Five Papal Memes… and corresponding biblical texts


“Jesus spoke to them, saying: Be of good heart: it is I, fear ye not.” (Matthew 14:27)

“And Jesus answering, said to them: Amen, I say to you, if you shall have faith, and stagger not, not only this of the fig tree shall you do, but also if you shall say to this mountain, Take up and cast thyself into the sea, it shall be done.” (Matthew 21:21)

“And behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world.” (Matthew 28:20)


“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32)

“If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.” (Mark 9:23)

“And Jesus said to him: Go, and do thou in like manner.” (Luke 10:37)

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“And thou shalt love the Lord thy God, with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with thy whole mind, and with thy whole strength. This is the first commandment.” (Mark 12:30)

“And I will go in to the altar of God : to God who giveth joy to my youth.” (Psalm 43:4)

“Great and wonderful are thy works, O Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, O King of ages. Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and magnify thy name? For thou only art holy: for all nations shall come, and shall adore in thy sight, because thy judgments are manifest.” (Revelation 15:3b, 4)


“And the angel being come in, said unto her: Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.” (Luke 1:28)

“And Mary said: My soul doth magnify the Lord. And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. Because he hath regarded the humility of his handmaid; for behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.” (Luke 1:46-48)

“After that, he saith to the disciple: Behold thy mother. And from that hour, the disciple took her to his own.” (John 19:27)

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“And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16:18)

“Now therefore you are no more strangers and foreigners; but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and the domestics of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone: in whom all the building, being framed together, groweth up into an holy temple in the Lord. In whom you also are built together into an habitation of God in the Spirit.” (Ephesians 2:19-22)

“Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to the whole creation.” (Mark 16:15)


[I have used the Douay-Rheims Bible translations for the quotes beneath the memes.]

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8 Responses to Five Papal Memes… and corresponding biblical texts

  1. johnhenrycn says:

    Thanks. I needed those. Especially the first one.


  2. johnhenrycn says:

    “Be afraid neither of the world, nor of the future…” says Pope Benedict.

    The famous Christian pundit, Dorothy L. Sayers, once wrote: “Our fears are like cows. If one stares them in the face long enough, they generally run away.”

    Thinking of Sayers (1893-1957) leads me to ask our John to think of her also when he considers the course his life is taking. Unlike her, he has probably never run with a motorcyle gang or had a child out of wedlock by a gang member or married a divorcé; but like her, I suspect he is/was ‘high church’ Anglican. She died as one, but she had enormous respect for Catholicism:

    “I shall and will affirm that the reason why the Churches are discredited today is not that they are too bigoted about theology, but that they have run away from theology. The Church of Rome alone has retained Her prestige because She puts theology in the foreground of Her teaching.”

    …and is credited, in fact, with having led people to the One True Church referred to in the last meme above, which I mention to bring my comment back on topic 😉


  3. keenforgod says:

    Great collection of memes. Thanks for sharing!


  4. johnhenrycn says:

    keenforgod: “Thanks for sharing”

    For a diplomat, you’re certainly a man of few words. That’s the second time you’ve used that triplet in as many days. But thanks for sharing – and joining us. What do think of this book: ?


  5. John says:

    Johnhenry: I just wanted to acknowledge your comment ( November 20, 2014 at 18:32 ). The particular sins mentioned I feel reasonably sure I am free of. My life has not been quite that exciting, but there are plenty more I am still dragging round!!

    Of course what you say is right, and putting our faith in God and committing our will to him is the only way forward, for I know he will lead me to where I need to be, and I am looking firmly to the future.

    I put my current state of mind down to the “birth pangs” of enlightenment; and the sense of loss down to simple human frustration and impatience at no longer being in a position to do make a difference in people’s lives, or feel such an embedded part of a Christian Community, or offer the help and support I once did to that community in the only way I know how, but this is probably more about me than those I aim to help, since God will provide for them through someone else I am sure, as I am but a tool.

    Despite everything, unlike Dorothy L Sayers however, I will complete my journey, since above all, I know this to be right, and I find immense peace, solace and joy in progressing towards reaching my personal goal of full Communion with Our lord again, since (valid or otherwise) it has been too long since I partook of the sacraments, and although this might sound strange it makes me very uneasy and gives me a feeling of great vulnerability (my 40 days in the wilderness).
    In any case this forum has been, and is a fantastic outlet for my frustrations and I have to thank everyone for your patience and long sufferings dealing with my diatribes!! lol, though I doubt I will be posting much in the future as WordPress doesn’t seem to like me and the Gremlins are back, showing me as someone else again, but its been fun !


  6. John says:

    mmmm those same Gremlins seem to have heard me and put my name back. Oh well !


  7. johnhenrycn says:

    This brief exchange we’ve had about Sayers…I went downstairs to pick up a book of hers in order to continue our discussion, a second hand (but first) edition of some of her pamphlets, and was tickled to see this inscription on the flyleaf: “Dad from John, Spring 1960, Viz pg – 47!” The book is Creed or Chaos? And Other Essays In Popular Theology, and the essay at page 47 is titled – Why Work?.

    Did your dad wonder about the value of work from time to time? The spring of 1960 seems about the age you’d have been to send a book like that to him. Anyway, the title: Creed or Chaos ?, tells us which side of the fence Sayers was on, even though she was an Anglican.


  8. Steve says:

    Matthew 7:21-23 ESV

    “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’


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