced. Then I looked to the great editors of newspapers, whose flaming editorials in days gone by had proclaimed their love of freedom: but they, like the universities, were silenced in a few short weeks. Only the Catholic Church stood squarely across the path of Hitler’s campaign for suppressing the truth. I never had any special interest in the Church before, but now I feel a great affection and admiration because the Church alone has had the courage and persistence to stand for intellectual truth and moral freedom. I am forced thus to confess that what I once despised, I now praise unreservedly.
Albert Einstein, quoted in Time Magazine December 23, 1940, http://eucharist-emc2.blogspot.com/2011/08/x-ray-vision.html
Almost every atheist I’ve spoken to doesn’t understand what we mean by “God”. So, what an atheist is denying I would deny too. Most atheists deny that there is a ‘supreme being’ or an ‘item’ in or above the world, and I would deny that too. Or a distant object that wound things up and went into retirement -I would deny that too. Also, most atheists construe God as a ‘competitor’, he’s in competition with us. Somehow, if God gets the glory, I get less glory. If God is in charge, I can’t be in charge. [But according to] St. Thomas Aquinas if God is the ground of our being, the more we give glory to God, the more we are elevated. I tend to agree with most atheists. I think they are right in denying this ‘false god’. But the ‘true God’ I think they just have as much hunger for.
Fr. Robert Barron, www.youtube.com/wordonfirevideo (main site) quote source http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRcpaFArz6Y

Life is not governed by chance; it is not random. Your very existence has been willed by God, blessed and given a purpose (cf Gen 1:28)! Life is not just a succession of events or experiences, helpful though many of them are. It is a search for the true, the good and the beautiful. It is to this end that we make our choices; it is for this that we exercise our freedom; it is in this - in truth, in goodness, and in beauty - that we find happiness and joy. Do not be fooled by those who see you as just another consumer in a market of undifferentiated possibilities, where choice itself becomes the good, novelty usurps beauty, and subjective experience displaces truth.

CHRIST OFFERS MORE! Indeed he offers everything! Only he who is the Truth can be the Way and hence also the Life. Thus the “way” which the Apostles brought to the ends of the earth is life in Christ.

Pope Benedict XVI, World Youth Day ‘08

G. K. Chesterton and the Angels

‎”Angels fly because they take themselves lightly.” That’s the most difficult G. K. Chesterton quote to understand & equally most freeing for me. Angels do not suffer from insecurities because they are ‘drunk’ of God’s love & the less self-absorbed they become. No fault is overly magnified nor is there any need for ‘vain’ or at times ‘obsessive fixation’ towards individuality. Their life is no longer about ‘them’ but God which only stretches their existence & therefore “freedom” all the more.

It is Divinity’s irony.

Although I do agree with Fr. Barron, that it is actually the other way around. We mortals are the ones ‘abstract’ due to our sins, and askewed our way of seeing things while the ways of the Divine (ironic as they may seem) is the True way. Afterall, isn’t that the whole point of why Jesus preached and taught and acted on with the Gospels? To announce and to build the Kingdom of God in the hearts of men.

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
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
There is no evil to be faced that Christ does not face with us… no enemy that Christ has not already conquered… no cross to bear that Christ has not already borne for us, and does not now bear with us. And on the far side of every cross we find the newness of life in the Holy Spirit, that new life which will reach its fulfillment in the resurrection. This is our faith. This is our witness before the world.
Pope John Paul II, http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm?recnum=5513
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