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Sep 11, 2023, 4:28:25 AM9/11/23
From Journey of the Mind to God:

Christ is both the way and the door. Christ is the staircase and the
vehicle, like the "throne of mercy over the Ark of the Covenant," and
"the mystery hidden from the ages." A man should turn his full
attention to this throne of mercy, and should gaze at him hanging on
the cross, full of faith, hope, and charity, devoted, full of wonder
and joy, marked by gratitude, and open to praise and jubilation. Then
such a man will make with Christ a "pasch," that is, a passing-over.
Through the branches of the cross he will pass over the Red Sea,
leaving Egypt and entering the desert. There he will taste the hidden
manna, and rest with Christ in the sepulcher, as if he were dead to
things outside. He will experience, as much as is possible for one who
is still living, what was promised to the thief who hung beside
Christ: "Today you will be with me in paradise."
--by Saint Bonaventure

September 11th - Saint Paphnutius, Bishop in Egypt

The holy confessor Paphnutius was an Egyptian who, after having spent
several years in the desert under the direction of the great St.
Antony, was made bishop in the Upper Thebaid. He was one of those
confessors who under the Emperor Maximinus 305-313 lost the right eye,
were hamstrung in one leg, and were afterwards sent to work in the

Peace being restored to the Church, Paphnutius returned to his flock,
bearing all the rest of his life the glorious marks of his sufferings
for the name of his Crucified Master. He was one of the most zealous
in defending the Catholic faith against the Arian heresy and for his
holiness. As one who had confessed the Faith before persecutors and
under torments, he was an outstanding figure of the first General
Council of the Church, held at Nicaea in the year 325.

Paphnutius, a man who had observed the strictest continence all his
life, is said to have distinguished himself at the Council by his
opposition to clerical celibacy. Paphnutius said that it was enough to
conform to the ancient tradition of the Church, which forbade the
clergy marrying after their ordination. To this day it is the law of
the Eastern Churches, whether Catholic or dissident, that married men
may receive all Holy Orders below the episcopate, and continue to live
freely with their wives. St. Paphnutius is sometimes called "the
Great" to distinguish him from other saints of the same name; the year
of his death is not known.

The most celebrated personage of this name was bishop of a city in
the Upper Thebaid in the early fourth century, and one of the most
interesting members of the Council of Nicæa (325). He suffered
mutilation of the left knee and the loss of his right eye for the
Faith under the Emperor Maximinus (308-13), and was subsequently
condemned to the mines. At Nicæa he was greatly honoured by
Constantine the Great, who, according to Socrates (H. E., I, 11), used
often to send for the good old confessor and kiss the place whence the
eye had been torn out.

He took a prominent, perhaps a decisive, part in the debate at the
First Œcumenical Council on the subject of the celibacy of the clergy.
It seems that most of the bishops present were disposed to follow the
precedent of the Council of Elvira (can. xxxiii) prohibiting conjugal
relations to those bishops, priests, deacons, and, according to
Sozomen, sub-deacons, who were married before ordination. Paphnutius
earnestly entreated his fellow-bishops not to impose this obligation
on the orders of the clergy concerned. He proposed, in accordance
"with the ancient tradition of the Church", that only those who were
celibates at the time of ordination should continue to observe
continence, but, on the other hand, that "none should be separated
from her, to whom, while yet unordained, he had been united".

The great veneration in which he was held, and the well known fact
that he had himself observed the strictest chastity all his life, gave
weight to his proposal, which was unanimously adopted. The council
left it to the discretion of the married clergy to continue or
discontinue their marital relations. Paphnutius was present at the
Synod of Tyre (335).

Saint Quote:
We ought not, as soon as we leave church, to plunge into business
unsuited to church, but as soon as we get home, we should take the
Scriptures into our hands, and call our wife and children to join us
in putting together what we have heard in church.
--John Chrysostom

Bible Quote:
Bear ye one another's burdens: and so you shall fulfil the law of
Christ. For if any man think himself to be some thing, whereas he is
nothing, he deceiveth himself. [Galatians 6:2-3] DRB

O God, the House of My Soul is Narrow
By St Augustine (354-430)
Father & Doctor of Grace@#

O God,
the Light of the heart, which sees Thee,
The Life of the soul, which loves Thee,
The Strength of the mind, which seeks Thee,
May I ever continue to be steadfast in Thy love.
Be the Joy of my heart,
Take all of me to Thyself and abide therein.
The house of my soul is, I confess,
too narrow for Thee.
Enlarge it, that Thou may enter.
It is ruinous but do repair it.
It has within it what must offend Thine Eyes,
I confess and know it,
But whose help shall I seek in cleansing it
but Thine alone?
To Thee, O God, I cry urgently.
Cleanse me from secret faults.
Keep me from false pride and sensuality,
that they may not get dominion over me.
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