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    Old and New Covenant – Irenaeus

    With the coming of the New Covenant, much in the Old Law of Moses is rendered obsolete. But the Ten Commandments, otherwise known as the Decalogue, has eternal value, says St. Irenaeus, because it enshrines justice to God & neighbor....

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    Hold Fast to These Virtues – Barnabas

    Barnabas, a second century writer, here emphasizes the importance of virtue as opposed to ritual sacrifice....

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    New Law of our Lord Jesus Christ – Barnabas

    Here the 2nd century Epistle of Barnabas emphasizes the newness of the new law and new covenant in contrast with the Covenant made with Moses and the law given on Mount Sinai....

  • benedict st - put christ first
    Put Christ First – Benedict of Nursia

    This excerpt from the Rule of St. Benedict is read on St. Benedict's feast day on July 11....

  • st. saint patrick patrick's day confession March 19
    Confession of Saint Patrick

    St. Patrick's Day has been celebrated on March 17 for fifteen hundred years since it is the day that Patrick, the missionary bishop who evangelized Ireland, passed from this world to eternity. This excerpt from his autobiographical work called the Confession makes clear that eternity was what he lived for and what he sought to bring to pagan Ireland -- the Kingdom of God as ushered in by Jesus Christ...

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    Fear of the Lord – Hilary of Poitiers

    Hilary of Poitiers explains what the "Fear of the Lord" really means in Proverbs, Psalms and Wisdom literature of the Old Testament Scriptures. The Lord Jesus Christ is himself the way to the fear of the Lord that leads to perfect love....

  • solemnity of saint st joseph day March 19 fourth 4th sunday of advent cycle A faith
    St. Joseph’s Claim to Fame – Father of Faith

    Saint Joseph always appears in Manger scenes during Advent and Easter time and even has a special Solemnity or Feast in his honor, St. Joseph's Day, March 19. This essay makes a case that St. Joseph teaches us some crucial things about the nature of faith that we can't afford to forget....

  • law pedagogy ireneus covenant foreshadowings lent images preparation
    Pedagogy of the Law – Irenaeus

    Paul's concept of "pedagogy," further developed here by Irenaeus, holds that the whole period of the Old Testament with all its characters, events, and institutions, was a preparation for and foreshadowing of the fullness of revelation that was to come in Jesus Christ and his New Covenant. ...

  • saint joseph foster father of Jesus bernardino of siena
    Saint Joseph, Foster-Father of Jesus – Bernadino

    This reading by St. Bernadino of Siena on St. Joseph, the Foster Father of Jesus, is so clear and powerful that it is used by the Church for the Solemnity of St. Joseph on March 19 to honor the Guardian of the Lord and his Blessed Mother and show what authentic devotion to him is really about....

  • passion of whole body of christ agony garden gesthemane augustine psalm 141 lent
    Passion of the Whole Body of Christ – Augustine

    Augustine here connects the passion of Jesus beginning in the Garden of Gethsemane and culminating on the cross, with the sufferings of the whole body of Christ, commenting on Psalm 141 along with the passion narratives of Mark and Luke....

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