St. Thomas Aquinas, Doctor, on The Natural Law

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January 28th is the Memorial of St. Thomas Aquinas, priest and Doctor of the Church.  Known as the Angelic Doctor, he wrote the Summa Theologiae as well as Adoro te devote, O salutaris, Tantum ergo, and Pange lingua. Arguably the greatest philosopher of all time and unarguably one of the greatest (even among agnostic and athiests).

The daily prescription, a quotation from St. Thomas’ Tretise on Law.” and taken from the Catechism of the Catholic Church #1955.

“The natural law is nothing other than the light of understanding placed in us by God; through it we know what we must do and what must be avoided. God has given this light or law at the creation.”

So if we examine our consciences daily, practicing our “logic muscle” in light of our actions, we can, according to St. Thomas come to better understand what we must do and what we must not do (and in turn, know right from wrong.)

Peace,

Deacon Tom Gotschall, The Deacon Dad at:

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St. Francis de Sales, Doctor, on Prioritizing Our Lives

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St. Francis de Sales, taken at the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture, Center Valley, PA

St. Francis de Sales, taken at the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture, Center Valley, PA

January 24 is the Memorial of St. Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor. Today’s Prescription of the Doctor comes from his work entitled Love of God (8,6).  The short piece below is quoted in and taked from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1974.

“[God] does not want each person to keep all the counsels, but only those appropriate to the diversity of persons, times, opportunities, and strengths, as charity requires; for it is charity, as queen of all virtues, all commandments, all counsels, and, in short, of all laws and all Christian actions, that gives to all of them their rank, order, time, and value.”

While the translation is written in a way that does not instantly ring relevant in the 21st century, it’s worth re-reading and pondering the logic of how God wants us to operate within our station in life…and to discern that station…that calling.

Peace,

Deacon Tom Gotschall, The Deacon Dad at:

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St. Hilary of Poitiers, Doctor, on Baptism

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St. Hilary of Poitiers, who’s memorial we celebrate on January 13, was, like St. Athanasius, a great defender of the belief that Jesus Christ is “true God and true man”, particularly against the Arian heretics in the 4th century.  In the quote from St. Hilary below, we see a developed understanding explained that, by our baptism, we have a blessed relationship with God.

“Everything that happened to Christ lets us know that, after the bath of water, the Holy Spirit swoops down upon us from high heaven and that, adopted by the Father’s voice, we become sons of God.” In Matth. 2, 5: PL 9,927.

It screams “OPPORTUNITY!”

So here’s the question for you:

  • Do you live in such a way that our Heavenly Father can say about you, “This is my son (my daughter), in whom I am well-pleased.”?

Peace,

Deacon Tom Gotschall, The Deacon Dad at:

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St. Hildegard, Doctor

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St. Hildegard was a multi-talented woman. Named a Doctor of the Church by Pope Benedict XVI on October 7, 2012, she is not well known however we suspect her following will continue to grow as the faithful get to know her. She adds to the body of knowledge and understanding of our Faith.  As we prepare for Sunday Mass, let’s consider her words concerning the power of music and worship as our “prescription of the day.”

“The words symbolize the body, and the jubilant music indicates the spirit; and the celestial harmony shows the
divinity, and the words the humanity of the Son of God.”

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Peace,

Deacon Tom Gotschall, The Deacon Dad at:

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St. Gregory Nazianzen, Doctor, on The Baptism of the Christ

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This short excerpt, written by St. Gregory Nazianzen in the late 4th century comes from the Second Reading from today’s Office of Readings of the Liturgy of the Hours.  It’s a timeless message that inspires anew to this day.

“Today let us do honor to Christ’s baptism and celebrate this feast in holiness. Be cleansed entirely and continue to be cleansed. Nothing gives such pleasure to God as the conversion and salvation of men, for whom his every word and every revelation exist. He wants you to become a living force for all mankind, lights shining in the world. You are to be radiant lights as you stand beside Christ, the great light, bathed in the glory of him who is the light of heaven. You are to enjoy more and more the pure and dazzling light of the Trinity, as now you have received — though not in its fullness — a ray of its splendor, proceeding from the one God, in Christ Jesus our Lord, to whom be glory and power for ever and ever. Amen.”

And so…

  • How do you become a living force for all mankind?
  • How do you become the radiant light standing beside Christ.
  • Are you fully enjoying the PURE and DAZZLING light of the Trinity?

Let us know…

Peace,

Deacon Tom Gotschall, The Deacon Dad at:

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http://doctorsofthechurch.wordpress.com/

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St. Athanasius, Doctor, on Mary the Mother of God

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St. Athanasius. source, http://www.1902encyclopedia.com

January 1 is the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God.  St. Athanasius, bishop and doctor of the church wrote a letter on how the Word made flesh took on human nature from Mary, his mother. St. Athanasius makes an important point concerning Jesus physical relationship to his mother, and thus to all of humanity.  Here’s what he said,

“The Apostle tells us: The Word took to himself the sons of Abraham, and so had to be like his brothers in all things. He had then to take a body like ours. This explains the fact of Mary’s presence: she is to provide him with a body of his own, to be offered for our sake. Scripture records her giving birth, and says: She wrapped him in swaddling clothes. Her breasts, which fed him, were called blessed. Sacrifice was offered because the child was her firstborn. Gabriel used careful and prudent language when he announced his birth. He did not speak of “what will be born in you”to avoid the impression that a body would be introduced into her womb from outside; he spoke of “what will be born from youso that we might know by faith that her child originated within her and from her.

  • Imagine the difference the relationship would be if Mary were simply a “surrogate mother”.
  • A very holy priest explained Mary the Mother of God this way.  She was the:
  •           Daughter of the Father
  •           Mother of the Son
  •           Spouse of the Holy Spirit.

Peace,

Deacon Tom Gotschall, The Deacon Dad at:

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St. Augustine, Doctor, on The Holy Family

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St. Augustine, in just a few sentences, brilliantly explains how the Holy Family simply works. In his Harmony of the Evangelists [ca. 400 AD]:

“Matthew, therefore, follows out the human generation of Christ, noting His ancestors from Abraham onwards, carrying them on to Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom jesus was born.  For in this way it was not allowed that He should be thought of as apart from the marriage of Mary, although she bore Christ not from intercourse in that marriage but as a virgin.  By this example it is strongly intimated to the married faithful that even when continence is observed by their common consent, their marriage can still perdue and still be called a marriage, not by a physical joining of the sexes but by the maintaining of the affections of the mind.”

So this prescription calls for:

  • Meditate on the first and second chapter of Matthew’s Gospel to better appreciate this understanding of the Holy Family.

St. Mary and St. Joseph, pray for us.

Jesus, have mercy on us.

Peace,

Deacon Tom Gotschall, The Deacon Dad at:

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