Imitate Mary’s modesty, Church Fathers: Day 363

Imitate Mary’s modestySt. Ambrose holds up Mary as an example of modesty. She spent her time alone with Scripture, and instead of being proud to be chosen by God she became even more humble.When the angel entered, Mary was found at home in privacy, without a companion, so that no one might interrupt her attention or disturb her. She did not desire any women as companions, because she had the companionship of good thoughts. In fact, she seemed to herself to be less alone when she was a … [Read more...]

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Learn from Mary how to live, Church Fathers: Day 362

Learn from Mary how to liveGod sees us on the inside, but the outside is all other people can judge. The way we present ourselves should convey an image of the soul inside. As St. Ambrose tells us, there is no better example to follow than the Virgin Mary.The first thing that inspires enthusiasm in learning is the greatness of the teacher. Who is greater than the Mother of God? Who is more glorious than the one whom Glory itself chose? Who is more chaste than the one who bore a body … [Read more...]

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Honor the virginity of Mary, Church Fathers: Day 361

Honor the virginity of MaryIn this well-known passage, Origen talks about the “brothers of Jesus” men­tioned in the Gospels. Taking careful note of both Scripture and Tradition, Ori­gen concludes that the perpetual virginity of Mary is the most reasonable belief.Now those who say this (that the “brothers of Jesus” were not sons of Mary) wish to preserve the honor of Mary in virginity to the end, so that that body of hers which was appointed to minister to the Word who said, “The Holy Sp … [Read more...]

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Honor Mary in Christ’s flesh, Church Fathers: Day 360

Honor Mary in Christ’s fleshSome heretical Christians said that Christ took nothing from Mary when he was conceived in her. St. Irenaeus says those people are badly mistaken. It was Mary’s human nature that made Christ truly human enough to be hungry, tired, or grieving.Those who suppose that Christ took nothing from the Virgin are badly mistaken. In order to cast away the inheritance of the flesh, they also reject the analogy between Christ and Adam.And his descent into Mary would … [Read more...]

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Honoring the saints goes back to the Apostles, Church Fathers: Day 359

Honoring the saints goes back to the ApostlesSt. Basil professes his Trinitarian faith, and invokes the saints as well—a practice he says has been handed down since the time of the Apostles.According to the blameless Christian faith which comes to us from God, I confess and hold that I believe in one God, the Father almighty: God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit. I adore and worship one God, the Trinity.I confess the incarnation of the Son in the flesh, and that St. M … [Read more...]

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Venerate the saints and martyrs, Church Fathers: Day 358

Venerate the saints and martyrsSt. Jerome lets his notorious temper loose against one Vigilantius, who had been scandalized by the way relics of the martyrs were venerated. Jerome tells him that he would not be scandalized if he really believed what Scripture says: that the martyrs are alive now and with the Lamb.Among other blasphemies, he may be heard to say, “Why do you kiss and adore a bit of powder wrapped up in a cloth?”Madman, who in the world ever adored the martyrs? Who eve … [Read more...]

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