Archives For History

 

Herbert Workman’s book, The Evolution of the Monastic Ideal (1913), is a classic work

that not only introduces the history of Christian monasticism, but also provides an account of the theological forces that guided this tradition.
 

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From the book’s preface:

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Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore was a Bengali poet, and the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in literature (1913)…

Today (August 7) marks the anniversary of his death in 1941

 

We offer this timely and provocative essay on the nation-state,
which is excerpted from his 1917 book NATIONALISM
(Available as a FREE ebook for Kindle
or in a variety of file formats from Project Gutenberg.)

 

Against the Nation-State
Rabindranath Tagore
(1917)

 

We delude ourselves into thinking that humanity in the modern days is more to the front than ever before. The reason of this self-delusion is because man is served with the necessaries of life in greater profusion, and his physical ills are being alleviated with more efficacy. But the chief part of this is done, not by moral sacrifice, but by intellectual power. In quantity it is great, but it springs from the surface and spreads over the surface. Knowledge and efficiency are powerful in their outward effect, but they are the servants of man, not the man himself. Their service is like the service in a hotel, where it is elaborate, but the host is absent; it is more convenient than hospitable.

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Peter of Luxembourg

Today, July 5, is the feast day of St. Peter of Luxembourg, a 14th century saint known for his extreme asceticism and also his extreme devotion to the poor and downtrodden.

 

“St. Peter teaches us how denying the self, rank, riches,
the highest dignities, and all this world can give,
may serve to make a Saint.”

 

His story… 

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St. Petronilla
 

Today, May 31, is the feast day of St. Petronilla, an early Christian saint, who died in Rome at the end of 1st century.

 

“She lived when Christians were more solicitous
to live well than to write much”

 

Her story… 

 
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St. Julia of Corsica

Today, May 23, is the feast day of St. Julia of Corsica, a martyr of the fifth century.

 

Her story… 

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Today, May 21, is the feast day of Franz Jagerstatter, an Austrian martyr executed by the Nazis during WWII.

 

Review of Franz Jagerstatter’s
Letters and Papers from Prison

 

His story… 

 
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St. Felix of Cantalice

Today, May 18, is the feast day of St. Felix of Cantalice, the first Capuchin friar to be named a saint.

 
Felix of Cantalice, O.F.M. Cap., was born on 18 May 1515 to peasant parents in Cantalice, Italy, in the central Italian region of Lazio. Canonized by Pope Clement XI in 1712, he was the first Capuchin friar to be named a saint.

 

His story…

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St. Possidius

Today, May 17, is the feast day of St. Possidius, a North African saint who was a student of St. Augustine, and one of Augustine’s earliest biographers.

 
St. Possidius (5th century) was a friend of St. Augustine of Hippo who wrote a reliable biography and an indiculus or list of his works. He was bishop of Calama in the Roman province of Numidia. (via Wikipedia)
 

READ St. Possidius’s
Life of St. Augustine

 

His story…

 
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St. Brendan

Today, May 16, is the feast day of St. Brendan the Navigator, who is believed to have lived in the sixth century.

 
Saint Brendan of Clonfert (c. AD 484 – c. 577), called “the Navigator”, “the Voyager”, “the Anchorite”, and “the Bold”, is one of the early Irish monastic saints and one of the Twelve Apostles of Ireland. He is primarily renowned for his legendary quest to the “Isle of the Blessed”, also denominated “Saint Brendan’s Island”.

READ MORE about St. Brendan’s life, including an outline of the story of his voyage, on Wikipedia.
 

J.R.R. Tolkien’s Poem:
The Death of St. Brendan

 
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St. Dymphna

Today, May 15, is the feast day of St. Dymphna, a teenage martyr who is believed to have lived in the seventh century.

Dymphna resisted the incestuous sexual abuse and advances of her father, and ultimately her resistance infuriated her father to the point of him beheading her.

Although she lived in a very different era than our twenty-first century world, Dymphna’s adamant resistance to this sexual abuse makes her a striking candidate for a patron saint of the #MeToo movement.
 

Other Women Saints
Whose Stories You Should Know

 

St. Dymphna’s Story:

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