"I have been listening to you on EWTN for about one year now. I left the Catholic Church 42 years ago and have been attending Protestant churches. After many struggles during this last year, I finally went to confession on Sunday. Thank you all so much for helping me on my journey home.”
The sin of envy, rightly described as deadly, severs the ties that bind. It sows discord between kin, between social classes, between races. It undermines whole communities because it sees as evil a social order ordained by God. Dante Alighieri knew firsthand its ruinous effects on human society. In his vision of the afterlife, souls being purged of envy discover that kindness is the key to their salvation.
Are Baptists the real practitioners of first-century Christianity? The claim is that early Christians were members of independent, self-governing congregations who interpreted the Bible for themselves and who certainly didn’t take orders from any worldly, centralized authority. To the contrary, the New Testament shows us that Jesus’ kingdom (though not of this world) was hierarchical in nature, headed by his appointed stewards, the successors of St. Peter.
Who was Matteo Ricci? In China he is justly honored as a scholar, diplomat, and man of science, a Renaissance man who lived as a Chinese in every respect. But while he was all of those things, he was principally a man of God who "became Chinese to save the Chinese"—all for love of Christ. His example shows us how authentic dialogue is always rooted in truth.
What are the limits of a bishop’s teaching authority? Nowadays, the U.S. bishops’ conference seems to have something to say about almost every public policy, from immigration reform to environmental concerns. But determining specifically how Christian principles should inform legislation is the job of the laity.
"Let us then not be ashamed to confess the Crucified. Be the cross our seal, made with boldness by our fingers on our brow and in everything; over the bread we eat and the cups we drink, in our comings and in goings out; before our sleep, when we lie down and when we awake; when we are travelling, and when we are at rest."
~ St. Cyril of Jerusalem in his "Catecheses" (xiii, 36), on the sign of the cross, a practice familiar to Christians in the second century and which had passed into a gesture of benediction by the fourth century, as many quotations from the Fathers show