Monthly Archives: August 2016

28 08, 2016

Worship of Self

2019-05-28T15:43:05+00:00August 28th, 2016|

Several medieval European courts retained a court jester. One of his functions was to be a thorn in the side of the royals, especially the monarch. The jester’s job was to stop the great and the grand from thinking too highly of themselves. Rulers were usually surrounded by sycophants and flatterers. They needed jesters to counterbalance the praise and admiration [...]

20 08, 2016

Adeamus cum Fiducia

2019-05-28T15:43:58+00:00August 20th, 2016|

ADEAMUS CUM FIDUCIA (Hebrews 4:16) At the end of her earthly life Mary of Nazareth was taken to heaven body and soul. Why? So that her Immaculate Heart could fulfill its eternal destiny and continue the work for which the Almighty had created her. When we speak of someone’s heart, we speak of that person in their truest and deepest nature. [...]

13 08, 2016

Destined for Heaven

2019-05-28T15:46:29+00:00August 13th, 2016|

At the end of her earthly life the Blessed Virgin Mary was taken to heaven, body and soul. This dogma proclaims an essential truth of the Christian religion, a religious truth necessary for our salvation. Did our Lady actually die, or did she begin the life of the resurrection without undergoing bodily death? The 1950 papal definition of the dogma [...]

5 08, 2016

Faith and Works

2019-05-28T15:46:59+00:00August 5th, 2016|

St Laurence’s martyrdom earned him a place in the Roman canon and the ancient basilica built over his tomb in Rome is one of the seven major churches of the city. Laurence was one of Rome’s seven deacons, administering the Church’s goods and giving alms to the poor. He was a confidant of Pope St Sixtus II, who suffered martyrdom [...]

1 08, 2016

Barns and Mansions

2019-05-28T15:48:14+00:00August 1st, 2016|

The mistake of the rich man wanting to expand his barns and increase his capital was not that he planned ahead. We should think about the future, and in this world money will nearly always be part of our future. His mistake was to think only of his own future, and  of his future in this world only. He forgot [...]