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Meaning of Lent & the Samaritan Woman

The original meaning of Lent in the early Church and how Jesus' dialogue with the Samaritan woman at the well can help us add another dimension to our understanding and experience of the Lenten Season. In the early days of the Church, Lent was...

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Prayer, Fasting and Mercy – Peter Chrysologus

The key penitential practices of Lent-prayer, fasting, and almsgiving or mercy are here explained by one of the greatest preachers of the early Church. Saint Peter Chrysologus shows how Lenten prayer, mercy and fasting are one, and they give life to each other....

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Grace, Gospel and Law – Augustine on Galatians

Augustine, in his commentary on Galatians, here comments on the Apostle Paul’s insistence that Christians are no longer under the law but have received salvation as a free gift of grace. The context is the controversy over whether Gentile converts must be circumsised. The circumsisers...

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Understanding Scripture – Bonaventure

Here Bonaventure emphasizes faith as the key to Bible interpretation. The goal of Bible study is not academic knowledge, but wisdom -- the experience of God leading to eternal happiness and fulfillment of all our desires....

Virtues-Seven Habits of Champions #1: Strength and Weakness

The Virtues: Seven Habits of Champions by Marcellino D’Ambrosio, Ph.D. www.crossroadsinitiative.com [dropcaps type='normal' font_size='100' color='' background_color='' border_color='']S[/dropcaps]HOW #1: VIRTUE-THE POWER TO BE LIKE CHRISTI. Weakness – strength A. 2 Tim 1:7 “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power and love and...

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Friends and Servants of God – Irenaeus

Irenaeus here comments on the famous line of John's Last Supper discourse in which Jesus tells us that he no longer calls us servants but friends.   Friendship with God and service to him leads to immortality.[dropcaps type='normal' font_size='100' color='' background_color='' border_color='']O[/dropcaps]ur Lord, the Word of...

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Conversion of the Angles – Gregory the Great

[dropcaps type='normal' font_size='100' color='' background_color='' border_color='']G[/dropcaps]lory to God in the highest and peace to his people on earth,because the grain of wheat has fallen into the earth and has died. Christ has died in order to reign in heaven. Not only that: by his death...