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|Monstrance displaying the Host on the altar flanked by St. Peter on the left and St. Paul on the right. The Four Latin Church Fathers are seated adjacent to the altar: Sts Gregory and Jerome on the left and Sts. Ambrose and Augustine on the right. The head of St. Peter appears to be based on the likeness of Pope Julius II With thanks to http://goo.gl/HHDA9|
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God...Great is the happiness, beloved, of him for whom so great a reward is prepared. What, then, is it to have the heart pure, but to strive after those virtues which are mentioned above? And how great the blessedness of seeing God, what mind can conceive, what tongue declare? And yet this shall ensue when man's nature is transformed, so that no longer
in a mirror,nor
in a riddle,but
face to face 1 Corinthians 13:12it sees the very Godhead
as He iswhich no man could see ; and through the unspeakable joy of eternal contemplation obtains that
which eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither has entered into the heart of man.Rightly is this blessedness promised to purity of heart. For the brightness of the true light will not be able to be seen by the unclean sight: and that which will be happiness to minds that are bright and clean, will be a punishment to those that are stained. Therefore, let the mists of earth's vanities be shunned, and your inward eyes purged from all the filth of wickedness, that the sight may be free to feed on this great manifestation of God. For to the attainment of this we understand what follows to lead.
all that is not of faith is sin Romans 14:23,the fasting of those will be unprofitable and vain, whom the father of lying deceives with his delusions, and who are not fed by Christ's true flesh. As then we must with the whole heart obey the Divine commands and sound doctrine, so we must use all foresight in abstaining from wicked imaginations. For the mind then only keeps holy and spiritual fast when it rejects the food of error and the poison of falsehood, which our crafty and wily foe plies us with more treacherously now, when by the very return of the venerable Festival, the whole church generally is admonished to understand the mysteries of its salvation.
the Word became fleshdoes not signify that the nature of God was changed into flesh, but that the Word took the flesh into the unity of His Person: and therein undoubtedly the whole man was received, with which within the Virgin's womb fecundated by the Holy Spirit, whose virginity was destined never to be lost , the Son of God was so inseparably united that He who was born without time of the Father's essence was Himself in time born of the Virgin's womb. For we could not otherwise be released from the chains of eternal death but by Him becoming humble in our nature, Who remained Almighty in His own. And so our Lord Jesus Christ, being at birth true man though He never ceased to be true God, made in Himself the beginning of a new creation, and in the
formof His birth started the spiritual life of mankind afresh, that to abolish the taint of our birth according to the flesh there might be a possibility of regeneration without our sinful seed for those of whom it is said,
Who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God John 1:13 .
destroy the works of the devil 1 John 3:8,and has so united Himself with us and us with Him that the descent of God to man's estate became the exaltation of man to God's.