Divine Office | Mary kept all these things in her heart

In today's Office of Readings we encounter a sermon of St Laurence Justinian (1381-1456). He joined a community of canons regular on the island of St Giorgio in Alga in the Venetian lagoon. He was ordained in 1407, became prior of the community in 1409, Bishop of Castello in 1433, and, when the seat of the diocese was moved to Venice in 1451, became the first Patriarch of Venice. He wrote many sermons, letters and ascetic treatises, which are still reprinted and read. For a reflection, "Mary kept all these things in her heart," please click on the image. Peace be with you!

Divine Office | With you is the source of life

In today's Office of Readings we encounter a reading from the works of St Bonaventure (1218 - 1274). Bonaventure was born at Bagnoregio in Etruria in about 1218. He became a Franciscan in 1243 and studied philosophy and theology at the University of Paris. He became a famous teacher and philosopher, part of the extraordinary intellectual flowering of the 13th century. He was a friend and colleague of St Thomas Aquinas. Let us pray for the Holy Spirit to inspire us, like St. Bonaventure, to love God with our minds as well as our hearts; and if we come across a fact or a teaching that seems to us to contradict our faith, let us not reject it but investigate it, for the truth that it contains can never contradict the truth of God. For a reflection, "With you is the source of life," please click on the image. Peace be with you!

Divine Office | The voice of one crying in the wilderness

In today's Office of Readings we encounter a reading from a sermon of St Augustine of Hippo (354-430 A.D.). He wrote an enormous amount and left a permanent mark on both philosophy and theology. His Confessions, as dazzling in style as they are deep in content, are a landmark of world literature. The Second Readings in the Office of Readings contain extracts from many of his sermons and commentaries and also from the Confessions. For a reflection, "The voice of one crying in the wilderness," please click on the image. Peace be with you!