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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Feast of St. Hilary

St. Hilary was born in Poitiers around 320. He was an adult convert to Christianity and was chosen to be bishop of Poitiers in 350. He defended the faith against the Arian heresy and was exiled to the East but then sent back as he was causing trouble with his strong defense of the true faith. He was made a Doctor of the Church in 1851.

The opening prayer for today's Liturgy asks God to direct his love that is within us, that our efforts in the name of his Son may bring mankind to unity and peace. We need peace so badly in our world and it begins with each of us. The alternate opening prayer is also worth reflecting on today: "Almighty Father, the love you offer always exceeds the furthest expression of our human longing, for you are greater than the human heart. Direct each thought, each effort of our life, so that the limits of our faults and weaknesses may not obscure the vision of your glory or keep us from the peace you have promised. We ask this through Christ our Lord." Amen.

And then we have the wonderful lines from both Hebrews and Psalm 8: What is man that you should be mindful of him, or the son of man that you should care for him?

The Gospel tells us that the people were astonished at the teaching of Jesus for he taught them as one having authority..."

The Communion antiphon tells us "Look up at the Lord with gladness and smile; your face will never be ashamed." That is good for all of us to do today!

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