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Wednesday of Hope – Nothing is Hopeless

When you say a situation or a person is hopeless, you are slamming the door in the face of God.

– Charles L. Allen

Today is the Feast of St. Francis de Sales

If at prayer we do nothing but drive away temptations and distractions, our prayer is well made.

-St. Francis de Sales, Conformity to the Will of God

No matter the distractions - pray anyway

No matter the distractions – pray anyway

Weekly Photo Challenge: Window

People are like stained glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out. But when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within.

– Elizabeth Kubler Ross

Rose window from the Cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres

Rose window from the Cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres

The Feast of St. Albert the Great

Today is the feast of a Dominican saint, St. Albert the Great. He was born sometime around the year 1200, and died in Cologne in 1280. His teachings that stretched the Church of his time to look beyond the confines of a Christian

Koln (Cologne) Cathedral

St. Albert the Great, though he never saw the completed cathedral in Cologne (completed 1880), he certainly saw its beginnings (circa 1248). Neither did he know that his scholarship and mentoring of Thomas Aquinas would guide the theology of the Church.

milieu for truth could stand us in good stead in these days when many proclaim that they have a corner on the truth. Albert and his famous student, St. Thomas Aquinas, found truth in the writings of Aristotle . . . found that they complemented Christian teaching. The Church named Albert a Doctor of the Church and a saint in 1931. We would do well to cultivate the willingness to listen and study the experience and beliefs of others before condemning them out of hand. We would also do well to cultivate the discipline to rigorous study that was demonstrated by St. Albert the Great, rather than taking the easy road of listening to what we want to believe, and taking that for truth.