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Ikone_Athanasius_von_Alexandria

Father,
you raised up Saint Athanasius
to be an outstanding defender
of the truth of Christ’s divinity.
By his teaching and protection
may we grow in your knowledge and love.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

References

Image: Wikipedia

Text: Prayers4reparation’s blogPrayers4reparation’s blog

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Pordenone: M‡rk evangelista

O Glorious St. Mark, through the grace of God our Father, you became a great Evangelist, preaching the Good News of Christ.  May you help us to know Him well, so that we may faithfully live our lives as followers of Christ.  Amen.

Acknowledgement

de Sacchis, Giovanni Antonio.  Il Pordenone — San Marco.  26 Aug. 2010.  Wikipedia.  https://commons.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Il_Pordenone_-_San_Marco_-_Budapest.jpg#mw-jump-to-license

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To access parts one and two, click here

So we’ve just seen Mildred and Jason act rashly based on misinformation and knee jerk judgements, and we’ve reflected on the matter thus:

Anger, even when it is just, can blind us. It [can be] like smoke and vapors that fill our eyes, restricting our vision and narrowing our sphere of action, so that we are more likely to act recklessly and impulsively.

This goes to show precisely what wiser souls have said before me: (more…)

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I bind to myself today
The strong virtue of the Invocation of the Trinity:
I believe the Trinity in the Unity
The Creator of the Universe.

(. . .)

I bind to myself today
The power of Heaven,
The light of the sun,
The brightness of the moon,
The splendour of fire,
The flashing of lightning,
The swiftness of wind,
The depth of sea,
The stability of earth,
The compactness of rocks.

(. . .)

Christ with me, Christ before me,
Christ behind me, Christ within me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ at my right, Christ at my left,
Christ in the fort,
Christ in the chariot seat,
Christ in the poop [deck],
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks to me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

– From the “Breastplate of St. Patrick” (text from New Advent)

Acknowledgements

Borchert, Andreas F.  “Church of Our Lady, Star of the Sea, and St. Patrick, Goleen, County Cork, Ireland.”  10 Sept. 2009.  Wikipedia.  https://commons.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Goleen_Church_of_Our_Lady,_Star_of_the_Sea,_and_St._Patrick_North_Wall_Fourth_Window_Saint_Patrick_Detail_2009_09_10.jpg#mw-jump-to-license’;

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No summary remarks can serve as substitution for reading part one, but I think a few introductory reflections will be helpful for the purpose of continuity.

As Providence would have it, the weekend I saw “Three Billboards” was the same weekend (more…)

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Well I didn’t think I was going to have the opportunity to see Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri in the theater.  I live in a smaller community with only one theater, which theater has only two cinemas and typically hosts either family fare or mainstream blockbuster material.

During the first week in February I drove by and, to my surprise, saw “3 Billboards” on the marquee.  Needless to say, I went to see the film at the earliest opportunity.

I must say, it wasn’t quite what I had expected.

I had the idea that this would be one of those formulaic movies (more…)

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