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In one of his sermons, St.Augustine said to his congregation, "you are a Christian, you come regularly to church, you love God's word, and enjoy listening to it." (sermon 178, section 7) A lot of people would reject this out…
All heresy, from Gnosticism in the first century to Arianism in the fourth; from Islam in the seventh to Lutheranism in the sixteenth, boils down to the notion that at least some people are so loved by God that they…
Christ said,"God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. Whoever believes in Him will not be condemned, but whoever does not believe has already been condemned."…
St.Augustine (354-430), one of the greatest theological writers in Church history, was also a superb preacher. Huge crowds came to hear him, and he went on, as he admitted often, at great length in his sermons. Sometimes, after a long…
The impression given by the secular media is that Christianity itself has become one huge tower of Babel. Each demonination disagrees radically from the others, disagreeing on even the most basic points such as whether Christ is Divine or not,…
A lot of people think that mothers and fathers can walk out on their families and marry someone else and that only children will perceive it as monstrous. One of the Gospel passages often musunderstood is Matthew 18:3 "...unless you…
Father Robert Persons (1546-1610), of the Society of Jesus, made an observation that was surprising in his own time, and is no less surprising four hundred years later. He noted that St. John the Evangelist "affirmed that (Christ Who) was…
The secular world today looks at Christianity in exactly the same way that the ancient pagans looked at their own religions. The ancient pagans saw all approaches to religion....and even no approach at all, as equally valid and equally admirable.…
In St. Luke's Gospel, we read, "He then addressed this parable to those who were convinced of their own righteousness and despised everyone else. "Two men went up to the Temple area to pray; one was a Pharisee and the…
Our generation prides itself on having discarded all fables, yet there is one that is accepted almost everywhere: that Christ came to promise all men sal- vation no matter what they do, and to reveal that there is no punishment…
So many tell themselves that even though they are committed to breaking one or more of the Commandments and have no intention to repent, that they still believe in Christ, and that it is this belief which will surely save…
In the secular media, people are often put before us who are boasting of their irreligion, boasting of their past abortions, of their divorce and re-marriage, of their homosexuality. Such people are invariably not merely claiming that the rest of…
The pagan Romans in the time of St.Paul ruled the world. They worshipped idols made in the likeness of man or of birds or snakes. To many, even of the Christians at the time, it could have seemed as if,…
In the simplest things that Christ said and did, there is tremendous power. But He often says and does these things so simply and with such little fanfare that we can easily miss seeing the full strength of what is…
The modernist preachers love to think that they are attracting many people to church by preaching about love all the time, with no mention of obedience, duty, The Commandments, repentance. The reason they omit all mention of these latter things…
The modernists tell us that fear of the Lord should be avoided altogether, that to fear the Lord is, in its own way, sinful. By their own words, they convict them- selves of being unwise, for the Holy Scriptures tell…
The heresy of modernism, rampant today, is in its essence belief in universal salvation. Many of the modernists seem to be saying merely that most people are saved, but when questioned on this, finally admit that they really believe that…
In the Year 70 B.C., the Roman orator Cicero initiated a prosecution against Verres, the Roman governor of Sicily, for cruelty and malfeasance in office. Verres had sentenced a Roman citizen named Gavius to prison in the stone quarries of…
St. Augustine pointed out that the sin of Adam was not simple disobedience, but the even more radical sin of disbelief. Adam and Eve did not believe the words of God when God said to them "From the tree of…
A sense of fatalism has crept into the Catholic clergy until it is now widespread. "What can we do? Society itself is collapsing. We are doing our best. We are teaching Christ correctly. We teach only in a positive way,…
What element in our faith could be described as the most familiar of all? One candidate would be a prayer, the Our Father. In fact, it is so familiar that we can miss seeing an essential and surprising message in…
From much of what appears in the secular newspapers and in much of the Catholic press, we can come to think that the Catholic Church is at least reasonably healthy and the priests, by and large, on the right track.…
In St. Paul's Letter to the Romans, after he has delivered his greetings and notified the Romans that he is coming to Rome, he says: "For I am not ashamed of the Gospel..." Romans 1:16). Ashamed of what? Ashamed of…
The secular media are by no means as secular, as neutral about religion as they claim to be. They teach a form of religion, and they teach us how to think about specific religions. They continually present the idea that…
Why did the Scribes and Pharisees have Jesus put to death? The world's version of Christ would never have been put to death. A consistent picture of Christ emerges from secular sources, from references to Him in the secular media,…
In Dostoyevski's great novel, "The Brothers Karamazov", we read: "The learned ones of this world...(have) examined everything heavenly that has been bequeathed to us in sacred books, and, after hard analysis...have absolutely nothing left...Their blindness is even worthy of wonder...Even…
The secular world likes to think of morality as something that one has to prove to oneself before adopting it. It likes to think that those who have proved to themselves that abortion, fornication, theft, sodomy, and contraception are wrong,…