It was a great honor for me to shake hands with this warrior, Harold Thorp, a World War II hero who fought in the Pacific. He wears the 1939-1945 Star and the Burma Star. Thank you to all our veterans! Lest we forget.
"The Antichrist will not be so called; otherwise he would have no followers. He will come disguised as the Great Humanitarian; he will talk peace, prosperity and plenty not as means to lead us to God, but as ends in themselves. He will tempt Christian(s) with the same three temptations with which he tempted Christ... He will have one great secret which he will tell no one; he will not believe in God. Because his religion will be brotherhood without the fatherhood of God, he will deceive even the elect. He will set us a counter-church... It will have all the notes and characteristics of the Church, but in reverse and emptied of its divine content. It will be a mystical body of Antichrist that will in all externals resemble the mystical body of Christ."
"It is characteristic of any decaying civilization that the great masses of the people are unconscious of the tragedy...only those who live by faith know what is happening in the world...the great masses without faith are unconscious of the destructive process going on, because they have lost the vision of the heights from which they have fallen."
"When public relations techniques are used to promote vocations, with advertising in religious publications and direct mailings designed to encourage young people to join a given society or community, the danger is always present that stress will be placed on numbers to the neglect of quality. Saint Thomas insists that the weeding out of the unfit is an obligation of those charged with the selection of candidates...Avoid the methods of the world in promoting vocations. It is possible to win customers in business by publicity techniques, but vocations require a different approach. We may never be many, we may never be wise in the eyes of the world, but whatever we do must be done through the foolishness of the Cross."
-Fulton Sheen (Priest and Victim, Chapter 4: The Holiness of the Priest)
From the Angelic Doctor:
"Ad primum ergo dicendum quod Deus numquam ita deserit Ecclesiam suam, quin inveniantur idonei ministri sufficientes ad necessitatem plebis, di digni promoverentur, et digni repellent. Et si non possent tot ministri inveniri, quot modo sunt, melius esset habere paucos ministros bonos quam multos malos, ut dicit beatus Clemens, epist. 2 ad Jacobum fratrem Dom., ante med."
-St. Thomas Aquinas (Summa Theologiae III, Supp. q. 36, De Distinctione Ordinum, art. 4 ad I)