God’s Words

“Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words.” (Jn14:23-24) It’s a simple instructive; thumbnailour obedience to our Heavenly Father is a sign of our love for Him. Our love for Him will be
reciprocated by love on His part for us; it’s not, however, that we’re earning God’s love, but as St. John reminds us elsewhere: He first loved us (1John4:19). Our love is a response to His and our response, according to God’s design, prompts a further response on God’s part. This continual reciprocity, give-and-receive, leads mysteriously into a deep union between lovers; in this case, between Creator and creature. Continue reading “God’s Words”

The Good Shepherd Lays Down His Life for His Sheep

St. Thomas Aquinas wrote: “God, Who is not other than His Being, is a universally perfect being…He cannot lack any excellence that belongs to any given thing. (Summa Contra Gentiles, I, 28).  In the same work, Boethiusquoting the work On the Consolation of Philosophy by the 6th-Century philosopher-theologian Boethius, St. Thomas wrote: “God enjoys a most excelling delight in Himself, as well as a universal joy in all things, without the admixture of any contrary. For wealth, He has the all-abundant sufficiency of all good things within Himself…for power, He has His infinite strength. For honor, He has the primacy and rule over all beings. For fame, He has the admiration of every intellect that knows Him however little.” (SCG, I, 102). Continue reading “The Good Shepherd Lays Down His Life for His Sheep”

Your Will Be Done

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The Basilica of the Visitation where the relics of St. Francis de Sales and St. Jane Frances de Chantel are housed and venerated.

The last few weeks have provided some real opportunities to be in some very holy places (the Basilica of the Visitation, for example) in the footsteps of some very holy people such as St. Francis de Sales and St. Jane Frances de Chantel. What a treat it has been, and it really has become clear that the various places that we visit, especially where the saints have trod (in significant and not-so-significant ways), the Faith in these places takes on a certain flavor of the saints. For example, nearly every Church in Rome (it seems) has 3 required statues/images/side chapels: Our Lady and Sts. Peter and Paul. They are EVERYWHERE! In and around Assisi, it’s Sts. Francis and Clare.  Siena (proudly) has St. Catherine and St. Bernadine of Siena.  Venice has Sts. Mark, Lucy, and (allegedly) hundreds of others that they “saved” from the Muslims during the Crusades…that’s another story for another time.  Annecy, France has St. Frances de Sales and St. Jane Frances de Chantel.  There’s a real (authentic) pride about having the relics of the saints in “your” Church and/or in your home town, and they are (or at least can be) a real source of inspiration for the faithful, by means of their lives, their teachings, and their witness to Jesus Christ in the world.   Continue reading “Your Will Be Done”