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Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings,06-28-06,Mem. St. Irenaeus,Bishop/martyr Vigil-Sts. Peter,Paul
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Posted on 06/28/2006 7:08:40 AM PDT by Salvation

June 28, 2006

Memorial of Saint Irenaeus, bishop and martyr

Psalm: Wednesday 27

Reading 1
2 Kgs 22:8-13; 23:1-3

The high priest Hilkiah informed the scribe Shaphan,
“I have found the book of the law in the temple of the LORD.”
Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, who read it.
Then the scribe Shaphan went to the king and reported,
“Your servants have smelted down the metals available in the temple
and have consigned them to the master workmen
in the temple of the LORD.”
The scribe Shaphan also informed the king
that the priest Hilkiah had given him a book,
and then read it aloud to the king.
When the king heard the contents of the book of the law,
he tore his garments and issued this command to Hilkiah the priest,
Ahikam, son of Shaphan,
Achbor, son of Micaiah, the scribe Shaphan,
and the king’s servant Asaiah:
“Go, consult the LORD for me, for the people, for all Judah,
about the stipulations of this book that has been found,
for the anger of the LORD has been set furiously ablaze against us,
because our fathers did not obey the stipulations of this book,
nor fulfill our written obligations.”

The king then had all the elders of Judah
and of Jerusalem summoned together before him.
The king went up to the temple of the LORD with all the men of Judah
and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem:
priests, prophets, and all the people, small and great.
He had the entire contents of the book of the covenant
that had been found in the temple of the LORD, read out to them.
Standing by the column, the king made a covenant before the LORD
that they would follow him
and observe his ordinances, statutes and decrees
with their whole hearts and souls,
thus reviving the terms of the covenant
which were written in this book.
And all the people stood as participants in the covenant.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 119:33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 40

R. (33a) Teach me the way of your decrees, O Lord.
Instruct me, O LORD, in the way of your statutes,
that I may exactly observe them.
R. Teach me the way of your decrees, O Lord.
Give me discernment, that I may observe your law
and keep it with all my heart.
R. Teach me the way of your decrees, O Lord.
Lead me in the path of your commands,
for in it I delight.
R. Teach me the way of your decrees, O Lord.
Incline my heart to your decrees
and not to gain.
R. Teach me the way of your decrees, O Lord.
Turn away my eyes from seeing what is vain:
by your way give me life.
R. Teach me the way of your decrees, O Lord.
Behold, I long for your precepts;
in your justice give me life.
R. Teach me the way of your decrees, O Lord.

Gospel
Mt 7:15-20

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing,
but underneath are ravenous wolves.
By their fruits you will know them.
Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?
Just so, every good tree bears good fruit,
and a rotten tree bears bad fruit.
A good tree cannot bear bad fruit,
nor can a rotten tree bear good fruit.
Every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down
and thrown into the fire.

So by their fruits you will know them.”




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1 posted on 06/28/2006 7:08:43 AM PDT by Salvation
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Vigil -- Sts. Peter and Paul

June 28, 2006

Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles
Vigil

Psalm: Wednesday 27

Reading 1
Acts 3:1-10

Peter and John were going up to the temple area
for the three o’clock hour of prayer.
And a man crippled from birth was carried
and placed at the gate of the temple called “the Beautiful Gate”
every day to beg for alms from the people who entered the temple.
When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple,
he asked for alms.
But Peter looked intently at him, as did John,
and said, “Look at us.”
He paid attention to them, expecting to receive something from them.
Peter said, “I have neither silver nor gold,
but what I do have I give you:
in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazorean, rise and walk.”
Then Peter took him by the right hand and raised him up,
and immediately his feet and ankles grew strong.
He leaped up, stood, and walked around,
and went into the temple with them,
walking and jumping and praising God.
When all the people saw the man walking and praising God,
they recognized him as the one who used to sit begging
at the Beautiful Gate of the temple,
and they were filled with amazement and astonishment
at what had happened to him.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 19:2-3, 4-5

R. (5) Their message goes out through all the earth.
The heavens declare the glory of God;
and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
Day pours out the word to day;
and night to night imparts knowledge.
R. Their message goes out through all the earth.
Not a word nor a discourse
whose voice is not heard;
through all the earth their voice resounds,
and to the ends of the world, their message.
R. Their message goes out through all the earth.

Reading II
Gal 1:11-20

I want you to know, brothers and sisters,
that the Gospel preached by me is not of human origin.
For I did not receive it from a human being, nor was I taught it,
but it came through a revelation of Jesus Christ.

For you heard of my former way of life in Judaism,
how I persecuted the Church of God beyond measure
and tried to destroy it, and progressed in Judaism
beyond many of my contemporaries among my race,
since I was even more a zealot for my ancestral traditions.
But when God, who from my mother’s womb had set me apart
and called me through his grace,
was pleased to reveal his Son to me,
so that I might proclaim him to the Gentiles,
I did not immediately consult flesh and blood,
nor did I go up to Jerusalem
to those who were Apostles before me;
rather, I went into Arabia and then returned to Damascus.

Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem
to confer with Cephas and remained with him for fifteen days.
But I did not see any other of the Apostles,
only James the brother of the Lord.
–As to what I am writing to you, behold,
before God, I am not lying.

Gospel
Jn 21:15-19

Jesus had revealed himself to his disciples
and, when they had finished breakfast, said to Simon Peter,
“Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?”
Simon Peter answered him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”
Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.”
He then said to Simon Peter a second time,
“Simon, son of John, do you love me?”
Simon Peter answered him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”
He said to him, “Tend my sheep.”
He said to him the third time,
“Simon, son of John, do you love me?”
Peter was distressed that he had said to him a third time,
“Do you love me?” and he said to him,
“Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.”
Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.
Amen, amen, I say to you, when you were younger,
you used to dress yourself and go where you wanted;
but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands,
and someone else will dress you
and lead you where you do not want to go.”
He said this signifying by what kind of death he would glorify God.
And when he had said this, he said to him, “Follow me.”



