Saturday, June 29, 2013

June 29

The wavering saint who is the masterstroke of Christianity
Catholic Herald

St Peter and St Paul, the two most important figures in the early dissemination of Christianity, share the same feast day, even though they did not always see eye to eye in life. Paul, of course, holds an unassailable position as Apostle to the Gentiles. Peter, however, is the masterstroke of Christianity.

The Evidential Power of Beauty - Charles J. Chaput O.F.M.
Catholic Exchange

A friend once told me the story of how she first met God. She doesn’t remember her age; it must have been about 4 or 5. Her family lived in the countryside on the rim of one of our big eastern cities. And one June evening, cloudless, moonless, with just the hint of a humid breeze, her father took her out into the back yard in the dark and told her to look up at the sky. From one horizon to the other, all across the black carpet of the night, were the stars — thousands of them, tens of thousands, in clusters and rivers of light. And in the quiet, her father said, “God made the world beautiful because he loves us.”