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Persecution & Martyrdom of St. Sebastian – Ambrose

St. Sebastian is is often depicted as tied to a tree and pierced by many arrows.  Ambrose says Sebastian was from Milan and was venerated there during Ambrose's episcopate in the latter part of the 4th century.  It appears Sebastian died in the great persecution...

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What can History Tell us about Jesus? – Podcast

Mike Gormley, host of popular podcast "Every Knee Shall Bow," interviews Dr. Italy on his book, Jesus, the Way, the Truth and the Life.  The focus is what history can tell us about Jesus.The four gospels provide us with a compelling picture of Jesus.  But...

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Detachment – the Cost of Discipleship

There is a cost of discipleship -- Jesus sometimes calls us to leave behind professions, friends, even family. Does that mean that work and human relationships are at odds with growing in our relationship with God?...

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Agnes Virgin & Martyr – Ambrose

Saint Agnes was a young girl of only 12 years of age who was martyred in Rome during the latter half of the third century or at the beginning of the fourth century, during the fierce persecution of Diocletian. Pope Damasus (ca. 380) honored her...

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St. Vincent, Deacon & Martyr – Augustine

St. Vincent was a deacon of the Church of Saragossa, Spain in the first years of the fourth century. In the course of the brutal persecution of the emperor Diocletian, Vincent was apprehended and ordered to surrender the sacred books. When he refused, he was...

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Authority over Demons – Spiritual Warfare

Demons. Satan. Beelzebub. Lucifer. The Devil. Known by various names, evil spirits are to be found in the Bible, both New and Old Testaments. Jesus casts them out and has authority over them. What do we now make...

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Hell – Peter Kreeft

The flip side of eternal life is eternal dying. This brief essay on hell, an excerpt from Peter Kreeft's book, The Fundamentals of the Faith, is one of the most succinct and compelling reflections on Hell that I've read -- Dr. Italy...

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Prayer of St. Hilary of Poitiers

This prayer is an excerpt from a sermon On the Trinity by Saint Hilary of Poitiers, a bishop and early Church Father of the fourth century who struggled valiantly against the Arian heresy, defending the divinity of Christ and the doctrine of the Trinity....

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Baptism in Waters of Immortality – Hippolytus

[dropcaps type='normal' font_size='100' color='' background_color='' border_color='']T[/dropcaps]hat Jesus should come and be baptized by John is surely cause for amazement. To think of the infinite river that gladdens the city of God being bathed in a poor little stream of the eternal, the unfathomable fountainhead that...