Saturday 7 January 2023

About Today Readings

St Raymond of Penyafort

1 John 5:14-21. The Lord takes delight in his people – Psalm 149:1-6, 9. John 2:1-11.

Mysteries of Christianity

Mary said, ‘Do whatever he tells you’. And water becomes the best wine. Raymond of Penyafort, whose feast is today, was born in the region of Barcelona in 1175. Dominic, a fellow Spaniard, was born five years earlier, and Francis of Assisi, six years later. The mendicant Orders of the Dominicans and Franciscans were to become the powerhouses of 13th century Church renaissance. The Moors had carried the treasures of their Arabic learning into Europe along with Greek philosophy and mathematics. And the marriage with Christian theology flowered in the new universities of Europe, in Bologna and Paris, and elsewhere. Raymond of Penyafort was to become the third Master of the Dominicans and lecture widely in Canon and Civil law. He retired as Master at 65 saying he was too old, but was to live to the age of 100 actively teaching the mysteries of Christianity to the end of his life.

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