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Veritatis Splendor

"Keep your eyes fixed upon Jesus, who inspires and perfects our faith" --Hebrews 12:2

Pope Benedict XVI before our Lord

And only where God is seen does life truly begin. Only when we meet the living God in Christ do we know what life is. We are not some casual and meaningless product of evolution.
Each of us is the result of a thought of God.
Each of us is willed,
each of us is loved,
each of us is necessary.
There is nothing more beautiful than to be surprised by the Gospel, by the encounter with Christ. There is nothing more beautiful than to know Him and to speak to others of our friendship with Him.
~Pope Benedict XVI, Homily April 24th, 2005

Sunday, May 01, 2005

Another Reminder to Respect our Eastern Bretheren

Check this out. And it just happened again, as the Eastern Orthodox Church just celebrated another Easter morning yesterday.

The Miracle of the Holy Fire in Jerusalem

At first I wondered what the Catholic take on this would be, and then I realized what a stupid question that was -- of course the Church (if appropriately and prayerfully considered by the Church, as all reports of miracles are) would, objectively speaking, have no difficulty in accepting this manifestation of Christ's glory.

I am reminded of the Catholic verse (was it Aquinas?) that says, "man is bound to God through the sacraments, but God is not bound to man through the sacraments." God's grace flows where He wills, we as Catholics realize that we have no authority to "make our own rules" in our relationshp with Him -- but God, as Father and Creator, has no such limits!

I find it quite moving and beautiful to think that God has quietly graced the faithful Orthodox believers with His light of love in this way, year after year.

Does anyone know of any other information on this ongoing miracle?

Hat Tip to the hats, at least some of them :)


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