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"Sexuality is a sacrament." - Starhawk

"Voting is a civic sacrament." - Theodore Hesburgh

"Beauty is God's handwriting-a wayside sacrament." - John Milton

"Divorce is the sacrament of adultery." - Proverbs

"If men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament." - Florynce R. Kennedy

"Love is a sacrament that should be taken kneeling." - Oscar Wilde

"If men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament." - Florynce Kennedy

"Every sacrament meeting ought to be a spiritual feast." - Gordon B Hinckley

"Christ is the sacrament of the invisible God - a sacrament that indicates presence. God is with us." - Pope John Paul Ii

"God is always coming to you in the Sacrament of the Present Moment. Meet and receive Him there with gratitude in that sacrament." - Evelyn Underhill

"Baptism is not only a sacrament of our union with Christ; it is also a sacrament of our communion as the body of Christ." - Michael Horton

"Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the Living Heart of each of our parishes" - Pope Paul Vi

"In marriage, everyday you love,and everyday you forgive.It is an ongoing sacrament, love and forgiveness" - Bill Moyers

"The sacrament of marriage is based on a man and woman." - Newt Gingrich

"Without the Blessed Sacrament a position like mine would be intolerable." - Father Damien

"Every time we look at the Blessed Sacrament our place in heaven is raised forever." - Gertrude the Great

"making order out of disorder any time, anywhere, can be regarded as a sacrament." - May Sarton

"A sacrament by virtue of which each imparts nothing but vexations to the other." - Honore De Balzac

"Amnesia may well be the highest sacrament in the great gray ritual of existence." - Thomas Ligotti

"I've always had bronchitis. I've been administered the Sacrament of Death three times for it" - Mercedes Mccambridge

"To celebrate the sacrament of reconciliation means to be wrapped in a warm embrace." - Pope Francis

"Confession is the sacrament of the tenderness of God, his way of embracing us." - Pope Francis

"I put before you the one great thing to love on earth: the Blessed Sacrament..." - J R R Tolkien

"Our soul can find in the Blessed Sacrament all the joys and consolations it desires." - Teresa of Avila

"I love it when people can actually engage with the materials of the sacrament in advance." - Pope Francis

"When we hear news we should always wait for the sacrament of confirmation." - Voltaire

"Next to the Blessed Sacrament itself, your neighbor is the holiest object presented to your senses." - C S Lewis

"I might be celibate, but I appreciate the wonder of the sacrament of marriage." - Keith Obrien

"And there is a difference between the essence of a Sacrament and its use." - Martin Chemnitz

"In the case of news, we should always wait for the sacrament of confirmation." - Voltaire

"I've always had bronchitis. I've been administered the Sacrament of Death three times for it." - Mercedes Mccambridge

"I might be celibate, but I appreciate the wonder of the sacrament of marriage." - Keith O'Brien

"Nowhere does Jesus hear our prayers more readily than in the Blessed Sacrament" - Henry Suso

"We must visit Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament a hundred thousand times a day." - Saint Francis De Sales

"Love is not weakness. It is strong. Only the sacrament of marriage can contain it." - Boris Pasternak

"Voting is a civic sacrament - the highest responsibility we have as Americans." - Christine Pelosi

"Given a choice between a folly and a sacrament, one should always choose the folly-because we know a sacrament will not bring us closer to god and there's always the chance that a folly will." - Desiderius Erasmus

"Given a choice between a folly and a sacrament, one should always choose the folly-because we know a sacrament will not bring us closer to god and there's always the chance that a folly will." - Desiderius Erasmus

"I very much feel that marriage is a sacrament and that sacrament should extend... to that legal entity of a union between what traditionally in our Western values has been defined as between a man and a woman." - Bill Frist

"Baptism is the Sacrament of Faith. Now, dead faith does not suffice for salvation .. .Therefore, the Sacrament of Baptism cannot give salvation to a man whose will ... expels the form of faith." - Thomas Aquinas

"Don't be afraid to go to the Sacrament of Confession, where you will meet Jesus who forgives you." - Pope Francis

"Love is love. It is God-given, and a sacrament. It is not for any man to judge." - Kathleen McGowan

"If women were in charge, abortion would be a sacrament, an occasion of deep and serious and sacred meaning." - Carter Heyward

"The Most Blessed Sacrament is Christ made visible. The poor sick person is Christ again made visible." - Gerard Majella

"My greatest happiness is to be before the Blessed Sacrament, where my heart is, as it were, in Its center." - Margaret Mary Alacoque

"The daily adoration or visit to the Blessed Sacrament is the practice which is the fountainhead of all devotional works" - Pope Pius X

