Daily Archives: January 5, 2019

LESSONS FROM THE MAGI (I) – Wise men ask, wise men act

REV. JOSÉ MARIO O. MANDIA

“Wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, ‘Where is he who has been born king of the Jews?’” (Mt 2:1)

The Wise Men knew something important: they knew that they did not know everything. Socrates taught: “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” This is why the wise men asked for directions. They practiced the virtue of prudence.

THE FEAST OF THE EPIPHANY OF THE LORD – Magi follow star to find Light

Miguel Augusto (*)

With the feast of the Epiphany, the Church celebrates the manifestation of Jesus to the world. “Epiphany,” of Greek origin, means “outward manifestation,” “appearance.” “For the Church which believes and prays, the Wise Men from the East who, guided by the star, made their way to the manger of Bethlehem, are only the beginning of a great procession which winds throughout history. Thus the liturgy reads the Gospel which relates the journey of the Wise Men, together with the magnificent prophetic visions of the sixtieth chapter of the Book of Isaiah and Psalm 71, which depict in bold imagery the pilgrimage of the peoples to Jerusalem. The men from the East embody the world of the peoples, the Church of the Gentiles – the men and women who in every age set out on the way which leads to the Child of Bethlehem, to offer him homage as the Son of God and to bow down before him. The Church calls this feast ‘Epiphany’ – the appearance of the Godhead” (Pope emeritus Benedict XVI).

POPE FRANCIS – Good Politics Serve Peace

FAUSTO GOMEZ OP

 

The World Day for Peace was founded and inaugurated by St. Paul VI. In the first message (Jan 1, 1968) entitled The Observance of a Day of Peace, Pope Montini writes: “We address Ourselves to all men of good will to exhort them to celebrate ‘The Day of Peace’, throughout the world, on the first day of the year…We think that this proposal interprets the aspirations of peoples, of their governments, of international organisms which strive to preserve Peace in the world, of those religious institutions so interested in the promotion of Peace, of cultural, political and social movements which  make Peace their ideal; of youth, whose perspicacity regarding the new paths of civilization, dutifully oriented toward its peaceful developments is more lively; of wise men who see how much, today, Peace is both necessary and threatened.”

CHURCH FATHERS (38) – Saint Leo the Great

Anastasios

The history of the Church has given us all sorts of Popes, from great saints, great intellectuals and also, let us not hide it, to great sinners. One great saint and intellectual was Pope Leo, later called “The Great.” The time of the life of Leo (400-461) they were not without its troubles. The website www.catholic.org tells us that “Pope Leo was deeply dedicated to his service as pope. He saw himself as privileged to sit in the Chair of St Peter, as the servant of the servants of God. He worked diligently as ‘Peter’s successor.’ Over time, Leo became known as one of the best administrative popes of the ancient Church. But he was so much more. During his reign, he tirelessly fought to preserve the unity of the Church and its faith; and to ensure the safety of his people against invasions from armies which sought to destroy the Church and the Christian influence on culture which she brought to bear.