I have seen people who fell unwillingly, and I have seen people who would willingly fall, but cannot. And I pitied the latter much more than those who fall daily; because even though impotent, they yearn for the stench.
‘The Church is intolerant in principle because she believes; she is tolerant in practice because she loves. The enemies of the Church are tolerant in principle because they do not believe; they are intolerant in practice because they do not love.’ — Réginald Garrigou-Lagrange
Η Αγία Γραφή
The Jerusalem Bible (1966)
‘As though a minute’s worth or a day’s worth of doubt could cast me into hell. As though God were a nitpicking tyrant and waiting for that gotcha instant. It is sin that is tyrannical. God is merciful.’ — Melanie, Repentance and Ascent
Where there is no love, there is no Church. There remains only its external form, a deceit, which repulses people. That is why our churches remain empty, that is why our young people lapse. Lord, help us to become Your Church, not just its appearance.
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