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Ancient Quotation of the Day

I like this aphorism from Horace (quoted by St. Augustine in City of God, I.3 online here; I quote from this edition): New vessels will for long retain the taste Of what is first poured into them.

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Posted in Augustine, Books, Western Civilization

Giving to the poor is not faith alone

If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me. (Matthew 19:21) Jesus did not call the rich young ruler a liar when

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Posted in Faith, gospel, Justification, Sola Fide

Confessing Christ is not faith alone

I thought I was done with my recent series of posts, but then I stumbled upon this and decided to add one more. The theme of these posts is that the Protestant doctrine of sola fide (justification by faith alone)

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Posted in Faith, gospel, Sola Fide

Forgiveness is not faith alone

For my last trick before I go slinking off into hibernation again, I offer another post examining the Protestant doctrine of sola fide in the light of other things taught in the Bible. Previous posts in this miniseries may be

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Posted in Faith, Forgiveness, gospel, Sola Fide

Love is not faith alone

I stumbled across the grist for this mill just reading through Scripture. It has inspired a second and now this third post on the same general theme. I hope I am not boring you, gentle reader. My theme in these

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Posted in Charity, gospel, Sola Fide

Baptism is not faith alone

A long time ago in a blog far, far away I wrote about today’s subject as part of a larger article. It seems like an appropriate moment, given the topic of yesterday’s post, to return to the passage I discussed

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Posted in Faith, gospel, Sola Fide

Repentance is not faith alone

In Matthew 4:17 the Lord’s preaching is summarized by St. Matthew in this way: Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. I say that Matthew summarized the Lord’s preaching thusly because we do not find many occasions in

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Posted in Faith, gospel, Sola Fide

No room for black-or-white thinking

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Posted in Charity, Comment Guidelines, Fides et Ratio

American Capitalism is Broken

American Capitalism is just plain broken. Why do I say that? Because American Capitalism has in essence declared that its god is the Almighty Dollar. And in such circumstances as these, the problem identified by Pope St. John Paul II

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Posted in America, Charity, John Paul II, Natural Law, Rerum Novarum

Pray for Strength

Advent is a unique season of the ecclesial year and one that is uniquely misunderstood. It is not solely about the coming of the Lord as the Son of Mary, a baby in the manger. It is also about the

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