Monthly Archives: November 2011

Explanatio: Rev. 8:1 (first part)

THE EXPLANATION OF THE SEVENTH SEAL BEGINS “And when He had opened the Seventh Seal, there was made a silence in Heaven.” [Rev. 8:1] ‘And he saw’ (1) ‘part’ (1) (2) ‘of the silence, because’ (1) he saw that vision. … Continue reading

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Explanatio: Rev. 7:11-17

So he says, “And they fell down upon their faces before the gaze of the Throne and the gaze of the Lamb, and adored God, saying, ‘Amen. Benediction, and renown, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honor, and power, and strength … Continue reading

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St. Gregory the Great on the Palm Leaves

But that he said, “Palms in their hands”: ‘The life of the just is not compared to palms [Job 29:18] undeservedly, because of course the palm is rough to touch from below, and it is as if wound up in … Continue reading

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More about the Number 144,000

Now we run back to the same number which the holy Apostle testify to having heard, saying, “I heard the number of those sealed: 144,000 sealed out of all the tribes of the children of Israel.” [Rev. 7:4] The 144,000 … Continue reading

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Isaiah’s Seraphim, by St. Jerome

We speak of that which, illuminated by our God, we can support through the Testaments. For ‘what’ was done ‘before the world’ and ‘what may be’ done ‘after the world’, we do not know. ‘Of what comes between such things, … Continue reading

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Angels and Saints as Images of God

And since there are many members of the Church and one Body, so they are said to be [many] through the number “144,000.” There are many kinds of virgin and of spouses, and many of the penitent. There is one … Continue reading

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Virgins, Officers, and Mule Drivers

Yet as we do not forbid marriages, so neither do we preach them. It is written, “Those who have wives, let them be like those not having them.” [1 Cor. 7:29] However much marriages are good in themselves, the cares … Continue reading

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