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Most Catholics know the story of the Maid of Orléans. Few, however, have all the facts about the remarkable role she played in the history of civilization. Behind the myth is a true story of extraordinary piety and courage.
We live in difficult times—times that require us to be joyful warriors in God’s army. But it’s easy to allow ourselves to become battle-weary and to succumb to anger, bitterness, and rancor. But it is especially difficult times that call for saints of serenity and joy who can rebuild the Church and the culture.
How can an atheist explain love? After all, if there is no God and no spiritual realm, then all that exists is the material world. Biology may be able to explain sexual impulses, but it cannot adequately explain love. So an atheist who genuinely loves another person isn’t as far from God as he may think. Love inevitably leads to God.
When it comes to the tough questions, we want to go to a reliable authority for answers, but how do we know if the authority is reliable? One sign that the Catholic Church’s authority is genuine is that its teachings are intellectually challenging yet accessible to the simplest people; its adherents include the greatest minds in history and simple peasants.
"Deviating from faith, they are implicated in the darkness of perpetual blindness, although they have the day of Christ and the light of the Church before them; while seeing nothing, they open their mouth as if they knew everything, keen for vain things and dull for things eternal."
~ Ambrose, Bishop, Father and Doctor of the Church, Saint; commenting in the 4th century on the "wise of the world" who look askance at Christianity, a conflict that has existed from the very birth of the Faith (see "Science and the Church").