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In the middle of London's busiest shopping district lies one of jolly old England's dark secrets: the site of Tyburn Tree, where 105 English men and women were hanged, drawn, and quartered for the "treason" of being Catholic. In the words of one of them, St. John Southworth: "My faith is my crime."
God created the world and it is good. But if we try to settle down to a comfortable life in it – if we try to find ultimate happiness in it – it will betray us, because our true home is in heaven. We should think in terms of the old saying, "It's a nice place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there."
Christianity is not just adherence to a set of ethical principles; it is a living relationship with Christ that transforms us. Mystagogy is the path of entering deeper into the mystery of the Incarnation, the cross, the Resurrection, and our redemption. We include practical suggestions to get started on that path.
Freedom is central to the American way of life, but public discourse usually focuses on being free "from" something. In Veritatis Splendor, Pope John Paul II focuses on the purpose of freedom, especially freedom of conscience, and how genuine freedom requires heroic pursuit of truth.
Sometimes new groups and movements in the Church can get a little wacky in their initial zeal and need some gentle correction. Sometimes they are actually dangerous. Here are the fifteen criteria used by canon lawyers to evaluate the authenticity and health of new groups and movements in the Church.