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Blessed are the Mourning & the Meek – Leo the Great

Leo on the second & third of the Beatitudes, calling blessed the meek and those who mourn. The mourning Christ references here has little to do with worldly sorrow, and the reward promised to the lowly & gentle goes well beyond the things of...

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Terrorism and the Victory of the Cross

September 11th is the anniversary of one of most brutal acts of terrorism of all time. Three days later, on September 14, the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches celebrate the Feast of the Exaltation, and triumph of the cross of Jesus Christ. This reflection...

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Humility Opens Doors

In the topsy turvey world of the Kingdom of God humility opens doors, the last shall be first and the meek shall inherit the earth. Meekness is not weakness, & pride is a symptom of insanity. This post explains why....

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Beatitudes, Law of the New Covenant – Leo the Great

Leo's exegesis of these important verses of St. Matthew's Gospel is one of the most important patristic commentaries on the Beatitudes. Christ, the New Moses chooses to give his Sermon on a Mount to show that he is the new Moses, teaching the newRegarding...

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Fraternal Correction – Loving Intervention

The biblical approach to fraternal correction has nothing to do with the self-righteousness of the Pharisees. Rather, it is all about loving intervention. As Ezekiel was a watchman for the house of Israel, we are all watchmen for each other....

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Mother Teresa of Calcutta – Quotes & Stories

Mother Teresa was a legend even in her lifetime. Quotes attributed to her and stories about her circulate constantly, some of them inaccurate and mistakenly attributed to her. We've tried to vet these quotes and stories to assure their authenticity....

Generosity of God

[dropcaps type='normal' font_size='100' color='' background_color='' border_color='']“[/dropcaps]But that’s not fair!” Most parents have heard this phrase umpteen times. The notion of fairness also known as justice, is built into us. It makes us aware that each of us has certain rights that need to be respected.But it also means...

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Blessed the Poor in Spirit – Leo the Great

Leo the Great, comments on the first of the Beatitudes "blessed are the poor in spirit." He makes clear that it is not economic poverty that is blessed, but that poverty of spirit called humility expressed in generosity to others and detachment from the...