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John Duns Scotus

Prayer for the Canonization of Bl. John Duns Scotus

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations November 8th is the Feast of Blessed John Duns Scotus

O Most High, Almighty and gracious Lord,  Who exalts the humble and confounds the proud of heart,  grant us the great joy of seeing Blessed John Duns Scotus canonized.

He honoured Your Son with the most sublime praises;  he was the first to defend successfully  the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary;  he lived in heroic obedience to the Holy Father,  to the Church and to the Seraphic Order. O

Most Holy Father, God of infinite love,  hear, we beseech You, our humble prayer,  through the merits of Your Only-Begotten Son and of His Mother,  Coredemptrix and Spouse of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Nov 08 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: He Defended the Mother of God

Saturday, November 8th, 2014
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Homily #141108n ( 04min) Play – Today the friars celebrate Bl. John Duns Scotus, and Father tells us that he lived the detachment that today’s Gospel teaches, always seeking God alone with all his heart and mind, and he did this by defending the Mother of God and Her Immaculate Conception. In fact, it was his explanation of the Immaculate Conception which was later used in the dogmatic definition of the same.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Bl. John Duns Scotus – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: Saturday in the 31st Week in Ordinary Time
1st: phi 4:10-19
Resp: psa 112:1-2, 5-6, 8, 9
Gsp: luk 16:9-15

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Nov 08 – Homily – Fr Alan: Scotus the Subtle Doctor

Saturday, November 8th, 2014
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Homily #141108b ( 13min) Play – Fr. Alan on the life of Bl. John Duns Scotus and how he he gave a lofty, subtle penetration of the divine nature and the centrality of Christ’s Incarnation as the very reason for God’s gratuitous act of love in in creating the universe. This maximized Christo-centrism, in turn, provided the theological basis for the Immaculate Conception of Mary, leading to its proclamation as a dogma of the Church in 1854. For more on the Primacy of Christ go here, and read this:

 

Ave Maria!
Mass: Bl. John Duns Scotus – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: Saturday in the 31st Week in Ordinary Time
1st: phi 4:10-19
Resp: psa 112:1-2, 5-6, 8, 9
Gsp: luk 16:9-15

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Four Things You Need to Know about John Duns Scotus

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

Ave Maria!

Today we all must be dunces for Christ!

That’s right. Saturday, November 8th, is Bl. John Duns Scotus’ feast day from whom the term “dunce” was derisively coined by both Protestants (with their God-alone doctrine) and Renaissance Humanists (with their man-alone doctrine). Centuries earlier, Scotus taught a both/and synthesis of the two, the Absolute Primacy of Christ, focusing on the importance of the Incarnation of Jesus as true God and true man. In doing so, he strikes a quintessentially Catholic balance between these perennial extremes. In fact, he taught that the entirety of God’s plan to create our universe revolved around His desire to be incarnated in the human family, which then put a special spotlight on Mary, His mother, and thus formed the basis for Scotus’ theological defense of her Immaculate Conception. The Protestants and Humanists could not refute the pesky Franciscan so they resorted to name calling.

Did you catch some of the connections to our order here, Bl. John Duns Scotus, the Franciscan theologian who successfully defended the Immaculate Conception? Just in case you were wonder why we Franciscans of the Immaculate are making such a big fuss about him. So, yes, please pray that we FI’s can be good “dunces” today for Jesus and Mary!

Stephen Beale at Catholic Exchange writes a great summary of four important things to know about Scotus’ teachings:

  1. The Immaculate Conception. His enduring theological defense of the Immaculate Conception based on his teaching of the Absolute Primacy of Christ.
  2. The Necessity of the Incarnation. Again, his doctrine of the Absolute Primacy of Christ, that Jesus would have come even if Adam had not sinned.
  3. Divine Being as Infinity. That infinity is the primary attribute of God and how he gives many beautiful insights to the significance of this.
  4. Will and intellect. That loving God is more important than knowing Him (although both are necessary).

via Catholic Exchange  Four Things You Need to Know about John Duns Scotus:

Every faithful Catholic—if they don’t already—should get to know John Duns Scotus, the 13th [Century] Franciscan whose brilliant flights to the heights of speculative theology earned him the nickname the “Subtle Doctor.”

John Duns Scotus, whose feast day is Saturday, may have earned a permanent place in the pantheon of Catholic theologians if for no other reason than the mark he left on Marian dogma, but his reflections on the nature of divine being and the necessity of the Incarnation—that’s with or without original sin—compel our curiosity. Here are four reasons it’s worth getting to know Scotus.

