“In that passage in Matthew’s Gospel, where he talks about the splinter in your neighbor’s eye, and you see that splinter, and you think ‘there’s that splinter, I’m going to pull it out’, we were warned that before we go do that, first remove the plank out of your own eye.”
“If my wife is a helpmate to me, to help me with my relationship with God and my faith, do I give my spouse permission to help me in that relationship with God?”
“We need to walk with them in prayer, to kneel down next to them by the bed before they go to sleep, to say those prayers, and to have that be their memory of their mom or their dad holding their hand.”
“The power that coming together, turning to God and allowing our relationships to be formed and founded in that abiding relationship with God is so powerful.”
Why was there no authority? This is what authority was supposed to do. What we’re against is people abusing their authority. People not living out that call to love that they were given.
“If you wish to be the greatest, you’re going to be the slave. If you want to be first, you’re going to be the servant of all.”
“We can’t impose ideas, we have to propose them. But there’s another dimension where these things are true. And there’s all kinds of things that flow from that – the structure of the family, the structure of society, and how diversity and unity are able to go together.”
We were studying the thought of John Paul II, we were reading the encyclicals and we were starting to read some of his other works; it was our idea of a party, we were gonna get some beer and we were going to sit around and each just read.
“The things, the insights, the wisdom, the theology of the church – it’s not information that you just learn and memorize. There’s an insight into the dignity of the person that is only realized in relationship with each other.”
“The grain grows on its own. It’s about cultivating its growth.”