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THE CHRISTIAN PIERCES THROUGH THE VEIL OF THIS WORLD AND SEES THE NEXT

THE CHRISTIAN PIERCES THROUGH THE VEIL OF THIS WORLD AND SEES THE NEXT

Thus the Christian pierces through the veil of this world and sees the next. He holds intercourse with it; he addresses God as a child might address his parent, with as clear a view of him, and with as unmixed a confidence in him; with deep reverence indeed, and godly fear and awe, but still with certainty and exactness: as St Paul says, ‘I know whom I have believed’, with the prospect of judgment to come to sober him, and the assurance of present grace to cheer him.

– St John Henry Newman; Realisation of the Unseen World. (P. S. VII, 211)

 
 

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ST JEROME, CONFESSOR AND DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH

ST JEROME, CONFESSOR AND DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH

ST JEROME, CONFESSOR AND DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH – MEMORIAL: SEPTEMBER 30

Jerome was born in Strido in Dalmatia. As a youth, he was baptised at Rome and was educated in the liberal arts by Donatus and other very learned men. From a religious motive he travelled through all of Palestine. Then he retired into the vast desert of Syria. There he spent four years reading the divinely inspired books and meditating upon the blessedness of heavenly things.

HE MEDITATED UPON THE BLESSEDNESS OF HEAVENLY THINGS

After being ordained a priest by Paulinus, Bishop of Antioch, he returned to Palestine, to Bethlehem, to be close by the Crib of Christ the Lord. Here he drew up for himself a holy rule and overcame the snares of the devil by pious works and constant reading and writing. From all over the world he was called upon as an inspired authority to settle questions about the interpretation of Sacred Scripture.

AN EXPERT IN THE INTERPRETATION OF SACRED SCRIPTURE 

Pope Damasus and St Augustine consulted him often about very difficult passages of Scripture because of his singular knowledge and understanding not only of the Latin and Greek languages, but also of Hebrew and Chaldaic. He translated the Old Testament from the Hebrew. At the command of Pope Damasus, he made a faithful translation of the New Testament from the Greek and also wrote commentaries on many parts of Scripture. In his extremely old age, he passed [A. D. 420]. He was buried in Bethlehem, and was later transferred to Rome and entombed in the basilica of St Mary Major.

PRAYER:

O God, who graciously gave your Church blessed Jerome, your Confessor and peerless teacher, to explain the Holy Scriptures, grant, we beseech you, that, with the help of his merits and by your assistance, we may be able to put into practice what he has taught us by his life and works. Through our Lord.

– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964 [bold headings added]

 

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JESUS GREW IN WISDOM AND AGE AND GRACE BEFORE GOD AND MEN (Lk 2:52)

 Jesus grew in wisdom and age and grace before God and men.’ 

He grew in wisdom! Not that He acquired any new, or even more perfect knowledge of things, for from the first moment of His existence He contained in Himself, as St Paul says, all the treasures of the wisdom and of the knowledge of God Himself. But according as He advanced in age, the Child Jesus manifested more and more His divine wisdom.

He grew equally in grace. From the beginning Jesus was full of grace, of virtue, and of merit, and that plentitude of blessings, which is the riches of all men, resided in Him. Consequently, his actions, all heavenly, all divine as they were, could not render Him more holy, nor increase His merit. But there was not a single one of them, which, bearing the stamp of the most perfect virtue, might not contain all the necessary conditions for still more abundant merit, and be capable of raising Him to a still more exalted degree of sanctity.”

– Laverty & Sons (eds), 1905

 
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Posted by on August 16, 2015 in Words of Wisdom

 

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TODAY’S BIBLE READING (EPHESIANS 1:15-23)

(Week 28 of the year: Saturday)

GOD HAS MADE CHRIST THE HEAD OF THE CHURCH, WHICH IS HIS BODY.

Wherefore I also, hearing of your faith that is in the Lord Jesus, and of your love towards all the saints,

Cease not to give thanks for you, making commemoration of you in my prayers,

That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and of revelation, in the knowledge of him:

The eyes of your heart enlightened, that you may know what the hope is of his calling, and what are the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints.

And what is the exceeding greatness of his power towards us, who believe according to the operation of the might of his power,

Which he wrought in Christ, raising him up from the dead, and setting him on his right hand in the heavenly places.

Above all principality, and power, and virtue, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in the world to come.

And he hath subjected all things under his feet, and hath made him head over all the church,

Which is his body, and the fulness of him who is filled all in all.

V. The word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.

 
 

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TODAY’S BIBLE READING (EPHESIANS 1:11-14)

(Week 28 of the year: Friday)

WE PUT OUR HOPES IN CHRIST BEFORE HE CAME. YOU TOO HAVE BEEN STAMPED WITH THE SEAL OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.

[In the dispensation of the fulness of times, to re-establish all things in Christ, that are in heaven and on earth, in him.]

In whom we also are called by lot, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things according to the counsel of his will.

That we may be unto the praise of his glory, we who before hoped in Christ:

In whom you also, after you had heard the word of truth (the gospel of your salvation;) in whom also believing, you were signed with the holy Spirit of promise,

Who is the pledge of our inheritance, unto the redemption of acquisition, unto the praise of his glory.

V. The word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.

 
 

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TODAY’S BIBLE READING (EPHESIANS 1:1, 3-10)

(Week 28 of the year: Thursday)

BEFORE THE WORLD WAS MADE, HE CHOSE US IN CHRIST.

Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ, by the will of God, to all the saints who are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with spiritual blessings in heavenly places, in Christ:

As he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and unspotted in his sight in charity.

Who hath predestinated us unto the adoption of children through Jesus Christ unto himself: according to the purpose of his will:

Unto the praise of the glory of his grace, in which he hath graced us in his beloved son.

In whom we have redemption through his blood, the remission of sins, according to the riches of his grace,

Which hath superabounded in us in all wisdom and prudence,

That he might make known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure, which he hath purposed in him,

In the dispensation of the fulness of times, to re-establish all things in Christ, that are in heaven and on earth, in him.

V. The word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.

 
 

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TODAY’S BIBLE READING (GALATIANS 5:18-25)

(Week 28 of the year: Wednesday)

YOU CANNOT BELONG TO CHRIST UNLESS YOU CRUCIFY ALL SELF-INDULGENT PASSIONS AND DESIRES.

But if you are led by the spirit, you are not under the law.

Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are fornication, uncleanness, immodesty, luxury,

Idolatry, witchcraft, enmities, contentions, emulations, wraths, quarrels, dissensions, sects,

Envies, murders, drunkenness, revelings, and such like. Of the which I foretell you, as I have foretold to you, that they who do such things shall not obtain the kingdom of God.

But the fruit of the Spirit is, charity, joy, peace, patience, benignity, goodness, longanimity,

Mildness, faith, modesty, continency, chastity. Against such there is no law.

And they that are Christ’s, have crucified their flesh, with the vices and concupiscences.

If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

V. The word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.

 
 

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