The Mystery of the Transfiguration

You’ve probably noticed that Gospel readings begin, “In illo tempore… in that time.” Well… what time is that?

It is helpful to interrogate texts with classic questions from ancient rhetoric: “Quis, quid, ubi, quibus auxiliis, cur, quomodo, quando?” You can probably recognize what I am about without me telling you. Aristotle formulated them, Cicero rendered them in hexameter (quoted above), St. Thomas Aquinas adopted them (STh Ia IIae, q. 7, a. 3 co.), even the Fourth Lateran…

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