2 posted on 06/28/2006 7:11:20 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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3 posted on 06/28/2006 7:15:43 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Saint Irenaeus, Doctor of the Church[& Martyr]

St. Irenaeus(A.D. 125-202) [Bishop and Martyr] -- [Read Only]

Apostolic Succession

Irenaeus

"For all these [heretics] are of much later date than are the bishops to whom the apostles handed over the churches, and this fact I pointed out most carefully in the third book. It is of necessity, then, that these aforementioned heretics, because they are blind to the truth, walk in devious paths, and on this account the vestiges of their doctrines are scattered about without agreement or connection. The path of those, however, who belong to the Church goes around the whole world, for it has the firm tradition of the apostles, enabling us to see that the faith of all is one and the same" (Ibid. 5:20:1).



Irenaeus

"Polycarp was instructed not only by the apostles and conversed with many who had seen Christ, but was also appointed bishop of the church in Smyrna by the apostles in Asia. I saw him in my early youth, for he tarried a long time and when quite old departed this life in a glorious and most noble martyrdom. He always taught those things which he learned from the apostles and which the Church had handed down and which are true. To these things the churches in Asia bear witness, as do also the successors of Polycarp even to the present time" (Ibid. 3:3:4).



Irenaeus

"It is necessary to obey those who are the presbyters in the Church, those who, as we have shown, have succession from the apostles, those who have received, with the succession of the episcopate, the sure charism of truth according to the good pleasure of the Father. But the rest, who have no part in the primitive succession [of bishops] and assemble wheresoever they will, must be held in suspicion....The true gnosis [knowledge] is the doctrine of the apostles, and the ancient organization of the Church throughout the whole world, and the manifestation of the body of Christ according to the succession of bishops, by which succession the bishops have handed down the Church which is found everywhere" (Ibid. 4:26:2, 33:8).


 
 

One God or Many?

Irenaeus

"For the Church, although dispersed throughout the whole world even to the ends of the earth, has received from the apostles and from their disciples the faith in one God, Father Almighty, the creator of heaven and earth and sea and all that is in them; and in one Jesus Christ, the Son of God" (Against Heresies 1:10:1 [inter A.D. 180-199]).



Irenaeus

"Nor is he moved by anyone; rather, freely and by his Word he made all things. For he alone is God, he alone is Lord, he alone is creator, he alone is father, he alone contains all and commands all to exist" (Ibid. 2:1:1).



Irenaeus

"Of his own accord and by his own power he made all things and arranged and perfected them; and his will is the substance of all things. He alone, then, is found to be God; he alone is omnipotent, who made all things; he alone is Father, who founded and formed all things, visible and invisible, sensible and insensate, heavenly and earthly, by the Word of his power. And he has fitted and arranged all things by his wisdom; and while he comprehends all, he can be comprehended by none. He is himself the designer, himself the builder, himself the inventor, himself the maker, himself the Lord of all" (Ibid. 2:30:9).


 
 

The Authority of the Pope

Irenaeus

"But since it would be too long to enumerate in such a volume as this the succession of all the churches, we shall confound all those who, in whatever manner, whether through self-satisfaction or vainglory, or through blindness and wicked opinion, assemble other than where it is proper, by pointing out here the successions of the bishops of the greatest and most ancient church known to all, founded and organized at Rome by the two most glorious apostles, Peter and Paul, that church which has the tradition and the faith which comes down to us after having been announced to men by the apostles. With that church, because of its superior origin, all the churches must agree, that is, all the faithful in the whole world, and it is in her that the faithful everywhere have maintained the apostolic tradition" (Against Heresies 3:3:2 [A.D. 189]).

 

Infant Baptism

Irenaeus

"And [Naaman] dipped himself . . . seven times in the Jordan" [2 Kgs. 5:14]. It was not for nothing that Naaman of old, when suffering from leprosy, was purified upon his being baptized, but [this served] as an indication to us. For as we are lepers in sin, we are made clean, by means of the sacred water and the invocation of the Lord, from our old transgressions, being spiritually regenerated as newborn babes, even as the Lord has declared: "Except a man be born again through water and the Spirit, he shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven" [John 3:5].. (Fragment 34 [A.D. 190])



Irenaeus

He [Jesus] came to save all through himself; all, I say, who through him are reborn in God: infants, and children, and youths, and old men. Therefore he passed through every age, becoming an infant for infants, sanctifying infants; a child for children, sanctifying those who are of that age . . . [so that] he might be the perfect teacher in all things, perfect not only in respect to the setting forth of truth, perfect also in respect to relative age. (Against Heresies 2:22:4 [A.D. 189])


 

Peter in Rome

IRENAEUS

"Matthew also issued among the Hebrews a written Gospel in their own language, while Peter and Paul were evangelizing in Rome and laying the foundation of the Church" (Against Heresies, 3:1:1 [A.D. 189]).



IRENAEUS

"The blessed apostles [Peter and Paul], having founded and built up the church [of Rome], they handed over the office of the episcopate to Linus. Paul makes mention of this Linus in the epistle to Timothy [2 Tim. 4:21]" (ibid., 3:3:3).



IRENAEUS

"But since it would be too long to enumerate in such a volume as this the succession of all the churches, we shall . . . [point] out here the successions of the bishops of the greatest and most ancient church known to all, founded and organized at Rome by the two most glorious apostles, Peter and Paul, that church which has the tradition and the faith which comes down to us after having been announced to men by the apostles. With that church, because of its superior origin, all the churches must agree, that is, all the faithful in the whole world, and it is in her that the faithful everywhere have maintained the apostolic tradition" (ibid., 3:3:2).


 

THE HELL THERE IS

Irenaeus

"The penalty increases for those who do not believe the Word of god and despise his coming….[I]t is not merely temporal, but eternal. To whomsoever the Lord shall say, 'Depart from me, accursed ones, into the everlasting fire,' they will be damned forever" (Against Heresies 4:28:2).



Irenaeus

"[God will] send the spiritual forces of wickedness, and the angels who transgressed and became apostates, and the impious, unjust, lawless, and blasphemous among men into everlasting fire" (Against Heresies 1:10:1 [A.D. 180]).



