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3 Sources of Light on Purgatory

The dogmatic doctrine of the Church on the subject of Purgatory compromised two articles… (See chap. 3*). These two articles are of faith, and must be believed by every Catholic. The teaching of the doctors and theologians or rather their opinions… relative to Purgatory… are not imposed as articles of faith; we are free to […]

Conversion, Then Communion

It’s a very specific debate about whether conversion and repentance are necessary, not for community, but for communion: The reception of the eucharist, the body and blood of Christ, during the central act of Catholic worship, the sacrifice of the mass. And by claiming — or at least very strongly implying —that Jesus’s meals with sinners are the […]

C.S. Lewis on the Gospel and the World

I believe that there are many accommodating preachers, and too many practitioners in the church who are not believers. Jesus Christ did not say, ‘Go into all the world and tell the world that it is quite right.’ The Gospel is something completely different. In fact, it is directly opposed to the world. —C.S. Lewis, […]

Accommodation and the Lure of Sleeping in on Sundays

It was this conviction deficit, above all, that explains the failure of accommodationist churches to keep believers in the pews. + Here their emulation of Jesus proved fatally incomplete. In their quest to be inclusive and tolerant and up-to-date, the accommodationists imitated his scandalously comprehensive love, while ignoring his scandalously comprehensive judgments. They used his […]

To Advance in the Love of God

How comes it that we are not so advanced in the love of God as St. Augustine, St. Francis, etc.?  …it is because God has not given us the grace. But why has he not given us the grace? Because we did not correspond to his inspirations as we should have done. —St. Francis de […]

The Good Life Ideal and Social Justice (If We Can Afford It)

Ethicists, secular, as well as religiously inspired, seem to be of one mind in this matter: It can be argued that the single dominating and organizing value in American culture is economic—the good life (an ideological structure). Our American culture promotes and rewards this and thereby educates to it. Even our universities have capitulated to […]

Mystery and Paradox

What defines this consensus, above all—what distiguishes orthodoxy from heresy, the central river from the delta—is a commitment to mystery and paradox. + Thus orthodox Christians insist that Jesus Christ was divine and human all at once, that the Absolute is somehow Three as well as One, that God is omnipotent and omniscient and yet […]