1. The Immaculate Conception. Perhaps his lasting contribution to the faith and devotion of the Church is in the dogma of the Immaculate Conception. To be sure the Church had long believed that Mary had lived a sinless life. (St. Augustine famously declared that “When sin is treated, there can be no inclusion of Mary in the discussion.”) But the question of original sin was a thornier one. Many of the greatest saints of the Church—like St. Bernard of Clairvaux and St. Thomas Aquinas—found themselves caught between a theological rock and a hard place. While wanting to affirm her exceptional purity as Mother of God they also did not want to exempt anyone from the need for salvation through Christ.

More at Four Things You Need to Know about John Duns Scotus.

Video – Fi News #138: Cardinal Burke Blesses Friary Statue of Blessed John Dun Scotus

Monday, January 7th, 2013
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Fi News #138 – Unveiling and blessing of the statue. ( 02min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

On December 12th, 2012, His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke blessed a newly unveiled statue of Blessed John Dun Scotus in front of the Friary Chapel at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, WI.

Following the ceremony His Eminence gave an account of the Blessed’s life and the great theological contribution he made to the Church, especially in regards to the declaration of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. To read the full text of the Cardinal’s talk please click here for the pdf.

Ave Maria!

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On Blessed John Duns Scotus

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Ave Maria Meditations

The theology of John Duns Scotus (Feast day is November 8th) is that of defense of the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception. His eloquence, reason, and rational thought on the subject—joined with a faithful heart to the doctrine of the Church– led the Franciscan Pope Sixtus IV to approve the liturgical office of this Marian feast in 1480. In 1854, Blessed Pope Pius IX officially declared a dogma of faith the doctrine on the Immaculate Conception.

One of the outstanding figures in the Franciscan Order during the 19th century, the venerable servant of God Gabriele Maria Allegra OFM wrote of John Duns: “I see Scotus as the Doctor of the Immaculate Conception, of Christ as king of the universe, of the Church as the bride of Christ, as a defender of Christ’s vicar on earth, as a theologian of the mystery of the Eucharist.”

Prayer for the Canonization of Blessed John Duns Scotus:
O Most High, Almightily and gracious Lord, Who exalts the humble and confounds the proud of heart, grant us the great joy of seeing Blessed John Duns Scotus canonized. He honored Your Son with the most sublime praises; he was the first to successfully defend the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary; he lived in heroic obedience to the Holy Father, to the Church and to the Seraphic Order. O most holy Father, God of infinite love, hear, we beseech You, our humble prayer, thorough the merits of Your Only-Begotten Son and His Mother, the Gate of Heaven and Spouse of the Holy Spirit.

Fi News – Blessed Duns Scotus DVD Available

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Ave Maria!

Well, since we are celebrating the Feast of the Immaculate Conception today, I thought it would be a good time to give a long overdue mention of our John Duns Scotus DVD called “Blessed Duns Scotus, Defender of the Immaculate Conception” which is now available with English subtitles exclusively through Ignatius Press.

Defender of the Immaculate Conception

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Length: 85 minutes
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The inspiring true story of the holy Franciscan priest and theologian who won a famous debate against the Dominicans in the 13th century in which he defended Our Lady’s great privilege of her Immaculate Conception, laying the groundwork for the Church to later define that as a dogma of the Catholic faith. Filmed in beautiful ancient monastery locations in Europe, Scotus is revealed as a humble and courageous apostle of the Faith against the oppressive anti-Catholic government in power. His public defense of the papacy as the head of the Church eventually got him thrown out of the country.

An important film for Americans since the Immaculate Conception is the Patroness of the USA, this acclaimed feature film stars Italian actor Adriano Braidotti in an award-winning performance as Blessed John Duns Scotus, who was Beatified by John Paul II. The movie won major awards for Best Movie and Best Actor at the 2011 International Catholic Film Festival.

This DVD contains the following language options: Italian with English and Spanish subtitles

This is a Region 1 DVD (playable ONLY in Bermuda, Canada, the Cayman Islands, United States and U.S. territories).

Sample images from the film:

via Blessed Duns Scotus – : Ignatius.

Video – Variety #173: Feast of John Duns Scotus Mass in Rome

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011
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Variety #173 – statue of Blessed John Duns Scotus in Cassino, Italy ( 7min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

In honor of the feast of one of the patrons of our FI house of studies (S.T.I.M.) here in Italy, we present this video of the Holy Mass celebrated in 2010 in Rome in the extraordinary form, with our co-founder Father Gabriele.  It’s a mixture of highlights and music from the Mass, as well as some thoughts from our blessed scholastic philosopher/theologian, who died in 1308.  The text is in both Italian and English.

