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Excerpt of From the Dust of the Earth

Excerpt of From the Dust of the Earth

Following Ratzinger’s lead, I would say that the question ought not to be how we can defend the faithful against the advances of this science but rather how we can engage in dialogue with it so as to more deeply penetrate the mysteries of the Christian faith and, in turn, illumine the science with our faith.

Excerpt from Trinitarian Ecclesiology

Excerpt from Trinitarian Ecclesiology

Venerable Fulton Sheen once famously said that “there are not one hundred people in the United States who hate the Catholic Church,  but there are millions who hate what they wrongly perceive the Catholic Church to be—which is, of course, quite a different thing.” This is true for people of every nation of the world throughout history  since the Church’s founding by Christ. Although the Catholic Church  exists in the world and is encountered by people of every nation and  tongue, her true nature and mission is nevertheless opaque to most,  especially in our modern world that rejects not only divine revelation  but even natural knowledge of God obtainable by reason. Rather than  perceiving a mystery that contains the presence of God and provides  us with the means to attain our perfect happiness in him, many see  the Church as an outdated human institution that limits, and even  threatens, our freedom. This raises the question of the proper understanding of the  Church. What is the nature of the Church and what is her mission?  Charles Cardinal Journet, who authored a scientific and sapiential  treatise on the Church in the last century, L’Église du Verbe incarné,  outlines three different ways of perceiving the Church that correspond to how one regards Christ.

Excerpt From New FOTC Volume: Commentary on the Songs of Songs by Rupert Deutz— Translated by Jieon Kim and Vittorio Hosle. Introduction by Vittorio Hosle.

Excerpt From New FOTC Volume: Commentary on the Songs of Songs by Rupert Deutz— Translated by Jieon Kim and Vittorio Hosle. Introduction by Vittorio Hosle.

This is the first English translation of a major work by Rupert of Deutz, arguably the most prolific Christian author since Augustine. During his lifetime, which spanned the eleventh and twelfth centuries, Rupert engaged in controversies on the Eucharist and on predestination and composed works on the Trinity, salvation in Christ, and other major theological topics.

Q&A with Thomas Izbicki

Q&A with Thomas Izbicki

The reader should come to understand why ministry to the sick was done. How could sin cause illness? How were sins removed, especially the sins of the dying, through reception of the sacraments?

Excerpt of One Poor Scruple

Excerpt of One Poor Scruple

A change almost too subtle to be described passed over her companion’s face. It was only a slight contraction of delicate lines about the long narrow eyes, denoting an increase of interest and alertness at this announcement. She was sitting on a low chair, nearer to the fire than her visitor. She now turned towards her, as if expecting to hear more.

Excerpt of Slavery and the Catholic Church in the United States

Excerpt of Slavery and the Catholic Church in the United States

In the Catholic Church of the early nineteenth century, no formal and absolute condemnation of slavery as an institution existed. Although recognizing abuses in the system, the Church did not see slavery as a moral evil in itself but as a result of original sin.

Excerpt of The Relic

Excerpt of The Relic

They got married. I was born on a Good Friday afternoon, and Mama died on the joyous morning of the Resurrection amid the hallelujah fireworks. Covered with gillyflowers, she lies in the cemetery of Viana do Castelo, in a humid lane near the wall shadowed by weeping willows, where she liked taking summer afternoon walks with her shaggy little dog named Traviata.

Excerpt of The Power of Patristic Preaching

Excerpt of The Power of Patristic Preaching

Many of us who have been called to evangelize and build up the Church by life and speech want to address the frustrations that upset so many people. We want them to experience the Word through our speaking and living, and we also—sinful, broken creatures ourselves—want to hold fast to the Word.

Excerpt of Catholicism and Liberal Democracy

Excerpt of Catholicism and Liberal Democracy

Yet those who lament these enduring “religious conflicts,” previously theorized as a phenomenon which, together with religion itself, would diminish and then disappear with modernization and secularization, are confronted by the stubborn presence of religious believers in contemporary democracies.

Excerpt from A Guide to John Henry Newman

Excerpt from A Guide to John Henry Newman

Newman produced a bittersweet account of the meeting in a letter to Ambrose St John, his last great friend, written in the house of his first great friend, the late Bowden, in which he speaks about two other great friendships recovered after 20 years of silence. A truly marvelous concentration of coincidences!

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