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BY GRACE AND PERSONAL INFLUENCE

From all eternity God’s wisdom has planned our individual salvation. He has so ordered His creation that even apparently chance occurrences can play a part in the unfolding of our salvation. In the complex and multi-faceted kaleidoscope of daily life, countless instances of human interaction (mostly unplanned by us) all combine in a dynamic synergy of cause and effect. From our limited vantage point, in place and within time, we rarely appreciate the providential coherence of those interactions. On 26th August we commemorate a 19th century missionary priest and preacher, Blessed Dominic Barberi, of the Passionist Order. Fr.Barberi felt called ...

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NEWMAN ON OUR LADY’S ASSUMPTION

“It is by the power of God’s grace that from this barren and desolate earth there have ever sprung up at all flowers of holiness and glory. And Mary is the Queen of them. She is the Queen of spiritual flowers; and therefore she is called the Rose, for the rose is fitly called of all flowers the most beautiful. But moreover, she is the Mystical, or hidden Rose; for mystical means hidden. How is she now “hidden” from us more than are other saints? What means this singular appellation, which we apply to her specially? The answer to this ...

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Transfiguration

TWO NATURES IN ONE PERSON

Many have tried to reduce the Person of Christ the God-man to something comprehensible. To try and render Him fully understandable is to try and make Him other than what He is. We must accept that the constitution of His unique Person is ultimately a mystery. The mystery of His two natures in one Person was revealed iconographically (so to speak) at His Transfiguration on the mountain. Then at the Council of Chalcedon in 451 a definitive doctrinal formulation was pronounced:     “We confess that one and the same Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son, must be acknowledged in two ...

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