4 posted on 06/28/2006 7:16:44 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Looking Ahead to Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul - Address of Pope Benedict XVI

Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, apostles

John Paul II's Homily on Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul


5 posted on 06/28/2006 7:17:52 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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From: Matthew 7:15-20


False Prophets



(Jesus said to His disciples,) [15] "Beware of false prophets, who come
to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. [16] You
will know them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorns, or
figs from thistles? [17] So, every sound tree bears good fruit, but the
bad tree bears evil fruit. [18] A sound tree cannot bear evil fruit,
nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. [19] Every tree that does not bear
good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. [20] Thus you will
know them by their fruits."




Commentary:


15-20. There are many references in the Old Testament to false prophets;
perhaps the best-known passage is Jeremiah 23:9-40 which condemns the
impiety of those prophets who "prophesied by Baal and led my people
Israel astray"; "who prophesy to you, filling you with vain hopes; they
speak visions of their own minds, not from the mouth of the Lord [...].
I did not send the prophets, yet they ran. I did not speak to them, yet
they prophesied"; they "lead my people astray by their lies and their
recklessness, when I did not send them or charge them; so that they do
not profit this people at all."


In the life of the Church the Fathers see these false prophets, as of
whom Jesus speaks, in heretics, who apparently are pious and reformist
but who in fact do not have Christ's sentiments (cf. St Jerome, "Comm.
in Matth.", 7). St John Chrysostom applies this teaching to anyone who
appears to be virtuous but in fact is not, and thereby misleads others.


How are false prophets and genuine prophets to be distinguished? By the
fruit they produce. Human nobility and divine inspiration combine to
give the things of God a savor of their own. A person who truly speaks
the things of God sows faith, hope, charity, peace and understanding;
whereas a false prophet in the Church of God, in his preaching and
behavior, sows division, hatred, resentment, pride and sensuality (cf.
Gal 5:16-25). However, the main characteristic of a false prophet is
that he separates the people of God from the Magisterium of the Church,
through which Christ's teaching is declared to the world. Our Lord also
indicates that these deceivers are destined to eternal perdition.



Source: "The Navarre Bible: Text and Commentaries". Biblical text
taken from the Revised Standard Version and New Vulgate. Commentaries
made by members of the Faculty of Theology of the University of
Navarre, Spain. Published by Four Courts Press, Kill Lane, Blackrock,
Co. Dublin, Ireland.

Reprinted with permission from Four Courts Press and Scepter
Publishers, the U.S. publisher (see below).


6 posted on 06/28/2006 7:19:50 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Thank you. St. Irenaeus is one of my favorites. I read his writings for Lent this year.


7 posted on 06/28/2006 7:20:27 AM PDT by Carolina
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I bet it was a great read. Could you please post the one about heresies here too?


8 posted on 06/28/2006 7:22:07 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Scripture readings taken from the Jerusalem Bible, published and copyright © 1966, 1967 and 1968 by Darton, Longman & Todd

Mass Readings

First reading 2 Kings 22:8 - 23:3 ©
The high priest Hilkiah said to Shaphan the secretary, ‘I have found the Book of the Law in the Temple of the Lord’.’’ And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, who read it. Shaphan the secretary went to the king and reported to him as follows, ‘Your servants’ he said ‘have melted down the silver which was in the Temple and have handed it over to the masters of works attached to the Temple of the Lord’. Then Shaphan the secretary informed the king, ‘Hilkiah the priest has given me a book’; and Shaphan read it aloud in the king’s presence.
On hearing the contents of the Book of the Law, the king tore his garments, and gave the following order to Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam son of Shaphan, Achbor son of Micaiah, Shaphan the secretary and Asaiah the king’s minister: ‘Go and consult the Lord, on behalf of me and the people, about the contents of this book that has been found. Great indeed must be the anger of the Lord blazing out against us because our ancestors did not obey what this book says by practising everything written in it.’
The king then had all the elders of Judah and of Jerusalem summoned to him, and the king went up to the Temple of the Lord with all the men of Judah and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, priests, prophets and all the people, of high or low degree. In their hearing he read out everything that was said in the book of the covenant found in the Temple of the Lord. The king stood beside the pillar, and in the presence of the Lord he made a covenant to follow the Lord and keep his commandments and decrees and laws with all his heart and soul, in order to enforce the terms of the covenant as written in that book. All the people gave their allegiance to the covenant.
Psalm or canticle: Psalm 118
Gospel Matthew 7:15 - 20 ©
Jesus said, ‘Beware of false prophets who come to you disguised as sheep but underneath are ravenous wolves. You will be able to tell them by their fruits. Can people pick grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles? In the same way, a sound tree produces good fruit but a rotten tree bad fruit. A sound tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor a rotten tree bear good fruit. Any tree that does not produce good fruit is cut down and thrown on the fire. I repeat, you will be able to tell them by their fruits.’

9 posted on 06/28/2006 7:23:32 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Office of Readings -- Awakening Prayer

Office of Readings

If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, you should precede it with the Invitatory Psalm.

O God, come to my aid.
O Lord, make haste to help me.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
 as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
 world without end.
Amen. Alleluia.


A suitable hymn may be inserted at this point.

Psalm 102 (103)
Praise of the compassionate Lord
My soul, bless the Lord!
 All that is in me, bless his holy name.
My soul, bless the Lord!
 Never forget all he has done for you.

The Lord, who forgives your wrongdoing,
 who heals all your weaknesses.
The Lord, who redeems your life from destruction,
 who crowns you with kindness and compassion.
The Lord, who fills your age with good things,
 who renews your youth like an eagle’s.
The Lord, who gives fair judgements,
 who gives judgement in favour of the oppressed.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
 as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
 world without end.
Amen.

Psalm 102 (103)
The Lord is compassion and kindness,
 full of patience, full of mercy.
He will not fight against you for ever:
 he will not always be angry.
He does not treat us as our sins deserve;
 he does not pay us back for our wrongdoing.

As high as the sky above the earth,
 so great is his kindness to those who fear him.
As far as east is from west,
 so far he has put our wrongdoing from us.
As a father cares for his children,
 so the Lord cares for those who fear him.

