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Mary’s Magnificat – Bede

Bede the Venerable, one of the greatest Christian writers of the early Middle Ages, here reflects on the Magnificat, the Canticle of the Blessed Virgin Mary proclaimed during her visitation of her cousin Elizabeth and sung every night in the Church's evening prayer, part of...

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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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He Loved Us First – William of St. Thierry

William of St.-Thierry explains the history of salvation, culminating in the Incarnation, as a revelation of the love of God who comes to empower us to love him in return. The advent of the Savior is the coming of Jesus Christ, the apostle of...

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Mary and the Church – Isaac of Stella

Isaac of Stella, on the relationship between the Virgin Mary and the Church. Both are Virgins, both are Mothers of the Whole Christ - Jesus, the head, and all of his disciples, who are members of his body. Often read in Advent, as...

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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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Three Comings of the Lord – Bernard of Clairvaux

St. Bernard of Clairvaux says there are three comings: Advent prepares not just for the first coming of Christ to Israel, or even the second at the end of time. There is a third coming between these two in which Jesus comes in spirit...

Love, the Image & Likeness of God – Columbanus

 Moses wrote in the law: God made man in his image and likeness. Consider, I ask you, the dignity of these words. God is all-powerful. We cannot see or understand him, describe or assess him. Yet he fashioned man from clay and endowed him with...

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Life Everlasting & Eternal in the Apostle’s Creed – Thomas Aquinas

Thomas Aquinas here examines the final article of the Apostle's Creed reflecting on what eternal life in heaven will be like - the beatific vision, the satisfaction of every desire and the fullness of everlasting joy at God's right hand.[dropcaps type='normal' font_size='100' color='' background_color='' border_color='']I[/dropcaps]t...