• Devin O'Donnell

Repetitio Mater Memoriae

Updated: Sep 29, 2021

A few Mondays ago it was Labor Day. But that's a secular holiday. On the Church Calendar, September 3 was not a celebration of "workers" but rather of a "worker" in the Kingdom of Heaven. It was the Feast Day of St. Gregory.

Before Brother Aidan could preach the gospel in manuscripts too beautiful for the world, Rome would find its own heart broken for the beauty of people who were "non Angli, sed Angeli." Such were words spoken by Pope Gregory the Great in the twilight of the 6th century, and it was his conviction that bade Augustine of Canterbury to bring the gospel to those barbaric chieftains of Anglo-Saxon island of Britannia. And when the Roman Christians came north they found those Irish Christians sowing the gospel south. We owe much of our Christian heritage to the work and ministry of Saint Gregory, or Saint Patrick. As Paul says, "But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? 15 And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!” (Romans 10:14-15). This brief story of England reminds us that without the Church. Such holidays remind us that our faith does not begin or end with us, who are living.

Here's the agenda for this today and this week:

  1. Pray

  2. Discuss today's contemplation

  3. Finish copying the Course Catechism

  4. Student Decorum

  5. Collect Dig Deep Reading selections

  6. Continue reading Leithart's "The Devil Has No Stories"

  7. We will be doing this for Thursday and Friday; Friday will be a more formal exercise as our first practice session of a Harkness discussion.

  8. Begin Bible: What is "hermeneutics"?

  9. Learning to read and interpret the Holy Scripture is the subject that we shall focus for our Theology/Bible curriculum of this Traditio course. Tomorrow we will introduce a basic framework for the study and interpretation of Scripture. As we progress throughout the year, we will apply this interpretive structure as a basis for our hermeneutic not only of Scripture but also of other stories.

  10. Pray & nunc dimittis

HW Review:

  1. Be perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect.

  2. Pray, that you may not stumble.

  3. Continue working on the Family Tree of the gods assignment

  4. Dig Deep Readings (ongoing)

LIPPI, Fra Filippo Sts Gregory and Jerome c. 1437 Tempera and gold on wood, Accademia Albertina di Belle Arti, Turin

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