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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

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Tagging myself

So, Fr. Stephanos got tagged with one of those memes that are constantly floating around the blog world... Doing something quite outside of my ordinary, since I typically don't do the memes I'm actually tagged with, I'm tagging myself with this meme just 'cause I think it's so dang fun!!

So the game is - you go to the infamous Wikipedia and search for your birth month and day (not the year). Then, list three events, two birthdays, and one death from the day's listing, along with one holiday/observance (if any).

I was born on June 22 and on that day in history...


217 BC - Battle of Raphia: Ptolemy IV of Egypt defeats Antiochus III the Great of the Seleucid kingdom
1633 - The Holy Office in Rome forces Galileo Galilei to recant his scientific view that the Sun, not the Earth, is the center of the Universe. (Ummm... actually, no)
1963 - Giovanni Cardinal Montini elected Pope by the College of Cardinals, and takes the name Pope Paul VI.


1903 - John Dillinger, American bank robber (d. 1934)
1964 - Dan Brown, American author

(Hmm... illustrious company I keep, eh?)


1969 - Judy Garland, American singer and actress (b. 1922)


Feast day of Sts. John Fisher & Thomas More (and Paulinus of Nola) - Ora pro nobis!

In an interesting twist, it appears that my birthday also has its own song, courtesy of the Russians (my birthday is also the anniversary of the Germans ill-fated invasion of Russia in WWII - hence they wrote the "June 22 Song")

Play the game too, it's fun!


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