Blessed John Duns Scotus (c.1265-1308)
for November 8
Blessed John Duns Scotus was part of a well-off family of farmers. He is referred to as "Duns Scotus" to specify where he was born--Scotland. He joined the Friars Minor at Dumfries, and began his studies after novitiate. In those days, a handful of philosophers believed that free will was an illusion. However, Blessed John Duns Scotus knew this to be false, and upheld the truth using scenarios that resonated with people. He obtained his doctorate degree from the University of Paris. While teaching there, Blessed John Duns Scotus skillfully defended the Immaculate Conception of Mary. Using the work of Blessed John Duns Scotus, Pope Pius IX defined the Immaculate Conception of Mary in 1854. Blessed John Duns Scotus is often referred to as the "Subtle Doctor."
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"For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; he is to be revered above all gods" (Psalm 96:4). Some days we become very aware of God’s presence and we want to praise God. Maybe your team was the underdog in an athletic competition and beat the previous champions; maybe you had a successful food drive and supplied groceries to needy families; maybe you had the courage to stand up against the evils of racism and discrimination and defend someone from prejudice. We are the hands and heart of Jesus Christ on earth today. Follow the psalmist’s example and remember to praise God for the good you do in his name. (Taken from "Take Ten: Daily Bible Reflections for Teens.")
Dear Jesus, give me the desire to be your hands and heart in the world. May I be compassionate and courageous in helping the needy and confronting evildoers. (Taken from "Take Ten: Daily Bible Reflections for Teens.")