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Catechism XXXII ~ Thoughts for Eastertide


by St. Gregory of Nyssa What other objection is alleged by our adversaries? This; that (to take the preferable view2014) it was altogether needless that that transcendent Being should submit to the experience of death, but He might independently of … Continue reading

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Benedict’s Vision


In his Dialogues Pope St. Gregory the Great relates the story of St. Benedict seeing a remarkable vision. It follows upon his “forced” all-night meeting with his sister St. Scholastica. Benedict had been unwilling to grant Scholastica’s request to stay with … Continue reading

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Aelfric: the lives of the Saints


Aelfric of Eynsham Was a Benedictine Abbot of Eynsham in the tenth century (955 – 1010). He received his education and training in Christianity from St. Aethelwold the Bishop of Winchester. Aelfric is to a significant extent a product of … Continue reading

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Discernment


Several times we have noticed that the patristic homilies encourage fasting. In a previous post, I have mentioned that the patristic authors, often themselves ascetics, enjoyed a very sparse diet. The Egyptian monks especially limiting themselves to bread and water … Continue reading

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Matins Readings in Trinitytide


Ordered Readings It will not have escaped the users of the Anglican Breviary that there is an order to the Scripture readings for Matins. The cycle of readings begins by following the cycle of the life, death, and resurrection of … Continue reading

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Paschal Foundation


It is often asserted that the Christian Faith is founded on two pillars: Trinity Incarnation On the face of it this assertion seems quite plausible. After all … The dogmas of Trinity and Incarnation seem to conveniently encapsulate the entirety … Continue reading

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Made ready to hear (ii)


Receptivity to God I have described de Vogüé’s insight at some length because it seems to me that it is important to realize that “saying the Psalms” or Psalmody has two characteristics. It is our prayer to God, but it … Continue reading

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