Pleasure and pain: Our instincts are backwards
Feb22

Pleasure and pain: Our instincts are backwards

Here’s where our intuitive response is really wrong: we have a tendency to indulge our pleasures without respite, and to take frequent breaks from those things that make us miserable. This is exactly backwards…

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Fasting and action
Feb20

Fasting and action

Unbeaten by rain, unbeaten by wind, unbowed by the snow and the summer heat…

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Saint Augustine on Psalm 136
Feb20

Saint Augustine on Psalm 136

“By the waters of Babylon…” is not a typical psalm of peace and praise to God… How and why does the Church use this hymn in worship?

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A homily for Forgiveness Sunday
Feb19

A homily for Forgiveness Sunday

If anyone be devout and love God, let him commence this radiant fast with joy!

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Apotheosis
Feb10

Apotheosis

“If you will, you can become all beard.”

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Who is Christ?
Feb06

Who is Christ?

Here is the answer of Saint Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons, writing circa 180AD. As you read, remember when this was written: To actually read the writings of the Christians centuries before Nicea is to bury once for all the notion that Christ’s divinity was a late accretion. Irenaeus writes: The sacred books acknowledge with regard to Christ, that as he is the Son of man, so is the same being not only a man; and as he is flesh, so is he...

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