The heavenly kingdom is the goal of the earthly society and the earthly kingdom is a means and condition for attaining the heavenly.

Gaudium et spes 41 (Vatican II documents)

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When you happen to be entirely unoccupied with created things so that you seem to be thinking of nothing and desiring nothing, you should know that then your soul in unconsciously occupied with God and in God.

Father de Caussade

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The Lord did nothing either of himself or through his apostles without his Father, with whom he is united; so too, you should undertake nothing without the bishop and the presbyters [priests].

St. Ignatius of Antioch

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Be obedient to the bishop and to one another, as Jesus Christ was in the flesh to the Father, and the apostles to Christ and to the Father and to the Spirit, so that there may be unity in flesh and in spirit.

St. Ignatius of Antioch

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Take care, then, to be firmly grounded in the teachings of the Lord and his apostles so that you may prosper in all your doings both in body and in soul, in faith and in love, in the Son, and in the Father and in the Spirit, in the beginning and in the end, along with your most worthy bishop and his spiritual crown, your presbyters, and with the deacons, who are men of God.

St. Ignatius of Antioch

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God draws straight with crooked lines.

Fr. Andrew Greeley

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Faith comes to intelligence as a light that overflows it with joy and inspires it with a certitude that does away with question.

Etienne Gilson

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We should not accept in silence the benefactions of God, but return thanks for them.

St. Basil

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He who reads much and understands much, receives his fill. He who is full, refreshes others.

St. Ambrose

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If you want to know who I am,” he said, “Christian is my name, Catholic is my surname.

St. Pacian

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