"The Eucharist is a never-ending sacrifice. It is the Sacrament of love, the supreme love, the act of love." - Katharine Drexel

"Until we have a passionate love for our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament we shall accomplish nothing," - Saint Peter

"Nothing more do I ask than to share with you the ecstasy and sacrament of my life." - Emily Dickinson

"The refectory is a cenacle in which the taking of food is transfigured almost into a sacrament." - Monica Baldwin

"That's what marriage is good for; it makes a sacrament out of things ye'd otherwise have to confess. Jamie Fraser" - Diana Gabaldon

"Feminazis have adopted abortion as a kind of sacrament for their religion/politics of alienation and bitterness." - Rush Limbaugh

"Something of defeat, something of tragedy, can be a sacrament because it stops us and causes us to look deeper." - Kathleen Dowling Singh

"The Blessed Eucharist is the perfect Sacrament of the Lord's Passion, since It contains Christ Himself and his Passion." - Thomas Aquinas

"The spiritual virtue of a sacrament is like light; although it passes among the impure, it is not polluted." - Saint Augustine

"No more doth it hurt to say that the body and blood are not in the sacrament." - William Tyndale

"Vaccination is the medical sacrament corresponding to baptism. Whether it is or is not more efficacious I do not know." - Samuel Butler

"Opened Christmas cards hum to me the hymn of love and teach me the sacrament of correspondence." - Edward M Hays

"My sweetest Joy is to be in the presence of Jesus in the holy Sacrament. I beg that when obliged to withdraw in body, I may leave my heart before the holy Sacrament. How I would miss Our Lord if He were to be away from me by His presence in the Blessed Sacrament!" - Katharine Drexel

"My Lord Jesus Christ, who, for the love You bear to mankind, do remain night and day in this Sacrament, full of pity and love, awaiting, calling, and receiving all who come to visit You; I believe that You are present in the Sacrament of the Altar; I adore You from the depths of my own nothingness; I thank You for the many graces You have given me, and especially for having given me Yourself in this Sacrament..." - Alphonsus Liguori

"In the presence of Jesus in the Holy Sacrament we ought to be like the Blessed in heaven before the Divine Essence" - Teresa of Avila

"Matrimony is always a vice, all that can be done is to excuse it and sanctify it; therefore it was made a religious sacrament." - St Jerome

"Take in everything before you and let your eyes be drenched with beauty, and as you love beauty in a reverent way it becomes a sacrament to you." - Flower A. Newhouse

"Everything is full of sacramental substance, everything. Each thing and each function is ever ready to light up into a sacrament." - Martin Buber

"Married couples, may we never forget that when attacks come the grace of the sacrament is eternally stronger than we are." - Mark Hart

"Work! labor the asparagus me of life; the one great sacrament of humanity from which all other things flow - security, leisure, joy, art, literature, even divinity itself." - Sean O'Casey

"Every one is worthy of love, except him who thinks that he is. Love is a sacrament that should be taken kneeling." - Oscar Wilde

"A sacrament-like marriage-means living a life better than your natural instincts, so that you're modeling God. And God never gives up." - Jodi Picoult

"I know I would not be able to work one week if it were not for that continual force coming from Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament," - Mother Teresa

"Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament has His hands full of graces, and He is ready to bestow them on anyone who asks for them" - Peter of Alcantara

"The twentieth century must be a century of the Blessed Sacrament if it means to be a century of resurrection and of life" - Pope Leo XIII

"A thousand years of enjoying human glory is not worth even an hour spent sweetly communing with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament." - Pio of Pietrelcina

"I encourage Christians regularly to visit Christ present in the Blessed Sacrament, for we are all called to abide in the presence of God." - Pope John Paul Ii

"The Eucharist is the Sacrament of Love; It signifies Love, It produces love. The Eucharist is the consummation of the whole spiritual life." - Thomas Aquinas

"He who receives a sacrament does not perform a good work; he receives a benefit. In the mass we give Christ nothing; we only receive from Him." - Martin Luther

"And so it is with us; we serve as handmaidens to Death. When we are guided by His will, killing is a sacrament." - R.L. LaFevers

"In the spectrum of God's mysteries, preaching is a sacrament: Because of its sacramental reality some people have never again been the same." - John E. Hines

"Blessings, Stevens; I stand with my back to grammar At an altar you never aspired to, celebrating the sacrament of the imagination whose high-priest notwithstanding you are." - R. S. Thomas

"Every one is worthy of love, except him who thinks that he is. Love is a sacrament that should be taken kneeling." - Oscar Wilde

