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“Thus, while the Transfiguration exalts Christ and shows forth his glory, the scene again foreshadows Christ’s destiny as the suffering servant who will die in Jerusalem for the sins of all humanity.

Ultimately, these two themes of Christ’s glory and his suffering are meant to go together, for God’s glory will be revealed most fully not in worldly splendor or self-exaltation but in his self-giving love for us on the cross. And these themes of the Transfiguration stand as a reminder to us: We are called to radiate God’s glory most splendidly through our own sacrificial love here on earth.”

—from  Praying the Rosary Like Never Before: Encounter the Wonder of Heaven and Earth

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“Where there is no obedience there is no virtue, where there is no virtue there is no good, where there is no good there is no love, where there is no love, there is no God, and where there is no God there is no Paradise.”

— St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina

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“A sculptor who wishes to carve a figure out of a block uses his chisel, first cutting away great chunks of marble, then smaller pieces, until he finally reaches a point where only a brush of hand is needed to reveal the figure. In the same way, the soul has to undergo tremendous mortifications at first, and then more refined detachments, until finally its Divine image is revealed. Because mortification is recognized as a practice of death, there is fittingly inscribed on the tomb of Duns Scotus, Bis Mortus; Semel Sepultus (twice died, but buried only once). When we die to something, something comes alive within us. If we die to self, charity comes alive; if we die to pride, service comes alive; if we die to lust, reverence for personality comes alive; if we die to anger, love comes alive.”

— Fulton J. Sheen

 

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