Saint Basil the Great: First Homily of the Hexaemeron

Homily I. In the Beginning God made the Heaven and the Earth. “It is right that any one beginning to narrate the formation of the world should begin with the good order which reigns in visible things. I am about to speak of the creation of heaven and earth, which was not spontaneous, as some … Continue reading Saint Basil the Great: First Homily of the Hexaemeron

Saint John of Damascus on the Names of God

Saint John of Damascus on the Names of God “Since the Divinity is incomprehensible, He must remain absolutely nameless. Accordingly, since we do not know His essence, let us not look for a name for His essence, for names are indicative of what things are. However, although God is good and has brought us from … Continue reading Saint John of Damascus on the Names of God

Petrine Primacy in Sacred Scripture & the Early Church

“As long as Christ, ‘the Master and the Lord’ (John xiii. 13), remained visibly on earth, there was no room or need for any other visible head. But since He willed that His kingdom should be visible, he was obliged, when He ascended into heaven, to designate a vicegerent on earth. ‘Should any one say … Continue reading Petrine Primacy in Sacred Scripture & the Early Church

Saint John of Damascus on True Philosophy

"Philosophy is knowledge of things which are in so far they are, that is, a knowledge of the nature of things which have being. And again, philosophy is knowledge of both divine and human things, that is to say, of things both visible and invisible. Philosophy, again, is a study of death, whether this be … Continue reading Saint John of Damascus on True Philosophy

Saint Francis de Sales: See How Long Your Reformers Have Been Condemned – Part II

“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

Saint Francis de Sales: See How Long Your Reformers Have Been Condemned – Part I

“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

The Murder of Saint Thomas Becket

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