Ubi…what?

“Let there be light” from this tiny outpost on what Pope Benedict XVI has called the “digital continent.”

My little blog claims no light of its own, but rather serves to mirror the light of Christ, transmitted in its radiant glory by the Catholic faith.

The title ubique lucet, a Latin phrase meaning “shines everywhere,” comes from the early Church Father St. Irenaeus:

The Church, though dispersed throughout the whole world, even to the ends of the earth, has received from the apostles and their disciples this faith…

…the Church, having received this preaching and this faith, although scattered throughout the whole world, yet, as if occupying but one house, carefully preserves it.

She also believes these points [of doctrine] just as if she had but one soul, and one and the same heart, and she proclaims them, and teaches them, and hands them down, with perfect harmony, as if she possessed only one mouth. For, although the languages of the world are dissimilar, yet the import of the tradition is one and the same.

For the Churches which have been planted in Germany do not believe or hand down anything different, nor do those in Spain, nor those in Gaul, nor those in the East, nor those in Egypt, nor those in Libya, nor those which have been established in the central regions of the world.

But as the sun, that creature of God, is one and the same throughout the whole world, so also the preaching of the truth shines everywhere, and enlightens all men that are willing to come to a knowledge of the truth.”

Adversus Haereses (Book I, 10, 1-2)

 St. Irenaeus,  martyred ca. 202, was well qualified to write those words. Originally from Asia Minor (modern Turkey), he was taught by St. Polycarp, the Bishop of Smyrna and fellow martyr, who had himself learned the faith from St. John the Apostle.

Later becoming the bishop of Lyons in France, St. Irenaeus wrote his magisterial Adversus Haereses to refute false teachings that were at odds with the apostolic faith. St. Irenaeus thereby safeguarded the faith that he had received, and handed it on to others.

Motivated by the same desire, I have been volunteering in faith formation efforts at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Lexington, Kentucky. That is the genesis of my blog, which remains a personal endeavor.

For more on how studying the faith enhances our relationship with Jesus, see the post on Christ the King.

The header image comes from the Cathedral’s sacraments window, with the luminous Eucharist enthroned directly above the blog title.

May you find it helpful in your search for Truth!

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