“Supernatural religion implies a supernatural end, gratuitously bestowed on man, namely a lively union with God through sanctifying grace, begun and imperfectly attained here, but completed in heaven, where the beatific vision of God will be its eternal reward.”
“Whatever may be the mind of the Angelic Doctor, theologians agree that no merit is possible in purgatory, and if objection be urged that the souls there merit by their prayers, Bellarmine says that such prayers avail with God because of merit already acquired”
“I also believe David Tyson Gentry beautifully summed up the nature of silence in a relationship with God when he said, “True friendship comes when silence between two people is comfortable.””
“Now, the really interesting part of this story is that “Bob White” was actually the on-air radio name for none other than Neale Donald Walsch, who shortly thereafter became the mega-bestselling author of Conversations with God and several sequels.”
“And the attempt to make the religous life an affair of the individual soul in its direct dealings with God was no less Protestant than it was Quietistic.”
“Though to be candid, there are some who have too much good sense to esteem such monkey-like animals as these, in whose formation, as the saying is, the tailors and barbers go halves with God Almighty; and since these are the only persons whose esteem is worth a wish, I do not know but that, upon the whole, the advice of these old fellows may be worth following.”
“By using the symbols of his order in this way he disposes of his wife who has not treated him well, identifies himself with God (while he abolishes the regular God) and endows himself with the supremest power in a Lodge which he regards as omnipotent in the world.”
“It was recognized by these and other profound thinkers that the deeply seated craving in the human heart for bliss-giving communion with God can never be stilled by science or by any other proposed substitute for religion.”
“This teaching is bound up with the doctrine of the Communion of Saints, and the monuments of the catacombs represent the saints and martyrs as interceding with God for the dead.”
““Did you discuss this with God first?” wondered a Mrs. Salatow, of Cape May.”
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