The greatest obstacle in the apostolate of the Church is the timidity or rather the cowardice of the faithful.— Pope Pius X
Unusual Apostolic quotations
Before everything else, fidelity to the Church: One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic. Jesus did not found several churches, but one single Church.
We profess to be strangers and pilgrims, seeking after a country of our own, yet we settle down in the most un-stranger-like fashion, exactly as if we were quite at home and meant to stay as long as we could. I don't wonder apostolic miracles have died. Apostolic living certainly has.
I think we all sin by needlessly disobeying the apostolic injunction to "rejoice" as much as by anything else
A policy is a temporary creed liable to be changed, but while it holds good it has got to be pursued with apostolic zeal.
An apostolic missionary must have both heart and tongue ablaze with charity.
A Christianity without a passion to turn the world upside down is not reflective of apostolic Christianity
By heart we believe and by mouth confess the one Church, not of heretics but the Holy Roman, Catholic, and Apostolic Church outside which we believe that no one is saved.
To be a Christian is to be a theologian-a student of God and his will.
The contemporary disdain for theological content and emphasis on self-image and emotions were not shared by the apostolic church.
God never tires of forgiving us; we are the ones who tire of seeking his mercy.
The Church, during the apostolic age, did not consist of isolated, independent congregations, but was one body, of which the separate churches were constituent members, each subject to all the rest, or to an authority which extended over all.
The Church is built on the rock of Peter, and he who eats the Lamb outside this holy dwelling is reprobate .. .He who eats the Lamb outside this Apostolic See has no part with God!
In short, apostolic movement involves a radical community of disciples, centered on the lordship of Jesus, empowered by the Spirit, built squarely on a fivefold ministry, organized around mission where everyone (not just professionals) is considered an empowered agent, and tends to be decentralized in organizational structure.
The more fully that the gospel is preached, in the grand old apostolic way, the more likely is it to accomplish the results which it did in the apostolic days.
The best advice that I can give you is this.
Church-traditions — especially when they do not run counter to the faith — are to be observed in the form in which previous generations have handed them down; and the use of one church is not to be annulled because it is contrary to that of another.
The apostolic church thought more about the Second Coming of Jesus Christ than about death and heaven. The early Christians were looking, not for a cleft in the ground called a grave but for a cleavage in the sky called Glory.
In fact, there is only one true and holy religion, founded and instituted by Christ Our Lord. Mother and Nurse of the virtues, Destroyer of vice, Liberator of souls, Guide to true happiness, she is called Catholic, Apostolic, and Roman.
One of the special marks of the Holy Ghost in the Apostolic Church was the spirit of boldness.
We are compelled, our faith urging us, to believe and to hold—and we do firmly believe and simply confess—that there is one holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, outside of which there is neither salvation nor remission of sins.
...Be holy men and women! Do not forget that the fruits of the apostolate depend on the depth of the spiritual life, on the intensity of prayer, of continual formation and sincere adhesion to the directives of the Church.
The apostolic writings are of three kinds: historical, didactic, and prophetic.
That rule must be absolutely observed which states that, except for the most serious reasons and with the Apostolic See, no innovations are to be introduced into the holy rites of the liturgy.
It is not necessary to seek the truth among others which it is easy to obtain from the Church; since the apostles, like a rich man [depositing his money] in a bank, lodged in her hands most copiously all things pertaining to the truth.
The Spirit is testifying that a new day is dawning.
The stage of the world is being set for a fullness of a harvest and a genuine apostolic reformation in a new way.
Apostolic preaching is not marked by its beautiful diction, or literary polish, or Cleverness of expression, but Operates “in demonstration of the Spirit and of power.
We cannot build up the idea of the apostolate of the laity without the foundation of the liturgy.
That the apostolic office is temporary, is a plain historical fact.
Christ is the master; the Scriptures are only the servant.
It appears likely that there was no normative pattern of church government in the apostolic age, and that the organizational structure of the church is no essential element in the theology of the church.
I find it fascinating that Paul [the apostol], writing to the Galatians, responds to the question, "What does it mean to live in Christ?" by saying, "There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus."
I held apostolic succession fully, and the channels of grace to be there only.
In an apostolic network the person in charge of maintaining the DNA of the network is the lead apostle, who consults with those he or she chooses, and no one else.
Apostolic preaching cannot be carried on unless there be apostolic prayer.
Men of God, before anything else, are indispensable to the furtherance of the kingdom of God on earth.
I invite all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting him encounter them.
I don't wonder apostolic miracles have died. Apostolic living certainly has.