"Everyone is worthy of love, except him who thinks that he is. Love is a sacrament that should be taken kneeling." - Oscar Wilde

"Work! Labour the aspergas me of life; the one great sacrament of humanity from which all other things flow -security, leisure, joy, art, literature, even divinity itself." - Sean O'Casey

"From childhood on I have had the dream of life lived as a sacrament... the dream implied taking life ritually as something holy." - Bernard Berenson

"Our Redeemer ever present in the most Blessed Sacrament, extends His hands to everyone. He opens His heart and says, 'Come to Me, all of you.'" - Raphael Kalinowski

"O how unspeakable is this Sacrament which sets our affections ablaze with charity. ... It is the fulfillment of Christ's Mystical Body." - Thomas Aquinas

"I acknowledge with great gratitude the peace and contentment we can find for ourselves in the spiritual cocoons of our homes, our sacrament meetings, and our holy temples." - James E Faust

"To make a covenant with the Lord to always keep His commandments is a serious obligation, and to renew that covenant by partaking of the sacrament is equally serious. The solemn moments of thought while the sacrament is being served have great significance. They are moments of self-examination, introspection, self-discernment...a time to reflect and to resolve." - Howard W. Hunter

"As a man must be born before he can begin to lead his physical life, so he must be born to lead a Divine Life. That birth occurs in the Sacrament of Baptism. To survive, he must be nourished by Divine Life; that is done in the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist." - Fulton J Sheen

"It is the Sacrament of Love that excites the soul to ardent prayer. It stirs up the virtue of impetration and, as it were, forces God to grant our petition. It deepens the abyss of humility, above all it enkindles the flame of love in the heart; hence the Sacrament is the Gift of gifts, and the Grace of graces" - Angela of Foligno

"For the sacrament to be a spiritually cleansing experience each week, we need to prepare ourselves before coming to sacrament meeting. We do this by deliberately leaving behind our daily work and recreation and letting go of worldly thoughts and concerns. As we do, we make room in our minds and hearts for the Holy Ghost." - Robert D. Hales

"The willingness to turn to the Savior, the opportunity of going to sacrament service on a Sunday, and really participating in the ordinance of the sacrament... listening to the prayers, partaking of those sacred emblems. Those are opportunities that really help us to come within the ambit of the Savior's Atonement." - Lance B. Wickman

"Your meditations may be as profound, as exalted, as devout as you like; you may practise every pious exercise you can manage, but all this is as nothing in comparison with the Blessed Sacrament. What we do may be godly, but this sacrament is God Himself!" - Johannes Tauler

"This Sacrament really contains You, O my God, You whom the Angels adore, in whose presence the Spirits and mighty Powers tremble. Oh! if we could only see You clearly as they do, with what reverence would we approach this Sacrament, with what humility would we receive You." - Angela of Foligno

"Are you making no progress in prayer? Then you need only offer God the prayers which the Savior has poured out for us in the sacrament of the altar. Offer God His fervent love in reparation for your sluggishness." - Margaret Mary Alacoque

"May Mary, who in the freedom of her 'Fiat' and her presence at the foot of the cross, offered to the world, Jesus, the Liberator, help us to find him in the Sacrament of the altar" - Pope John Paul Ii

"Of all devotions, that of adoring Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the greatest after the sacraments, the one dearest to God and the one most helpful to us." - Alphonsus Liguori

"Now you shall consider My love in the Blessed Sacrament. Here, I am entirely yours, soul, body and divinity, as your Bridegroom. You know what love demands: one thing only, reciprocity..." - Mary Faustina Kowalska

"If anyone feels his sins, let him come at once, straight, direct, not merely to church, or to the sacrament, or to repentance, or to prayer, but to Christ Himself." - J C Ryle

"I was raised Catholic. I was confirmed Catholic (received the sacrament of confirmation). Through my military years, I sort of lost touch with the religion. I never really picked it up, however I do maintain core beliefs." - Timothy Mcveigh

"Answer on being asked her opinion of Christ's presence in the Sacrament. 'Twas God the word that spake it, He took the Bread and brake it; And what the word did make it That I believe, and take it." - Elizabeth I

"Never lose an opportunity to see anything that is beautiful. It is God's handwriting a wayside sacrament. Welcome it in every fair face, every fair sky, every fair flower." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Female beauty in an important Minor Sacrament which cannot be received too often; I am no sure at all that the neglect of it does not constitute a sin of some kind." - Robertson Davies

"The long nights that Pier Giorgio Frassati spent on his knees in front of the Blessed Sacrament had something to do with the long days spent in service of the poor." - Robert Barron

