Literary and Spiritual Excerpts

Dominico Barberi heralded the “Second Spring” for Catholicism with John Henry Newman

The Italian priest was also a member of the Passionists congregation

Dominico Barberi Alas! O Lord, Sovereign ruler of the universe, thou who from nothing didst create all things, and with the power of thy arm dost preserve and uphold them; thou, who didst deign to ...

Henry Weedall: devoted English priest and Catholic educator

Weedall devoted his life to the formation of young souls

Henry Weedall Let us begin with the virtue of religion. Of this a principal duty is worship, reason teaches us to worship God. The natural law prescribes that we should do it frequently. The divine ...

Knowledge alone frees the soul with the Mundaka Upanishad

Prayer and gifts to deities are vain and do nothing to alleviate suffering

Mundaka Upanishad Manifest, [yet] hidden; called “Moving-in-secret”: The great abode! Therein is placed that Which moves and breathes and winks. What that is, know as Being (sad) and Non-being (a-sad), As the object of desire, ...

Matthew Hale: defender of the English crown

He was celebrated for his fairness and legal acumen and continued Oliver Cromwell’s Commonwealth of England

Matthew Hale The Great Lord of the World hath placed the Children of Men in this Earth as his Stewards; and according to the Parable in Matthew 25, He delivers to every person his Talents, ...

Arthur Clifford: unearthed the Tixall Letters and Tixall Poetry

He was an English editor and dealer in antique manuscripts

Arthur Clifford A Prayer to the Almighty Amid the Ruins of History To want, and pining misery dear, And loved by all the country near, When, as successive ages rolled, The steel-clad knight, or baron ...

Discussing “Om” and “Moksha” with The Prashna Upanishad

The metaphysical, philosophical, and spiritual

The Prashna Upanishad The Lord of Creation, verily, was desirous of creatures. He performed austerity. Having performed austerity, he produces a pair, matter and life, thinking “These two will make creatures for me in manifold ...

Gutenberg Bible marked the advent of the printing press in Europe

It served as dynamo for the ideas that fueled the Renaissance, the Reformation, and the Enlightenment

Johannes Gutenberg God suffers in the multitude of souls whom His word can not reach. Religious truth is imprisoned in a small number of manuscript books, which confine instead of spread the public treasure. Let ...

The Katha Upanishad: self-knowledge is the highest form of happiness in Hinduism

Contrary to the Buddhist assertion that the greatest happiness is found in nothingness

The Katha Upanishad Nachiketa said: That which you see as other than righteousness and unrighteousness, other than all this cause and effect, other than what has been and what is to be−tell me that. Yama ...

William Eusebius Andrews: Catholic critic of Protestant historian John Foxe

Later compiled into the three-volume work, A Critical and Historical Review of Foxe’s Book of Martyrs

William Eusebius Andrews The very common manner of judging of human things by the abuses made of them, sometimes by the wicked and sometimes by fools, is vicious. If man has natural, religious, political and ...

Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism derived from the Kena Upanishad

Meaning “sitting down near”

Kena Upanishad When freed (from the senses) the wise, on departing from this world, become immortal. The eye does not go thither, nor speech, nor mind. We do not know, we do not understand, how ...

Hugo Grotius: man ruled by a lasting cooperative peace

He argued that natural law was the only firm basis by which any nation could rule

Hugo Grotius Among all good men one principle at any rate is established beyond controversy, that if the authorities issue any order that is contrary to the law of nature or to the commandments of ...

Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism derived from the Upanishads

Meaning “sitting down near”

Isha Upanishad By the Master all this is to be clothed and pervaded, whatever moves in this moving world. Through this renounced, thou shalt enjoy; covet not the wealth of any! Toiling, therefore, here at ...

John Lingard: used history to demonstrate truths of the Catholic Church

His writings anticipated those of future English apologists for Catholicism such as Hillaire Belloc

John Lingard According to the Catholic belief, the bread and wine in the sacrament of the Eucharist, are made verily and indeed, the body and blood of Christ. This doctrine is grounded on the express ...

Wang Yang-Ming: Neo-Confucian doctrine during the Ming dynasty

All humans possess innate knowledge of good and evil

Wang Yang-Ming Benevolence, justice, propriety, and wisdom are nature manifesting virtue. There is only one nature and no other. Referring to its substance, it is called heaven; considered as ruler or lord, it is called ...

Horace Greeley: Universalist, founder of the New York Tribune, and defender of human rights

“Go west, young man, and grow up with the country!”

Horace Greeley Love God with all the powers of your soul, and love every man as yourself; for every man is like a part of yourself, and must at last become, like you, one with ...