The Good Samaritan and Thirsting for God

Take care of him and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you spend. (Lk. 10:35).
The parable of the Good Samaritan is the answer to this question: ‘And who is my neighbour?’ (Lk. 10:29). Our Lord expands the definition of neighbour beyond the bounds of nationality or race. This well-known parable is clearly understood as a lesson in morality: we are bound to do good to all, without distinction; especially if assailed by misfortune or violence. In this manner we are able to collaborate with the Church’s efforts to bring aid and relief to the poor and

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Bonaventure the Beloved

Saint Bonaventure, whom we celebrate today, the day of his death in 1274 – a few months after his contemporary, Saint Thomas Aquinas. Both have been proclaimed Doctors of the Church – an elite company, with but 36 members – and both wrote ‘Summas’, or compendia, of theology, even if, for various reasons, it was Thomas’ – the Common Doctor – that the Church officially adopted in her teaching. But Bonaventure, the ‘Seraphic Doctor’, has much to teach us also, in his doctrine on God, His providence, the salvific purpose of all history and creation.
Bonaventure also wrote the first definitive

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Herring and Mead

The sun shone on Wrocław when I first arrived. I had had an uneventful journey, spent mostly in looking up words in my Polish dictionary. Amusingly, the excellent highway in East Germany abruptly went bumpy at the border, but after some kilometres inside Poland, it improved. Then it worsened. Then it improved. I could see the village of Legnickie Pole from the highway, which was a thrill, and the twin towers of St. Hedwig Church were very impressive.

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