Christ and the Church


The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church.

There are not a hundred people in America who hate the Catholic Church. There are millions of people who hate what they wrongly believe to be the Catholic Church — which is, of course, quite a different thing.
Archbishop Fulton Sheen

Jesus promised his disciples three things: That they would be completely fearless, absurdly happy, and in constant trouble.

The Church doesn’t have a mission; the mission has a Church.
Matty Molnar 

Christianity got over the difficulty of combining furious opposites by keeping them both and keeping them both furious.
G.K. Chesterton

I don’t worship Buddha because, unlike Jesus, he’s dead.

Christianity is not a philosophy or a religion or a kind of spirituality. It is a person, and that person crawled up onto the cross for you.
Dave Sloan

To be deep in history is to cease to be Protestant.
Blessed John Henry Newman 

The Church exists for nothing else but to draw men into Christ, to make them little Christs. If they are not doing that, all the cathedrals, clergy, missions, sermons, even the Bible itself, are simply a waste of time. God became man for no other purpose.
C.S. Lewis

The greatest tragedy in the history of Christianity was neither the Crusades nor the Reformation nor the Inquisition, but rather the split that opened up between theology and spirituality at the end of the Middle Ages.
Hans Urs von Balthasar

If the churches ever did reunite, it would have to be into something that was as sacramental and liturgical and authoritative as the Roman Catholic Church and as protesting against abuses and as much focused on the individual in his direct relationship with Christ as the Evangelicals, as charismatic as the Pentecostals, as missionary-minded as the old mainline denominations, as focused on holiness as the Methodists or the Quakers, as committed to the social aspects of the Gospel as the social activists, as Biblical as fundamentalists, and as mystical as the Eastern Orthodox.
Peter Kreeft

I talk about the “cuteness” and the “niceness” of the Church a lot – and how I hate it.
Father Mike Schmitz 

When the church is unified and the Lord is glorified, then the saints will be edified, sinners will be sanctified, and the devil will be terrified.
Anthony Warner 

The holiest moment of the church service is the moment when God’s people – strengthened by preaching and sacrament – go out of the church door into the world to be the Church. We don’t go to church; we are the Church.
Earnest Southcott 

Protestants do not very often disagree with what Catholics believe, but they do very often disagree with what they think Catholics believe.
Father Dwight Longenecker 

A good church should make you feel welcome, and more than a little uncomfortable.

What people don’t realize is how much Christianity costs. They think faith is a big electric blanket, when of course it is the cross.
Flannery O’Connor 

About Jesus Christ and the Church, I simply know they’re just one thing, and we shouldn’t complicate the matter.
Saint Joan of Arc 

The problem with Catholics today is nobody is trying to kill us.

If you can earn your own way to Heaven, then Christ died for nothing.

The resurrection of Jesus was like a boulder crashing into the pool of history.
Karl Barth 

If a person claims to have met Jesus without being changed then they have not met the real Jesus.
Peter Kreeft 

Life is a maybe. Death is for sure. Sin is the cause. Christ is the cure.

One of the easiest places to hide from God is at church.
Father Bob Schwartz 

Christianity is a fighting religion.
C.S. Lewis

The difficulty explaining why I am Catholic is that there are 10,000 reasons all amounting to one reason: that Catholicism is true.
G.K. Chesterton

Not everyone can be a theologian, but everyone should know some theology.
Carl Olson 

Our Lord’s body became a bait for death so that the dragon, hoping to swallow him, might vomit up those also whom he had swallowed.
Saint Cyril of Jerusalem 

The Gospel lives in conversation with the culture, and if the Church holds back from the culture, the Gospel itself falls silent.
Saint John Paul the Great 

Never be afraid of loving the Blessed Virgin too much. You can never love her more than Jesus did.
Saint Maximilian Kolbe

It is not hard to obey when we love the one whom we obey.
Saint Ignatius of Loyola 

Let your religion be less of a theory and more of a love affair.
G.K. Chesterton

Jesus didn’t come into the world to make bad people good. He came into the world to make dead people live.
Ravi Zacharias 

