In the Gospel, the Father acknowledges “My beloved Son in Whom I am well pleased” as John the Baptist baptises Him in the River Jordan. It reminds us all of the importance of our own baptism, necessary for salvation.
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Cyril of Alexandria (370-444). He entered a monastery, became a priest and finally succeeded his uncle S Bishop of Alexandria in 412. Fought strongly against the teaching of the heretical Nestorius, and took the lead at the Council of Ephesus. Wrote many works explaining and defending the Catholic faith.
Jesus appeared to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (q.v.) and requested that she push for a feast to be instituted celebrating and symbolising His great love in a heart burning with love for us. That is why some pictures represent Jesus with an open heart, surrounded by flames. (Featured Image: Sacred Heart of Jesus, Krakow, Poland, taken […]
Irenaeus. Born about 130, he was brought up in Smyrna as a disciple of St. Polycarp, the bishop of the city. By 177 he was priest in Lyons in France, and shortly afterwards became bishop of that city. In his writings, he sought to defend the faith against the heresy of Gnosticism. Tradition has it […]