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Arthur Middleton Quotes and Sayings

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As priests uphold their people in prayer,
so their people are to uphold them with prayer and love,
for he cannot work without his people.
- Arthur Middleton

We are to introduce our people into the life of the Church,
which is salvation, that they may grasp its meaning,
its contents and purpose, to taste and see how good the Lord is.
- Arthur Middleton

The task of a priest, in some respects,
may be different today, but the principles upon which
Herbert built his life as a priest are of universal application.
- Arthur Middleton

The Church's note must be a supernatural note which
distinguishes incarnation from immanence,
redemption from evolution, the Kingdom of God from mere spiritual process.
- Arthur Middleton

 

Priesthood is not a convenient, historically conditioned
form of Church organisation,
but is rooted in the Incarnation, in the priesthood
and mission of Christ himself.
- Arthur Middleton

Many people experience Gethsemane moments.
- Arthur Middleton

Priesthood is forever and does not cease when a priest
cannot carry out that priestly ministry.
- Arthur Middleton

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Times have changed since George Herbert...
but the principle and spirit in which he ministered
as a priest remains an inspiration and model for all priests.
- Arthur Middleton

The Incarnation is the medicine of the soul,
undoing the Fall and bringing man to the Tree of Life,
and the office of a priest is to administer this medicine in the sacraments.
- Arthur Middleton

There is a rising generation in this country who do
not know God because of a general decay of religion.
- Arthur Middleton

The priest is Christ's slave, and Christ himself took
the form of a slave and became obedient to death.
So the priest in serving human needs lives a Godward life,
possessed by God and witnessing that only when lives
are utterly possessed by God do they find their true freedom.
- Arthur Middleton

There is a kind of thinking in the Church that wants
to reduce the priest to a mere functionary,
a managing director, where administration rather than
doctrine and worship are to determine the form of the Church.
- Arthur Middleton

If there were no ministers and no priests,
how long would there be any churches?
- Lemuel K. Washburn

There is good news in the data the strongest support
for priests is to be found among the younger generation.
- Andrew Greeley

The legal system is often a mystery,
and we,
its priests, preside over rituals baffling to everyday citizens.
- Henry Miller

Don't you know, priests, why our sermons do not touch
the people's heart? Because we do not preach to the eyes,
only to the ears.
- Antonio Vieira

People say that slaves were taken from Africa.
This is not true: People were taken from Africa,
among them healers and priests, and were made into slaves.
- Abdullah Ibrahim

That God cannot lie, is no advantage to your argument,
because it is no proof that priests can not,
or that the Bible does not.
- Thomas Paine

The man or country that fights priestcraft and priests
is to my mind striking deeper for freedom than can be struck anywhere.
- George Meredith

The priests are debarred from female society,
nor is any woman permitted to enter the religious houses.
- Hernando Cortes

One good schoolmaster is of more use than a hundred priests.
- Thomas Paine

The entire world is my temple, and a very fine one too,
if I'm not mistaken, and I'll never lack priests to
serve it as long as there are men.
- Desiderius Erasmus

Hell is paved with priests' skulls.
- John Chrysostom

That was my aspiration, so I was there in a seminary
with just boys who were studying to be priests.
Pretty rigorous schooling; we never got home,
we stayed there all year.
- Peter Jurasik

The only thing I oppose is persecuting of Eastern Orthodox priests and temples.
- Vladimir Zhirinovsky

I left because I decided it just really wasn't for me,
and I got a better understanding of what the Catholic
Church needed from its priests and ministers.
- Peter Jurasik

When I look upon seamen, men of science and philosophers,
man is the wisest of all beings; when I look upon priests
and prophets nothing is as contemptible as man.
- Diogenes

Women priests.
Great, great.
Now there's priests of both sexes I don't listen to.
- Bill Hicks

Some of the priests from the Seminary were in the nunnery every day and night,
and often several at a time.
- Maria Monk

Some people go to priests; others to poetry;
I to my friends.
- Virginia Woolf

People who commit crimes should be responsible for those crimes.
It doesn't matter whether they're priests or ministers or atheists.
- John Ashcroft

The bishops will govern the Church, the priests will
do all the work and the deacons will have all the fun.
- Richard Cardinal Cushing

Priests are not men of the world; it is not intended that they should be;
and a University training is the one best adapted to
prevent their becoming so.
- Samuel Butler

The priests say that God created our souls,
and that just puts us under the control of another puppeteer.
If God created our will, then he's responsible for every choice we make.
- Orson Scott Card

In Hollywood they usually cast me as villains or priests.
- Max von Sydow

The artistic taste of the Catholic priests is appalling
and I am most anxious to have a Catholic church in
which everything is genuine and good,
and not tawdry and ostentatious.
- Giles Gilbert Scott

And a third thing is the understanding of the Church as a community,
a communion which is just a hierarchy but the people of God,
whose servants are the priests and bishops.
- Hans Kung

When you get to 15 and most of your teachers are priests,
there's bound to be a conflict.
- Ian Hart

I hate that which we have decided to call realism,
even though I have been made one of its high priests.
- Gustave Flaubert

I really believed that the priests were acquainted with my thoughts;
and often stood in great awe of them.
They often told me they had power to strike me dead at any moment.
- Maria Monk

