Today is the feast of Saint Catherine Laboure

Moral Principles

Nguyên tắc đạo đức của người không phụ thuộc vào đa số phiếu. Sai là sai, ngay cả khi mọi người đều sai. Đúng là đúng, ngay cả khi không có ai đúng.

“Moral principles do not depend on a majority vote. Wrong is wrong, even if everybody is wrong. Right is right, even if nobody is right.”

― Fulton J. Sheen

The Refusal to Take Sides

Việc từ chối theo phe nào trong các vấn đề đạo đức lớn là một quyết định. Đó là một sự im lặng bằng lòng với điều ác.  Bi kịch của thời đại chúng ta là những người vẫn tin vào sự trung thực thì thiếu lửa và lòng tin chắc, trong khi những người tin vào sự không trung thực thì đầy lòng tin đam mê.

“The refusal to take sides on great moral issues is itself a decision. It is a silent acquiescence to evil. The Tragedy of our time is that those who still believe in honesty lack fire and conviction, while those who believe in dishonesty are full of passionate conviction.”
–Archbishop Fulton Sheen

Why C.S. Lewis’ ‘Mere Christianity’ Still Speaks Today


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Man Praying Rosary

“[To have Faith in Christ] means, of course, trying to do all that He says. There would be no sense in saying you trusted a person if you would not take his advice. Thus if you have really handed yourself over to Him, it must follow that you are trying to obey Him. But trying in a new way, a less worried way. Not doing these things in order to be saved, but because He has begun to save you already. Not hoping to get to Heaven as a reward for your actions, but inevitably wanting to act in a certain way because a first faint gleam of Heaven is already inside you.” –C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity.

“My argument against God was that the universe seemed so cruel and unjust. But how had I got this idea of just and unjust? A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line. What was I comparing this universe with when I called it unjust?”
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Saint Peter’s Basilica

In Saint Peter’s Basilica yesterday, as I pondered the drama of the papacy, below me were the bones of our first pope, Simon Peter, and a hundred yards or so from where I stood, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was ensconced in his retirement quarters. Pope Francis was nearby, too.