For he knows how we are made,
 he remembers we are nothing but dust.
Man – his life is like grass,
 he blossoms and withers like flowers of the field.
The wind blows and carries him away:
 no trace of him remains.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
 as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
 world without end.
Amen.

Psalm 102 (103)
The Lord has been kind from the beginning;
 to those who fear him his kindness lasts for ever.
His justice is for their children’s children,
 for those who keep his covenant,
 for those who remember his commandments
 and try to perform them.
The Lord’s throne is high in the heavens
 and his rule shall extend over all.

Bless the Lord, all his angels,
 strong in your strength, doers of his command,
 bless him as you hear his words.
Bless the Lord, all his powers,
 his servants who do his will.
Bless the Lord, all he has created,
 in every place that he rules.
My soul, bless the Lord!

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
 as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
 world without end.
Amen.

Reading 1 Samuel 19:8 - 20:17 ©
War broke out again and David went out to fight against the Philistines; he inflicted a great defeat on them and they fled before him. An evil spirit from the Lord came on Saul while he was sitting in his house with his spear in his hand; David was playing the harp. Saul tried to pin David to the wall with his spear, but he avoided Saul’s thrust and the spear stuck in the wall. David fled and made good his escape.
David went and talked to Jonathan, ‘What have I done, what is my guilt and what is my sin against your father that he is seeking my life?’ He answered, ‘You must not think that. He will not kill you. Look, my father does nothing, important or unimportant, without confiding it to me; why should he hide this from me? It is not true.’ But David swore this solemn oath, ‘Your father knows very well that I enjoy your favour, and thinks, “Jonathan must not come to know of this or he will be grieved”. But as the Lord lives and as you yourself live, there is only a step between me and death.’
Then Jonathan said to David, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ David replied, ‘Look, tomorrow is New Moon and I should be sitting at table with the king, but you must let me go and hide in the fields till evening. If your father notices my absence, you must say, “David asked urgent leave of me to hurry off to Bethlehem, his own town, because they are holding the annual sacrifice there for all the clan”. If he says, “Very well”, your servant is safe, but if he is angry, you may be sure he is set on evil. Do this favour for your servant, since you have united yourself with him by a pact in the Lord’s name. But if I am guilty, then kill me yourself – why take me to your father?’ Jonathan replied, ‘You must not think that. If I had certain knowledge that my father was set on bringing evil upon you, would I not tell you?’ David then said to Jonathan, ‘Who will let me know if your father gives you a harsh answer?’
‘Come,’ Jonathan said to David ‘let us go out into the fields.’ So the pair of them went out into the fields. Then Jonathan said to David, ‘The Lord the God of Israel be witness! I will sound my father this time tomorrow; if all is well as concerns David and I do not then inform him, then may the Lord do this to Jonathan and more! If my father thinks fit to do you some harm, I will inform you and send you away, and you will go unharmed. And may the Lord be with you as he used to be with my father. If I am still alive, show me the Lord’s own kindness; if I die, never withdraw your own kindness from my House. When the Lord cuts off every one of David’s enemies from the face of the earth, let not the name of Jonathan be cut off with the House of Saul, or the Lord will demand a reckoning of David.’ Once again Jonathan swore the solemn oath to David because he loved him as his own soul.

Reading From the treatise Against Heresies by Saint Irenaeus, bishop
Life in man is the glory of God; the life of man is the vision of God
The glory of God gives life; those who see God receive life. For this reason God, who cannot be grasped, comprehended or seen, allows himself to be seen, comprehended and grasped by men, that he may give life to those who see and receive him. It is impossible to live without life, and the actualisation of life comes from participation in God, while participation in God is to see God and enjoy his goodness.
Men will therefore see God if they are to live; through the vision of God they will become immortal and attain to God himself. As I have said, this was shown in symbols by the prophets: God will be seen by men who bear his Spirit and are always waiting for his coming. As Moses said in the Book of Deuteronomy: On that day we shall see, for God will speak to man, and man will live.
God is the source of all activity throughout creation. He cannot be seen or described in his own nature and in all his greatness by any of his creatures. Yet he is certainly not unknown. Through his Word the whole creation learns that there is one God the Father, who holds all things together and gives them their being. As it is written in the Gospel: No man has ever seen God, except the only-begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father; he has revealed him.
From the beginning the Son is the one who teaches us about the Father; he is with the Father from the beginning. He was to reveal to the human race visions of prophecy, the diversity of spiritual gifts, his own ways of ministry, the glorification of the Father, all in due order and harmony, at the appointed time and for our instruction. where there is order, there is also harmony; where there is harmony, there is also correct timing; where there is correct timing, there is also advantage.
The Word became the steward of the Father’s grace for the advantage of men, for whose benefit he made such wonderful arrangements. He revealed God to men and presented men to God. He safeguarded the invisibility of the Father to prevent man from treating God with contempt and to set before him a constant goal toward which to make progress. On the other hand, he revealed God to men and made him visible in many ways to prevent man from being totally separated from God and so cease to be. Life in man is the glory of God; the life of man is the vision of God. If the revelation of God through creation gives life to all who live upon the earth, much more does the manifestation of the Father through the Word give life to those who see God.
A concluding prayer may follow here.

10 posted on 06/28/2006 7:26:19 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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American Catholic’s Saint of the Day

June 28, 2006
St. Irenaeus
(130?-220)

The Church is fortunate that Irenaeus was involved in many of its controversies in the second century. He was a student, well trained, no doubt, with great patience in investigating, tremendously protective of apostolic teaching, but prompted more by a desire to win over his opponents than to prove them in error.

As bishop of Lyons he was especially concerned with the Gnostics, who took their name from the Greek word for “knowledge.” Claiming access to secret knowledge imparted by Jesus to only a few disciples, their teaching was attracting and confusing many Christians. After thoroughly investigating the various Gnostic sects and their “secret,” Irenaeus showed to what logical conclusions their tenets led. These he contrasted with the teaching of the apostles and the text of Holy Scripture, giving us, in five books, a system of theology of great importance to subsequent times. Moreover, his work, widely used and translated into Latin and Armenian, gradually ended the influence of the Gnostics.

