Tag: St. Augustine

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For the past week-and-a-half, starting on the 24th week of Ordinary Time (Novus Ordo calendar), the Church has given us, in the Office of Readings, excerpts from a sermon On Pastors by Saint Augustine, bishop and doctor of the Church. He begins: You have often learned that all our hope is in Christ and that […]

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Group Writing: Motherhood and Will

 

I am mother to six intelligent strong-willed individuals. On this day, August 27, I rejoice in the example of St. Monica, whose feast day it is, and take the opportunity to reflect on Will and Motherhood.


For a mother, one part of the job is to exert her will on her babies and make them do as she says. She must learn when to exert that will, and when to relax and allow the children to be free. As they grow she must teach them her will so that they can learn to do it without her around. Eventually, the plan is, they will learn how to do what is right without her and choose to do it on their own, thus becoming useful adults.

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On Christmas Eve, the Church offers us in the Divine Office, this beautiful sermon on the meaning of Christmas, from St. Augustine. I have also included Pope Benedict XVI’s first Christmas address to the Roman Curia in which he reflects on this sermon, Pope John Paul II, and the “hermeneutics” of the Second Vatican Council. […]

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