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1  Forums / Book Study / Re: Dictionary of Saints on: Today at 01:46:18 PM
Today is the feast of Archbishop St Bardo of Mainz (c982-1053), who also served for a time as chancellor and chief almoner of the Holy Roman Empire.  His lifestyle was austere and he was noted for aid to the  poor, enforcement of clerical celibacy, and opposition to simony.  He was educated at the abbey of Fulda, became a Benedictine monk there, and served as abbot of Kaiserwerth (1029) and later of Horsfeld (1031).
2  Forums / Saints' & Spiritual Life General Discussion / Re: Saint Leopold III, Margrave of Austria on: Today at 11:08:53 AM
Delaney reported that Leopold was married to the daughter of Emperor Henry IV, by whom he had 18 children.  He also founded the monasteries of Heiligenkreuz and and Mariazell.
3  Forums / Book Study / Re: Sunday Sermons of Saint Anthony of Padua on: Yesterday at 10:43:54 AM
Many thanks for post.  I must admit I have never read one of these, despite attending a parish named for St Anthony nearly 30 years, and having read praises of his sermons and knowledge of Scripture uncountable times.
4  Forums / Catholic General Discussion / Re: How to pick the best Chaplets...not enough time to say them all on: June 13, 2021, 12:21:46 PM
I find myself recalling your opening remark about sometimes feeling overwhelmed, and the very wise and helpful words of my Spiritual Counselor (she said she liked that title more than Director).  She told me to think of the many forms of Devotions of the Church as a beautiful garden or a wonderful buffet.  She said it would be impossible to enjoy every flower, and I could get very sick if I tried to eat everything.  She suggested following my instinct and the Holy Spirit at my leisure, and I could find the Presence and Will of the Divine Trinity almost anywhere.
5  Forums / Book Study / Re: Dictionary of Saints on: June 13, 2021, 11:20:12 AM
Pope St Leo III was Cardinal-priest at Santa Susanna when he was elected Pope in 795.  His feast was June 12, and Delaney reported Leo founded the Holy Roman Empire at Christmas 800 when he crowned Charlemagne as Emperor at St Peter's.  Please pray for us, St Leo.
6  Forums / Saints' & Spiritual Life General Discussion / St Anthony of Padua on: June 13, 2021, 10:46:37 AM
June 13 is the feast of St Anthony of Padua (1195-1231), a Doctor of the Church despite his short life and few writings except sermons.  He joined Augustinians when very young, but soon asked to join Franciscans after his reverence for a group of young martyrs being returned from Africa.  He traveled to Africa but was sent back to Italy due to severe illness, and was stationed for years in a small hermitage doing menial tasks, but also substantial study of Scripture and prayer.  He became the first friar to teach theology to other friars.  Please pray for us, St Anthony.
7  Forums / Saints' & Spiritual Life General Discussion / Re: St. Barnabas on: June 11, 2021, 09:40:53 AM
Today we celebrate the feast of St Barnabas, who Fr Foley reports was a Levite, originally named Joseph but renamed by the Apostles as son of encouragement.  Barnabas returned to Cyprus, his birthplace, and took St Mark with him, after St Paul began his second mission with St Silas.  Ss Barnabas, Mark, Silas, and Paul please pray for us.
8  Forums / Submissions / Re: I Confess With Faith (Prayers for every hour from Saint Nerses the Grace-filled) on: June 11, 2021, 09:02:27 AM
Your latest comments are wonderful, inspiring me to do more and better, yet have some puzzling aspects.  I've been advised not to fret about difficult aspects of Scripture, but instead to focus on what I understand and wait for another day in hope of understanding more.  Something tells me I might do well to apply this strategy to you as well, but my curiosity compels me sometimes.  Please don't be offended.
What can it mean that St Nerses combined the entire Bible into a single prayer? 
"- the book Jesus...?
The use of the word confession usually seems to denote expression of contrition for specific acts or thoughts.  Would it be best to include contrition for a specific sin, mortal or venial, if there is anything at the moment of prayer that has not previously been confessed?
Or is it possible that the term confession connotes another topic or issue?
9  Forums / Book Study / Re: Dictionary of Saints on: June 10, 2021, 03:07:06 PM
Today is the feast of St Landry (dc 660), aka Landericus, Bishop of Paris from 650 to 660.  He was renowned for his devotion to the poor, and founded Saint Christopher's Hospital which became world-famous as Hotel-Dieu. 
10  Forums / Book Study / Re: Dictionary of Saints on: June 09, 2021, 10:26:36 PM
Today's feast is of St Ephrem (c306-373) the only Syrian acclaimed as Doctor of the Church.  He was ordained deacon in Nisibis, but declined priesthood and episcopal consecration.  He was famous as a teacher but preferred an austere, simple life and fled to Edessa to escape Persian domination, and lived the rest of his life in a small cave.  He was known as the Harp of the Holy Spirit for the many hymns he composed.  Pray for us, St Ephrem.
11  Forums / Book Study / Re: Dictionary of Saints on: June 08, 2021, 07:55:44 AM
Today's feast is of St Clodulf (c605-c696) aka Clou, also Cloud, who succeeded his father, St Arnoul as bishop of Metz in 657 and is reported to have served wisely for 40 years. 
12  Forums / Everything Else / Re: Clouds II on: June 08, 2021, 07:37:56 AM
In my NAB (1970 OT, except Psalms, 1991), Ex 40-34 reads the cloud covered the meeting tent and the glory of the Lord filled the Dwelling.  This entire chapter seems to avoid the word Tabernacle.  Can you comment on these changes, or where to look for explanations?
13  Forums / Everything Else / Re: Clouds on: June 08, 2021, 07:27:16 AM
How did I possibly miss these?  Much more thought is warranted. 
14  Forums / Everything Else / Re: Clouds III on: June 08, 2021, 07:23:59 AM
This wonderful post seems to be for me an amazing coincidence because it served to refresh and amplify much of my recent reading and posting.  My first reaction was to rethink my longstanding, I think life-long, fascination and enjoyment in watching clouds of all types.  It got me thinking about our Christian Joy, that Jesus was so desirous to share with His followers, and that I think is extremely important and beneficial for modern Christians to also share with our neighbors and all the world if possible.
My second, deeper reaction was to consider how it seeks to answer the question how can a soul contemplate a Transcendent Being, whether Father, Trinity, Son, Spirit, Angel, Saint, or even demon.  This lead to reflection on the growth of Joy as our faith grows and strengthens, from Consolation, to Hope, and Love, to Rapture, Beatitude, and perhaps Ecstasy, which I think St Paul said was a gift of the Holy Spirit.
There are many segments of St Gregory's teaching that seem far beyond me, yet it recalls vividly many happy hours of seeing delightful images in the clouds, often religious, of Our Lord Jesus, His Holy Mother, churches, angels, and much more.
Many thanks for your post.
15  Forums / Book Study / Re: Dictionary of Saints on: June 07, 2021, 09:00:44 AM
Today's feast is of St Paul of Constantinople, elected Patriarch by Orthodox bishops in 336 but immediately challenged by a rival, Macedonius, who was elected by Arian bishops.  Paul was deposed and banished until he was accepted by Emperor Constans I in 344, but again exiled in 350 to Armenia, where he was strangled.
16  Forums / Saints' & Spiritual Life General Discussion / Re: Saint Justin on: June 07, 2021, 08:49:09 AM
Delaney's Dictionary says Justin was the first Christian apologist to have written at length on Christianity.  Two most important works still exist, Apologies, addressed to
Emperor Antonius, and Dialogues with Trypho, a debate about merits of Christianity.  He was tried with six companions, scourged, and beheaded. 
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