Thanksgiving comes after Christmas.
The heart is like a woman, and the head is like a man, and although man is the head of woman, woman is the heart of man, and she turns man's head because she turns his heart.
Cats don't need to be possessed; they're evil on their own.
We sinned for no reason but an incomprehensible lack of love, and He saved us for no reason but an incomprehensible excess of love.
We can't avoid reasoning; we can only avoid doing it well.
The most total opposite of pleasure is not pain but boredom, for we are willing to risk pain to make a boring life interesting.
This is the secret of life: the self lives only by dying, finds its identity (and its happiness) only by self-forgetfulness, self-giving, self-sacrifice, and agape love.
Everything smaller than Heaven bores us because only Heaven is bigger than our hearts.
If your life is Christ, then your death will be only more of Christ, forever. If your life is only Christlessness, then your death will be only more Christlessness, forever. That's not fundamentalism, that's the law of non-contradiction.
The rich fop Francis of Assisi was bored all his life―until he fell in love with Christ and gave all his stuff away and became the troubadour of Lady Poverty.
Saint Thomas Aquinas says, wisely, that the only way to drive out a bad passion is by a stronger good passion. The same is true of thoughts as of passions. When your mind wanders, like a child, your will must bring it back, like a mother. [. . .] The will-parent must discipline the mind-child, avoiding both the opposite extremes commonly made in disciplining either children or thoughts: tyranny or permissiveness.
It is closer to the truth to say that God is crazy than that God is reasonable. I suspect God merely smiles when someone calls him crazy, but shakes His head and frowns when someone calls Him reasonable.
Only God may be adored, because only God is unlimited goodness, truth, and beauty, and thus only God deserves unlimited love.
Love gives you eyes.
It is just as crazy not to be crazy about Christ as it is to be crazy about anything else.
It is reasonable to love the Absolute absolutely for the same reason it is reasonable to love the relative relatively.
Violence is spiritual junk food, and boredom is spiritual anorexia.
God gives us not only the truth but also the ability to believe it; not only the new thing to see but also the new eye to see it with.
Stand in the divine rain, and seeds of wisdom will grow in your soul.
The connection between art and Christ is like the connection between sunlight and the sun. It is, in fact, the connection between Sonlight and the Son.