Restoring the Sacred

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Words of Relevance: Blessed John Paul The Great

Blessed John Paul The Great, who reigned as Pope John Paul II from 1978 to 2005, was a prolific writer and speaker.  He has been credited by many (along with Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher) for bringing about the dissolution of Soviet Communism and its Evil Empire.  His relevant quotes could fill volumes, but one particularly stands out for us today.

Here's the quote:
"We are standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has ever experienced.  I do not think the wide circle of the American Society, or the wide circle of the Christian Community realize this fully.  We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-church, between the Gospel and the anti-gospel, between Christ and the antichrist.  This confrontation lies within the plans of Divine Providence.  It is, therefore, in God's Plan, and it must be a trial which the Church must take up, and face courageously..."

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Words of Relevance: Dostoyevsky on Liberalism

Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky (1821-1861), Russian writer and philosopher (and one of the favorite authors of Pope Francis), was wont to share his philosophy of life through his characters.  
In one of his best novels: The Idiot, which he wrote in 1869, Dostoyevsky speaking through his character, Evgenie Pavlovitch, imparts some of his personal philosophy that certainly bears relevance to what we are faced with today.  

Here's the quote:
“This hatred of Russia has been mistaken by some of our ‘Russian Liberals’ for sincere love of their country, and they boast that they see better than their neighbors what real love of one’s country should consist in.  But of late they have grown more candid and are ashamed of the expression ‘love of country’ and have annihilated the very spirit of the words as something injurious and petty and undignified.”