Thursday, December 4, 2014

How? ... How?

"The words of Christ, since they are divine, are efficacious, and can produce nothing other than what they command.  For they are eternal. 
Heaven and earth shall pass, but My words shall not pass." - St Paschasius

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The Annunciation ~ Esteban Bartolome Murillo

“How shall this be?”  Mary asked.
“The Holy Spirit will come upon you,”
the angel answered,
“and the power of the most High
will cover you with its shadow.” 
And now you are the one who puts the question:
“How can bread become Christ and wine His Blood?”

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I answer:"The power of the Holy Spirit will be at work
to give us a marvel which surpasses understanding.”

St John Damascene
aka St John of Damascus
Syria ~ 676 - 749
Monk, prolific writer, poet
Defender of icons/images
Feast Day - December 4

“Wherefore, brethren, let us plant ourselves upon the rock of faith
and the Tradition of the Church, removing not the landmarks set
by our holy fathers, nor giving room to those who are anxious to introduce novelties and to undermine the structure of God’s holy ecumenical
and apostolic Church.  For if everyone were allowed a free hand, little by little
the entire Body of the Church would be destroyed.” – St John Damascus

St John Damascene, pray for us!

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