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Many Remnant readers will probably have heard of Mishima Yukio. Japanese literary star Mishima was one of the most famous novelists of the twentieth century. (In my humble opinion, he was also the best.) Although not a Catholic by any stretch of the imagination, Mishima wrote sensitively, at times searingly, about questions of faith.

Among Mishima’s many masterpieces is the 1956 novel Kinkakuji, which Ivan Morris translated into English in 1959 as The Temple of the Golden Pavilion. The real Kinkakuji—the Temple of the Golden Pavilion—is among the few instantly-recognizable buildings in the world. Anyone who has visited Kyoto has surely been to this breathtaking architectural triumph. 

Gilded and yet not glittering, ostentatious and yet subtle and even reserved, the Temple of the Golden Pavilion, which is also known as the Rokuonji, marks a high-water point of medieval Japanese culture. Built by the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu in the late fourteenth century, the Temple of the Golden Pavilion was a Zen Buddhist enclave as well as, eventually, a world-renowned artifact of Muromachi brilliance.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

St. George, April 23

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RTV's 'Catholic Saints and Holy Days' pays homage to the great Saint George

Very little is known about the life of St. George. Pope Gelasius I stated that St. George was among those saints "whose names are justly reverenced among men, but whose actions are known only to God.” According to tradition he was a member of the Praetorian Guard under the Roman emperor Diocletian who was sentenced to death for refusing to deny his Christian faith. Among the Greeks he is known as “The Great Martyr” and his feast day is kept as a holy day of obligation.

Widespread devotion to St George can be traced to the 5th century and the oldest church dedicated to him was built in the time of Constantine. He became one of the most venerated of the early saints, and he was especially invoked during the Crusades. In England, he was mentioned among the martyrs by the 8th-century monk Bede. Under the first Norman kings he was chosen as the Patron Saint of England and King Edward III founded an order of knights in his honor.

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