"To me, every dirty act was simply a sacrament of sin, a passionately religious protest against Christianity, which was for me the symbol of all vileness, meanness, treachery, falsehood and oppression." - Aleister Crowley

"Let us learn the meaning of economy. Economy is a high human office, - a sacrament when its aim is grand, when it is the prudence of simple tastes, when it is practised for freedom or for love or devotion." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Whether confirmation be a sacrament or not, it is no use to dispute; and if it be disputed, it cannot follow that it is not of very great use and holiness." - Jeremy Taylor

"Always remain close to the Catholic Church, because it alone can give you true peace, since it alone possesses Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, the true Prince of Peace." - Pio of Pietrelcina

"My Jesus! What a lovable contrivance this holy Sacrament was - that You would hide under the appearance of bread to make Yourself loved and to be available for a visit by anyone who desires You!" - Alphonsus Liguori

"Our Lord Himself I saw in this venerable Sacrament . . . I felt as if my chains fell, as those of St. Peter at the touch of the Divine messenger. My God, what new scenes for my soul!" - Elizabeth Ann Seton

"Baptism is not the work of man but of Christ, and this sacrament is so holy that it would not be defiled, even if the minister were a murderer." - Isidore of Seville

"What does it matter where we go? Wherever we go, won't we be serving God there? And wherever we go, won't we have Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament with us? Isn't that enough to make us happy?" - Solanus Casey

"United with the angels and saints of the heavenly Church, let us adore the most Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist. Prostrate, we adore this great mystery that contains God's new and definitive covenant with humankind in Christ." - Pope John Paul Ii

"I am quite sure that if we could but once approach the Most Holy Sacrament with great faith and love, it would suffice to make us rich. How much more so if we approach it often!" - Teresa of Avila

"O God-Man present in this sacrament for me - what a comfort, what a privilege to know I kneel before God! And to think that this God loves me!... Mary, my mother, help me to love him in return" - Alphonsus Liguori

"O Sacrament of Love! O sign of Unity! O bond of Charity! He who would have Life finds here indeed a Life to live in and a Life to live by." - Saint Augustine

"Your faith will help you realize that it is Jesus Himself Who is present in the Blessed Sacrament, waiting for you and calling you to spend one special specific hour with Him each week." - Pope John Paul Ii

"The nearest my parents came to alcohol was at Holy Communion and they utterly overestimated its effects. However bad the weather, Dad never drove to church because Mam thought the sacrament might make him incapable on the return journey." - Alan Bennett

"Father of mercy and God of all consolation, graciously look upon me and impart to me the blessing which flows from this holy Sacrament. Overshadow me with Your loving kindness, and let this divine Mystery bear fruit in me." - Saint Blaise

"Life, to be happy at all, must be in its way a sacrament, and it is a failure in religion to divorce it from the holy acts of everyday, of ordinary human existence." - Freya Stark

"There is only one good thing in life, and that is love. And how you misunderstand it! how you spoil it! You treat it as something solemn like a sacrament, or something to be bought, like a dress." - Guy De Maupassant

"The best, the surest and the most effective way of establishing PEACE on the face of the earth is through the great power of Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament." - Pope John Paul Ii

"If we show the Lord's death at Communion, we must show the Lord's life in the world. If it is a Eucharist on Sunday, it must prove on Monday that it was also a Sacrament." - Maltbie Davenport Babcock

"We smoked the way other American families would have wine with dinner. For us, it was our sacrament. It was something that made a great life sweeter in every possible way," - Ann Druyan

"We become converted and spiritually self-reliant as we prayerfully live our covenants-through worthily partaking of the sacrament, being worthy of a temple recommend, and sacrificing to serve others." - Robert D. Hales

"Let every man recognize what he is, and be certain that we are all equally priests, that is, we have the same power in the word and in any sacrament whatever." - Martin Luther

"A lot of the time I'm in the present, and I'm thinking about the past or scheming about the future and missing every present moment, instead of actually partaking of the sacrament of every present moment." - R D Laing

"The Blessed Sacrament is the first and supreme object of our worship. We must preserve in the depths of our hearts a constant and uninterrupted profound adoration of this precious pledge of Divine Love." - Mary Euphrasia Pelletier

"When young men prepare, bless, and pass the sacrament in worthiness and reverence, they literally follow the example of the Savior at the Last Supper and become like Him." - Robert D. Hales

"Every time we make love to a human being, fully, we are making love to everything that lives and breathes. In that sense it becomes communion. It is a sacrament." - Terry Tempest Williams

"I don't pray enough, but I pray more now. Every morning at six o'clock have a half hour of meditation before the Blessed Sacrament. I pray with others too." - Henri Nouwen

