NT writes: "Not sure if you can help me, but I'm having a difficult time discerning if Christ The Lord Out of Egypt by Anne Rice is a good book to read? It's was selected by my parish book club."
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"Think of what the Saints have done for their neighbor because they loved God. But what Saint's love for God can match Mary's? She loved Him more in the first moment of her existence than all the Saints and angels ever loved Him or will love Him. Our Lady herself revealed to Sister Mary Crucified that the fire of her love was most extreme. If Heaven and earth were placed in it, they would be instantly consumed. And the ardors of the seraphim, compared with it, are like cool breezes. Just as there is not one among all the Blessed who loves God as Mary does, so there is no one, after God, who loves us as much as this most loving Mother does. Furthermore, if we heaped together all the love that mothers have for their children, all the love of husbands and wives, all the love of all the angels and Saints for their clients, it could never equal Mary's love for even a single soul."
-St. Alphonsus Liguori
Criticism vs. Humility
"Criticism of others is thus an oblique form of self-commendation. We think we make the picture hang straight on our wall by telling our neighbors that all his pictures are crooked."
-Venerable Fulton Sheen
What shackles your heart?
"Don't you long to shout to those youths who are bustling around you: 'Fools! Leave those worldly things that shackle the heart - and very often degrade it - leave all that and come with us in search of Love!'"
-St. Josemaria Escriva
The disruption of peace
"Everybody today seems to be in such a terrible rush, anxious for greater developments and greater riches and so on, so that children have very little time for their parents. Parents have very little time for each other, and in the home begins the disruption of peace of the world."
-St. Teresa of Calcutta
To know Him
"To love God is something greater than to know Him."
-St. Thomas Aquinas
What's the Story on Pierre Tielhard de Chardin?
LE writes: "There seems to be a resurgence of the life and philosophies of this man . What is going on? Have the people forgotten his history. I wanted to look him up in your list under new age but I couldn't find him. Could you put out an exposé' on him?"
Three states of the converted
"There are in truth three states of the converted: the beginning, the middle, and the perfection. In the beginning they experience the charms of sweetness; in the middle the contests of temptation; and in the end the fullness of perfection."
-St. Gregory the Great
To be perfect
"To live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often."
-St. John Henry Cardinal Newman
Catholics Under Attack: Bishop Murdered, Pipe Bomb Found Behind Historic Church
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