Divine Office | Christ spoke of his body as a temple

In today's Office of Readings we encounter a reading from a commentary on John by Origen of Alexandria (184-254 A.D.).

Origen is a giant among early Christian thinkers. He was knowledgeable in all the arguments of the Greek philosophical schools but believed firmly in the Bible as the only source of true inspiration. He is thus a representative of that curious hybrid called “Christianity”, which on the one hand maintains (like the Jews) an ongoing direct relationship with the living God, who is the principle and source of being itself, but on the other hand maintains (like the Greeks) that everything makes sense rationally and it is our duty to make sense of it. As the Gospels say (but the Pentateuch does not), “You shall love the Lord your God with all your mind”. (Credit: from our friends at Universalis.com).

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Peace be with you!

Divine Office | The truth of the Lord endures for ever

In today's Office of Readings we encounter a reading from "The Imitation of Christ" by St Thomas à Kempis (1379 - 1471).

Thomas à Kempis himself was born in Kempen, a small town not far from Cologne. He went to a school founded by Gerhard Groote, and in 1399 became a member of the recently founded Augustinian house of which John, his elder brother, was the first prior. He remained a member of this community for the rest of his life.

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Peace be with you!