Yep, it's summertime again. The sun is out full blast, air conditioners are working overtime, and we wear less clothing. Off go the closed-toe shoes and sweaters, on go the sandals, flip-flops, shorts, tank tops, and breezy little dresses. It's all good. After all, when the temperatures rise, keeping cool and maintaining that relaxed, laid-back feeling of summer is what it's all about. I'll even bet that most of us have at least one pair of flip-flops and some shorts in our closets right now...
Prayer and Devotion
Seasons and Feasts
One of the most interesting and widely discussed arguments for the existence of God is the kalam cosmological argument, which attempts to prove that it is impossible for the universe to have an infinite past. If the argument proves the universe had a beginning, then it follows that some cause that transcends the universe must have brought it into existence. The defender of the kalam argument may also advance other arguments attempting to show that the cause of the universe is God.
In the book of Acts, St. Luke records the travels of the apostle Paul. At one point we read:
After this he left Athens and went to Corinth. And he found a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, lately come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to leave Rome [Acts 18:1-2].
This indicates that St. Paul arrived at Corinth shortly after the Emperor Claudius (pictured) expelled the Jews from Rome.
We have all had fantasies of wanting to get away from it all. Sometimes we look around at the state of the world and wonder what it would be like if we could pack up everything and move to a place where we would not have to struggle to raise our families as Christians, or have to struggle to act as Christians in a Christian society, or have to worry about the possibility of Christian persecution.
Just today I found a blog post by a Catholic who purported to offer fellow Catholics...