The circumstances and details about his death, like those of his birth and early life in Asia Minor, are not at all clear.

Comment:

A deep and genuine concern for other people will remind us that the discovery of truth is not to be a victory for some and a defeat for others. Unless all can claim a share in that victory, truth itself will continue to be rejected by the losers, because it will be regarded as inseparable from the yoke of defeat. And so, confrontation, controversy and the like might yield to a genuine united search for God's truth and how it can best be served.



11 posted on 06/28/2006 7:30:59 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Wednesday, June 28, 2006
St. Irenaeus, Bishop, Martyr (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
2 Kings 22:8-13; 23:1-3
Psalm 119:33-37, 40
Matthew 7:15-20

Amen, amen, I say to thee, When thou wast younger, thou didst gird thyself and didst walk where thou wouldst. But when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee and lead thee whither thou wouldst not. And this he said, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had said this, he saith to him: Follow me.

-- John 21:18,19


12 posted on 06/28/2006 7:33:19 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Catholic Culture

Collect:
Father, you called St. Irenaeus to uphold your truth and bring peace to your Church. By his prayers renew us in faith and love that we may always be intent on fostering unity and peace. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

June 28, 2006 Month Year Season

Memorial of St. Irenaeus, bishop and martyr

Old Calendar: St. Irenaeus; Vigil of Saints Peter and Paul

St. Irenaeus was born in Asia Minor around the year 140. It is not known when he came to Gaul. He was a priest of the Church of Lyons during the persecution of 177 when St. Pothinus, first bishop of the city and the first martyr of Lyons, was put to death. Irenaeus succeeded him as bishop and twenty-five years later was martyred in his turn during a fresh persecution. At a time when Gnostic sects threatened to undermine Christianity by a perversion of Christian thought, St. Irenaeus vigorously denounced all heresies and safeguarded unity of belief by laying down the principles of the doctrinal tradition of the Church.

Before the reform of the General Roman Calendar the Vigil of Sts. Peter and Paul was observed with a special vigil Mass. The reform removed this vigil Mass from the Calendar. Tomorrow is a solemnity, and so observance of Saints Peter and Paul begins with Evening Prayer I in the Liturgy of the Hours this evening. The liturgical day is from midnight to midnight in the Church's observance, except for Sunday and solemnities which begin with the evening of the preceding day.


St. Irenaeus
Saint Irenaeus was born in the year 120; he was of the Greek tongue, and probably a native of Asia Minor. His parents, who were Christians, placed him while still young under the care of the great Saint Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna. It was in this holy school that he learned the sacred science which later made him a great ornament of the Church and the terror of her enemies. Saint Polycarp cultivated his rising genius and formed his mind to piety by his precepts and example, and the zealous young scholar was careful to reap all advantages offered him by the solicitude of such a master. Such was his veneration for his tutor’s sanctity that he observed all the acts and virtues he saw in that holy man, the better to copy his example and learn his spirit. He listened to his instructions with an insatiable ardor, and so deeply did he engrave them in his heart that the impressions remained vivid even in his old age. In order to confound the heresies of his age, this Doctor of the Church acquainted himself with the conceits of the pagan philosophers, and thereby became qualified to trace every error to its sources and set it in its full light. By his writings he was already known to Tertullian, Theodoret and Saint Epiphanus, who speak of him as a luminous torch of truth in the darkness of those times.

After Irenaeus had spent a number of years in combat against the eastern gnostics and philosophers of error, Saint Polycarp determined to send him to Gaul, where many of the heretics of Asia Minor had already migrated to pursue the Catholic religion, which was beginning to find roots there. With a company of about forty Christians, the valiant soldier of Christ ascended the Rhone to Lyons to rejoin and aid Saint Pothinus, its bishop. Saint Pothinus was already advanced in age, and his church’s neophytes could not always distinguish truth from the gnostic aberrations. Saint Pothinus received the apostles with joy and soon ordained Saint Irenaeus.

A hundred times he exposed himself to martyrdom by his zeal, acting as the right arm of the aging bishop, but God was reserving that crown for him twenty-five years later. When Saint Pothinus had glorified God by his splendid martyr’s death in the year 177, Ireneus was chosen to be the second bishop of Lyons. The persecutors imagined that Christianity had been stifled in Lyons, and they ceased their pursuits for a time.

This great Doctor of the Church wrote many important works, of which the most famous is his Adversus Haereses, Against the Heresies, in explanation of the Faith. By his preaching, Saint Irenaeus in a short time converted almost the whole country to the Faith; the Christians of Lyons became models by their candor, their estrangement from all ambition, their poverty, chastity and temperance, and in this way confounded many adversaries of their religion. Saint Irenaeus continued to imitate what he had seen done by his beloved master, Saint Polycarp, himself the disciple and imitator of Saint John the Apostle. One can readily imagine the excellence of the administration and the breadth of charity reigning in the Church of Lyons.

Finally he suffered martyrdom there, with many others, in the year 202, under the Emperor Septimus Severus, after eighty years spent in the service of the Lord. The imperial decrees renewing the persecutions arrived at Lyons at the time of the celebration of Severus’ tenth year of reign; the pagans found amid the celebrations an opportunity to take vengeance on the Christians, who refused to participate in the debaucheries which accompanied these feastings. Assassins armed with daggers, stones and knives filled the city with blood, and thousands of Christians won, with their bishop, the crown they had always admired as the greatest glory God could grant His servants.

From Little Pictorial Lives of the Saints, a compilation based on Butler’s Lives of the Saints, and other sources by John Gilmary Shea (Benziger Brothers: New York, 1894); Les Petits Bollandistes: Vies des Saints, by Msgr. Paul Guérin (Bloud et Barral: Paris, 1882), Vol. 7.

Patron: Archdiocese of Mobile, Alabama.

Symbols: Lighted torch; book.

Things to Do:

  • St. Irenaeus of Lyons wrote extensively. You can read some of his writings, his most famous writing being Against the Heresies.

  • St. Irenaeus was a great defender of the Faith. Spend some time today learning more about the the teachings of the Church. Dave Armstrong is an excellent apologist and you could start with his Church Fathers page.


