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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

Friday, June 22, 2007

My Big Birthday of Feasts!

"Pray for me, as I will for thee, that we may merrily meet in heaven."

Of course, with thousands of canonized saints, pretty much everyone's birthday is bound to have plenty of patrons to choose from. But I count myself quite blessed indeed to have been born on this date 26 years ago, on the feast day of three amazing saints - St. Thomas More, St. Bishop John Fisher, and St. Bishop Paulinus of Nola!

All three of these saints are wonderful patrons for anyone to have - though truly, I've often thought that the signs all point to a lot of lawyers being born on this day! :) In actuality, what links these men is not their life in service to the law, both of society and of God, but rather their service to TRUTH. These men stand as witnesses to the ages of the necessity of following what is true, so that one day when Death takes us, we will be prepared to follow the Truth into eternity. "Amen, amen", "truly, truly", I say to you that whatsoever you follow on earth you shall thus follow in death, from truth to truth, from falsehood to falsehood. "What does it profit a man to gain the whole world [or keep his reputation or amass power or exalt passing pleasures] and then to lose his soul?"

These three great saints gave up all, and won Everything. May all of us take courage from them and follow their example until we one day join them around the heavenly Throne!


Blogger Ma Beck said...

Happy birthday!
What a cool day on which to be born.

June 22, 2007 9:43 AM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Happy Birthday!

June 22, 2007 10:44 AM  
Blogger Adoro te Devote said...

Happy Birthday!

June 22, 2007 8:27 PM  
Blogger Cathy Boyd said...

Happy Birthday-It was, I hope for you. I am just looking around here-I get the sarcasim...which in the greek root meaning of the word is the "the ripping of flesh"
I love the choral treasure. We got that in common.
Great blog

June 22, 2007 9:11 PM  
Blogger Ray from MN said...

St John Fisher and St Thomas More were born on the same date? Interesting. Astrologers must have tried to make a lot of hay out of that.

A "public" Happy Birthday to Yoooooooooooooouuuuuuuuuu!

June 24, 2007 2:49 PM  

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