Thursday, May 28, 2015

Blessed Paul VI quoted Abraham Heschel


  1. "I’m listening to the innovators who want to dismantle the
    Holy Sanctuary, destroy the universal flame of the
    Church, reject Her finery, make Her remorseful for Her
    historical past! Well, my dear friend, I am convinced that
    the Church of Peter must take ownership of Her past, or
    else She will dig Her own tomb (...) A day will come when
    the civilized world will deny its God, when the Church
    will doubt as Peter doubted. Will be tempted to believe
    that man has become God, that His Son is merely a symbol,
    a philosophy like many others, and in churches,
    Christians will search in vain for the red lamp where God
    awaits them, as the sinner who cried in front of the empty
    tomb: where hast thou put Him?"
    (From: “Pius XII Before History”)

  2. "... I was not drawn to the clerical state which seemed
    sometimes stagnant, closed... involving the renunciation of
    worldly tendencies in proportion to the renunciation of the
    world... If I should feel this way, it means that I am called
    to another state, where I would be fulfilled more harmoniously
    for the common good of the Church."
    (Paul VI to Jean Guitton, in: “Dialogues with Paul VI,” p. 285)
    "I noticed how his thinking was secular. With him, I was
    not in the presence of a “cleric”, he even promoted an unexpectedly
    secular Papacy."
    (Jean Guitton, in: “The Secret Paul VI”, Ed. Pauline)