Martin Luther (10 November 1483 – 18 February 1546), O.S.A., was a German professor of theology, composer, priest, monk and a seminal figure in the Protestant Reformation.
Luther came to reject several teachings and practices of the Roman Catholic Church. He strongly disputed the Catholic view on indulgences as he understood it to be, that freedom from God’s punishment for sin could be purchased with money.
Luther proposed an academic discussion of the practice and efficacy of indulgences in his Ninety-five Theses of 1517.
His refusal to renounce all of his writings at the demand of Pope Leo X in 1520 and the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V at the Diet of Worms in 1521 resulted in his excommunication by the Pope and condemnation as an outlaw by the Emperor.
Martin Luther Quotes/Thoughts
Many pass for saints on earth whose souls are in hell.
Temptations, of course, cannot be avoided, but because we cannot prevent the birds from flying over our heads, there is no need that we should let them nest in our hair.
I have so much to do today, I’ll need to spend another hour on my knees.
The reproduction of mankind is a great marvel and mystery. Had God consulted me in the matter, I should have advised him to continue the generation of the species by fashioning them out of clay.
Pray, and let God worry.
Christianity can be summed up in the two terms faith and love…receiving from above [faith] and giving out below [love].
Heretics are not to be disputed with, but to be condemned unheard, and whilst they perish by fire, the faithful ought to pursue the evil to its source, and bathe their heads in the blood of the Catholic bishops, and of the Pope, who is the devil in disguise.
God wants us to pray, and he wants to hear our prayers-not because we are worthy, but because he is merciful.
He who loves not wine, women and song remains a fool his whole life long.
All of a Christian’s life is one of repentance.
The cross alone is our theology.
Next to the Word of God, music deserves the highest praise. The gift of language combined with the gift of song was given to man that he should proclaim the Word of God through Music.
Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime.
Prayer is climbing up into the heart of God.
People go through three conversions: The conversion of their head, their heart, and their pocketbook. Unfortunately, not all at the same time.