13 posted on 06/28/2006 7:42:34 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Regnum Christi

 

By Their Fruits You Will Know Them
June 28, 2006


Jesus tells us not to judge the intentions of a person

Saint Irenaeus, bishop and martyr
Father Shawn Aaron, LC

Matthew 7:15-20
Jesus said to his disciples: "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep´s clothing, but underneath are ravenous wolves. By their fruits you will know them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? Just so, every good tree bears good fruit, and a rotten tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a rotten tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. So by their fruits you will know them."

Introductory Prayer: Father, give me the courage to bear witness to your truth and the strength to defeat the power of sin and evil. Grant this through Christ Our Lord.

Petition: Jesus, help me to bear good fruit in my daily life.

1. Beware of False Prophets.  “Not everything that glitters is gold.” The paths leading to either a selfless or selfish love each promise us happiness, yet only one of them can deliver. Jesus and his Church invite us to enter freely into his life-giving love by dying to ourselves and learning to love the truth about God and the human person. The devil and his allies, on the other hand, tempt us towards an apparent happiness that ultimately alienates the human person from God and even from one’s very self. The forces of evil promise eternal bliss but, in the end, the only lasting thing they can offer are emptiness and death. “The greatest deception, and the deepest source of unhappiness, is the illusion of finding life by excluding God, of finding freedom by excluding moral truths and personal responsibility” (Pope John Paul II, Homily, July 28, 2002).

2. By Their Fruits You Will Know Them.  Jesus tells us not to judge the intentions of a person. But he nonetheless reminds us that we must also be discerning about certain persons, groups, activities and milieus. It is true that both human wisdom and Gospel law tell us not to judge others or their attitudes. Equally true, however, that we have to reject unhesitatingly everything that could come between us and God or our faith, of course with due charity and respect. The very first object of this discernment process must be my own life. If I profess to be a Christian, my life must bear the fruit Christ asks of his followers. St Paul reveals some of the fruit we must expect to find in a Christian soul:  “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23). This is not to say that a good person will not lose his temper, be selfish or lack gentleness from time to time. Sin affects each of us. But when the fruits listed by St Paul are consistently found in a person’s life, we may discern that the source of this fruit is good.

3. A Good Tree Cannot Bear Bad Fruit.  Christian life is not the ascetic result of superhuman souls. It is rather the fruit that divine grace produces in those who generously let it work and actively cooperate with it. Just as God cannot do something evil, grace cannot produce bad fruit. In the spiritual life, God’s grace is the ultimate source of fruit that is good. Therefore, when we freely cooperate with this grace, the result is always the good fruit of holiness and our transformation into Christ. This was the conclusion reached by the good thief. As he suffered on the cross next to Jesus, he was able to witness from within, so to speak, the patience, love and mercy with which Jesus responded to the hatred and abuse they hurled at him. In this moment of grace he was able to discern that only a truly good man is capable of living such a degree of forgiveness and self-giving.

Dialogue with Christ: Dear Lord, you ask from me fruit that is good, fruit that will last. Give me the grace to bear the fruit that you seek from me. My heart is ready; give me your strength. Plant the seed of your goodness in my soul and I will strive to water it with care. Mother Most Pure, make my heart only for Jesus.

Resolution: Today I will take 10 minutes to reflect deeply on St Paul’s list of spiritual fruit to determine where I need to focus my growth.


14 posted on 06/28/2006 7:45:26 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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From Against Heresies (185 AD), Mary as the New Eve
The Lord, coming into his own creation in visible form, was sustained by his own creation which he himself sustains in being. His obedience on the tree of the cross reversed the disobedience at the tree in Eden; the good news of the truth announced by an angel to Mary, a virgin subject to a husband, undid the evil lie that seduced Eve, a virgin espoused to a husband.

As Eve was seduced by the word of an angel and so fled from God after disobeying his word, Mary in her turn was given the good news by the word of an angel, and bore God in obedience to his word. As Eve was seduced into disobedience to God, so Mary was persuaded into obedience to God; thus the Virgin Mary became the advocate of the virgin Eve.

Christ gathered all things into one, by gathering them into himself. He declared war against our enemy, crushed him who at the beginning had taken us captive in Adam, and trampled on his head, in accordance with God’s words to the serpent in Genesis: I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; he shall lie in wait for your head, and you shall lie in wait for his heel.

The one lying in wait for the serpent’s head is the one who was born in the likeness of Adam from the woman, the Virgin. This is the seed spoken of by Paul in the letter to the Galatians: The law of works was in force until the seed should come to whom the- promise was made.

He shows this even more clearly in the same letter when he says: When the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman. The enemy would not have been defeated fairly if his vanquisher had not been born of a woman, because it was through a woman that he had gained mastery over man in the beginning, and set himself up as man’s adversary.

That is why the Lord proclaims himself the Son of Man, the one who renews in himself that first man from whom the race born of woman was formed; as by a man’s defeat our race fell into the bondage of death, so by a man’s victory we were to rise again to life.


15 posted on 06/28/2006 7:46:40 AM PDT by Carolina
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Lauds -- Morning Prayer

Morning Prayer (Lauds)

If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, you should precede it with the Invitatory Psalm.

O God, come to my aid.
O Lord, make haste to help me.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
 as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
 world without end.
Amen. Alleluia.


A suitable hymn may be inserted at this point.

Psalm 107 (108)
Praise of the Lord and a plea for help
My heart is ready, O God –
 my heart is ready.
 I shall sing and make music.
Awake, my glory!
 Rise up, harp and lyre!
 We will awaken the dawn.

I will proclaim you to the peoples, O Lord,
 sing of you to the nations:
for your kindness is great, it reaches the heavens;
 great is your faithfulness, high as the clouds.
Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
 let your glory stretch over the earth.
Give deliverance to your beloved,
 let your right hand bring safety – answer my prayer!

God has spoken from his holy place:
“I shall triumph, dividing Shechem,
 measuring off the vale of Succoth.
Gilead is mine, mine is Manasseh;
 Ephraim my helmet, Judah my sceptre.
But Moab shall be my wash-basin,
 on Edom I will place my sandal;
 I will cry in triumph over the Philistine”.