"It is the responsibility of Pastors to encourage, also by their personal witness, the practice of Eucharistic adoration, and exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in particular, as well as prayer of adoration before Christ present under the Eucharistic species." - Pope John Paul Ii

"Susanna's music touched the bawdy strings Of those white elders; but, escaping, Left only Death's ironic scraping. Now, in its immortality, it plays On the clear viol of her memory, And makes a constant sacrament of praise." - Wallace Stevens

"The Church is the new creation, it is life and joy, it is the sacramental fellowship in which we share the ultimate purpose of God, made real for us now in our hearing the Word and sharing the Sacrament." - Rowan D. Williams

"I acknowledge that the sacrament of the altar is very God's body in form of bread, but it is in another manner God's body than it is in heaven." - John Wycliffe

"Let us learn the meaning of economy. Economy is a high human office,-a sacrament when its aim is grand, when it is the prudence of simple tastes, when it is practised for freedom or for love or devotion." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Spiritually good people, pure in heart, who long for the Blessed Sacrament but cannot receive at the time, can receive spiritually... even a hundred times a day, in sickness and in health, with immeasurable grace and profit." - Johannes Tauler

"Faithfully obeying God's commandments is essential to receiving the Holy Ghost. We are reminded of this truth each week as we listen to the sacrament prayers and worthily partake of the bread and water." - David A Bednar

"If someone talks about union, fidelity, a monogamous relationship, love, blessing; I would say it sounds like marriage to me. And blessing, you see, I think is undermining our sacrament of marriage." - George Carey

"As however the ancients say that in case of necessity any Christian lay person can administer the sacrament of Baptism, so Luther says the same thing about absolution in case of necessity, where no priest is present." - Martin Chemnitz

"The inviolability of the seal of confession is so fundamental to the very nature of the sacrament that any proposal which undermines that inviolability is a challenge to the rights of every Catholic to freedom of religion and conscience." - Sean Brady

"Today solemn exposition of the Blessed Sacrament is the grace and need of our time. Society will be restored and renewed when all its members group themselves around our Emmanuel." - Peter Julian Eymard

"I think that Election Day is the closest thing we have to a civic sacrament, when people meet their neighbors at the firehouse or the school and they vote at the same time." - Judy Woodruff

"Christ made the bread the sacrament of his body only: wherefore as the bread is no similitude of his blood, so am I not bound or ought to affirm, that his blood is there present." - William Tyndale

"Sacrifice, discipline and prayer are essential. We gain strength through God's word. We receive grace from the sacrament. And when we fumble due to sin - and it's gonna happen - confession puts us back on the field." - Lou Holtz

"The Church is the new creation, it is life and joy, it is the sacramental fellowship in which we share the ultimate purpose of God, made real for us now in our hearing the Word and sharing the Sacrament." - Rowan Williams

"Appearance is the most public part of the self. It is our sacrament, the visible self that the world assumes to be a mirror of the invisible, inner self." - Nancy Etcoff

"Christian marriage is that sacrament which builds up the community of the Church and of society. Marriage has been inscribed in creation's design by God, and, by his grace, countless Christian men and women have lived married life fully." - Pope Francis

"I [i.e., God] have given you baptism as a gift for the forgiveness of sins, and preach to you unceasingly by word of mouth concerning this treasure, sealing it with the Sacrament of my body and blood, so that you need never doubt. True, it seems little and insignificant that by the washing of water, the Word, and the Sacrament this should all be effected. But don't let your eyes deceive you." - Martin Luther

"Never let yourself think that because God has given you many things to do for Himpressing routine jobs, a life full up with duties and demands of a very practical sort-that all these need separate you from communion with Him. God is always coming to you in the Sacrament of the Present Moment. Meet and receive Him there with gratitude in that sacrament; however unexpected its outward form may be receive Him in every sight and sound, joy, pain, opportunity and sacrifice." - Evelyn Underhill

"Some Catholics have a concept I very much admire: the Sacrament of the Present Moment. It suggests that every moment of our lives is sacred, and that we should make of each moment a sacrament. Were we to do this we would think of the entire world as diffused with holiness. Wherever we might be would be a holy place for us, and we would see the holy, even sainthood, in everyone we encounter." - M Scott Peck

"He draws us to Himself by grace, by example, by power, by lovingness, by beauty, by pardon, and above all by the Blessed Sacrament. Every one who has had anything to do with ministering to souls has seen the power which Jesus has. Talent is not needed. Eloquence is comparatively unattractive. Learning is often beside the mark. Controversy simply repels... All the attraction of the Church is in Jesus, and His chief attraction is the Blessed Sacrament" - Frederick William Faber



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