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 on: January 11, 2023, 03:14:23 PM 
Started by Poche - Last post by CyrilSebastian
In Eastern tradition, they believe it was twelve magi that showed up. Twelve is the number of government in scripture.

 on: January 11, 2023, 11:08:14 AM 
Started by eschator83 - Last post by eschator83
Two years ago I decided to be tested by the geriatric psychiatric section of a local hospital for dementia, because I'd worried that I have some similar characteristics to my mother who had been diagnosed with very serious dementia.  The long report has several errors, and is difficult to understand, but says I had only some moderate cognitive deterioration and now they want to retest me.  I'm afraid I'm getting depressed about all this and other concerns, and they prescribed a drug that worries me and which I haven't yet taken.  I haven't yet brought this up with our parish priest and feel strangely blocked.  Please pray for me.

 on: January 11, 2023, 10:36:52 AM 
Started by Poche - Last post by eschator83
I spent a good deal of time before reading this post wondering how to imagine the timing of the Holy Family's flight to Egypt in view of the Epiphany and also the trip to Temple in Jerusalem.  Perhaps they fled to Egypt almost immediately after Jerusalem without returning to Nazareth.  I felt guilty, and perhaps even skeptical, for dwelling on the question.  I must admit I've also wondered what happened to the gifts of the Magi; whether for security they were shared with family and friends and if 10% was given to the Temple.  Despite my concern about excessive rationalism, I searched the NAB Concordance and Fr Hardon's Dictionary for explanation of the Maji, wondering if it isn't best for the Church to search for logical explanations of obvious questions.
Hardon wrote that the Maji were members of the priestly caste of the Mazdean religion with little further comment.  His dictionary has no other reference to that religion and I was reluctant to look further.  NAB says Magi were possibly astrologers from Arabia or Babylon, but then states that the "strong OT influence on the story makes it very difficult to judge the historicity."  Is that a paradox?

 on: January 11, 2023, 03:53:50 AM 
Started by Shin - Last post by Shin
'O God, do not leave me. I have done nothing good in your sight, but according to your goodness, let me now make a beginning of good.'

St. Arsenius

 on: January 11, 2023, 03:53:24 AM 
Started by Shin - Last post by Shin
'I cannot tell you how much pleasure your short letter gave me. It shows the bond of charity which unites you and my unworthy self, a bond God has established and wishes to maintain. It is with this in mind that I am writing to tell you briefly about my state of mind at the moment. I have not found here what I had hoped for and what led me to leave such a holy place as St. Sulpice, almost against my better judgement.'

St. Louis Marie de Montfort

 on: January 10, 2023, 01:45:05 PM 
Started by Poche - Last post by CyrilSebastian
Thge term "magi" has a Persian background. Were the Magi from Persia or Babylon?

 on: January 10, 2023, 02:22:21 AM 
Started by Shin - Last post by Shin
'The soul is more precious than the whole world!'

St. John Chrysostom

 on: January 10, 2023, 02:22:07 AM 
Started by Shin - Last post by Shin
'I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No man cometh to the Father, but by me.'

John 14:6

 on: January 10, 2023, 02:21:52 AM 
Started by Shin - Last post by Shin
'One does not conquer his anger by flying the cause, but by fighting it. Solitude does not do away with impatience, but only conceals it.'

St. Ignatius of Loyola

 on: January 10, 2023, 02:21:32 AM 
Started by Shin - Last post by Shin
'Heaven grant that I may live to accomplish the Will of my God!'

St. Joseph, his oft repeated words, revealed to St. Bridget of Sweden

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