St. Augustine believed in purgatory?

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Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman

What is truth?  The infamous hand-washer never waited for the answer.  When I asked and waited, the answer became a matter of conscience.  Continue reading “St. Augustine believed in purgatory?”

The light of history humbles Catholics and unseats Protestants

Blessed John Henry Newman’s An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine

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Blessed John Henry Newman
I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now.  But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth. He will not speak on his own, but he will speak what he hears, and will declare to you the things that are coming.”  (Jn. 16:12-13)

History exposing Protestantism’s unproven and unprovable assumptions is not enough. Continue reading “The light of history humbles Catholics and unseats Protestants”

The Captain of our Salvation

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Christ of the Trenches, Battle of Neuve Chapelle, The Great War

He saw that there was no one,
was appalled that there was none to intervene;
Then his own arm brought about the victory,
and his justice sustained him.  Isaiah 59:16 Continue reading “The Captain of our Salvation”

Heresy’s a hard word to swallow

JohnHenryCardinalNewmanJohn Henry Cardinal Newman helped me see that was me.  He helped me see through centuries-old, anti-Catholic error and prejudice.  And so Cardinal Newman helped me enter the Catholic Church. Continue reading “Heresy’s a hard word to swallow”

Pitched betwixt Heaven and Charing Cross

One beggar helps another beggar into the Catholic Church.

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Already I’ve introduced late-in-life Catholic convert, G.K. Chesterton; and, to a lesser extent, Walker Percy.  Percy studied medicine before taking up the pen Continue reading “Pitched betwixt Heaven and Charing Cross”

I denied the Eucharist, by what authority?

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Sacred Scripture is not a divine riddle; nor a Rubik’s Cube to figure out.  There is a place for exegesis and theology is good.  However, twenty centuries later, or even fifteen, the faith once delivered is well-established. Continue reading “I denied the Eucharist, by what authority?”