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God became Man and walked among us. He died for our sins. He did these things at a particular time and place. He entered history. Ours is a religion rooted in history. Pope Benedict writes that the Bible “does not tell stories symbolizing supra-historical truths, but is based on history, history that took place here on this earth.”
Some Christians claim that Baptism is not necessary for salvation, that it is an empty ritual symbolizing the inner conversion that has already taken place with the profession of faith.The truth about Baptism is far more profound: It incorporates us into the Body of Christ and takes us—body, soul, and spirit—into a new, mysterious relationship with God.
Susanna could quote King David in her legal defense. St. Macrina taught two Church Fathers—her brothers. St. Catherine of Siena counseled popes. Contrary to feminist lore, the Church provided many intellectual opportunities for women.There were setbacks, however, in the 16th century, as Protestants suppressed institutions that educated women.
Is money is the root of all evil? Not quite. First Timothy 6:10 says that the real problem is the love of money. St. Paul understood that the source of greed is a disordered love—love turned toward material goods instead of toward God and neighbor. And today, in a society where everyone is urged to consume without limit, overcoming greed takes concerted effort.
~ Maximus, martyr, saint, about A.D. 250, in answer to the demand of the civil authorities for sacrifice to the pagan gods; a test in common use as belief in a single Godhead was known to be definitive in the early Christian community; thus any Christian might be called on to seal with his blood his faith in the One God. (See: The Blessed Trinity)