Ignatian evidence demands a verdict, part 1

Ignatius of Antioch
Ignatius of Antioch

More light from history on the Catholic faith

The Catholic Church claims an unbroken line back to the days of the New Testament;  bishops standing in apostolic succession to the apostles of Jesus Christ and carrying forward the faith once delivered.  The claim rests on good evidence.  One link consists of seven letters from Saint Ignatius of Antioch.  The link is so strong and the letters so Catholic-looking that they require a response from the thoughtful Protestant.  The Ignatian evidence demands a verdict.      Continue reading “Ignatian evidence demands a verdict, part 1”

There is a season, turn, turn, turn

 

JohnHenryCardinalNewmanLong before The Birds sang it, Qoheleth wrote it.  A time for every purpose under the heavens (Ecc. 3:1*).  If I reject what the Catholic Church gives with the right hand, by what authority do I accept anything from the left?  By God’s grace, that quandary led this Protestant home to Rome.
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Die before you die; lizards, lust and stallions

fullsizeoutput_7f3Little red lizards, like all other vices, must die.  For neither flesh and blood nor anything natural may enter Heaven without dying first.  The all-important thing: “Die before you die.  There’s no chance after.”  Continue reading “Die before you die; lizards, lust and stallions”

Christ in you, the hope of glory

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“Next to the Blessed Sacrament itself, your neighbour is the holiest object presented to your senses. Continue reading “Christ in you, the hope of glory”

Straining gnats and swallowing camels

Beware of sudden and foreign novelties

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Saint John Paul II

As a Protestant, I objected that the Catholic Church taught doctrines contrary to, or absent from, Scripture.  I was wrong.  Continue reading “Straining gnats and swallowing camels”

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?”