Great lecture from the series The Threefold Body of Christ by a joint preaching project of our Priories of St. Vincent Ferrer in New York City and St. Mary in New Haven, CT.
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(a) The Hebrew/Jewish tradition
(b) The Platonic insight and the Hellenic situation
(c) Jesus at the confluence of Judaic and Hellenic thought and Gnosticism
(d) The Alexandrian and Antiochene responses
(e) Arianism, Nestorianism, and Monophysitism; Augustine
Who would ever thought that Catholic Catechism would become one of my favorite books? Since our come back to the Catholic church I read it almost daily and I will read through it all systematically and slowly, so I can ponder and meditate upon every point. I don’t know how long it will take and it does not matter. So here comes the Prologue.
“FATHER, . . . this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” John 17:3 “God our Savior desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” 1 Tim 2:4 “There is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” Acts 4:12 – than the name of JESUS. Catholic Catechism, Prologue
Love knows the best. We can love only what we know. Mind can’t understand, but will can embrace. We need to know him with the heart and will, not only with the mind. If we know him in that way, we will fall down and adore.
This alone is the true knowledge of God: to know that God is beyond knowing.
–St. Thomas Aquinas.
When God visits you with measureless gifts, let your memory open immediately to receive what your intellect knows in His divine love, and let your will rise with burning desire to receive and gaze at the blazing heart of the giver, the gentle, good Jesus. Thus, you will find yourself burning and clothed with fire, and with the gift of the blood of God’s Son, and you will be free from all pain and unease. This is what took away the pain of the holy disciples when they had to leave Mary and one another, although they willingly bore the separation in order to spread the word of God.
Run, run, run.
— Saint Catherine of Siena