“I am a sinner. This is the most accurate definition. It is not a figure of speech, a literary genre. I am a sinner... The best summary, the one that comes more from the inside and I feel most true is this: I am a sinner whom the Lord has looked upon.” — Pope Francis, interview with Father Antonio Spadaro, S.J., editor in chief of La Civiltà Cattolica, the Italian Jesuit journal, released on September 19.
“Not only do we only know God through Jesus Christ, but we only know ourselves through Jesus Christ; we only know life and death through Jesus Christ. Apart from Jesus Christ we cannot know the meaning of our life or our death, of God, or of ourselves." — Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), Pensees #417
"The salvation of man is through and in love." - Jewish philosopher Viktor Frankl.
"The life of him who has risen from the dead is not once again bios, the bio-logical form of our mortal life inside history; it is zoe, new, different, definitive life; life which has stepped beyond the mortal realm of bios and history, a realm which has been surpassed by a greater power... It is also true, of course, that this new life begot itself in history and had to do so, because after all it is there for history, and the Christian message is basically nothing else than the transmission of the testimony that love has here broken through death and thus transformed fundamentally the situation of all of us." — Joseph Ratzinger (later Pope Benedict XVI), Introduction to Christianity, 1968
“The most important thing is the first proclamation: Jesus Christ has saved you.” — Pope Francis, in La Civita Cattolica.
“We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods. This is not possible. I have not spoken much about these things, and I was reprimanded for that. But when we speak about these issues, we have to talk about them in a context. The teaching of the Church, for that matter, is clear and I am a son of the Church, but it is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time." — Pope Francis, in Civita Cattolica interview
“I see clearly that the thing the Church needs most today is the ability to heal wounds and to warm the hearts of the faithful; it needs nearness, proximity. I see the Church as a field hospital after battle. It is useless to ask a seriously injured person if he has high cholesterol and about the level of his blood sugars! You have to heal his wounds. Then we can talk about everything else..." — Pope Francis, in above interview.
(Viktor Frankl delivering a lecture)
"An abnormal reaction to an abnormal situation is normal behavior." - Viktor Frankl.
“For the Holy Ghost was promised to the successors of Peter not so that they might, by His revelation, make known some new doctrine, but that, by His assistance, they might religiously guard and faithfully expound the revelation or Deposit of Faith transmitted by the Apostles." — First Vatican Council (1870)
"Anyone accompanying a pilgrim must walk at the same pace as the pilgrim, not ahead and not lagging behind." — Pope Francis, Address to the Plenary Session of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, September 21, Feast of St. Matthew
"In all its phases and at every age, human life is always sacred and always of quality. And not as a matter of faith, but of reason and science!" —Pope Francis, September 20, 2013, to a meeting of Catholic gynecologists in the Vatican
“There are in faith two equally constant truths. One is that man in the state of his creation, or in the state of grace, is exalted above the whole of nature, made like unto God and sharing in his divinity. The other is that in the state of corruption and sin he has fallen from that first state and has become like the beasts... Whence it is clearly evident that man through grace is made like unto God and shares his divinity, and without grace he is treated like the beasts of the field." —Pascal, Pensees 131 and 434
“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap." —Galatians 6:7
“Despair = suffering - meaning."—Viktor Frankl (1905-1997), the Jewish philosopher and psychologist who developed "Logotherapy" ("meaning therapy"); his equation means that if there is no meaning to suffering, a sufferer loses hope, and ends in utter hopelessness and total despair. For Frankl, only meaning (Logos) can save the sufferer.