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Thought for the Day – 30 July – The Memorial of St Peter Chrysologus “Golden Words”

Thought for the Day – 30 July – The Memorial of St Peter Chrysologus “Golden Words”

In addition to his zeal in the exercise of his office, Peter Chrysologus was distinguished by a fierce loyalty to the Church, not only in its teaching but in its authority as well.   He looked upon learning not as a mere opportunity but as an obligation for all, both as a development of God-given faculties and as a solid support for the worship of God……Next to virtue, learning, in his view, was the greatest improvement to the human mind and the support of true religion.   Ignorance is not a virtue, nor is anti-intellectualism. Knowledge is neither more nor less a source of pride than physical, administrative, or financial prowess. ( Fr Don Miller, OFM)
Keep in mind that we cannot practice anything at all if we do not study it – we cannot “be” a Catholic if we do not study our faith!

St Peter Chrysologus, pray for us!

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Quote/s of the Day – 30 July – Memorial of St Peter Chrysologus

Quote/s of the Day – 30 July – Memorial of St Peter Chrysologus

“He (Christ) really made His body a living sacrifice,
because, though slain, He continues to live.
In such a victim death receives its ransom
but the victim remains alive.
Death itself suffers the punishment.
This is why death for the martyrs is actually a birth
and their end a beginning.
Their execution is the door to life
and those who were thought to have been
blotted out from the earth
shine brilliantly in heaven.”

he (Christ) really made his body - st peter chrysologus

“He is The Bread sown in the virgin,
leavened in the Flesh,
molded in His Passion,
baked in the furnace of the Sepulchre,
placed in the Churches
and set upon the Altars,
which daily supplies Heavenly Food to the faithful.”

he is the bread 2.- st peter chrysologus

“For he who touches
the Body of Christ unworthily,
receives his damnation.”

for he who touches the body of christ - st peter chrysologus

“Anyone who wishes to frolic with the devil cannot rejoice with Christ.”

anyone who wishes to frolic with the devil -st peter chrysologus

“The poor stretch out the hand
but God receives what is offered.”

the poor stretch out the hand - st peter chrysologus

“Now that we are reborn,…
in the likeness of our Lord
and have indeed been adopted
by God as his children,
let us put on the complete image
of our Creator
so as to be wholly like Him,
not in the glory that He alone possesses
but in innocence, simplicity, gentleness,
patience, humility, mercy, harmony,
those qualities in which He chose to become
and to be, one with us.”

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St Peter Chrysologus (400-450) Doctor of the Church

 

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One Minute Reflection – 30 July – Memorial of St Peter Chrysologus

One Minute Reflection – 30 July

On the way of duty I walk, along the paths of justice, granting wealth to those who love me…..Proverbs 8:20-21

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REFLECTION – “Mary’s grace has given glory to heaven; a God to earth and faith to the nations.Sh has conferred death on vices, order on life and a rule on morals.”….St Peter Chrysologus (c400-450) Doctor of the Church

ST PETER CHRYSOLOGUS MARY'S GRACE

PRAYER – Heavenly Father, grant me the grace to have Mary as my constant intercessor. In all difficulties let me call on her aid, for she is Your beloved Daughter. St Peter, you who so loved our Holy Mother, pray that we too may love her with total abandon and trust. Amen

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Saint of the Day – 30 July – St Peter Chrysologus “Golden Worded” “Doctor of Homilies” – Doctor of the Church

Saint of the Day – 30 July – St Peter Chrysologus “Golden Worded” “Doctor of Homilies” – Doctor of the Church – Bishop, Confessor, Teacher, Writer and Doctor of the Church.   People knew St Peter Chrysologus, the Doctor of Homilies, for his very simple and short but inspired sermons, for he was afraid of fatiguing the attention of his hearers.    He was born c 400 at Imola, Italy and died 2 December 450 at Imola, Italy.   Patronage – against fever and against mad dogs.   His piety and zeal won universal admiration.   After hearing oratory of his first homily as bishop, Roman Empress Galla Placidia supposedly gave him the surname Chrysologus, meaning “golden-worded.”   He fought paganism and the Monophysite heresy, enforced reforms and built several churches and ornate altars in his see.    176 of his sermons have survived;  it is the strength of these beautiful explanations of the Incarnation, the Creed, the place of Mary and John the Baptist in the great plan of salvation, etc., that led to his being proclaimed a Doctor of the Church in 1729 by Pope Benedict XIII.

