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.
"Meg, I have borne a long time with thy husband; I have reasoned and argued with him in these points of religion, and still given to him my poor fatherly counsel, but I perceive none of all this able to call him home; and therefore, Meg, I will no longer dispute with him, but will clean give him over and get me to God and pray for him."
~ Sir Thomas More, Knight, Lord Chancellor of England, author and martyr; to his daughter Meg, regarding her husband, William Roper. To these prayers Roper attributed his return to the Faith; thereafter he was an ardent Catholic.