Saturday, January 23, 2010

On the mendicant orders


During the General Audience address of January 13, 2010, Pope Benedict XVI proposed that we begin the new year by looking at how Saints Dominic, Thomas Aquinas, Francis, and Bonaventure renewed the spiritual and intellectual life of the Church by wisely reading "the signs of the times," and intuiting the challenges that the Church of their time had to face. The Pope spoke of their presence in the universities: "The Friars worked for the evangelization of culture, affirming the harmony of faith and reason, and creating the great synthesis of scholastic theology. May their example of holiness and evangelical lifestyle inspire our own witness to the Gospel and our efforts to draw the world to Christ and His Church."

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