Monthly Archives: December 2011

Mystics for Advent Part Nine: St. Therese of Lisieux

Vancouver’s Little Flower Academy is, of course, named for St. Therese of Lisieux, herself dubbed ‘the little flower’. Born in 1873, her short life ended in 1897. She lived as a cloistered Carmelite for almost ten years in privacy and … Continue reading

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Mystics For Advent Part Eight: St. Catherine of Siena

St. Catherine of Siena was born in 1347, the twenty-third of twenty-five children. Being placed in a convent was not unusual for girls in such large families. In her eighteenth year, she became a Dominican. As part of her devotion, … Continue reading

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A Terrible Advent Gift in Chicago

Recent pronouncements by Chicago’s Roman Catholic cardinal, Francis George, the Archbishop of Chicago, have moved Illinois State Representative Greg Harris to call for an immediate apology to the people of Chicago, particularly the GLBT community. Harris stated that the Cardinal’s … Continue reading

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Mystics for Advent Part Seven: St. Clare of Assisi

Clare was of noble birth, the daughter of a count. She was born in 1193. Drawn by the preaching of St. Francis, Clare and her sister Agnes were inspired to enter the monastic life, founding the Order of the Poor, … Continue reading

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Mystics For Advent Part Six: St. Isaac of Nineveh

After gaining a reputation as a holy man and teacher, St. Isaac was ordained bishop of Nineveh, the former capital of Assyria. After only five months he went south to the wilderness of Mount Matout where he lived in solitude … Continue reading

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Mystics For Advent Part Five: St. Makarios of Egypt

There are many versions of the life of Makarios the Egyptian. Dates of birth range from 283 to 320. Stories agree that he died in 390. What emerges is the picture of a servant of Christ who sought a life … Continue reading

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Mystics for Advent Part Four: Saint Ephraim of Syria

St. Ephraim of Syria was a teacher of Christians and counsellor to bishops in and around Nisibis until the year 363. At that point he and his community relocated to Edessa where he continued to serve the church until his … Continue reading

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