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Articles Archive for 23 August 2011

Of Gnats and Camels
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Of Gnats and Camels

The denunciation of the Pharisees continue with the 3rd and 4th woes. The "weightier matters of the Law" are the essentials of Mosaic observance. Jesus names them: "judgment", "mercy" and "faith". "Judgment" here is the Greek krisis not krima. The latter is related to the judge and his authority; the other is the product of his action: the restoration or imposition of justice.

St. Rose of Lima
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St. Rose of Lima

Isabel Flores de Oliva was born in Lima, Peru on April 20 1586. Her parents were of Spanish descent and enjoyed a high standing among the newly formed hierarchy of Lima. Their social status, however, was not matched by any great wealth. Isabel, one of eleven children, began her transformation with a change of name, albeit one completely beyond her control. Her mother, along with several other family members and acquaintances, saw a rose bloom upon the face of the infant as she slept, from which day forward she was known as Rosa (Rose)…