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Do the Magi have names?

Only the Gospel of Matthew has the story of the Magi (2:1-12) and it does not even say how many there were! In the Middle Ages, these astrologers began to be called “kings.”

At various times, numbers other than three have been suggested. Christian tradition probably settled on that number because the Magi brought three gifts. The Venerable Bede described Melchior as old, Gaspar as young, and Baltasar as black. Those names and details are not in the Scriptures, though they can remind us that Jesus, the light to the nations (Isaiah 49:6), came to save all people everywhere.

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Monday, June 17, 2013
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Pope Urban V: In 1362, the man elected pope declined the office. When the cardinals could not find another person among them for that important office, they turned to a relative stranger: the holy person we honor today. 
<p>The new Pope Urban V proved a wise choice. A Benedictine monk and canon lawyer, he was deeply spiritual and brilliant. He lived simply and modestly, which did not always earn him friends among clergymen who had become used to comfort and privilege. Still, he pressed for reform and saw to the restoration of churches and monasteries. Except for a brief period he spent most of his eight years as pope living away from Rome at Avignon, seat of the papacy from 1309 until shortly after his death.
</p><p>He came close but was not able to achieve one of his biggest goals—reuniting the Eastern and Western churches.
</p><p>As pope, Urban continued to follow the Benedictine Rule. Shortly before his death in 1370 he asked to be moved from the papal palace to the nearby home of his brother so he could say goodbye to the ordinary people he had so often helped.</p> American Catholic Blog Jesus does not demand great actions from us but simply surrender and gratitude.

 
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