Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Saints + Scripture

Better Late than Never | Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea máxima culpa!

The Popish Plot
"Year 2 in Review"

'Tis the Memorial of Saint Augustine, Bishop & Doctor of the Church (354-430, of Hippo), fifth (V) Bishop of Hippo Regius, also a Father of the Church: Doctor-link ūnus, Doctor-link duo, & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Hippo Regius; Doctors-link & Wikipedia-link Doctors; & Fathers-link & Wikipedia-link Fathers.

Commentary: Wayback Machine. Son of St. Monica [27 August].

Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
Believing that the grace of Christ was indispensable to human freedom, he helped formulate the doctrine of original sin & made seminal contributions to the development of just war theory. The segment of the Church that adhered to the concept of the Trinity as defined by the Council of Nicaea & the Council of Constantinople closely identified with Augustine's On the Trinity (De Trinitate).
Wikipedia-link Just War Theory & Wikipedia-link De Trinitate

Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, on this feast day of St. Augustine, we reflect on the development of Catholic teaching. In one very real sense, the Father speaks all he can possibly speak in his Son, rightly called the Logos. There is no more to be revealed, no more to be said, than what is expressed in Jesus. Nevertheless, the fullness of that revelation unfolds only over space and time, much the way that a seed unfolds very gradually into a mighty oak.

A lively mind takes an idea, turns it over, considers it, looks at it from various viewpoints, questions it. Then, in lively conversation, that mind throws the idea to another mind, who performs a similar set of operations.

This "play of lively minds" goes on over the centuries. St. John threw the idea of the Incarnation to St. Polycarp, who threw it to St. Irenaeus, who threw it to Origen, who threw it to Augustine, who passed it to Thomas Aquinas, who shared it with Robert Bellarmine, who spoke it to John Henry Newman and others, who have given it to us.

Now, who guarantees that this process moves forward? The answer is the Holy Spirit, whom Jesus promised to the Church.
Minute Meditations from the Popes:
Almighty God, St. Augustine taught that we should love You & do what we will. Let my love be real & profound so that whatever I do may truly be good & holy.
'Tis also the festival of Saint Moses the Black, Priest & Martyr (330-405, of Skete [or Scetis]; A.K.A. the Robber), martyred by pagan Berbers, one of the Desert Fathers: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Desert Fathers.

'Tis also the festival of Blesseds James Claxton, William Dean, Thomas Felton (O.F.M.), William Gunter, Hugh More, & Robert Morton, Priests; & Henry Webley, Martyrs (died 1588), martyred in the reign of the English queen Elizabeth I, Bl. Henry one of the Eighty-five Martyrs of England & Wales, Bls. James & Hugh two of the one hundred sixty Martyrs of Douai: Martyr-link Juliett Charlie, Martyr-link Whiskey Delta & Wikipedia-link Whiskey Delta, Martyr-link Tango Foxtrot & Wikipedia-link Tango Foxtrot, Martyr-link Whiskey Golf, Martyr-link Hotel Mike, Martyr-link Romeo Mike, & Martyr-link Hotel Whiskey; Martyrs-link England & Wales LXXXV & Wikipedia-link England & Wales LXXXV; & Martyrs-link Douai & Wikipedia-link Douai.

Commentary: Bl. Thomas is a son of the martyr Bl. John Felton [8 August].

'Tis also the festival of Saint Edmund Arrowsmith, Priest & Martyr, S.J. (1585-1628; A.K.A. Brian Arrowsmith, Edmund Bradshaw, Edmund Rigby), martyred in the reign of the Anglo-Scottish king Charles I, one of the Forty Martyrs of England & Wales: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link; Martyrs-link England & Wales XL & Wikipedia-link England & Wales XL.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Wednesday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time
The First Letter to the Thessalonians, chapter two, verses nine thru thirteen;
Psalm One Hundred Thirty-nine, verses seven & eight, nine & ten, & eleven & twelve(a/b);
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter twenty-three, verses twenty-seven thru thirty-two.

Commentary: Video reflection by Jem Sullivan, Ph.D.: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Mass Readings—Memorial of St. Augustine
The First Letter of John, chapter four, verses seven thru sixteen;
Psalm One Hundred Nineteen, verses nine, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen, & fourteen;
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter twenty-three, verses eight thru twelve.

Scripture Study—Day 91: Progeny Point, Day 31
The Book of Genesis, chapter forty-three, verses eleven, thirteen, fourteen, & fifteen & chapter forty-five, verses one thru eight.

Commentary: Joseph Makes Himself Known to His Brothers (Genesis, 43:11, 13-15 & 45:1-8).

Papal Quote o' the Day
"We have our individual personal duty to be good. That does not mean to be weak. It means to be capable of breaking the sad logical chain of evil by patience & forgiveness.It means to love, that is, to be Christians."
—Pope St. Paul VI (1897-1978, feast day: 29 May)
Saint Quote o' the Day
"It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels."
—St. Augustine of Hippo, Doctor of the Church (354-430, feast day: 28 August)

Bonus! Song o' Project BLACK MAMBA
Matt Maher, "Alive Again" from Alive Again (Mike Papa Whiskey)

Commentary: The lyrics of "Alive Again" are based on writings of St. Augustine's.

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