Spiritual Heroes

St. Nicholas – December 4, 2014

WISE WORDS – The prophetic leaders and the community as a whole engage in prayer, not as a matter of formal ritual, but as a matter of prophetic consciousness: prayer is the place above all where empowerment by the Holy Spirit can happen. — Luke Timothy Johnson, from his book Prophetic Jesus, Prophetic Church       SPIRITUAL HERO – This week […]

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Gregory of Nazianzus – May 7, 2014

This week we give thanks for the life and witness of Gregory of Nazianzus. Born about 330 in Nazianzus in Cappadocia (now Turkey), his father was a local bishop. Gregory studied rhetoric in Athens with his friend Basil of Caesarea, and Julian, who later became emperor and tried to stamp out Christianity.In 361, Gregory was […]

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Monnica – April 30, 2014

This week we give thanks for the life, witness and guidance of Monnica, mother of St. Augustine. Born in Carthage around 331 A.D. to a Christian family almost everything we know about her comes from her son’s great work, The Confessions. She was married to a pagan husband, Patricius, a man of hot temper, who was […]

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St. Mark the Evangelist – April 16, 2014

This week we give thanks for the life and witness of St. Mark the Evangelist. Mark is mentioned throughout the New Testament, appearing in Acts, the letters of Sts. Paul and Peter and, of course, as the writer of the gospel that bears his name. Whether the same person appears in all of these accounts is […]

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Damien and Mother Marianne Cope – April 9, 2014

Perhaps it is appropriate that as we enter Holy Week we remember two witnesses of faith and sacrifice, Damien and Mother Marianne Cope. They worked among the lepers on the Hawaiian Island of Molokai in the late 19th century. Leprosy was so feared that people sent to the colony at Molokai were forced to jump off the ships that carried them and […]

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William Law – April 2, 2014

This week we remember William Law, whose writings helped spark a passionate religious revival in 18th century England. Though Law was merely a quiet schoolmaster from Putney, England, his book, A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life, had near-revolutionary repercussions. Itschallenge to take Christian living seriously received moreenthusiastic response than Law could ever have imagined. Spiritual giants such as George Whitefield, John Wesley and William Wilberforce acknowledged its power and influence in […]

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Oscar Romero – March 19, 2014

I never tire of reading about the life of Oscar Romero, archbishop of San Salvador, and this week’s spiritual hero. Born in 1917, he was one of those people whose life is transformed by the events surrounding him. And, having been transformed himself, he changed the lives of many others. For this, he paid the […]

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Cyril of Jerusalem – March 12, 2014

If you love the Holy Week liturgies, then you will want to give thanks and praise to this week’s spiritual hero, Cyril of Jerusalem. Born in Jerusalem about 315, he became bishop of the holy city around 349. This was a fractious time in the history of the Church. Cyril was banished from his episcopate […]

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James Theodore Holly – March 5, 2014

This week, March 5, 2014, we remember James Theodore Holly, the first African American Bishop in the Episcopal Church. Born in 1829 in Washington, D.C, Holly descended from freed slaves. His great-great grandfather James Theodore Holly was a Scotsman in Maryland, who freed his slaves in 1772. Among the slaves was his son and namesake, […]

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