Ave Maria!

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November 8th: Blessed John Duns Scotus

Monday, November 7th, 2011

Ave Maria Meditations

Heavenly Father, You filled John Duns Scotus with wisdom, and through his life and teaching gave us a witness of Your Incarnate love. May we come to understand more deeply what he taught so that we may live in ever growing charity.  

Prayer for the Canonization of Blessed John Duns Scotus:

O Most High, Almightily and gracious Lord, Who exalts the humble and confounds the proud of heart, grant us the great joy of seeing Blessed John Duns Scotus canonized. He honored Your Son with the most sublime praises; he was the first to successfully defend the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary; he lived in heroic obedience to the Holy Father, to the Church and to the Seraphic Order. O most holy Father, God of infinite love, hear, we beseech You, our humble prayer, thorough the merits of Your Only-Begotten Son and His Mother, the Gate of Heaven and Spouse of the Holy Spirit.

 

Fi News – Our Duns Scotus Film Selected for World Youth Day Madrid

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

Ave Maria!

Our recently completed feature length film on the life of Bl. John Duns Scotus has been selected as the official movie of the upcoming World Youth Day in Madrid Aug 16-21 2011. Our Italian friars just watched the whole film for the first time as an institute on Sunday, Dec 26. Below is a special poster we made for the occasion complete with the Madrid WYD (JMJ) logo. A rough trailer can be seen here. The DVD should be available with English subtitles in early 2011. We will keep you posted.

The translation of the poster is as follows (more…)

Video – Fi News #73: First Trailer of Duns Scotus Film

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010
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Fi News #73 – Duns Scoto, trailer of the dramatic film of the life of Bl. John Duns Scotus ( 14min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

As part of our grand finale for our Scotus Month we have a repost of the trailer for the  feature length film we recently completed on the life of Bl. John Duns Scotus. It is in Italian but there should be a DVD available in the US with English subtitles early 2011.

The FIs in Italy have finished their first trailer for the feature length film Duns Scoto on the life of Blessed John Duns Scotus that we mentioned in an earlier post. It is more of a behind-the-scenes view of the making of the movie. All the actual footage of the movie is raw with the time stamp running. But it powerfully shows the magnitude of the project and how beautiful and dramatic the finished edition will be. Yes, it is in Italian. We hope to get an English subtitled version out soon. Enjoy!

Ave Maria!

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Video – Fr. Johannes Schneider: The Christocentrism of Bl. John Duns Scotus

Monday, December 6th, 2010
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Ave Maria!

In this repost for our Scotus Month (ending on the Immaculate Conception, Dec 8th) we delve into the radical Christocentrism of Bl. John Duns Scotus that provides the theological basis for the dogma of the Immaculate Conception and this puts the lie to the idea that giving honor to Mary is synonymous with downplaying Christ.

In the second presentation at our International Centenary Symposium on the Mariology of Bl. John Duns Scotus held in Durham, England, Fr. Johannes Schneider, OFM, discusses the Christocentrism of Bl. John Duns Scotus and its implications for Mariology. Fr. Johannes’ presentation is read by Fr. Peter D. Felhner, F.I.

Ave Maria!

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News: Newman Scotus Symposium

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Ave Maria!

Another post for Scotus month. Here are some photos from the recent Newman-Scotus Symposium held at the Washington Theological Union on Oct 22-24, 2010. Photos by Fr. Martin Breski, OFM Conv.

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Fr. Edward Ondrako, OFM Conv. organizer par excellance

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The presenters and organizers.

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Video – Fr Maximilian – The Cornerstone #33: Love for Love

Monday, November 15th, 2010
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The Cornerstone #33 – Fr. Maximilian Dean on the principle of action and reaction (7min) >>> Play

A repost of past video for the AirMaria Scotus Month Nov 8th-Dec 8th

Ave Maria!

St. Therese of the Child Jesus has said, “Love is repaid by love alone.” Elsewhere it is said in simpler form: “Love for love,” meaning God first offers us His love in the hope that we will respond by giving Him ours.

This principle of action and reaction is the heart of Bl. John Duns Scotus’ teaching. God first acts by willing Christ, the God-man, and the God-man responds with His Heart aflame for the love and glory of the Father. We also see God’s principle of action and reaction in the predestination of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Listen now as Father explains this eye-opening principle of “Love for love,” “action and reaction,” and how it plays out in all of creation, and in our lives.

Ave Maria!