25 de December de 0393 - Es ordenado a fuerzas San Paulino de Nola, sin que lo sepa su mujer, a cuyos brazos vuelve después (46 + 569)

Paulinus, as himself relates, being present in the church of Barcelona upon Christmas-day, was suddenly laid hold on by the people, dragged to their Bishop Lampius, then officiating at the altar, and ordained by him; his wife Therasia not knowing of it till it was done.

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St. Paulinus, bishop of Nola comes next; whose example is most remarkable, as well because he was one of the sincerely pious men of all antiquity, whom St. Martin was wont to propose as the pattern of all perfection; as because he was made bishop in the Roman patriarchate, not long after the promulgation of Siricius’s constitution, and seems to have been persecuted by that Pope, merely for retaining the company of his wife in opposition to his decrees. He was descended from the greatest family in Rome, had borne the consulship, and was in all respects the second person of the empire; when, quitting all secular honours in the year 393, he was ordained priest at Barcelona in Spain. His wife Therasia then lived with him, the inseparable companion of all his travels and his whole life. Paulinus was then in the fortieth year of his age, and she somewhat younger; yet did they continue to live together in the same house, and in the same cell, till separated by death. After some stay there, Paulinus returned with his wife to Rome, where he was received with infinite applause by the common people, but with great rudeness by Pope Siricius, whose pride and churlishness Paulinus himself complains of. The occasion of this deportment of Siricius, seems to have been the prejudice which he feared his constitution of the continence of priests and deacons might suffer from the cohabitation of Paulinus with his wife; the example of a person so illustrious, and so highly reputed for sanctity, being alone sufficient to restore marriage to its due esteem. Retiring thence to Nola in Campania, he was, not long after, made bishop of that place. That his wife lived with him in the same little cell, even after his consecration, Sacchinus confesseth, and indeed is most evident. St. Ambrose, speaking of Paulinus’s retirement at Nola, saith, «His wife accompanied him, and contented there with the voluntary poverty.of her husband, comforted herself with the riches of piety and charity.» Many of his epistles, written from Nola, are directed in both their names, having this inscription, Paulinus et Therasia Peccatores, and almost all are dictated in the plural number. St. Augustine and St. Hierom, in their epistles to Paulinus (written after his assumption to the episcopal office, for their acquaintance began late), never fail to salute his wife Therasia; and St. Augustine invited them both together into Africa. And Gregory Turonensis relates a memorable passage of them, that when dwelling together in their little cottage at Nola, Therasia once, hindering the prodigal charity of her husband by over-much frugality, diminished the blessings of heaven to them both: that he made any vow of continence from his wife at his ordination, can never be proved. Rather St. Hierom plainly intimates the contrary, that he denied not himself the pleasures of marriage, at least was not reputed to do it; when, in his epistle to him, he doubteth whether, although equalling the perfections and piety of a monkish life, he may properly call him a monk, because he was yoked with the bonds of marriage, and thereby was hindered from practising the utmost perfections of a monastic profession.

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  • Barcelona (1604)
  • Catedral de Santa Eulalia de Barcelona (87)
  • Celibato (2) Celibato (en latín caelebs, caelibis) se refiere al estado de aquellos que no se casan o que no tienen una pareja sexual.
  • Diócesis de Barcelona (15)
  • Iglesia católica (16)
  • Moral sexual católica (1) La moral sexual católica, promulgada por la autoridad del Magisterio de la Iglesia Católica, se deriva de la ley natural, la Biblia y la tradición apostólica.
  • Navidad (21)
  • Paulino de Nola (1) Paulino de Nola, nacido como Poncio Ancio Meropio (Burdeos, 355- Nola 431) fue un senador romano de origen galo, obispo de Nola, diócesis situada en la provincia de Nápoles, en el siglo V. Es venerado como santo de la Iglesia católica y considerado el patrón de los campaneros.
  • Viri probati (1) Viri probati ("hombres probados" en latín, dedokmisasmenoi andres en griego, vir probatus en singular) es la expresión, proveniente de la Primera epístola de Clemente (44,2) y retomada por el Concilio Vaticano II (LG 20), con la que el derecho canónico de la iglesia católica se refiere a los hombres casados, de vida cristiana madura y contrastada, a los que, de modo extraordinario, se admite la ordenación sacerdotal (como diáconos, presbíteros u obispos).


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