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What does "dialogue" accomplish?

What is the purpose of inter religious dialogue? Is it to foster understanding? To create bonds of affection? To convert sinners? None of the above?

Then having sanctified ourselves by these spiritual Hymns, we beseech the merciful God to send forth His Holy Spirit upon the gifts lying before Him; that He may make the Bread the Body of Christ, and the Wine the Blood of Christ5; for whatsoever the Holy Ghost has touched, is surely sanctified and changed.

Cyril of Jerusalem, Catechetical Lectures 23.7

See now how generous is God’s bounty towards those who prove devout lovers of the holy sacrifice of Mass. Ah, hasten then, my poor friends, hasten to Mass, and be very sure that by this one exercise of devotion, you shall find consolation amid all your trials.

St. Leonard of Port Maurice, The Immense Excellence of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

A soul that desires to take advantage of all her trials in order to console the afflicted Heart of Jesus, must take care to be present in spirit at some scene in Our Lord’s sacred Passion, choosing the one that usually inspires her with the greatest tenderness and devotion. Fixing her eyes with reverence and affection upon the Holy Face, let her think He casts a glance of love upon her which speaks with an eloquence above all language.

Fr. F.X. Lasance - Visits to Jesus in the Tabernacle

by-grace-of-god:

“We tend to use prayer as a last resort, but God wants it to be our first line of defense. We pray when there’s nothing else we can do, but God wants us to pray before we do anything at all.” - Oswald Chambers

by-grace-of-god:

“We tend to use prayer as a last resort, but God wants it to be our first line of defense. We pray when there’s nothing else we can do, but God wants us to pray before we do anything at all.” - Oswald Chambers

Tradition: Is Pope Francis Really Turning Away From It?

Will Pope Francis go down in history as the “who am I to judge?” pope? I don’t know if that is the moniker he wanted to describe his pontificate, but he’s not exactly taking any steps to change it. In fact, he appears to be doing quite a bit to cement it!

#sun peeking through the trees (at Resurrection Roman Catholic Church)

#sun peeking through the trees (at Resurrection Roman Catholic Church)

Oh, if I loved Thee, my Jesus—if I loved Thee, the consideration of all that Thou hast suffered for me would render all sufferings, all contempt, and all vexations sweet to me. Oh, grant me, I beseech Thee, Thy love, in order that I may endure with pleasure, or at least with patience, the little Thou givest me to suffer. Oh, let me not die so ungrateful to all Thy loving-kindnesses. I desire, in all the tribulations that shall happen to me, to say constantly, My Jesus, I embrace this trial for Thy love; I will suffer it in order to please Thee.

Pray for us, O most sorrowful Virgin!

St Alphonsus Maria de Liguori, The Passion and Death of Jesus Christ

It’s a beautiful night for baseball! #orioles #birdland #yankees #oriolesmagic  (at Oriole Park at Camden Yards)

It’s a beautiful night for baseball! #orioles #birdland #yankees #oriolesmagic (at Oriole Park at Camden Yards)

Just as it is better to illuminate than merely to shine, so to pass on what one has contemplated is better than merely to contemplate.

St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica (via twocrowns)