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today’s holiday: Feast of St. Augustine of Hippo


Feast of St. Augustine of Hippo

St. Augustine is best known for his spiritual autobiography, the Confessions, which details the excesses of his youth, his career as a teacher of rhetoric, his years as a believer in Manicheism and Platonism, and his belated conversion to Christianity. It is primarily for his writings that he is known as the patron saint of theologians and scholars, and one of the “Four Latin Fathers” of the Christian Church. When Spanish soldiers landed on the coast of Florida on St. Augustine’s Day in 1565, they named the U.S.’s oldest European community after him. More… Discuss

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 SPIRITUAL REFLECTION  “The Church moves forward like the advancing dawn”  From the Moral Reflections on Job by Saint Gregory the Great, pope (Lib. 29,2-4: PL 76, 478-480)  Since the daybreak or the dawn is changed gradually from darkness into light, the Church, which comprises the elect, is fittingly styled daybreak or dawn. […]  This reference to the dawn conjures up a still more subtle consideration. The dawn intimates that the night is over; it does not yet proclaim the full light of day. While it dispels the darkness and welcomes the light, it holds both of them, the one mixed with the other, as it were.  Are not all of us who follow the truth in this life daybreak and dawn? While we do some things which already belong to the light, we are not free from the remnants of darkness. In Scripture the Prophet says to God: “No living being will be justified in your sight”. Scripture also says: “In many ways all of us give offense”. […]  What is the place of the dawn but the perfect clearness of eternal vision? When the dawn has been brought there, it will retain nothing belonging to the darkness of night. When the Psalmist writes: My soul thirsts for the living God; when shall I go and see the face of God?, does he not refer to the effort made by the dawn to reach its place?  Paul was hastening to the place which he knew the dawn would reach when he said he wished to die and to be with Christ. He expressed the same idea when he said: For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.


SPIRITUAL REFLECTION
The Church moves forward like the advancing dawn
From the Moral Reflections on Job by Saint Gregory the Great, pope
(Lib. 29,2-4: PL 76, 478-480)
Since the daybreak or the dawn is changed gradually from darkness into light, the Church, which comprises the elect, is fittingly styled daybreak or dawn. […]
This reference to the dawn conjures up a still more subtle consideration. The dawn intimates that the night is over; it does not yet proclaim the full light of day. While it dispels the darkness and welcomes the light, it holds both of them, the one mixed with the other, as it were.
Are not all of us who follow the truth in this life daybreak and dawn? While we do some things which already belong to the light, we are not free from the remnants of darkness.
In Scripture the Prophet says to God: “No living being will be justified in your sight”. Scripture also says: “In many ways all of us give offense”. […]
What is the place of the dawn but the perfect clearness of eternal vision? When the dawn has been brought there, it will retain nothing belonging to the darkness of night. When the Psalmist writes: My soul thirsts for the living God; when shall I go and see the face of God?, does he not refer to the effort made by the dawn to reach its place?
Paul was hastening to the place which he knew the dawn would reach when he said he wished to die and to be with Christ. He expressed the same idea when he said: For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. (click to access site)

Saint of the Day for Thursday, May 7th, 2015: St. Rose Venerini


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St. Rose Venerini

Blessed Rose was born at Viterbo in 1656, the daughter of Godfrey Venerini, a physician. Upon the death of a young man who had been paying court to her, she entered a convent, but after a few months … continue reading

Rose of Viterbo

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quotation: ― Augustine of Hippo


 

“Because God has made us for Himself, our hearts are restless until they rest in Him.”
Augustine of Hippo
Augustine of Hippo by Sandro Botticelli, c. 1490.

Augustine of Hippo by Sandro Botticelli, c. 1490. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

Saint of the Day for Sunday, January 25th, 2015 : St. Peter Thomas


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St. Peter Thomas

Simple coat of arms of the Carmelite Order

Simple coat of arms of the Carmelite Order (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Carmelite Latinpatriarch and papal legate. Peter was born in Gascony, France and joined the Carmelites while still a young man. In 1342 he was appointed procurator of the order and, from Avignon, he … continue reading

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more than an article: Handel – Water Music Check this YouTube documentary….You’ll love it!


Handel

Handel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Water Music

In 1712, George Frideric Handel took up permanent residence in England, leaving his employer—the elector of Hanover—behind in Germany. Two years later, the elector of Hanover became George I of England. When the king requested music for royal festivities, Handel wrote Water Music, allegedly to regain the king’s favor. Water Music debuted on a barge accompanying the king down the River Thames in 1717. What did George I think of Handel’s now-famous collection of songs? More… Discuss

Händel: Water music & Music for the royal fireworks | Hervé Niquet

 

Saint of the Day for Thursday, January 15th, 2015: St. Paul the Hermit


Also known as Paul the First Hermit and Paul of Thebes, an Egyptian hermit and friend of St. Jerome. Born in Lower The baid, Egypt, he was left an orphan at about the age of fifteen and hid during … continue reading

Preti, Mattia - St. Paul the Hermit - c. 1656-1660

Preti, Mattia – St. Paul the Hermit – c. 1656-1660 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Saint of the Day for Wednesday, August 27th, 2014: St. Monica


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St. Monica

St. Monica was married by arrangement to a pagan official in North Africa, who was much older than she, and although generous, was also violent tempered. His mother Lived with them and was equally … continue reading

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Saint of the Day may 27: St. Augustine of Canterbury


Image of St. Augustine of CanterburySt. Augustine of Canterbury

At the end of the sixth century anyone would have said that Augustine had found his niche in life. Looking at this respected prior of a monastery, almost anyone would have predicted he would spend … continue reading

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JOAN BAEZ ~ I Dreamed I Saw Saint Augustine ~


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I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine (lyrics and  music  by Bob Dylan)

I dreamed I saw St. Augustine
Alive as you or me
Tearing through these quarters
In the utmost misery
With a blanket underneath his arm
And a coat of solid gold
Searching for the very souls
Whom already have been sold.

“Arise, arise”, he cried so loud
With a voice without restraint
“Come out ye gifted kings and queens
And hear my sad complaint

No martyr is among ye now
Whom you can call your own
So go on your way accordingly
But know you’re not alone”.

I dreamed I saw St. Augustine
Alive with fiery breath
And I dreamed I was amongst the ones
That put him out to death
Oh, I awoke in anger
So alone and terrified
I put my fingers against the glass
And bowed my head and cried.

Stefan Augustin Doinas-Nocturna I


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