Who shall lead me to the fortified city?
 Who shall lead me to Edom?
Surely you, God – although you rejected us.
 Will you not come out, O God, with our armies?
Give us help in our troubles,
 for vain is the help of man.
With God we shall triumph –
 he will trample our enemies.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
 as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
 world without end.
Amen.

Canticle Isaiah 61-62
The prophet rejoices over the new Jerusalem
I will rejoice with joy in the Lord,
 and my spirit shall be joyful in my God,
for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation
 and wrapped me round with the robe of justice,
like a bridegroom decked with a crown,
 like a bride adorned with her jewels.

Just as the earth sends up its shoots,
 and the garden makes its seeds to sprout,
so the Lord God will make justice spring up
 and praise before all the nations.

For Sion’s sake I will not be silent,
 for the sake of Jerusalem I will not be still
until her justice comes forth as brightness,
 and her salvation is lit up like a torch.

And the Gentiles shall see your justice,
 and all the kings see your glory.
You shall be called by a new name,
 chosen by the mouth of the Lord.
You shall be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord,
 a royal diadem in the hand of your God.

No longer called “Forsaken”,
 your land no longer called “Desolate”,
you will be called “My pleasure in her”,
 and your land “The Wedded”;
for the Lord has been well pleased with you,
 and your land will receive its bridegroom.

For as a young man takes a virgin to wife,
 so will your sons take you.
and as a husband takes joy in his spouse,
 so your God will rejoice at you.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
 as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
 world without end.
Amen.

Psalm 145 (146)
The blessedness of those who hope in the Lord
Praise the Lord, my soul. I will praise the Lord all my life, make music to my God as long as I exist.

Do not trust in princes to save you, they are only sons of men.
One day their breath will leave them, they will return to the ground; on that day perish all their plans.

Happy the one whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God,
who made heaven and earth and all that is in them,
who keeps faith for ever, who gives justice to the oppressed, who gives food to the hungry.

The Lord frees prisoners, he gives light to the blind, he raises the fallen.
The Lord loves the upright, cares for strangers, sustains orphans and widows; but the wicked he sends astray.

The Lord will reign for all ages, your God, O Sion, from generation to generation.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
 as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
 world without end.
Amen.
A short Bible reading and responsory may follow here.
Canticle Benedictus
The Messiah and his forerunner
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, for he has come to his people and brought about their redemption.
He has raised up the sign of salvation in the house of his servant David,
as he promised through the mouth of the holy ones, his prophets through the ages:
to rescue us from our enemies and all who hate us, to take pity on our fathers,
to remember his holy covenant and the oath he swore to Abraham our father,
that he would give himself to us, that we could serve him without fear – freed from the hands of our enemies –
in uprightness and holiness before him, for all of our days.

And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High: for you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare his path,
to let his people know their salvation, so that their sins may be forgiven.
Through the bottomless mercy of our God, one born on high will visit us
to give light to those who walk in darkness, who live in the shadow of death;
to lead our feet in the path of peace.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
 as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
 world without end.
Amen.

Some short prayers may follow here, to offer up the day's work to God.
Our Father, who art in Heaven,
 hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
 thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
 and forgive us our trespasses
 as we forgive those that trespass against us,
and lead us not into temptation,
 but deliver us from evil.
A concluding prayer may follow here.

May the Lord bless us and keep us from all harm; and may he lead us to eternal life.
A M E N

16 posted on 06/28/2006 7:47:43 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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From Against Heresies, Eucharist as Pledge of Resurrection
If our flesh is not saved, then the Lord has not redeemed us with his blood, the eucharistic chalice does not make us sharers in his blood, and the bread we break does not make us sharers in his body. There can be no blood without veins, flesh and the rest of the human substance, and this the Word of God actually became: it was with his own blood that he redeemed us. As the Apostle says: In him, through his blood, we have been redeemed, our sins have been forgiven.

We are his members and we are nourished by creatures, which is his gift to us, for it is he who causes the sun to rise and the rain to fall. He declared that the chalice, which comes from his creation, was his blood, and he makes it the nourishment of our blood. He affirmed that the bread, which comes from his creation, was his body, and he makes it the nourishment of our body. When the chalice we mix and the bread we bake receive the word of God, the eucharistic elements become the body and blood of Christ, by which our bodies live and grow. How then can it be said that flesh belonging to the Lord’s own body and nourished by his body and blood is incapable of receiving God’s gift of eternal life? Saint Paul says in his letter to the Ephesians that we are members of his body, of his flesh and bones. He is not speaking of some spiritual and incorporeal kind of man, for spirits do not have flesh and bones. He is speaking of a real human body composed of flesh, sinews and bones, nourished by the chalice of Christ’s blood and receiving growth from the bread which is his body.

The slip of a vine planted in the ground bears fruit at the proper time. The grain of wheat falls into the ground and decays only to be raised up again and multiplied by the Spirit of God who sustains all things. The Wisdom of God places these things at the service of man and when they receive God’s word they become the eucharist, which is the body and blood of Christ. In the same way our bodies, which have been nourished by the eucharist, will be buried in the earth and will decay, but they will rise again at the appointed time, for the Word of God will raise them up to the glory of God the Father. Then the Father will clothe our mortal nature in immortality and freely endow our corruptible nature with incorruptibility, for God’s power is shown most perfectly in weakness.


17 posted on 06/28/2006 7:48:27 AM PDT by Carolina
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From Against Heresies, The Catholic and Apostolic Faith
The Church, which has spread everywhere, even to the ends of the earth, received the faith from the apostles and their disciples. By faith, we believe in one God, the almighty Father who made heaven and earth and the sea and all that is in them. We believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who became man for our salvation. And we believe in the Holy Spirit who through the prophets foretold God’s plan: the coming of our beloved Lord Jesus Christ, his birth from the Virgin, his passion, his resurrection from the dead, his ascension into heaven, and his final coming from heaven in the glory of his Father, to recapitulate all things and to raise all men from the dead, so that, by the decree of his invisible Father, he may make a just judgement in all things and so that every knee should bow in heaven and on earth and under the earth to Jesus Christ our Lord and our God, our Savior and our King, and every tongue confess him.

