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Sacred Heart of Jesus, Source of Light & Life – Bonaventure

Bonaventure reflects on the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the meaning of the blood and water flowing from the side of Christ crucified (John 19:34), the living water of sacramental grace coming from the loving heart of the Savior. He reflects especially on several lines...

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The Visitation & Mary’s Magnificat – Bede

Writing in the early 8th century, Bede explains why the Magnificat, Mary's prayer on the occasion of her Visitation of Elizabeth, is used daily in the liturgy of the hours (a.k.a the divine office) for evening prayer....

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Understanding Scripture – Bonaventure

Here Bonaventure emphasizes faith as the key to Bible interpretation. The goal of Bible study is not academic knowledge, but wisdom -- the experience of God leading to eternal happiness and fulfillment of all our desires....

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Cross Exemplifies Every Virtue – Aquinas

Thomas Aquinas, one of the greatest theologians in the history of the church, here focuses on the passion of Jesus Christ not only to redeem us but also to teach us.  Indeed, the cross exemplifies every virtue and teaches us all we have to know...

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Mary, Mother of the Re-created World! – Anselm

A ode to the Blessed Virgin by St. Anselm, read on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, December 8. The doctrine of the sinlessness of Mary from the moment of her conception was believed and taught in the church long before it...

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Without Real Effort No one Wins the Crown – Thomas Becket

St. Thomas Becket gave his life rather than allow his king to trample the rights of God and his church.   Here he exhorts fellow Christian leaders to the courage and initiative that he exemplified.  Without real effort he writes, no one wins the crown.  His...

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Promises of God vs. the promises of the World – Thomas a Kempis

Thomas a Kempis, in The Imitation of Christ, here treats of the difference between the world's empty promises and the promises of God. [dropcaps type='normal' font_size='65' color='' background_color='' border_color='']M[/dropcaps]y son, says the Lord, listen to my words, the most delightful of all words, surpassing all the...