Voice actor James T. Majewski brings to life classic Catholic works, with a special emphasis on St. John Henry Newman and the Fathers of the Church.
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“It is beautiful in a picture to wash the disciples' feet; but the sands of the real desert have no lustre in them to compensate for the servile nature of the occupation.”
"But the fight for our planet, physical and spiritual, a fight of cosmic proportions, is not a vague matter of the future; it has already started."
“Mistrust Him, Meg, I will not, even if I feel myself faint."
“Because of something uncertain, there should not be a definite abandonment of duty — for, in that event, there is certain ruin for the people, not only in things pertaining to this life, but also in those of that other life which must be cared for with incomparably greater attention and anxiety.”
"The man who thinks that he is quiet and peaceful has within him a passion that he does not see. "
“Love gives life to the soul, for just as the body lives through the soul, so the soul lives through God, and God dwells in us through love.”
Let the working man and the employer make free agreements, and in particular let them agree freely as to the wages; nevertheless, there underlies a dictate of natural justice more imperious and ancient than any bargain between man and man, namely, that wages ought not to be insufficient to support a frugal and well-behaved wage-earner.
Hence, it is clear that the main tenet of socialism — community of goods — must be utterly rejected, since it only injures those whom it would seem meant to benefit, is directly contrary to the natural rights of mankind, and would introduce confusion and disorder into the commonweal.
“When the Master himself has explicitly said of the bread, ‘This is my body,’ will anyone still dare to doubt? When He is Himself our warranty, saying, “This is my blood,” who will ever waver and say it is not His Blood?”
“Do not lose heart, children, for as the Lord has been angry, so will He heal again and the Church shall quickly recover her own good order and shall shine as she has shone.”
Happy feast of St. Joseph the Worker!
"I would have accepted a sad life, but not one that was absurd."
“None rejoice in Easter-tide less than those who have not grieved in Lent.”
"... as His atoning passion was undergone in the body, so it was undergone in the soul also."
“What is given us by revelation to estimate and measure this world by? The event of this season—the Crucifixion of the Son of God.”
“Would you know the power of repentance? Would you understand this strong weapon of salvation and the might of confession?”
"Rejoice, O Bride Ever-Virgin!"
"Sustain the struggle for your soul, especially in these days!”
“For when did the knowledge of God so shine forth? When did chastity and the virtue of virginity so manifest itself, or when was death so despised, as since the Cross of Christ appeared?”
"Perhaps this is the truest view of such exercises, that in some wonderful, unknown way they open the next world for good and evil upon us..."
“Do you hate your brother and walk about free from care? Are you unwilling to be reconciled, although God is giving you an opportunity for that purpose? Behold, you are a murderer and yet you live.”
“I am a servant of Christ. If you have been sent against me, here I am.”
"Not where I breathe, but where I love, I live."
“I will prove to you, here and now, that we do not believe in groundless myths nor in teachings not based on reason, but in doctrines that are inspired by the Divine Spirit, abundant with power, and teeming with grace.”
“It is possible, with the help of God, easily to distinguish the presence of the good and the bad: a vision of the holy ones is not agitated.”
“Do not be fearful when you hear of perfection, nor be surprised at the word, for it is not far from us… the Lord has already told us: the kingdom of God is within you.”
“Dearest brethren, how great the delight, how great the pleasure, how great the sweetness that is in the heavenly words of wisdom!”
In this special episode in honor of the annual March for Life, we’ve compiled a selection of three of Newman’s poems, all composed within a few days of one another and all reflecting on the efficacy of prayer.
“Do not hesitate to believe what you have heard from those who have brought you accounts of him; believe, rather, that they have told but little... for it is probable that, when each one has told what he knows, the account will not do Anthony justice.”
“... if any of these customs is common to the whole Church throughout the world, it is the most unheard of madness to doubt that such custom is to be followed.”
“We are now entering on a fresh stage of our life's journey; we know well how it will end, and we see where we shall stop in the evening, though we do not see the road.”
"If at any time we might love the world, it is now. If at any time, it is when He is come to be our Emmanuel."
"This faith, if only you desire it, you can have."
"And let us not merely seem to pay attention and to believe now, while being admonished by the presbyters, but also, when we have gone home, let us remember the commandments of the Lord..."
“It was fitting, for His honor and glory, that she, who was the instrument of His bodily presence, should first be a miracle of His grace.”
"The season is chill and dark, and the breath of the morning is damp, and worshipers are few, but all this befits those who are by profession penitents and mourners, watchers and pilgrims."
"Wherever the bishop appears, there let the people be; as wherever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church."
"In heaven, love will absorb fear; but in this world, fear and love must go together."
"But, if some shall disobey the words which have been spoken by Him through us, let them know that they will involve themselves in no small transgression and danger."
“The unseen God alone was their Comforter, and this invests the scene of their suffering with supernatural majesty, and awes us when we think of them.”
"The uproar in the stadium was such that nobody could be heard at all."
"The letter of Ignatius sent to us by himself and all the others we have here we send you... and from them you will greatly profit."
"Copy the ways of God in speaking to each as an individual person... Not every wound is healed by the same salve."
"We crowd these all up into one day; we mingle together in the brief remembrance of an hour all the choicest deeds, the holiest lives, the noblest labors, the most precious sufferings, which the sun ever saw."
"Do not abandon the commandments of the Lord, but keep what you have received, without adding or subtracting."
"God has created me to do Him some definite service; He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another."
"Artists are constantly in search of the hidden meaning of things, and their torment is to succeed in expressing the world of the ineffable. How then can we fail to see what a great source of inspiration is offered by that kind of homeland of the soul that is religion?"
"I am God's wheat; I am ground by the teeth of the wild beasts that I may end as the pure bread of Christ."
"It requires nothing great, nothing heroic, nothing saint-like ... it requires nothing more than faith, a single purpose, an honest heart, and a distinct utterance."
Happy feast of Blessed John Henry Newman! Today it is fitting to drop the trailer for one of CatholicCulture.org’s new podcast series, which will take Newman for its patron. Every week, Catholic Culture Audiobooks will be bringing you...
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