Saturday, December 31, 2016

Project BLACK MAMBA: Octave of the Nativity

'Tis the Optional Memorial of Saint Sylvester I, Pope (died 335), thirty-third Bishop of Rome: Saint-link ūnus, Saint-link duo, & Wikipedia-link.

Commentary: Wayback Machine. Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
He became pope in the era of Constantine the Great, when the public position of the Church so greatly improved, it is consequently to be regretted that there is so little authoritative information concerning Sylvester's pontificate.
'Tis also the feast of Saint John Francis Regis, Priest, S.J. (1597-1640): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.

Commentary: From the good old days on the collegiate debate circuit, I'm pals with a professor & several alumni from Regis University in Denver, named in the the saint's honor. Alas, Regis is one of those "Catholic" universities that has been seduced by worldly honors & prestige (Jesuit institutions have proved especially vulnerable to this seduction), turning its back on Christ & His Church, regarding the "Land o' Lakes Statement" as being more authoritative than Ex Corde Ecclesiae. St. Regis deserves better from his namesake; St. Regis, pray for your namesake!

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings
The First Letter of John, chapter two, verses eighteen thru twenty-one;
Psalm Ninety-six, verses one, two, eleven, twelve, & thirteen;
The Gospel according to John, chapter one, verses one thru eighteen.

Also, here is a brief article from the National Catholic Register explaining the beauty of celebrating the entire Christmastide, of not succumbing to the secular, commercialized silliness that pretends Christmas is over on 26 December: Six Days within Christmas-link.

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