Thank you for having visited with me over the past 15 months. It has certainly been the unique experience on my part, especially seeing the different countries that have come to view my blog. Unfortunately, I am running up against some time constraints – a publisher has asked me to translate a book and I am way behind schedule on the timetable I had set up for myself. That being the case, I'm afraid I'm giving up my blog as of today. Thank you for visiting with me, and I pray that God will bless you and yours in the months ahead.
In Christ's name,
Sunday, August 5, 2012
Boniface VIII, 1294-1303
- 1300, Boniface decreed a “Great Jubilee”, a big celebration in Rome where special indulgences were offered, and so much money came in that it had to be “raked” into baskets
- 1302, the bull Unam Sanctam in which Boniface decreed that he had the right to make and unmake kings and emperors, “We, moreover, proclaim, declare and pronounce that it is altogether necessary to salvation for every human being to be subject to the Roman Pontiff.”
- 1303, Philip IV of France sent people to arrest him; the French agents had to run for it, but Boniface “died of humiliation”
Saturday, August 4, 2012
“But in things above (that is, with God), God has never allowed nor does He now allow such activity. Rather, here, whatever is to be done ought to be done only with the certain and express command of God, because a human being, of himself, does not know the things that are above him, that is, what God wills, unless He has revealed Himself by His Word,....” Martin Luther, Preface to Breismann, Response to Schatzgeyer, LW, AE, 59:30-31
Friday, August 3, 2012
Fili, ego debeo esse finis tuus supremus. Ex hac intentione purificabitur affectus tuus, sæpius ad se ipsum, et ad creaturas male incurvatus. Nam si te ipsum in aliquo quæris, statim in te deficies et arescis. Omnia ergo ad me principaliter referas qui omnia sum, qui omnia dedi. Sic singula considera sicut ex summo bono manantia. Et ideo ad me tanquam ad originem suam cuncta sunt referenda.
My son, I must be your Supreme and final end, if you desires to be truly happy. Out of such purpose your affection shall be purified, which too often is sinfully bent upon itself and upon created things. For if you seek yourself in any matter, straightway you will fail within yourself and grow barren. Therefore refer everything to Me first of all, for it is I who gave you all. So look upon each blessing as flowing from the Supreme Good, and thus all things are to be attributed to Me as their source.
Imitation of Christ, III, 9:1
Charles V, “the Wise”, 1364-1380
- spent his time during a period of peace to strengthen the country - the basic structure that he set up lasted until the French Revolution in 1789 - got the French parliament (“estates”) to agree that as long as the old taxes weren’t changed, they didn’t need to be renewed by the estates, with the result that the French parliament never developed much power over the king
Thursday, August 2, 2012
“Now is it not confessedly the greatest impiety, nay, the greatest insults, to place the honor of the Deity at the will and pleasure of human judgment, so that there cannot be a God except the senate permit him?” Tertullian, To the Nations, 10, ANF 3:119
Si humana natura Christi non potuit particeps fieri omnipotentiae caeterarumque proprietatum Verbi propter illarum infinitatem, certe propter eandem causam neque ipsius lÒgou potuit esse capax.
If the human nature of Christ was not able to be a partner of the omnipotence and the other properties of the Word on account of their infinity, certainly on account of that cause the same is not able to be capable of the Logos.
John II, “the Good Fellow”, 1350-1364
- “good knight and a mediocre king”
- 1355, England renews the war, defeats France at the battle of Poitiers, captures John and his son - they are taken hostage to England until a ransom is paid - the huge rise in taxes and absence of the king lead to civil chaos and peasant uprisings in France
- in 1360, John is released on the partial payment of his ransom, but one of the other hostages escaped and John returned to captivity, dying there
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
“In things below, God permits even those activities that He Himself does not ordain in Holy Scripture, such as building, pasturing a flock, buying, and, as Peter says [1 Peter 2:13 Vg], to make 'human creatures,' that is, ordinances. In these things it is not necessary that you wait for a word of God,....” Margin Luther, Preface to Briesmann, Response to Schatzgeyer, LW, AE, 59:30
Philip VI, 1328-1350
- France had become one of the great powers of Europe
- 1338-1453, the Hundred Years War (which lasted so long because England was trying to conquer a country that had 5 times the population and 10 times the wealth of her own)
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Benedictus sis Deus meus, quia licet ego omnibus bonis indignus sim, tua tamen nobilitas et infinita bonitas nunquam cessat benefacere etiam ingratis, et longe a te aversis. Converte nos ad te, ut simus grati, humiles, devoti, quia salus nostra es tu, virtus et fortitudo nostra.
Blessed are You, O my God, because though I be unworthy of all Your benefits, Your bountiful and infinite goodness never ceases to do good even to ingrates and to those who are turned far from You. Turn us to yourself, that we may be grateful, humble, and godly, for You art our salvation, our courage, and our strength.
Imitation of Christ, III, 8:3