Happy are those who work for peace,
because they will be called children of God.
Saint Matthew 5:9
Saint Peter Chrysologus (+450 A.D.) expounds
upon Christís Beatitude
"No-one can be called a child of God
without first deserving the name of peacemaker.
It is peace, my dear brethren,
which frees a man from slavery,
and enobles him...
Peace in the community is Godís will;
it is the sweetness of Christ
and the perfection of sanctity.
Peace is the rule of justice,
the mistress of learning,
the guardian of morals;
its restraining influence is everywhere
to be commended.
It is the goal of our prayers,
an easy and effective way of making atonement,
the complete fulfilment of all our longings.
Peace is the mother of love,
the bond of friendship,
the clearest proof of that innocence
which craves satisfaction of God,
which seeks fulfilment
and has its longings satisfied."
From Mary Immaculate of Lourdes, Parish bulletin
by Fr. Charles J. Higgins, July 13, 2014
Incarnation for the Salvation of Mankind
from Sermon by Peter Chrysologus
A virgin conceived, bore a Son, and yet remained a virgin.
This is no common occurrence, but a sign; no reason here,
but Godís power, for He is the cause, and not nature.
It is a special event, not shared by others; it is divine,
not human. Christís birth was not necessity, but an expression
of omnipotence, a sacrament of piety for the redemption of men.
He who made man without generation from pure clay made man again
and was born from a pure body. The hand that assumed clay to make
our flesh deigned to assume a body for our salvation. That the
Creator is in His creature and God is in the flesh brings dignity
to man without dishonor to Him who made Him.
Why then, man, are you so worthless in your own eyes and yet so
precious to God? Why render yourself such dishonor when you are
honored by Him? Why do you ask how you were created and do not seek
to know why you were made? Was not this entire visible universe
made for your dwelling?
It was for you that the light dispelled the overshadowing gloom;
for your sake was the night regulated and the day measured,
and for you were the heavens embellished with the varying brilliance
of the sun, the moon and the stars. The earth was adorned with flowers,
groves and fruit; and the constant marvelous variety of lovely living
things was created in the air, the fields, and the seas for you,
lest sad solitude destroy the joy of Godís new creation.
And the Creator still works to devise things that can add to your glory.
He has made you in His image that you might in your person make the
invisible Creator present on earth; He has made you His legate, so that
the vast empire of the world might have the Lordís representative. Then
in His mercy God assumed what He made in you; He wanted now to be truly
manifest in man, just as He had wished to be revealed in man as in an image.
Now He would be in reality what He had submitted to be in symbol.
And so Christ is born that by His birth He might restore our nature.
He became a child, was fed, and grew that He might inaugurate the one
perfect age to remain for ever as He had created it. He supports man
that man might no longer fall. And the creature He had formed of earth
He now makes heavenly; and what He had endowed with a human soul He now
vivifies to become a heavenly spirit.
In this way He fully raised man to God, and left in him neither sin,
nor death, nor travail, nor pain, nor anything earthly, with the grace
of our Lord Christ Jesus, who lives and reigns with the Father in the
unity of the Holy Spirit, now and forever, for all the ages of eternity.
Saint Peter Chrysologus predicated
in favor of frequent communion and
exhorted Christians to convert the
Eucharist into their daily food.
O God, who made the Bishop Saint
Peter Chrysologus an outstanding
preacher of your incarnate Word,
grant, through his intercession,
that we may constantly ponder in
our hearts the mystery of your
salvation and faithfully manifest
it in our lives. Through our Lord
Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives
and reigns with You in the unity of
the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever
and ever. Amen
Saint Peter Chrysologus was born about
the year 380 in Imola, Emilia, and there
entered the priesthood. He was elected
bishop of Ravenna in 433 and instructed
his flock by his learned sermons and
writings. He died around the year 450.
His sermons were loved by countless people,
and so he was nicknamed Crisologo, which
means, "he who speaks well" and "words of
gold." His speech was concise, simple and
practical. The people were astonished that
in fairly short sermons, he was able to
summarize the most important truths of
faith. He composed 176 homilies, which
were very well prepared and carefully worded.
Because of his great wisdom in preaching and
writing, Saint Peter was named Doctor of the
Church by Pope Benedict XIII in 1729.
Saint Peter Chrysologus, Bishop and Doctor of the Church; 17th century; School of Guercino; Diocesan Museum Pius IX, Imola, Italia;
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