Saint Lucia: bearer of light

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Mt 25:1-13

Reading corresponding to the memorial of Saint Lucia

Jesus told his disciples this parable: ‘Then the kingdom of Heaven will be like this: Ten wedding attendants took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were sensible: the foolish ones, though they took their lamps, took no oil with them, whereas the sensible ones took flasks of oil as well as their lamps. Read More

I myself shall give you eloquence and wisdom

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Today we celebrate the memorial of St Catherine of Alexandria, who lived between the 3rd and 4th century. In her life the words of Jesus that we heard in yesterday’s Gospel apply perfectly:

“Make up your minds not to prepare your defence, because I myself shall give you an eloquence and a wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to resist or contradict.” (Lk 21:14-15). Read More

Agnes in the wake of the Lamb

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Scene 15:

AMBROSE:  Brethren, remember ye what Abraham said in the parable of the rich man: “If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead”. (Luke 16:31). Well, that is exactly what happened when Claudius had been raised from death.  That generation, which had not believed the eloquent testimony of so many martyrs, repented not of their deeds at the sight of that mighty sign, nor did they give glory to the God of heaven (Rev 16:9, 11). Read More

Agnes in the wake of the Lamb

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Scene 12:

THE PREFECT:  I open the last session of this trial for the public and solemn pronouncement of the sentence on the accused.

Arise, accused, and hear the sentence which the Supreme Court of Rome will now pronounce upon you!

In the name of the Godly Emperor, the Holy City of Rome and the Roman people. Accused of high treason and blasphemy is the young virgin Agnes, aged 12, daughter of Honorius Placidus and his wife Laurentia. Read More

Agnes in the wake of the Lamb

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Scene 7:

CLAUDIUS:  I have come to bring public charges against the virgin Agnes, daughter of the patrician Honorius Placidus and his wife Laurentia. I bring charges against this Agnes for blasphemy and high treason. As there is danger of escape, I request immediate arrest.

AMBROSE:  This is how little Agnes, barely 12 years old, was chained and locked up in a dungeon… Read More

Agnes in the wake of the Lamb

Part I

Bride of Christ

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SCENE 1:

A woman sees a man who looks a little lost…

FAITHFUL:   Are you new here in Milan?

PAULINUS:   Yes, I’ve just come from a long journey and am returning to Rome, but I had to stop here.

FAITHFUL:   You look like a clergyman.

PAULINUS:   I am.

FAITHFUL:         Well, I suppose you don’t want to miss the sermon of our bishop Ambrose today. Hasten, for we are past the third hour. The celebration of the holy mysteries must have begun already! Listen, they are singing the Hallelujah right now!

PAULINUS:   speaking to himself:

Ah, of course, the great Ambrose, bishop of Milan…

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