SATURDAY, MAY 2
DAY 45 - THE TRANSCENDENTALS
In this unusual time where we are no longer able to participate in the riches of the weekly or daily Eucharist it can seem like a real drain on our spiritual life. This combined with a cabin fever from weeks of lock-down can make it very difficult to pray in the way that we have prayed in the past. Today's mini-session is to give another avenue of prayer by turning to the most basic manners in which God imprinted himself into the world - truth, beauty, & goodness. Although it is to be encouraged to be steadfast in our former ways of prayer (especially in the Rosary this month), we can use these to help us encounter God as we find ourselves emerging once again into the world.
From Our Spiritual Director ✝
St. Athanasius, Bishop, Doctor of the Church
ReadingsActs 9:31-42Psalm 116:12-13, 14-15, 16-17John 6:60-69
St. Athanasius is the patron Saint of Theologians and faithful Orthodox and Roman Catholic Christians. St. Athanasius spent much of his life in the Church testifying to the divine nature of Jesus Christ. This was at a time when the heresy of Arianism was rampant.
Arianism was the belief that Jesus was indeed the Son of God, but was not equal to God but instead was a distinct creature and therefore subordinate to God the Father. This, of course, denied the Holy Trinity.
St. Athanasius was present at the Council of Nicaea, 325AD, as the Creedal statement known as the Nicene Creed was adopted as the Creed of the Church. Consider where we would be without the Nicene Creed. We voice that creedal statement at each Sunday Mass. It is that creed that professes Jesus is the second person of the Holy Trinity and is God indeed.
Fr. John Kurgan
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"All creatures bear a certain resemblance to God, most especially man, created in the image and likeness of God. The manifold perfections of creatures - their truth, their goodness, their beauty all reflect the infinite perfection of God."
- CCC 41