Culture is like the air we breathe: It permeates our lives. And just like polluted air, a toxic culture can devastate everything, from the institution to the family. Can we reshape a whole culture to resemble the Kingdom of God on earth? We must first infuse the spheres of culture we ourselves inhabit with Christian principle and practice.
On the Mount of Purgatory, Dante sees for the first time the unveiled face of Beatrice. His response is joy surpassing even his ability to convey in words. For joy—unlike mere contentment—delights in the other’s being. All human existence is a quest for joy eternal: the discovery of the Beloved’s unveiled, sublime Face.
Conventional wisdom now holds that faith is unreasonable. The fashionable thinker dismisses faith to the purview of the superstitious, the irrational—even the psychotic. One of history’s most reasonable thinkers would disagree: For Augustine, to believe that reason and faith are at odds is to misunderstand the nature of both.
Does the Church base the papacy on a single Bible verse? Hardly. The successor of Peter is more than just the rock upon whom Christ founded his Church: He’s rock, steward, and shepherd, three images that resonate throughout the Old Testament as well as the New.
Spain, 1936: War rages between Republicans and Nationalists. Bishops, priests, and religious are slaughtered by the thousands. And a young priest living in a makeshift refuge begins to make notes of his sermons and talks about Christian life in the midst of everyday challenges. A new book about the writing of St. Josemaria’s The Way recounts its turbulent beginnings.
~ 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)