[As the world prepares to say “Good-bye!” to another calendar year, top ten lists abound. Here are three of my favorite quotes about the Church that appeared on Hearts on Fire during 2011. Please take time to vote on which is your favorite. For every individual who posts a COMMENT below about one of these quotations in particular or this blog in GENERAL by 11:59 pm on December, 2011, I will make a $2.00 donation to Princeton Sacred Heart World Youth Day 2013. Last month a similar campaign led to forty plus comments and a donation of $100 to Bluefield Sacred Heart Food Pantry. For each new SUBSCRIBER to this BLOG in the same time frame, I will donate $5.00. At any rate, please vote on the poll question.]
the greatest threat
to the church is
not even moral relativism,
but this sanitized,
therapeutic spirituality that
makes no demands,
calls for no sacrifice,
asks for no conversion,
entails no battle against sin,
but only soothes and affirms.
–Archbishop Timothy Dolan,
Archdiocese of New York
Christ has no body now, but yours.
No hands, no feet on earth, but yours.
Yours are the eyes through which
Christ looks compassion into the world.
Yours are the feet with which Christ walks to do good.
Yours are the hands with which Christ blesses the world.
— Saint Teresa of Avila
all the sleeping folks will wake up, and
all the lukewarm folks will fire up, and
all the disgruntled folks will sweeten up, and
all the discouraged folks will cheer up, and
all the depressed folks will look up, and
all the estranged folks will make up, and
all the gossiping folks will shut up, and
all the dry bones will shake up, and
all the true soldiers will stand up, and
all the church members will pray up, and
if the Savior of all will be lifted up . . .
then we can have the greatest renewal
this world has ever known.
-– Richard Cardinal Cushing