Deisis (Novogorod)

French Bishop Named to Education Congregation

VATICAN CITY, NOV. 11, 2007 ( Benedict XVI named Dominican Bishop Jean-Louis Bruguès of Angers, France, as secretary of the Congregation for Catholic Education, elevating him to the dignity of archbishop.

Jean-Louis Bruguès was born in 1943 in France. He joined the Dominicans in 1968 and made solemn vows in 1972.

He was ordained a priest that year. He was a member of the International Theological Commission from 1986 to 2002, and also a member of the National Ethics Consultative Committee of France from 1998 to 2000.

Pope John Paul II named him bishop of Angers in 2000. Bishop Bruguès was president of the doctrinal commission of the French episcopal conference from 2002 to 2006.

He has been a consultant for the Vatican congregations for Catholic Education and Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.

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Teachings of Christ

“If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? For what can a man give in return for his soul?" (Mark 8:34-37 ESV)

Entrance of the Mother of God into the Temple

Today is the prelude of the goodwill of God * and the heralding of the salvation of mankind; * the Virgin appears clearly in the temple of God * and foretells Christ to all. * Let us also with a mighty voice cry out to her: * “Rejoice, O Fulfillment of the Creator’s divine plan.” (Troparion - Tone 4)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

The most pure Temple of the Savior, * the most precious Bridal-Chamber and Virgin, the sacred Treasury of the glory of God, * is brought today into the house of the Lord, * bringing with her the grace that is in the Divine Spirit. * The angels of God praise her in song: * “She is the heavenly tabernacle.” (Kontakion - Tone 4)

Random Proverb

"My son, keep my words and treasure up my commandments with you; keep my commandments and live." (Proverbs 7:1,2 ESV)

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

The Holy Eucharist is the first, most important, and greatest miracle of Christ. All the other Gospel miracles are secondary. How could we not call the greatest miracle the fact that simple bread and wine were once transformed by the Lord into His very Body and His very Blood, and then have continued to be transformed for nearly two thousand years by the prayers of priests, who are but simple human beings? And what is more, this mystery has continued to effect a miraculous change in those people who communicate of the Divine Mysteries with faith and humility. 

St. Ambrose of Optina