Saturday, July 30, 2016


'Tis the Optional Memorial of Saint Peter Chrysologus, Bishop & Doctor of the Church (circa 380-450): Doctor-link ūnus, Doctor-link duo, & Wikipedia-link.

Commentary: Wayback Machine. Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
Peter became known as an outstanding preacher. He also preached to catechumens preparing for baptism. Peter Chrysologus believed that Christians should acquire knowledge to support the Christian faith. He encouraged education as a God-given opportunity & obligation.
Quoth the Holy Family bulletin:
A man who vigorously pursues a gial may produce results far beyond his expectations & his intentions. Thus it was with Peter of the Golden Words, as he was called, who as a young man became bishop of Ravenna, the capital of the empire in the West. In addition to his zeal in the exercise of his office, Peter Chrysologus was distinguished by a fierce loyalty to the Church, not only in its teaching, but in its authority as well. He looked upon learning not as a mere opportunity but as an obligation for all, both as a development of God-given faculties & as a solid support for worship of God.
Considering education as a God-given opportunity & obligation: Chrysologus is an epithet, meaning the "golden-worded";
cf. St. John Chrysostom (13 September), the "golden-mouthed."

'Tis also the feast of Saint Leopold Mandić, Priest, O.F.M. Cap. (1866-1942): Saint-link ūnus, Saint-link duo, & Wikipedia-link.

Commentary: Quoth the Holy Family bulletin:
A naive of Croatia, Leopold joined the Capouchin Franciscans & was ordained several years later in spite of several health problems. He could not speak loudly enough to preach publicly. For many years he also suffered from severe arthritis, poor eyesight, & a stomach ailment. Leopold taught patrology, the study of the Church Fathers, to the clerics of his province for several years, but he is best known for his work in the confessional, where he sometimes spend thirteen to fifteen hours a day. Several bishops sought out his spiritual advice.
Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings
The Book of Jeremiah, chapter twenty-six, verses eleven thru sixteen & twenty-four;
Psalm Sixty-nine, verses fifteen, sixteen, thirty, thirty-one, thirty-three, & thirty-four;
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter fourteen, verses one thru twelve;

or, for St. Peter:
The Letter to the Ephesians, chapter three, verses eight thru twelve;
Psalm One Hundred Nineteen, verse twelve;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter six, verses forty-three thru forty-five.

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