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Salvation Requires Our Cooperation

While the whole human race was redeemed by Jesus’ Passion and Death, not a single soul was saved by this Infinite sacrifice…The fright comes from the fact that we who have already been redeemed can yet be damned.Redemption is an accomplished fact; salvation for us is still only a possibility.Salvation is a matter of cooperation.Jesus does not do it alone!
(From God, A Woman and The Way by Rev. M. Raymond, O.C.S.O.)

A Plea Not Yet Heeded!

I consider it my duty, therefore to appeal urgently that the liturgical norms for the celebration of the Eucharist be observed with great fidelity…Liturgy is never anyone’s private property, be it of the celebrant or of the community in which the mysteries are celebrated…Our time, too calls for a renewed awareness and appreciation of liturgical norms as a reflection of, and a witness to, the one universal Church made present in every celebration of the Eucharist.Priests who faithfully celebrate Mass according to the liturgical norms, and communities which conform to those norms, quietly but eloquently demonstrate their love for the Church
(From Encyclical Ecclesia de Eucharistia by Saint John Paul II 

Proclaim The Radical Nature of the Gospel

When we see a scarcity of priests, sisters, brothers, lay ministers or parishioners, the answer to the problem is not to compromise and call for less commitment.Instead, the solution is to proclaim the radical nature of the gospel and pray more intensely for workers to obey God’s call.
(From One Bread, One Body, September 30, 1999)

We Are Not the Church Impotent

The forces of evil concentrate their fire on the Vicar of Christ, who is the authoritative interpreter of the moral law. We must respond with loyal defense of him and of the Church. We are not, to borrow a phrase, the Church impotent. We are part of the Church Militant. Our job is to fight for the Truth. -  (From Our Job is to Fight for the Truth by the late Dr. Charles E. Rice) May the soul of Dr. Rice and the souls of all the faithfully departed through the mercy of God rest in peace! Amen

Don't Look for Human Approbation

Don't expect people's applause for your work.What is more, sometimes you must not even expect other people and institutions, who like you are working for Christ, to understand you.Seek only the glory of God, and while loving everyone, don't worry if there are some who do not comprehend what it is you are doing. 
(Father Francis Fernandez)