“Going therefore, teach ye all nations, baptising them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost teaching them to observe all things, whatsoever I have commanded you,” St. Matt, xxviii. 19.
Meanwhile, a large crowd of Jews has collected round the mysterious Cenacle. Not only has the mighty wind excited their curiosity, but, moreover, that same divine Spirit, Who is working such wonders upon the holy assembly within, is impelling them to visit the House, wherein is the new-born Church of Christ. They clamour for the Apostles, and these are burning with zeal to begin their work: so, too, are all. At once, then, the crowd sees these men standing in its midst, and relating the prodigy that has been wrought by the God of Israel.
The ascension which we celebrate on May 12 this year, calculates as forty days after Easter and concludes the visible permanence of God amongst men. It is a prelude to Pentecost and marks the beginning of the Church's history. This episode in history is described by the Gospels of S. Mark and S. Luke and in the Acts of the Apostles. Until 1977 in Italy it was also a public holiday.
To understand how fundamental it is for the development of Christian life to strive to acquire and preserve peace of heart, the first thing we must be convinced of is that all the good we can do comes from God and from him alone. “for without me you can do nothing”, said Jesus. He did not say: “You cannot do great things”, but “You cannot do anything”. It is essential for us to be convinced of this truth. We will often need failures, humiliations and trials - permitted by God - because...
In 269 a young Egyptian takes the advice that Jesus gives a rich man in the Gospel: "If you want to be perfect, sell everything you have ... Then come and follow me" (Matthew 19: 21-22). Antony distributes all his goods to the poor and will live as a hermit in the desert of Thebaid, on the eastern bank of the Nile.
Sun Dancing: Life in a Medieval Irish Monastery and How Celtic Spirituality Influenced the World Subject: Monastic and religious life--Middle Ages, Celts, Monastic and religious life, Middle Ages, Civilization, Skellig Michael (Monastery : Ireland). “As I climbed the path winding up to the ancient constructions near the top of the cliff, I sensed that I … Continue reading Book Review: Sun Dancing – Geoffrey Moorhouse
Translation in English from the Latin, Click below. The Consuetudine of Guigo I, 5th Prior of the Carthusian Order Guigues du Chastel Fifth prior of the Grande Chartreuse, legislator of the Carthusian Order and ascetical writer, born at Saint-Romain in Dauphiné in 1083; died 27 July, 1137. He became a monk of the Grande Chartreuse … Continue reading The Consuetudines of Guigo I