"I first read Williamson as an aspiring Evangelical missionary on my way to the Philippines with Wycliffe Bible Translators, and I’ve returned to her over and over again as a Catholic—first as a Catholic Worker in Chicago discerning the priesthood, and then later as I adjusted to marriage, fatherhood, and family life.Here’s a handful of Williamson’s chapter titles to give you an idea of the kinds of entitlements she thought missionaries had to surrender:The Right to What I Consider a Normal Standard of LivingThe Right to the Ordinary Safeguards of Good HealthThe Right to Regulate my Private Affairs As I WishThe Right to My Own TimeThe Right to a Normal Home LifeThe Right to Run ThingsI don’t know about you, but those are the very rights I struggled to relinquish after God started blessing me with children. In other words, even though Mabel wrote for missionaries, her thoughts and insights apply to all Christians, regardless of vocation or state in life.…After all, we choose the cross when we choose Christ. To choose the cross is to choose death, and dead people have no rights.”—Richard Becker
The Sign of the Cross is a simple gesture yet a profound expression of faith for both Catholic and Orthodox Christians. As Catholics, it’s something we do when we enter a church, after we receive Communion, before meals, and every time we pray. But what exactly are we doing when we make the Sign of the Cross?
The Sign of the Cross simply affirms in gestures the core of the creed—the existence of the Trinity and the crucifixion of Jesus.
Also see: the Sign of the Cross in Ethiopia
“Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts.”
― Blessed Mother Teresa
Dr. Antonio Oriente overcame various obstacles in order to meet the pope and hand over his medical instruments.
One thing I won’t forget from St. Ignatius’ spiritual exercises is the opportunity offered to those praying: “Face Jesus who is crucified on the cross. Face Him and feel His love, the love that was ready to give everything for your sake. That’s how much He loves you: He would give His all.”
And ask yourself now, what can you give and do for Him, and what can you do for others because God loved you? He loved you, and you are capable of loving too. Don’t say that you can’t do it, because the love of God was showered on your heart. You have the capacity to love. You were loved, so love others in return.
Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle
Commencement Address for Ateneo de Manila University’s Class of 2013
When we share in the Lord’s Body and Blood, when we eat His bread and drink His cup, this truly means that we die to the world and have our hidden life with Christ in God, crucifying our flesh and its weaknesses and its desires.
Let all men know that grace comes after tribulation. Let them know that without the burden of afflictions it is impossible to reach the height of grace. This is the only true stairway to paradise, and without the cross they can find no road to climb to heaven.
—St Rose of Lima
He who knows how to forgive prepares for himself many graces from God.
As often as I look upon the cross, so often will I forgive with all my heart.
—St Faustina, Diary 390
St. Francis of Assisi
And St. Francis added: “My dear and beloved Brother, the treasure of blessed poverty is so very precious and divine that we are not worthy to possess it in our vile bodies. For poverty is that heavenly virtue by which all earthy and transitory things are trodden under foot, and by which every obstacle is removed from the soul so that it may freely enter into union with the eternal Lord God. It is also the virtue which makes the soul, while still here on earth, converse with the angels in Heaven. It is she who accompanied Christ on the Cross, was buried with Christ in the Tomb, and with Christ was raised and ascended into Heaven, for even in this life she gives to souls who love her the ability to fly to Heaven, and she alone guards the armour of true humility and charity.”
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