While we are under the tyranny of Priests,
it will ever be their interest, to invalidate the law of nature and reason,
in order to establish systems incompatible therewith.
- Ethan Allen

How the early priests came into possession of these secrets does not appear,
and if there were ever any records of this kind the
Church would hardly allow them to become public.
- Harry Houdini

Priests have to have the right to say that a sin is a sin.
- Rocco Buttiglione

The Catholic men are more upset about women not being
able to be priests than are Catholic women.
- Andrew Greeley

The philosopher has never killed any priests,
whereas the priest has killed a great many philosophers.
- Denis Diderot

I admire certain priests and nuns who go off on their
own and do God's work on their own,
who help in the ghettos, but as far as the institution
of the church is concerned,
I think it is despicable.
- Frank McCourt

Priests, she insisted, could not sin.
It was a thing impossible.
Everything that they did, and wished,
was of course right.
She hoped I would see the reasonableness and duty of the oaths I was to take,
and be faithful to them.
- Maria Monk

We have one of our priests in prison right now,
Steve Kelly, for his antiwar actions,
and three of us in the community are forbidden to visit
him because we're all convicted felons.
- Daniel Berrigan

Many of us have been conditioned to trust others' opinions
more than our own, and I believe that sort of trust is excessive.
This is especially true with regard to authority figures -
doctors, lawyers, priests. I trust my doctor's intentions toward me,
but I don't blindly follow his suggestions
without checking other sources also.
He was trained to prescribe a pill for everything,
and does it with the best of intentions,
but I often choose to trust God's quiet voice inside me
rather than my doctor's medical advice.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

What I think we can do is help individuals understand the church teaching,
but also maybe help the church understand the viewpoint
of lay men and women about what they want in regard to priests,
or how do they want the hierarchy to deal with them?
- William P. Leahy

There are enormously gifted Episcopal priests around
this church who are gay and lesbian,
some of whom are partnered, who would make wonderful
bishops and they're going to be nominated and they're going to be elected.
- Gene Robinson

You are priests, not social or political leaders.
Let us not be under the illusion that we are serving
the Gospel through an exaggerated interest in the wide
field of temporal problems.
- Pope John Paul II

I don't believe in organized religion -
I dealt with them hand in hand,
and a whole bunch of Catholic priests tried to molest me.
Telling me I was gay and I should go home with them and stuff.
- Jonathan Davis

In all the antique religions, mythology takes the place of dogma;
that is,
the sacred lore of priests and people...
and these stories afford the only explanation that
is offered of the precepts of religion and the prescribed rules of ritual.
- William Robertson Smith

What, but the rapacity of the only men who exercised their reason,
the priests, secured such vast property to the church,
when a man gave his perishable substance to save himself
from the dark torments of purgatory.
- Mary Wollstonecraft

If priests were allowed to marry, if this would be an optional thing,
and if he could have wife and children,
he would certainly have less temptation to satisfy
certain sexual impulses with minors.
- Hans Kung

Let judges secretly despair of justice:
their verdicts will be more acute.
Let generals secretly despair of triumph;
killing will be defamed.
Let priests secretly despair of faith:
their compassion will be true.
- Leonard Cohen

We don't hire ministers or priests to teach and care for us.
This forces us to teach and care for each other -
and in my view,
this is the core of Christian living as Christ taught it.
- Clayton Christensen

I must be informed, that one of my great duties was,
to obey the priests in all things; and this I soon learnt,
to my utter astonishment and horror,
was to live in the practice of criminal intercourse with them.
- Maria Monk

I don't flatter myself with much dependence upon the
present disposition of the Eastern Indians,
who are many ways liable to be drawn into a rupture
with us by the artifices of the French,
their own weakness and the influence which the French
Missionary Priests have over them.
- William Shirley

The Gospel having spread itself into Persia,
the pagan priests, who worshipped the sun,
were greatly alarmed, and dreaded the loss of that
influence they had hitherto maintained over the people's minds and properties.
- John Foxe

It's okay for Christians throughout centuries to exterminate
races and for their priests to rape little kids throughout decades,
but trying to give the people the power to think and be individual,
that's evil?
- Glenn Danzig

We will that all men know we blame not all the lords,
nor all those that are about the king's person,
nor all gentlemen nor yeomen, nor all men of law,
nor all bishops, nor all priests, but all such as may
be found guilty by just and true inquiry and by the law.
- Jack Cade

The simplest questions are the most profound.
Where were you born?
Where is your home?
Where are you going?
What are you doing?
Think about these once in a while
and watch your answers change.
- Richard Bach

Whenever you do a thing,
act as if all the world were watching.
- Thomas Jefferson

Forgiveness is unlocking the door to set someone free
and realizing you were the prisoner!
- Max Lucado

Act as if it were impossible to fail.
- Dorthea Brande

The problems of the world cannot possibly
be solved by skeptics or cynics
whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities.
We need men who can dream of things that never were.
- John F. Kennedy

Many of life's failures are people who did not realize
how close they were to success when they gave up.
- Thomas Edison

The greatest hazard of all, losing one's self,
can occur very quietly in the world, as if it were nothing at all.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves,
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.
- Marianne Williamson


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