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Courage Conference, more video available

Air Maria has posted more of the Courage Conference videos, here. They are available to download as videos or audio-only mp3’s , just in case you want to download them and listen in the car! Every one of these is worth watching. Please take the time, especially if you couldn’t make it to the Courage/EnCourage Conference.

In addition to Bishop Daniel Thomas’ talk “Coraggio!,” the following videos have been posted. For those I don’t expound on here, look for summaries in future postings:

Fr. Paul Check, For When I am Weak, Then I am Strong.

The video leads off with the first ten minutes introducing episode one of the five-part Courage series that is being produced for EWTN. Then Fr. Check talks about the media projects: The five-part EWTN series, the book to be published Continue reading

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Feast Day of St. Augustine of Hippo

St. Augustine was the son of St. Monica, a notorious sinner, amazing convert, Bishop of Hippo and Church Father. He was a prolific writer, and here is an amazing insight from him, that I callously ripped of from “J-Bud” over at the Underground Thomist.

“The Maker of man became man that He, Ruler of the stars, might be nourished at the breast;
that He, the Bread, might be hungry;
that He, the Fountain, might thirst;
that He, the Light, might sleep;
that He, the Way, might be wearied by the journey;
that He, the Truth, might be accused by false witnesses;
that He, the Judge of the living and the dead, might be brought to trial by a mortal judge;
that He, Justice, might be condemned by the unjust;
that He, Discipline, might be scourged with whips;
that He, the Foundation, might be suspended upon a cross;
that Courage might be weakened;
that Security might be wounded;
that Life might die.

To endure these and similar indignities for us, to free us, unworthy creatures, He who existed as the Son of God before all ages, without a beginning, consented to become the Son of Man in these recent years.  He did this although He who submitted to such great evils for our sake had done no evil and although we, who were the recipients of so much good at His hands, had done nothing to merit these benefits.”  —  Augustine of Hippo, Sermon 191

This is food for meditation for about a week, I think. Or a lifetime.

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Before the Fall…

The second of the Courage Conference videos has been posted on Air Maria; it is Archbishop Chaput’s homily at the Opening Mass.

Archbishop Chaput reflects on what life must have been like before the fall of Adam and Eve, when not sinning was a lot easier to do. He speaks of the human struggle to keep our lives in balance with God’s plan. He paraphrases St. Augustine’s bird in flight image to help us to understand the burden of Christ’s law. I had never heard this metaphor before, and find it very helpful.

You can download it to watch or view it online, here. You can also download the audio as an MP3.


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