Archive | July, 2012

Fury of the Idolaters, Beauty of the Faith

If all we knew of today’s saint were the monuments left in his honor, we would conclude that he was a very great man indeed. July 23 is the memorial of St. Apollinaris, the first bishop of Ravenna in Italy. And the two sanctuaries dedicated to his memory — Sant’Apollinare in Classe and Sant’Apollinare Nuovo

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What We’re Reading Now: St. Bernard on Song of Songs

Lately I’ve been reading through St. Bernard’s four volumes of sermons on the Song of Songs.  I find it both spiritually edifying and historically interesting. Frequently, St. Bernard’s descriptions of the moral terpitude of twelfth-century Europe sound scarcely any different from contemporary American culture.  Truly there is “nothing new under the sun.” St. Bernard’s style

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Feast of St. Benedict

On the feast of St. Benedict (d. 543 AD), take a few minutes to listen to Mike Aquilina discuss the life of this giant of the Catholic Faith the founder of western monastacism, emphasizing prayer, work, study and contemplation.

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Hijo de María – 14o Domingo de Tiempo Ordinario

Lecturas: Ezequiel 2, 2-5 Salmo 123, 1-4 2 Corintios 12, 7-10 Marcos 6, 1-6 n los evangelios de los últimos do¬mingos hemos sido testigos, junto a los apóstoles, del poder de Jesús, quien es capaz de mandar al viento y al mar, y de levantar una muchacha que estaba muerta. Sin embargo, parecería que no

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Thomas the Twin

Pope Benedict XVI’s Wednesday Audience on St. Thomas from Vatican.va Dear Brothers and Sisters, Continuing our encounters with the Twelve Apostles chosen directly by Jesus, today we will focus our attention on Thomas. Ever present in the four lists compiled by the New Testament, in the first three Gospels he is placed next to Matthew (cf. Mt

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Seven Upward

If you’ve read any of my books, you know about the biblical significance of the number seven. God created the world in six days and rested on the seventh.  The seventh day would forever stand as a sign of the covenant (see Exodus 31:16-17).  He invited mankind to enter into His rest—to enter into a

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