All Christians should be athletes for Christ.
Saint John Paul the Great 

The Jesus of the Gospels is surely not convenient for us.
Pope Benedict XVI

The Jesus who makes everything okay for everyone is a phantom, a dream, not a real figure…
Pope Benedict XVI

You start reading C.S. Lewis, then you’re reading G.K. Chesterton, then you’re a Catholic.
Ross Douthat 

How sad it is when someone comes to you looking for Jesus and all they see is you.
Blessed Mother Teresa

If I were not a Catholic, and were looking for the true Church in the world today, I would look for the one Church which did not get along well with the world; in other words, I would look for the Church which the world hated.
Archbishop Fulton Sheen 

We’re Catholics before we’re Democrats. We’re Catholics before we’re Republicans. We’re even Catholics before we’re Americans, because we know that God has a demand on us prior to any government demand on us. And this has been the story of the martyrs through the centuries.
Archbishop Charles Chaput

Don’t judge the Catholic faith by those who don’t practice it.

At some point Jesus is going to call you out. That’s what he does.
Father Mike Schmitz

We do not really want a religion that is right where we are right. We want a religion that is right where we are wrong. We do not want, as the newspapers say, a church that will move with the world. We want a church that will move the world.
G.K. Chesterton

All Jesus wants for Christmas is a place in your heart. And you’re the only one who can give it to Him.

Every heresy has been an effort to narrow the Church.
G.K. Chesterton

Jesus is the one who brings God to us and us to God.
Pope Francis 

There is a big difference between a church saying, “We welcome all persons” and “We welcome all behavior”.
Father Thomas Williams

Imagine if we put your family’s issues on the front page of the paper. Every family has issues. The Church is a big family.
Matthew Kelly

We must make clear to all our brothers and sisters that the Church imposes nothing; she only proposes.
Saint John Paul the Great 

Keep Jesus in your Christmas presence.
Isabel Busyn

Catholicism is a matter of the body and the senses as much as it is a matter of the mind, precisely because the Word became flesh.
Father Robert Barron

Some people say, “I’m non-denominational”. I love to respond, “Well, as a Catholic, I’m pre-denominational”.
Steve Ray

Easter is an earthquake, an explosion. If you see it as less than that, you’re not getting it.
Father Robert Barron

Jesus didn’t come to save y’all. He came to save YOU.
Father Mike Schmitz

Take the crucifixion personally.
Father Mike Schmitz

The cross is Jesus going into the very lair of death. He goes to meet head-on that which frightens us the most. And what does He do? He battles it. He engages it. And finally he conquers it.
Father Robert Barron

Jesus is with me. I have nothing to fear.
Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati 

For many people, the big feast of the year is Christmas, but for Christians, the truly great feast is Easter. Without Easter, without the Resurrection, we would not have the gift of salvation. Jesus had to rise from the dead or else he would have just been another failed Messiah and his birth would be a forgotten footnote of history.
Father Robert Barron

In her voyage across the ocean of this world, the Church is like a great ship being pounded by the waves of life’s different stresses. Our duty is not to abandon ship but to keep her on her course.
Saint Boniface

Christ is the lesson as well as the teacher.

When we ask, “Can I disagree with the teachings of the Church and still be Catholic?” what we’re really asking is, “Can I not be Catholic and still be Catholic?”
Eric Johnson

Christmas is about the gift that you’ve already been given.

Jesus’ resurrection was the ultimate plot twist.
Joe Pedrolie

I don’t think we’ll understand Advent correctly until we see it as a preparation for a revolution.
Father Robert Barron

Have you ever stopped to think that Christianity is the only religion in which the first step is to say, “I’m wrong?”
Father Dwight Longenecker

If Jesus didn’t rise from the dead, an even greater miracle happened: 12 relatively uneducated guys changed the world and were martyred to protect a lie.
Mark Hart

Life without Christ is crisis.
Father Paul Attah-Nsiah

Is it not a wonderful thing, that he that is the Lord and author of all liberty, would thus be bound with ropes and nailed hand and foot unto the Cross?
Saint John Fisher

You are loved more than you will ever know by someone who died to know you.

