Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Name's Day

Fili carissime, imprimis te doceo quod Dominum Deum tuum diligas ex toto corde tuo et ex tota virtute tua; nam sine hoc non est salus.

We celebrated my feast day in our preferred manner: a quiet evening at home with cocktails, dinner, vespers and a walk. To show off to my wife, I haltingly translated St. Louis's "Spiritual Testament" out of the Officium Lectionis. (Someone more knowledgeable than I would have to say whether the Latin text there [from the Acta Sanctorum] is the original or a translation from Old French(?). I suppose Latin would have been the language for official communication, but I'm a little uncertain of the full context of this letter. Anyway, a more capable English translation can be found at the bottom of this page.)

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