Video: Catechism Lesson 4: Creation and the Angels

Greetings, I am planning to record the next video via using some different equipment, so there may or may not be a video next week on the fall of man. In this video, I go over the lesson on the creation of all things by God and the creation of the angels. I also go into depth about the history of Angels that is explained in more detail in my book The Birth of God in History. Many scholars point to angels being a development within Judaism either during or after the Babylonian exile. So, in the video, I discuss … Continue reading Video: Catechism Lesson 4: Creation and the Angels

Pilgrims of Christ (Re)launch

Dear Readers, You may have noticed that Communio disappeared, or maybe not, but I have been working to update posts on my personal blog in hopes of localizing it for parish level outreach. I am currently doing Exodus 90, and since I am setting up this site for both catechesis and works of mercy, I have deemed it necessary usage of the internet in this regard for this particular post.  The website has been rebranded with the name of my Exodus 90 Fraternity name “Pilgrims of Christ.” I’ve always been attracted to the idea of every person being a pilgrim … Continue reading Pilgrims of Christ (Re)launch

Biblical Exegesis: Primarily a philosophical discussion or historical?

Pope Benedict XVI explained in his 1988 Erasmus lectures, “The debate about modern exegesis is not at its core a debate among historians, but among philosophers”. (Matthew J. Ramage, Jesus Interpreted, 9). Is the discussion of the Holy Scriptures primarily a philosophical debate of those who claim there is a God and those who do not? The statement appears to be correct on the surface; however, the difficulty with this particular assertion is that it is a false dichotomy when it comes to the interpretation of what is true and what actually happened as it is described in the written … Continue reading Biblical Exegesis: Primarily a philosophical discussion or historical?

St. Augustine: On Christian Doctrine Commentary–Full Text

In his book The Theology of Augustine, Matthew Levering focuses on the theme of love, what is love and how it functions in Christian teaching. As Levering examines, according to Augustine, Scripture teaches how to love. It must be vital for the interpreter of scripture to recognize how the words of scripture direct us to love of God. So what does it mean to love? Typically, society tends to agree that being a loving person is being a good person, so perhaps, we should start at the question—What does it mean to be good? If a person loves someone there … Continue reading St. Augustine: On Christian Doctrine Commentary–Full Text

On the Influence of St. Augustine

St. Augustine is the most quoted Saint in the Catechism of the Catholic Church with 87 Citations followed by St. Thomas Aquinas at 61. Naturally, in many respects, as asserted by Bishop Robert Barron asserts in his Pivotal Players series, St. Augustine is “one of three or four most important players in the history of the Church…he is a pivotal figure in the development of Western Civilization. He is the most significant bridge of ancient Rome and the Christian culture that would come to full flower in the Middle Ages. As a master of the Latin language; he ranks with … Continue reading On the Influence of St. Augustine

On Prayer

 photo via Wikipedia Our prayer life must be one undertaken through the instruction of the Holy Spirit and also by ordering our will toward God. The Catechism reads, “Through living transmission (Sacred Tradition) within “the believing and praying Church,” the Holy Spirit teaches the children of God how to pray.”(CCC 2650) If we’re moved to learn how to pray through the traditions of the Church, the initiation is by the grace of God. However, the Catechism does not contradict the Spirit, that one must also have the will to pray and so we must initially cooperate with God’s grace. Nonetheless, the … Continue reading On Prayer

St. John Chrysostom

St. John Chrysostom was born around 349 A.D. in Antioch and like many of the other Church Fathers we’ve discussed like St. Justin Martyr and St. Athanasius was born into wealth. The affluence of his family allowed him to taught by one of antiquities greatest teachers, Libanius. The famous pagan professor said “It is a pity…that the boy is a Christian—otherwise he could be my successor.”[1]Chrysostom lost his father at an early age and being brought by his mother, Anthusa, as Pope Benedict XVI explains she “instilled in him exquisite human sensitivity and a deep Christian faith.”[2]D’Ambrosio explains that despite … Continue reading St. John Chrysostom

St. Athanasius

Welcome to the 4thweek of the Discussion group series on the Church Fathers. In our last session, we discussed St. Justin Martyr’s beautiful illumination on the Logos; being Christ, it relationship to Creation, and its philosophical connection to divine truth. St. Justin Martyr’s narrative brough forth some thoughts on the proofs of God, namely St. Thomas Aquinas’ 3rdway—“Why is there something rather than nothing.” It also caused us to engage pagan philosopher’s ideas about God and their understanding of God. When attending University of Illinois, I remember taking a class on Plato, and, of course, we had to read Plato’s … Continue reading St. Athanasius