“God has created me to do him some definite service; he has committed some work to me which he has not committed to another. I have my mission – I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next… I have a part in a great work; I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons…”
– Blessed John Henry Newman
“The disciple simply burns his boats and goes ahead. He is called out… The old life is left behind, and completely surrendered. The disciple is dragged out of his relative security into a life of absolute insecurity… out of the realm of the finite…into the realm of infinite possibilities.”
– Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Faced with the sacredness of life and of the human person, and before the marvels of the universe, wonder is the only appropriate attitude.
– Pope John Paul II
“There is still time for endurance, time for patience, time for healing, time for change. Have you slipped? Rise up. Have you sinned? Cease. Do not stand among sinners, but leap aside.”
– St Basil
“Many is the man who has a drawing towards the Catholic Church, and resists it, on the plea that he has not sufficient proof of her claims. Now he cannot have proof all at once, he cannot be converted all at once, I grant; but he can inquire; he can determine to resolve the doubt, before he puts it aside, though it cost labour and time to do so. The intimate feeling of his heart should be: ‘What must I do, that I may be saved?’ His best consolation is the promise: ‘Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you.'”
– Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman
To advance in the ways of ecumenical communion thus demands that we become ever more united in prayer, ever more committed to the pursuit of holiness, and ever more engaged in the areas of theological research and cooperation in the service of a just and fraternal society.
~ Benedict XVI to a delegation of the Lutheran Church of Finland, Jan. 17, 2013.