Category Archives: Doctors of the Church

St. Ambrose of Milan

Today is the Feast of St. Ambrose, the great archbishop of Milan. His relics are in the Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio in Milan.

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St. Ambrose is the one in white.

Here are some images of the Lombard Gothic Duomo of Milan.

 

Excavations beneath the Duomo have uncovered the baptistery where St. Ambrose baptized St. Augustine.

Here is the crypt-tomb of St. Charles Borromeo in the Duomo of Milan.

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St. Robert Bellarmine

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Today is the Feast of St. Robert Francis Cardinal Bellarmine, one of two Jesuit Doctors of the Church. The other is St. Peter Canisius. St. Robert was one of the most learned men in the history of the Church. When Pope Clement VIII created St. Robert a cardinal, he said of him: “The Church of God has not his equal in learning. He was the nephew of Pope Marcellus II.

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St. Robert is buried in the Roman church of Sant’Ignazio. To the left of him is the altar where St. Aloysius Gonzaga is buried. St. Robert was St. Aloysius’ spiritual director, and he was so impressed with the youthful saint that he asked to be buried “at the feet of his ghostly child.”

St. Robert once said: “If you are wise, then, know that you have been created for the glory of God and your own eternal salvation. This is your goal; this is the center of your life; this is the treasure of your heart. If you reach this goal, you will find happiness. If you fail to reach it, you will find misery.”

There can be only one shortest distance between two points, and the shortest distance between God and us is Mary. St. Robert knew this as well as anyone.

Marian-Writings

Now you get to discover not only his previously untranslated Marian writings, which were compiled and translated from the thousands of pages of his (Opera Omnia) [Collected Works], but also previously untranslated biographical material about him. Then so you get to see exactly how he lived the Marian doctrines he defended and the Marian devotion he taught. So, be sure to check out The Marian Writings of St. Robert Bellarmine by clicking here.

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St. Catherine of Siena, Doctor of the Church

Today is the Feast of St. Catherine of Siena. Her works make excellent reading. You can find here all 3 volumes of the Letters of St. Catherine of Siena. Enjoy!

The body of St. Catherine of Siena rests in the Roman church Santa Maria sopra Minerva. It is near the Pantheon.

The body of St. Catherine of Siena rests in the Roman church Santa Maria sopra Minerva. It is near the Pantheon.

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St. Teresa of Avila

Today is the Feast of St. Teresa of Jesus (of Avila) and the anniversary of my Baptism!  Here is a tribute to one of the three female Doctors of the Church.

Welcome to Avila!

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The first foundation of St. Teresa was the Convent of St. Joseph.  This church has several relics of St. Teresa, including her bed, several books, a jug, and a drum and castanets which she played at Christmas.

The church of the Convent of St. Joseph

The church of the Convent of St. Joseph

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St. Teresa's signature imprinted on the altar cover

St. Teresa’s signature imprinted on the altar cover

His Holiness John Paul II visited this Convent of St. Joseph, the first foundation of St. Teresa of Jesus on November 1, 1982.

His Holiness John Paul II visited this Convent of St. Joseph, the first foundation of St. Teresa of Jesus on November 1, 1982.

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The tomb of St. Mauritius

The tomb of St. Mauritius

Here are some photos of the Monastery of the Incarnation.

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The parlor where St. Teresa used to speak with St. John of the Cross.  She complained that he would often go into ecstasy.

The parlor where St. Teresa used to speak with St. John of the Cross. She complained that he would often go into ecstasy.

Parlor where Christ appeared to St. Teresa, tied to the pillar

Parlor where Christ appeared to St. Teresa, tied to the pillar

The Cathedral of Avila

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St. Teresa used to pray before this statue.

St. Teresa used to pray before this statue.

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Gate Alcazar

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The basilica of San Vicente has the relics of the saint and is built on the site of his martyrdom with his two sisters in 306.It was here that St. Teresa had a vision which prompted her to begin the reform of the Carmelite order.

Basilica of San Vicente

Basilica of San Vicente

The Convent of St. Teresa was built over her birthplace.

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To St. Teresa of Jesus and St. Catherine of Siena, the first women Doctors of the Church, proclaimed by Pope Paul VI, on September 27 and October 4, 1970, respectively, as honoring and as a sign of brotherhood between the sanctuaries of both saints, in Avila and in Siena. (Avila, September 6, 1982)

To St. Teresa of Jesus and St. Catherine of Siena, the first women Doctors of the Church, proclaimed by Pope Paul VI, on September 27 and October 4, 1970, respectively, as honoring and as a sign of brotherhood between the sanctuaries of both saints, in Avila and in Siena. (Avila, September 6, 1982)

In this chapel was born our Seraphic Mother, St. Teresa of Jesus, Mystical Doctor, on March 28, 1515.

In this chapel was born our Seraphic Mother, St. Teresa of Jesus, Mystical Doctor, on March 28, 1515.

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Here are photos of the Monastery of St. Thomas.

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St. Francis and St. Dominic

St. Francis and St. Dominic

St. Teresa used to go to confession here.

St. Teresa used to go to confession here.

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Confessional of St. Teresa

Confessional of St. Teresa

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Photos taken from and around the walls of Avila

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St. Teresa of Jesus

St. Teresa of Jesus of Avila

St. Teresa of Jesus of Avila

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St. Jerome, Doctor of the Church

Today is the Feast of St. Jerome, the Church’s greatest Doctor of the Scriptures.  Here are some photos of his cave in Bethlehem.

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“Formerly the place of St. Jerome, priest and Doctor of the Church”

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The altar in St. Jerome’s cave

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St. Jerome was a favorite of other Doctors of the Church, including St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Robert Bellarmine.  One of his most popular quotes is: “Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ.”  It is said that he is buried somewhere in the walls of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome.

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