“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?
If anyone be devout and love God, let him commence this radiant fast with joy!
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...
Every year around Christmas reports give an astronomical explanation of the Star of Bethlehem: A supernova, or a conjunction of planets… These are all nonsense.
We’re all familiar with the image of three men on camels, traveling trackless sand dunes by starlight: “Field and fountain, moor and mountain, / Following yonder star.” But how accurate are our Hallmark greeting cards?
The only way we can find ourselves is to deny ourselves… It’s only by loving the other that myself actually emerges.