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. 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:

http://tomgotschall.wordpress.com/

https://doctorsofthechurch.wordpress.com/

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St. Gregory Nazianzen, Doctor, on Chrism

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St. Gregory Nazianzen, whose Memorial we celebrate on January 2, was a 4th century Patriarch (Bishop) of Constantinople and known as a great teacher and orator.

St. Gregory was one of the first four Doctors named by the Eastern Church, (along with St. Athenasius, St. Basil, and St. John Chrysostom.)

Of his many theological works and impressive letters is a clear treatment of the meaning and importance of the Chrism used at a Christian baptism.  This small excerpt, from (paragraph 4) the Lecture on Chrism, as a prescription, is a worthy assignment.

“For as Christ after His Baptism, and the visitation of the Holy Ghost, went forth and vanquished the adversary, so likewise you, after Holy Baptism and the Mystical Chrism, having put on the whole armour of the Holy Spirit, are to stand against the power of the adversary, and vanquish      it, saying, I can do all things in him who strengthens         me.” (Phil 4:13)

So consider the following:

  • Have you ever considered the receiving the Gift of the Holy Spirit, those who have been baptized, as a “putting on the whole armour of the Holy Spirit” as taught by St. Gregory?
  • What is your responsibility as one who is baptized?
  • When you examine your conscience daily, do you plot ways to avoid and, when necessary, stand against Satan the adversary?

St. Basil the Great, pray for us.

Peace,

Deacon Tom Gotschall, The Deacon Dad at:

http://tomgotschall.wordpress.com/

https://doctorsofthechurch.wordpress.com/

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St. Peter Canisius, Doctor, on Compassion

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Prescription of the Day (a two-for-one thought provoker)

“Is it not inexcusable that there should be so many people in rags while our clothes chests are stuffed with abundance of garments?”

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“And what defense can there be for women who are never done aquiring jewels and aids to beauty, who are always thinking of something new in hopes of outshining rivals.”

St. Peter Canisius, who’s memorial we’ll celebrate on December 21st is known as the Doctor of the Catechism.  He whote very catechetically and taught against those revolting from the Church in the 16th century.  Like so many of the wonderful saints, this Doctor of the Church teaches compassionately about the poor.

So ask yourself:

  • Am I sharing or hoarding?
  • What should I share?
  • How much should I share?
  • How can I take the first step?  Share your experiences in taking the first step in sharing.

Peace,

Deacon Tom Gotschall, The Deacon Dad at:

http://tomgotschall.wordpress.com/

https://doctorsofthechurch.wordpress.com/

St. John of the Cross, Doctor, on Letting Anxieties Go.

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Prescription of the Day

December 14th is the Memorial of St. John of the Cross, priest and Doctor of the Church. In his work The Ascent of Mount Carmel he suggests that in our times of heavy burden, our Lord offers to take those burdens off from our shoulders.  It’s as if He is telling us,

All you who are tormented and afflicted, laboring beneath the burden of anxiety and desire, cast it aside by coming to Me, and I will refresh you; and your souls shall find that rest of which your desires rob you.”

So ask yourself:

  • Am I willing to give the Lord the burden of my sin?
  • Am I willing to release the allure and desire of sin and accept His refreshment and rest?

Peace,

Deacon Tom Gotschall, The Deacon Dad at:

http://tomgotschall.wordpress.com/

https://doctorsofthechurch.wordpress.com/

St. John of the Cross, Doctor, on Detachment

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Prescription of the Day

“In order to arrive at having pleasure in everything, Desire to have pleasure in nothing.

In order to arrive at possessing everything, Desire to possess nothing.

In order to arrive at being everything, Desire to be nothing.

In order to arrive at knowing everything, Desire to know nothing…”

From Ascent of Mount Carmel, Book 1, Chap 13, #11

Tough at first glance.  Can you be inspired, without going clinically depressed, to detach yourself…at least a little, at first, and consider putting yourself in a humble position before God?

Let me know your thoughts…

Peace,

Deacon Tom Gotschall, The Deacon Dad at

http://tomgotschall.wordpress.com/

https://doctorsofthechurch.wordpress.com/

St. John of the Cross, Doctor, on Particular Judgment

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Prescription of the Day

“At the evening of life, we shall be judged on our love.”

Recalling what St. Paul wrote to the Corinthians, “There are in the end three things that last; faith, hope and love, and the greatest of these is love.” 1 Cor 13:13.

The good news is that we have the opportunity to examine our lives daily against this simple concept.  Ask yourself:

  • Has my love increased today?
  • If not, why not?
  • How can I be judged more favorably in accord with love?

And pray for more love…

St. John of the Cross, pray for us!

Peace,

Deacon Tom Gotschall, The Deacon Dad at

http://tomgotschall.wordpress.com/

https://doctorsofthechurch.wordpress.com/