Feast of St. Irenaeus

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Friday was the feast of St. Irenaeus, bishop of Lyons, and martyr. (I meant to get this up earlier in the day, but meetings and treating a summer cold intervened.) He flourished around the end of the second century: born ca. AD 140, he was made bishop of Lyons in Gaul in 177 upon the martyrdom of St. Pothinus, wrote … Read More

CST on Marriage

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“The family, in fact, is born of the intimate communion of life and love founded on the marriage between one man and one woman. It possesses its own specific and original social dimension, in that it is the principal place of interpersonal relationships, the first and vital cell of society. The family is a divine institution that stands at the … Read More

Fortnight for Freedom Begins

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The USCCB is launching another Fortnight for Religious Freedom: The U.S. bishops have called for a Fortnight for Freedom, a two-week period of prayer and action, to address many current challenges to religious liberty, including the August 1, 2013 deadline for religious organizations to comply with the HHS mandate, Supreme Court rulings that could attempt to redefine marriage in June, … Read More

St Boniface, Bishop and Martyr

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Today is the feast day of St. Boniface, martyred 5 June 754 at Dokkum at the hands of my ancestors, the Frisians, dear to me as he is apostle to Frisia (Friesland) and the Germans and patron of Germany and brewers. The picture is a statue of him outside the Mainz Cathedral, where he was bishop; his body is buried … Read More

Papal Prayer Intentions for June

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The Pope’s general prayer intention for June is: “That a culture of dialogue, listening, and mutual respect may prevail among peoples.” His mission intention is: “That where secularization is strongest, Christian communities may effectively promote a new evangelization.” (from VIS)

A prayer for evening from St Ambrose

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                        Deus, creator omnium, Polique rector, vestiens Diem decoro lumine, Noctem sopora gratia; Artus solutos ut quies Reddat laboris usui Mentesque fessas allevet, Luctusque solvat anxios. O God, Creator of us all, Guiding the orbs celestial, Clothing the day with lovely light, Appointing gracious sleep by night: Thy grace … Read More

Your First Summer Read

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Your first summer read must be Rod Dreher’s The Little Way of Ruthie Leming: A Southern Girl, A Small Town, and the Secret of a Good Life. I don’t recommend a lot of books; life is short, our time is limited, and there’s too many books out there. Choose wisely, I say. (This is the deserved fate of those who … Read More

Aquinas on the Trinity

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While we’re at it, stolen shamelessly from my friends at The Sacred Page: There is in God, as there is in us, a sort of ‘circulation’ (circulatio) in the operations of mind and will: for the will returns to that which understanding initiated. But with us the ‘circle’ (circulus) closes in that which is outside of us: the external good … Read More

St Augustine on the Trinity

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From Confessions, book 13:11,12: Which of us understands the Almighty Trinity? And yet which speaks not of It, if indeed it be It? Rare is that soul which, while it speaks of It, knows what it speaks of. And they contend and strive, but no one without peace sees that vision. I could wish that men would consider these three … Read More

Two Pieces on the Trinity

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“The Creed and the Trinity,” from The Christian Faith, by Henri de Lubac, SJ: Our God is a living God, a God who, in himself, is sufficient unto himself. In him there is neither solitude nor egoism. In the very depths of Being there is ecstasy, the going out of self. There is, “in the unity of the Holy Spirit”, … Read More