Saturday, June 11, 2016

Man's created end....

   For in the Son all the fullness was pleased to dwell,
and through Him to reconcile all things for Him,
making peace by the blood of His cross. - Colossians 1:19-20

Man was created for a certain end. 
This end is to praise, to reverence 
and to serve the Lord his God 
and by this means to arrive at eternal salvation. 

All other beings and objects that surround us on the earth 
were created for the benefit of man and to be useful to him, 
as means to his final end; hence his obligation to use, 
or to abstain from the use of, these creatures, 
according as they bring him nearer to that end, 
or tend to separate him from it."

St. Ignatius of Loyola
The Spiritual Exercises, p.18

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St Barnabas
Apostle*, Martyr (+60)
*Strictly speaking, Barnabas was not an apostle, 
but the title has been bestowed upon him since very early times. 
His first name was Joseph; 
Barnabas (etymology: "son of consolation") was a surname. 
St Paul's companion - 1st Missionary Journey
St. Luke described Barnabas as
'a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith' (Acts 6:24)
Feast Day - June 11 

St Barnabas, pray for us!

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