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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Pondering Tidbits of Truth - April 23, 2015

Pondering Tidbits of Truth is my simple and inadequate way of providing nuggets of spiritual wisdom for you to chew on from time to time.

 Gaudium et Spes

“The Christian who neglects his temporal duties, neglects his duties toward his neighbor and even God, and jeopardizes his eternal salvation."

(Gaudium et Spes, the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, 43)

Monsignor Ronald A. Knox

“The temptations of Our Lord are also the temptations of his servants individually. But the scale of them, naturally, is different; the devil is not going to offer you and me all the kingdoms of the world, He knows his market; offers, like a good salesman, just as much as he thinks his customer will take. I suppose he thinks, with some justice, that most of us could be had for five thousand a year, and a great many of us for much less. Nor does he, to us, propose his conditions so openly; his offer comes to us wrapped up in all sorts of plausible shapes. But, if he sees the chance he is not slow to point out to you and to me how we could get, the thing we want if we would be untrue to our better selves, and not infrequently if we would be untrue to our Catholic loyalties."

(From Pastoral and Occasional Sermons)

Cardinal Robert Sarah

"The idea that would consist in placing the Magisterium in a nice box by detaching it from pastoral practice -- which could evolve according to the circumstances, fads, and passions -- is a form of heresy, a dangerous schizophrenic pathology. I affirm solemnly that the Church of Africa will firmly oppose every rebellion against the teaching of Christ and the Magisterium."

(From Either God or Nothing – Conversation on Faith)


  1. I read that quote from Sarah when it first came out and was so wishing we would hear likewise from the American bishops. That solemn promise means the African bishops will obstruct any attempt by the mainly western prelates to play politics with the truth. Thank God we are a universal Church!

  2. Barbara.

    Thank you. Let us pray first that you are correct and secondly that our Bishops will have a change of heart and speak up publicly and unambiguously in defense of God's Truth. God bless.