The Church, spread throughout the whole world, received this preaching and this faith and now preserves it carefully, dwelling as it were in one house. Having one soul and one heart, the Church holds this faith, preaches and teaches it consistently as though by a single voice. For though there are different languages, there is but one tradition.

The faith and the tradition of the churches founded in Germany are no different from those founded among the Spanish and the Celts, in the East, in Egypt, in Libya and elsewhere in the Mediterranean world. Just as God’s creature, the sun, is one and the same the world over, so also does the Church’s preaching shine everywhere to enlighten all men who want to come to a knowledge of the truth.

Now of those who speak with authority in the churches, no preacher however forceful will utter anything different - for no one is above the Master - nor will a less forceful preacher diminish what has been handed down. Since our faith is everywhere the same, no one who can say more augments it, nor can anyone who says less diminish it.


18 posted on 06/28/2006 7:51:02 AM PDT by Carolina
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Outstanding, thanks, Carolina. I also noted in the Catholic Culture post that there was a link to his writings against heresies.


19 posted on 06/28/2006 8:09:22 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Homily of the Day


Homily of the Day

Title:   Don't Forget Where You're Going!
Author:   Monsignor Dennis Clark, Ph.D.
Date:   Wednesday, June 28, 2006
 


2 Kgs 22:8-13;23:1-3 / Mt 7:15-20

Forgetfulness is something we all have to struggle with. As children, we start out by forgetting simple things like our times tables and our locker combination. Later we graduate to forgetting meetings, birthdays, anniversaries, and safe combinations. Eventually, of course, we enter that stage of life where "senior moments" become more and more regular.

But more damaging than any of these is a particular variety of forgetfulness that can occur at any stage of life, namely, forgetting what our lives are really supposed to be about. That's what had happened to the Israelites in today's reading from the Book of Kings. They'd forgotten their relationship with God, and they were astounded and grateful when, with the help of their priest, they rediscovered it almost by accident - someone found an old book that told the story.

They'd thought they were alone and powerless in this world, and then they rediscovered the covenant, God's pledge to love us and watch over us always. What a relief to find that anew, and to understand exactly what they needed to do with their lives in return, namely, to honor and give thanks to God by using His gifts generously and well.

May we never forget this holy bond that ties us to our Lord and gives us life and purpose: He has given us life; our response is to become life-givers who make one another thrive!

 


20 posted on 06/28/2006 8:17:14 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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The Maria Lectrix blog has mp3 audio files of Against Heresies. The lady who runs the blog is on Bk I ch 31. The posts with the mp3 files are listed here.
21 posted on 06/28/2006 5:30:17 PM PDT by Mike Fieschko
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Thank you, Mike. Bookmarking.


22 posted on 06/28/2006 5:33:05 PM PDT by Carolina
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Thanks, Mike. I'm sure a lot of people will listen to them.


23 posted on 06/28/2006 9:47:53 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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The Word Among Us


Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Meditation
2 Kings 22:8-13; 23:1-3



Walk into any bookstore, and you’ll likely find shelves and shelves of self-help books. There are books on how to find your dream job, how to attract a mate, how to find fulfillment in your life, and how to win friends and influence people. As many and varied as they are, they all have one thing in common: the claim to be able to help you change.

The Bible is not usually advertised as a book that helps people change. But history has shown that whenever God reveals himself through his word, people re-evaluate their lives. A brilliant example of this comes out of Scripture itself. When a neglected draft of the Book of Deuteronomy was discovered in the Temple in Jerusalem and read to King Josiah, he tore his clothes in anguish. Josiah realized that neither his life nor his kingdom was focused on God, and from then on, he worked tirelessly to make whatever changes were necessary to bring the people back to the Lord.

When we read the Scriptures, God will reveal himself to us just as he did to Josiah. At times, he may challenge us to serve others or to spend more time with him on a daily basis. Other times, he may point us to words of comfort for us or for a loved one. And more than anything else, God wants us to read his word so that we can draw closer to him and so that he can draw closer to us.

Think about how much we all like bargains or “sure deals.” Well, God is making us an incredible offer here, one that we can’t afford to pass up. For our part, all we have to do is sit down and read Scripture prayerfully. For his part, God will open the eyes of our heart and reveal himself to us—and this revelation will fill us with peace and joy. God wants us to know him. He wants us to experience his presence throughout our day. So let’s immerse ourselves in his word so that his wisdom can make its way into our hearts.

“Holy Spirit, open my eyes and quiet my heart so that I will be able to discover your guidance and hope in the Scriptures. Let your words move powerfully within me.”

Psalm 119:33-37,40; Matthew 7:15-20



24 posted on 06/28/2006 10:14:27 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Mt 7:15-20
# Douay-Rheims Vulgate
15 Beware of false prophets, who come to you in the clothing of sheep, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. adtendite a falsis prophetis qui veniunt ad vos in vestimentis ovium intrinsecus autem sunt lupi rapaces
16 By their fruits you shall know them. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? a fructibus eorum cognoscetis eos numquid colligunt de spinis uvas aut de tribulis ficus
17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit, and the evil tree bringeth forth evil fruit. sic omnis arbor bona fructus bonos facit mala autem arbor fructus malos facit
18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can an evil tree bring forth good fruit. non potest arbor bona fructus malos facere neque arbor mala fructus bonos facere
19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit, shall be cut down, and shall be cast into the fire. omnis arbor quae non facit fructum bonum exciditur et in ignem mittitur
20 Wherefore by their fruits you shall know them. igitur ex fructibus eorum cognoscetis eos

25 posted on 06/29/2006 10:51:34 AM PDT by annalex
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Last Judgment: Sermon and Deeds of the Antichrist

Luca Signorelli

1499-1504
Fresco
Chapel of San Brizio, Duomo, Orvieto

26 posted on 06/29/2006 10:53:06 AM PDT by annalex
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Saint Irenaeus of Lyons

27 posted on 06/29/2006 10:58:01 AM PDT by annalex
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