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"SaintlySages" Blog and Twitter offers the words of saints and sages for meditation and reflection. "SaintlyLives" is a blog concerning the lives of saints. "ScripturalPostscript" offers reflections on selected passages of Sacred Scripture. "SacredHymns" is a collection of sacred hymns for prayer and meditation.

In the Image and Likeness of God

“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” (Gn 1:26) Origen (185-253), who lectured at the catechetical school in Alexandria, taught that man received the dignity of the image of God at his creation, but … Continue reading

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Why Did Christ Delay?

The second-century Christian author of the Epistle to Diognetus discusses why Christ did not come sooner than He did. In the following excerpts from Chapter Nine, he suggests that Christ appeared so late in history because God wished to allow … Continue reading

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What Is a Christian?

The following excerpts are from two chapters of the Epistle to Diognetus, an anonymous apology of the second century addressed to the high-ranking pagan Diognetus. The author of this epistle calls himself simply “Mathetes,” meaning in Greek “a disciple.” As … Continue reading

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Work and Play

St. Paul says, “If any man will not work, neither let him eat” (2 Thes 3:10). Father Geiermann discusses work and its necessary counterpart, recreation. Concerning work, he states: “A habit of industry is a disposition for work.” This habit … Continue reading

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Charity in the World

Father Geiermann discusses how we can put fraternal charity into practice during our earthly lives. He writes: “The Saviour gave His followers a practical rule of conduct when He said: ‘Be ye wise as serpents and simple as doves’ (Mt … Continue reading

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Necessities

Father Geiermann cautions against extravagance concerning shelter, clothing, and food. Concerning shelter, he says: “The greatest slaves of the world make their dwellings places of luxury and cultivate a haughty reserve in their conduct. A true child of God, however, … Continue reading

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At Home and Abroad

The Lord commanded Abram, “Go forth out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and out of thy father’s house, and come into the land which I will show thee. And I will make thee great and bless thee and … Continue reading

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