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Monday, June 14, 2010

Os justi meditábitur sapiéntiam

On the 1962 calendar today is the Feast of St. Basil (330-379) (Orthodox-January 1, Catholic-January 2). Basil is the only one of the three Cappadocian Fathers to be given the title "the Great." In the Eastern Church he is called the "Great Hierarch" and in the Western Church he is a Doctor of the Church, one of the four great doctors of the East. His impact on later Christianity is tremendous, beginning in the East as a father of communal monasticism (which later influenced St. Benedict in the West), with his Divine Liturgy, and primarily in his defense of the orthodox teaching of the Holy Trinity against Arianism, particularly of the divinity and consubstantiality of the Holy Spirit. This is explained in his book De Spiritu Sancto (On the Holy Spirit).

In 2005 I posted on this blog this quote of St. Basil:

"May this tradition restrain you: Thus the Lord taught, the apostles preached,
the fathers preserved, the martyrs confirmed; be content to speak as you have
been taught." (source ?)

Here are some others:

"It is right that any one beginning to narrate the formation of the world should begin with the good order which reigns in visible things. I am about to speak of the creation of heaven and earth, which was not spontaneous, as some have imagined, but drew its origin from God." (Hexaemeron 1 - Homily on the Creation cited by

"It is good and beneficial to communicate every day, and to partake of the holy body and blood of Christ. For He distinctly says, 'He that eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life.' (John 6,54)." (cited in Quasten, Vol. 3, p. 233)

". . . but those conscious of the goal of our calling realize that we are to become like God, as far as this is possible for human nature." (On the Holy Spirit, p. 16)

In médio ecclésiae apéruit os ejus. - Introit

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