Wit & Wisdom: G. K. Chesterton

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Wit & Wisdom: G. K. Chesterton

G.K. Chesterton, in full Gilbert Keith Chesterton, (born May 29, 1874, London, England—died June 14, 1936, Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire), English critic and author of verse, essays, novels, and short stories, known also for his exuberant personality and rotund figure.

Chesterton was educated at St. Paul’s School and later studied art at the Slade School and literature at University College, London. His writings to 1910 were of three kinds. First, his social criticism, largely in his voluminous journalism, was gathered in The Defendant (1901), Twelve Types (1902), and Heretics (1905). In it he expressed strongly pro-Boer views in the South African War. Politically, he began as a Liberal but after a brief radical period became, with his Christian and medievalist friend Hilaire Belloc, a Distributist, favouring the distribution of land. This phase of his thinking is exemplified by What’s Wrong with the World (1910).

… Chesterton’s third major concern was theology and religious argument. He was converted from Anglicanism to Roman Catholicism in 1922. Although he had written on Christianity earlier, as in his book Orthodoxy (1909), his conversion added edge to his controversial writing, notably The Catholic Church and Conversion (1926), his writings in G.K.’s Weekly, and Avowals and Denials (1934). Other works arising from his conversion were St. Francis of Assisi (1923), the essay in historical theology The Everlasting Man (1925), The Thing (1929; also published as The Thing: Why I Am a Catholic), and St. Thomas Aquinas (1933).

Source:  https://www.britannica.com/biography/G-K-Chesterton

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Be not afraid! And may the peace of Christ be with you and your loved ones today and always.

Holy Family pray for us … Amen.


Wit & Wisdom: Saint Teresa of Calcutta

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Wit & Wisdom: St. Teresa of Calcutta

Mother Teresa, in full St. Teresa of Calcutta, also called St. Mother Teresa, original name Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, (baptized August 27, 1910, Skopje, Macedonia, Ottoman Empire [now in Republic of Macedonia]—died September 5, 1997, Calcutta [now Kolkata], India; canonized September 4, 2016; feast day September 5), founder of the Order of the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic congregation of women dedicated to the poor, particularly to the destitute of India. She was the recipient of numerous honours, including the 1979 Nobel Prize for Peace.

Source:  https://www.britannica.com/biography/Mother-Teresa

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Be not afraid! And may the peace of Christ be with you and your loved ones today and always.

Holy Family pray for us … Amen.


Merry Christmas! Wit and Wisdom: St. Pope John Paul II

Wit & Wisdom: St. Pope John Paul II

St. John Paul II, Latin Johannes Paulus, original name Karol Józef Wojtyła, (born May 18, 1920, Wadowice, Poland–died April 2, 2005, Vatican City; beatified May 1, 2011; canonized April 27, 2014; feast day October 22), the bishop of Rome and head of the Roman Catholic Church (1978–2005), the first non-Italian pope in 455 years and the first from a Slavic country.  His pontificate of more than 26 years was the third longest in history.  As part of his effort to promote greater understanding between nations and between religions, he undertook numerous trips abroad, traveling far greater distances than had all other popes combined, and he extended his influence beyond the church by campaigning against political oppression and criticizing the materialism of the West.  He also issued several unprecedented apologies to groups that historically had been wronged by Catholics, most notably Jews and Muslims.  His unabashed Polish nationalism and his emphasis on nonviolent political activism aided the Solidarity movement in communist Poland in the 1980s and ultimately contributed to the peaceful dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991.  Source:  https://www.britannica.com/biography/Saint-John-Paul-II

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Be not afraid! And may the peace of Christ be with you and your loved ones today and always.

Holy Family pray for us … Amen.


Silent Night: Christmas Eve

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In this night of reconciliation, let none be angry or gloomy. In this night that stills everything, let nothing threaten or disturb. This night belongs to the sweet One; let nothing bitter or harsh be in it. In this night that belongs to the meek One, let there be nothing high or haughty. In this day of pardoning, let us not exact punishments for trespasses.

St. Ephraem the Syrian

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Be not afraid! And may the peace of Christ be with you and your loved ones today and always.

Holy Family pray for us … Amen.


Wit & Wisdom: Hans Urs Von Balthasar

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Wit & Wisdom: Hans Urs Von Balthasar

Hans Urs von Balthasar, (born August 12, 1905, Lucerne, Switzerland–died June 26, 1988, Basel), Swiss Roman Catholic theologian … studied philosophy at the Universities of Vienna, Berlin, and Zürich, earning a Ph.D. from the latter in 1929. He was ordained a priest in 1936 and entered the Jesuit order in 1939. He served as a chaplain at the University of Basel (1940–48) before leaving the Jesuits in 1950 to direct a Catholic organization (the Community of St. John, a secular institute) he had founded in Basel five years earlier with the Christian mystic Adrienne von Speyr.  Balthasar authored more than 60 books on such diverse topics as the theology of history, the early Christian Church Fathers, classical literature, and modern aestheticism. He wrote much of his early work as a rebuttal to the writings of his friend and rival the Swiss Protestant theologian Karl Barth. In 1972 Balthasar cofounded the Catholic journal Communio with the French theologian Henri de Lubac and Joseph Ratzinger, the future Pope Benedict XVI.  Balthasar was greatly admired by Pope John Paul II, and in 1984 he was awarded the first Paul VI International Prize for his contributions to theology. He was named a cardinal in 1988 but died two days before his investiture. Source:  https://www.britannica.com/biography/Hans-Urs-von-Balthasar

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Be not afraid! And may the peace of Christ be with you and your loved ones today and always.

Holy Family pray for us … Amen.


Wit and Wisdom: St. Cyril of Jerusalem

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Wit & Wisdom: St. Cyril of Jerusalem

Cyril of Jerusalem, Saint; Bishop of Jerusalem and Doctor of the Church, b. about 315; d. probably March 18, 386

In the East his feast is observed on the 18th of March, in the West on the 18th or 20th. Little is known of his life. We gather information concerning him from his younger contemporaries, Epiphanius, Jerome, and Rufinus, as well as from the fifth-century historians, Socrates, Sozomen, and Theodoret. Cyril himself gives us the date of his “Catecheses” as fully seventy years after the Emperor Probus, that is about 347, if he is exact.  Source:  www.catholic.com; https://www.catholic.com/encyclopedia/cyril-of-jerusalem-saint

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God gives light to all eyes. He is the light of life. May God enlighten in joy all those who have passed into the darkness of death; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.

I had heard of you by word of mouth, but now my eye has seen you (Jb 42:5).

Be not afraid! And may the peace of Christ be with you and your loved ones today and always.

Holy Family pray for us … Amen.