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Two Kinds of Faith – Cyril of Jerusalem

Cyril of Jerusalem on two dimensions of faith, as taught by the Bible. There is the faith necessary for salvation which is a gift offered to all. Then there is the extraordinary grace of mustard seed faith....

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Council of Orange on Grace

The second Council of Orange was a small synod of only 14 bishops, presided over by St. Caesarius, bishop of Arles, held in what is now south-eastern France.  It confronted issues of faith, grace, free-will and predestination in order to solve lingering debates over Pelagianism...

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All Saints Day Means Holiness is for All

All Saints Day gives us the opportunity to honor and celebrate the multitudes of Christians who are in heaven yet who don't appear on the list of canonized saints or have a feast day in their honor. But it also provides us the chance...

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Meaning & Mandate of All Saints Day – Podcast

A podcast in which host Sonrise Morning show host Anna Mitchell asks Dr. Italy some interesting questions raised by the Church's Solemn feast of All Saints on November 1 - what does All Saints Day teach us about who we are and who we are...

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Ignatius of Antioch – Martyr & Apostolic Father – Video

In this video, Dr. Italy discusses the importance of Ignatius, 2nd successor to Peter, Paul, and Barnabas in the city of Antioch.  The precious 7 letters that survive from this father of the church are a precious testimony to the apostolic tradition. Ignatius of Antioch There are...

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Friendship with Jesus – Teresa of Avila

St. Teresa of Avila on friendship with Jesus as the key to contemplation and the spiritual life and how all blessings, particularly contemplative prayer, come through the humanity of Christ. This selection is read on the Feast or liturgical memorial of Saint Teresa of Avila...

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Zacchaeus – Grace Comes to the Tax Collector

Zacchaeus (a.k.a Zaccheus) was an especially successful tax collector and therefore an exceptionally hated man. On the road to Jericho, from the limb of a Sycamore tree, this blood-sucking vampire caught a glimpse of mercy and grace and had to make a choice....

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True Origins of Halloween – Pagan Druid or Christian?

Can a Christian celebrate Halloween? In this article, Church historian Fr. Augustine Thompson sifts through the evidence to see if it supports the common belief that All Hallows Eve and its various customs had their origin in a pagan feast dating back to the Druids...

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Avery Dulles: Witness and Teacher

[dropcaps type='normal' font_size='100' color='' background_color='' border_color='']I[/dropcaps] was thrilled to be accepted to Harvard Divinity School, and even more excited by their very generous scholarship offer.  But I had to turn Harvard down.  Though it had much less prestige, the Catholic University of America had Avery Dulles on its faculty...