Divine Office | The Church of Christ rises on the firm foundation of Peter’s faith

In today's Office of Readings we encounter a reading from a sermon of St. Leo the Great. He was a true shepherd and father of souls. He constantly strove to keep the faith whole and strenuously defended the unity of the Church. Leo left many doctrinal and spiritual writings behind and a number of them are included in the Office of Readings to this day. He died in 461. For a reflection on on the church established by Jesus Christ, please click on the image. Peace be with you!

Divine Office | In Christ we suffered temptation, and in him we overcame the Devil

In today's Office of Readings we encounter a reading from St. Augustine of Hippo, a reflection on Psalm 60. 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 on Psalm 60, please click on the image. Peace be with you!

Divine Office | Prayer is the light of the soul

In today's Office of Readings we encounter a reading from an ancient Easter homily by Pseudo-Chrysostom. St John Chrysostom (349 – 407) was elected Patriarch of Constantinople in 397. His sermons and writings did much to explain the Catholic faith and to encourage the living of the Christian life, and his eloquence earned him the surname “Chrysostom” (the Greek for “golden mouth”). For a reflection on prayer, please click on the image. Peace be with you!

Divine Office | Purification of spirit through fasting and almsgiving

In today's Office of Readings we encounter a reading from a sermon by Saint Leo the Great. Leo was born in Etruria and became Pope in 440. He was a true shepherd and father of souls. He constantly strove to keep the faith whole and strenuously defended the unity of the Church. He repelled the invasions of the barbarians or alleviated their effects, famously persuading Attila the Hun not to march on Rome in 452, and preventing the invading Vandals from massacring the population in 455. Leo left many doctrinal and spiritual writings behind and a number of them are included in the Office of Readings to this day. He died in 461. Let us pray for the Holy Spirit to inspire us, like Pope St. Leo the Great, 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 that is God. For a reflection on fasting and almsgiving, please click on the image. Peace be with you!

Divine Office | Repent

In today's Office of Readings we encounter a reading from a letter by St. Clement I of Rome. Clement was Bishop of Rome after Peter, Linus and Cletus. He lived towards the end of the first century, but nothing is known for certain about his life. Clement’s letter to the Corinthian church has survived. It is the first known Patristic document, and exhorts them to peace and brotherly harmony. Let us pray for the Holy Spirit to inspire us, like St. Clement of Rome, 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 that is God. For a reflection on repentance, please click on the image. Peace be with you!