Category Quotable Quotations

Suffering


“We will never have the easy, unhesitating love of God that makes obedience to Jesus our natural response unless we are absolutely sure that it is good for us to be, and to be who we are.  This means we must have no doubt that the path appointed for us by when and where and […]

Sexual Love: In Its Proper Place, We Think Too Little of It


“In a move that takes the argument about the sexual revolution as far beyond prudishness as you can imagine, John Paul [II] has proposed that sexual love within the bond of faithful and fruitful marriage is nothing less than an icon of the interior life of God himself.” (George Weigel, Letters to a Young Catholic, […]

Postmodernism and the Christian Church


“The postmodern church will be a witness to its contemporary generation by being a peculiar people orientated to a coming kingdom through the practices and language of a living tradition.”  James K. Smith, Who’s Afraid of Postmodernism?:  Taking Derrida, Lyotard, and Foucault to Church (Baker, Grand Rapids, 2006), 135.

Gratitude


Gratitude… goes beyond the “mine” and “thine” and claims the truth that all of life is a pure gift. In the past I always thought of gratitude as a spontaneous response to the awareness of gifts received, but now I realize that gratitude can also be lived as a discipline. The discipline of gratitude is […]

Christian Morality: It is not all about sex


Finally, though I have had to speak at some length about sex, I want to make it as clear as I possibly can that the centre of Christian morality is not here.  If anyone thinks that Christians regard unchastity as the supreme vice, he is quite wrong.  The sins of the flesh are bad, but […]

What Difference Does Believing In Jesus Make?


For the non-believer, this life is as good as it gets.  For the believer, this life is as bad as it gets.

Hope


To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless. Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) British journalist, novelist and poet.