Tuesday, April 8, 2014

TUESDAY QUOTE OF THE WEEK CCCXXXIIII

FINDING TRUTH WHEREVER IT MAY BE FOUND:  "Faith and science say the same thing.  They are a marriage that never throws dishes at each other."  from Peter Kreeft's presentation at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Cleveland.
 
QUOTE II:  "If the gates of hell will not prevail against the Church, then neither will the ACLU or Planned Parenthood."  same source
 
IN OTHER NEWS:
 
Do you want to see everything there is to see concerning the canonization of John Paul II and John XXIII on EWTN?  Here is a site to tell you what is coming up.

 

 
 
So Peter Kreeft came to Cleveland this past weekend (it was great seeing St. Sebastian and Adam's Ale people there!) and that prompted Mary to send these links to certain of his presentations:
 
His conversion to Catholicism Part One HERE
 
His conversion to Catholicism Part Two HERE
 
Q & A HERE
 
And just one more article she threw in for your enjoyment HERE
 
From the Diocese of Cleveland Enewsletter:  Wish you could see the Chrism Mass in the Diocese of Cleveland but can't be there?  Here is a way to watch from home! 
 

4 comments:

Mary W. said...

:) !!!

Peter Kreeft is SUCH a gift to the Church!

And he will never stop talking about how the Church is such a gift to him. Here's something from the talks that Fr. V has linked in today's post:

"If anybody asked me for the three best reasons to become a Catholic, I'll say they are the three things that everybody wants the most, the three things that nobody wants only a finite amount of, but an unlimited amount of, the three things that you're not bored with even in heaven for all eternity: truth, goodness and beauty.

"The only honest reason for believing anything is: it's true. You don't believe in Santa Claus anymore. Why not? It made you very good, when you were three years old. It made you very happy, when you were three years old. And being good and being happy are terribly important. But truth has to trump everything. So the only honest motive for believing the claims of the Catholic Church is that they are true.

"Secondly, it's good; it'll make you good. Look at all those saints; where did they come from? You can't argue with a saint. Nobody ever won an argument with Mother Teresa. You can refute a person; you can't refute a saint.

"Finally, beautiful. Not just esthetically beautiful, artistically beautiful, but truly beautiful. The most beautiful thing, the most shatteringly beautiful thing we've ever seen in the history of the world, is Jesus Christ."

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Mary W. said...

Just one more quote from Peter Kreeft for you, Fr. V. This one is from his "Conversion story, part 1", linked in your blog post.

The seeds of Peter Kreeft's Catholicism were watered when he was a boy by the sheer beauty of the sacred art of the Church:

We lived in New Jersey, and we went to New York City a lot as tourists — I'm an only child — with my parents, and we went to St. Patrick's Cathedral, just to see it, and I'd never seen anything like that before. I was stunned. It was just like the gate of heaven. It was a different kind of beauty. I said to myself, this is the most beautiful piece of architecture I've ever seen in my life. And I turned to my father and I said, "Dad, this is a Catholic church, isn't it?" And he said, "Yes." And I said, "The Catholics are wrong, aren't they?" And he said, "Oh, yes, of course; they're very, very wrong." And then I said, "Then how can their churches be so beautiful?" And it was the first time in my life that my father didn't have any answer to a question at all; he was just stumped. I saw the confusion on his face. I think I was at the time much more scandalized by the fact that my hitherto-infallible father didn't have the answer to a very simple question than my doubts that the Catholic Church was as bad as I had thought it. Well, sermons in stone: You can argue with thoughts; you can't argue with beauty.

So then why, oh why, do we as a Church so frequently disregard or undervalue that heritage of beauty in newer church architecture and music, or, even worse, demolish or whitewash it in the old?

CJ said...

Peter Kreeft is INDEED a gift! Wish he had been speaking closer to Akron....