"We should not examine articles of faith with a curious and subtle
spirit. It is sufficient for us to know that the Church proposes them. We
can never be deceived in believing them."
|Our Lady of Fatima, Adoration Chapel, Blue Army Shrine, Washington, NJ|
#19. "With zeal and patience pastors of souls must promote the liturgical instruction of the faithful and also their active participation, both internal and external, taking into account their age, condition, way of life and standard of religious culture. By so doing pastors will be fulfilling one of the chief duties of a faithful dispenser of the mysteries of God, and in this matter they must lead their flock not only by word but also by example..."
...(3) "Therefore no other person, not even a priest, may add, remove, or change anything in the liturgy on his own authority..."
"...The sacred liturgy does not exhaust the entire activity of the Church. Before men can come to the liturgy they must be called to faith and to conversion. 'How then are they to call upon him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how are they to h ear without a preacher? And how are men to preach unless they be sent?'" (Rom. 10:14-15)
"I was a good boy, innocent, somewhat timid. I wanted to love God at all costs and my one idea was to become a priest, in the service of simple souls who needed patient and attentive care. Meanwhile I had to fight an enemy within me, self-love, and in the end I was able to get better of it. But I was mortified to feel it constantly returning. I was troubled about my distractions during prayer and I imposed severe sacrifices on myself to get rid of them. I took everything very seriously and my examinations of conscience were detailed and severe...Now, at a distance of more than sixty years, I can look upon these first spiritual writings of mine as if they had been written by someone else, and I bless the Lord for them..."
|Christopher Columbus before Catholic King and Queen of Spain|