Whatever you wish you had today, Jesus is better.
Ennie Hickman

I would not believe in the Gospel, had not the authority of the Catholic Church already moved me.
Saint Augustine

The issue on which everything hangs is not whether you like His teaching but if He ‪rose from the dead.
Tim Keller

If Jesus rose from the dead you have to accept all He said. If He didn’t then why worry about any of what He said?
Tim Keller

The ‪Church is a perpetual construction site.
Cardinal Henri de Lubac

If anyone claims to have met Christ without being changed, he has not met Him at all.
Peter Kreeft

He who wishes for anything but Christ, does not know what he wishes; he who asks for anything but Christ, does not know what he is asking; he who works, and not for Christ, does not know what he is doing.
Saint Philip Neri

Easter is the day that God slapped YOLO in the face.
Chad Scriver

The miracle of Good Friday is that there was no miracle. Legions of angels stood – with swords sheathed – watching as the Son took our place.
Mark Hart

We never give more honor to Jesus than when we honor his Mother, and we honor her simply and solely to honor Him all the more perfectly.
Saint Louis de Montfort

What did we do the moment our all-powerful God made Himself vulnerable? We killed Him.
Father Mike Schmitz

We are a Church of the striving, not the saved.
Father Paul Check

Jesus didn’t come to make us feel good. He came to help us be good.

Enemy-occupied territory – that is what this world is. Christianity is the story of how the rightful king has landed, you might say landed in disguise, and is calling us all to take part in a great campaign of sabotage.
C.S. Lewis

Christ always calls us to life and constantly to greater joy, but rarely does He call us to comfort.
Mark Hart

The real Jesus is not a teddy bear. He’s a grizzly bear.
Father Mike Schmitz

Why do Catholics put Jesus on the cross instead of leaving it empty? Because it was Jesus, not the cross, who saved us.
Twitter: @makeadefense

It’s sad how many Christians no longer use crucifixes. What a beautiful reminder of how much we’re worth in His eyes.
Twitter: @Saints4theWeek

Sometimes you have to take one for the team. Jesus took one for the world.
Jake Steinlage

The incarnation was not the subtraction of deity but the addition of humanity.

The Church is not an organization, it’s an organism.
Bishop Robert Barron

The Church has one foot in Heaven and one foot on earth. She is made up of both sinner and saint. She is pure and in need of purification. She brings God to man and brings man to God.
From Day 27 of the 40 Day Spiritual Workout app

I like that the Catholic Church is too conservative for many liberals and too liberal for many conservatives.
Trent Horn

It wasn’t the nails that held Jesus to the cross, but His love.
Father Mike Schmitz

Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.
C.S. Lewis

Jesus was either God or he had the biggest ego in human history.
Chris Stefanick

The Fathers made me Catholic.
Blessed John Henry Newman

The job of theologians is to propose. The job of the Magisterium is to dispose.

If the Christianity you’re practicing never makes you feel uncomfortable, it’s probably not actually Christianity.
Simcha Fisher

All are welcome in the Church, but not on their terms – on Christ’s terms.
Bishop Robert Barron

I have no problem with Justin Bieber. I just wish girls loved Jesus as much as they loved him.

Mary changed my life because she brought me to Jesus who saved my life.
Father Mike Schmitz

All the heroes in all the stories in the world are heroes only because they are in some ways like Jesus.
Peter Kreeft

Jesus Christ should be the only recipient of our worship because he is God and no one else is.
Bobby Angel

If Jesus didn’t rise from the dead, then Christianity is a joke. If he did, then he must be the absolute center of our lives.
Bishop Robert Barron

Q: Why did Jesus give all 12 pints of his blood when only one drop would have been sufficient to redeem the world?
A: Because he had 12 pints to give.

Jesus + Nothing = Everything

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