Sunday, November 09, 2014

Today's Solemnity

"Brothers and sisters:  You are God's building." 2nd reading, Romans 3

Today the Church celebrates the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica. I always associate this feast with the memorial (November 8) of Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity. Not so much due to the fact her celebration precedes today's, but because - to my mind at any rate - the Carmelite mystic interiorizes an aspect of the meaning and significance of today's feast for the baptized Catholic. Nevertheless, it is difficult for me to explain how that is or what I mean by that.

Blessed Elizabeth possessed marvelous awareness that she was the temple of the Most Holy Trinity - as is every baptized person - her entire doctrine is based upon the consciousness of this reality. It seems to me in this recollection is contemplation of the most sublime truth in charity, albeit darkly, as in a mirror. The physical edifice of the Church reflects this reality, while the saints demonstrate it.

"If I want my interior city to have some similarity and likeness to that 'of the King of eternal ages' and to receive this great illumination from God, I must extinguish every other light and, as in the holy city, the Lamb must be 'its only light.'" -Bl. Elizabeth of the Trinity

"No one can lay a foundation other than the one that is there, namely Jesus Christ." - Romans 3

... the Lamb must be 'its only light'.

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