St. Peter Chrysologus

Peter was born in Imola, where Cornelius, bishop of Roman Catholic Diocese of Imola, baptised him, educated him and ordained him a deacon.   He was made an archdeacon through the influence of Emperor Valentinian III.   Pope Sixtus III appointed Peter as Bishop of Ravenna circa 433, apparently rejecting the candidate whom the people of the city of Ravenna elected.   At that time Ravenna was the capital of the West.

The traditional account, as recorded in the Roman Breviary, is that Sixtus had a vision of Pope Saint Peter the Apostle and Saint Apollinaris of Ravenna, the first bishop of that see, who showed Peter, a young man, the next Bishop of Ravenna.   When a group from Ravenna arrived, including Cornelius and his archdeacon Peter from Imola, Sixtus recognised Peter as the young man in his vision and consecrated him as a bishop.

In his extant homilies, Bishop Peter explained Biblical texts briefly and concisely.   He also condemned Arianism and Monophysitism as heresies and explained the Apostles’ Creed, the mystery of the Incarnation and other topics in simple and clear language.   He dedicated a series of homilies to Saint John the Baptist and the Blessed Virgin Mary.   Peter advocated daily reception of Eucharist.   He urged his listeners to confide in the forgiveness offered through Christ.   His surviving works attest to the Church’s traditional beliefs about Mary’s perpetual virginity, the penitential value of Lent, Christ’s Eucharistic presence and the primacy of St. Peter and his successors.   He shared the confidence of Saint Pope Leo I the Great (440-461), another doctor of the Church.

A synod held in Constantinople in 448 condemned Eutyches for Monophysitism; Eutyches then appealed to Peter Chrysologus but failed in his endeavour to win the support of the Bishop.   The Acts of the Council of Chalcedon (451) preserves the text of letter of Saint Peter Chrysologus in response to Eutyches;  Peter admonishes Eutyches to accept the ruling of the synod and to give obedience to the Bishop of Rome as the successor of Saint Peter.

Archbishop Felix of Ravenna in the early eighth century collected and preserved 176 of his homilies.   Various authors edited and translated these works into numerous languages.

St Peter died circa or after 450 during a visit to Imola, the town of his birth. Older reference books say he died on 2 December but a more recent interpretation of the ninth-century “Liber Pontificalis Ecclesiae Ravennatis” indicated that he died on 31 July.

When in 1729 he was declared a Doctor of the Church, his feast day, not already included in the Tridentine Calendar, was inserted in the General Roman Calendar for celebration on 4 December.   In 1969 his feast was moved to 30 July, as close as possible to the day of his death, 31 July, the feast day of Saint Ignatius of Loyola.

A contemporary portrait of Saint Peter Chrysologus, found in the mosaics of the Church of San Giovanni Evangelista in Ravenna, depicts him among the members of the eastern and western imperial family, showing his extraordinary influence.

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One Minute Relection – 15 January

One Minute Relection – 15 January

On the way of duty I walk, along the paths of justice, granting wealth to those who love me…………Prv 8:20-21

REFLECTION – “Mary’s grace has given glory to heaven: a God to earth: and faith to the nations. She has conferred death on vices, order on life and a rule on morals.”………St Peter Chrysologus

PRAYER – Heavenly Father, grant me the grace to have Mary as my constant intercessor. In all difficulties, let me call on her aid, for she is Your beloved Daughter and our Blessed Mother. Holy Mother of Banneux, Pray for us, amen!

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