“THAT day of wrath, that dreadful day, shall heaven and earth in ashes lay, as David and the Sybil say. What horror must invade the mind when the approaching Judge shall find and sift the deeds of all mankind!” With its black vestments, omitted Gloria, and repeated invocations for mercy on the souls of the … Continue reading The Beauty of the Requiem Mass
During my time in RCIA I spend many hours discussing philosophy and theology with a great priest named Fr. Joseph. At one point in the conversation we were discussing the issues surrounding modern atheism and in this context he recommended that I read a book titled, The Last Superstition, by Edward Feser. I had no … Continue reading The Growing Philosophical Influence of Edward Feser, Thomism, & Neo-Scholasticism
A Summary of Saint James’s Teaching on Justification: 1. Protestants have devised many and varied explanations to neutralize the clear and unambiguous statement in James 2:24 that ‘man is justified by works and not by faith alone.’ Each of these explanations concludes that James is not teaching that man is justified by works in the … Continue reading Did Saint James Teach Justification by Faith Alone?
A Summary of Saint Paul’s Teaching on Justification: 1. Paul uses the word ‘alone’ more than any other New Testament writer, many usages appearing in the very context which speak of faith and justification, but never as a qualifier or description of faith. For Paul, faith carries far too much meaning and implications to be … Continue reading Did Saint Paul Teach Justification by Faith Alone?
“Eunomius would not yield to plurality, dignity, antiquity, as S. Basil testifies. He said that faith alone was sufficient for salvation and justified. As to the first point, see Beza in his treatise on the marks of the Church; as to the second, does it not agree with that celebrated sentence of Luther’s, whom Beza … Continue reading Saint Francis de Sales: See How Long Your Reformers Have Been Condemned – Part II
“I am now concerned to show how your ministers have degraded the holiness and majesty of the spouse of Jesus Christ. They cry out loud and clear that she has remained eight hundred years adulterous and antichristians, from S. Gregory to Wycliffe – whom Beza considers the first restorer of Christianity. Calvin indeed would shield … Continue reading Saint Francis de Sales: See How Long Your Reformers Have Been Condemned – Part I
It was on an Easter Sunday many years ago that God stirred my heart to seek Christ in all truth. Beginning this journey in the best way I knew how at the time, I began attending a Pentecostal “non-denominational” congregation. While attending services I continued to study as much as I could about theology and … Continue reading In Pursuit of Christ
Because it is the 500th year of the Protestant revolt, I have been reflecting upon my own conversion into the one, true Catholic Church. In doing so, I have been frequenting Protestant Facebook pages, especially of the reformed Calvinist position because that is where I made my last stand as a Protestant. In addition to … Continue reading Converting to the Catholic Faith & Discerning Truth
The Murder of Saint Thomas Becket (emphasis added) “No more certain is the state of Thomas’s mind. The memorialists believed unanimously, although with varied insistence and consistency, that he was prepared, even anxious, for martyrdom. In such a case he should not flee from city to city, but given an example to his flock. He … Continue reading The Murder of Saint Thomas Becket
- Pope St. Pius X – Pascendi Dominici Gregis - The Modernist as Apologist 35. The Modernist apologist depends in two ways on the philosopher. First, indirectly, inasmuch as his subject-matter is history – history dictated, as we have seen, by the philosopher; and, secondly, directly, inasmuch as he takes both his doctrines and his … Continue reading Pope Saint Pius X: Pascendi Dominici Gregis