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Faith is not a special way of feeling

If I am waiting, hoping, looking, or longing for some subjective feeling or other to certify my belief in God, I am barking up the wrong tree. Completely. Not to pick on them especially (because they are by no means

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Posted in Ascent of Mt Carmel, Faith, Faith Seeking Understanding, Fides et Ratio

Interior Struggle

[T]here is indeed no radical deliverance for humanity which is not the fruit of an interior struggle, in which suffering, distress accepted in faith, is the condition of a truly new life. (Louis Bouyer, Introduction to the Spiritual Life) Suffering,

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Posted in Ascent of Mt Carmel, Faith Seeking Understanding, Suffering

The Catechism on Justification, Part 02

In our first foray into what the CCC teaches us about justification, it gave us the bird’s-eye, wide-angle-lens view of the doctrine. We learned that justification is the work of the Holy Spirit, a work of free grace; we observed

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Posted in Apologetics, Catechism, Faith Seeking Understanding, Justification, Sola Gratia

This is your brain on dogma

It is easy, perhaps, for a lay Catholic to become intimidated by the sheer volume of dogmatic truths to which we give our assent. The Catechism alone is over 800 pages! Toss in hundreds of pages of Ott and Denzinger

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Posted in Catechism, Epistemology, Faith, Faith Seeking Understanding, Fides et Ratio, Humility, Infallibility

The Woman of Revelation 12

A contentious subject betwixt Protestants and Catholics focuses on the identity of the Woman of Revelation 12: 1 Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman, robed with the sun, standing on the moon, and on her head a

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Posted in Blessed Virgin, Ecclesiology, Faith Seeking Understanding, Scripture

Another Aristotle QOTD

Love for others comes of love for oneself. — Aristotle Yes, I know that I wrote about this not too long ago. But I just found this in my notes and I decided to repeat myself. At first blush this

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Posted in Aristotle, Charity, Faith Seeking Understanding, Natural Law, Veritatis Splendor

Evil and Good

King David was a just man who committed a terrible sin, committing adultery with the wife of Uriah and then murdering Uriah. And he paid a terrible price for this sin: David said to Nathan, ‘I have sinned against Yahweh.’

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Why we are here

I like what the CCC says about why God made us. God, infinitely perfect and blessed in himself, in a plan of sheer goodness freely created man to make him share in his own blessed life. For this reason, at

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St. Augustine on faith seeking understanding concerning evil

Having addressed the issue in book I, chapter I of On Free Choice of the Will as to whether we might possibly be induced in some way to do evil by forces external to us (whether by having been created

Posted in Augustine, Calvinism, Faith Seeking Understanding, Merit, Protestantism
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