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Now that we’ve made the journey from Lent to Calvary to the empty tomb, the Easter season is a time to revel in the glorious treasures of our faith, purchased for us through Christ’s sacrifice and Resurrection.

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The Church’s First Theologian

Posted by St. Paul Center on 06.28.12

Today is the feast of St. Irenaeus, bishop of Lyon (d. 202 AD),arguably the first systematic theologian in the Church.  In his youth, he learned from St. Polycarp who was a student of the Apostle John.  Irenaeus’ teaching is still very important in the Church more than 1800 years later; he is explicitly cited 24 times in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.  His work is surprisingly relevant for us today since he faced in second century France many of the heresies that are current in our own 21st century world.  Take a few minutes to listen to Mike Aquilina discuss the life and writings of this giant of the Catholic Faith with Kris and Bruce McGregor.

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Cyril the Virile

Posted by Mike Aquilina on 06.27.12

Today’s saint, Cyril of Alexandria, is both a Father and a Doctor of the Church. The titles are a grace, of course, but he worked hard to correspond to them.

He was the nephew of his predecessor as Patriarch of Alexandria in Egypt. He likely spent his youth in a monastery before his uncle drafted him as an assistant and secretary. In 402 he accompanied Theophilus to the notorious Synod of the Oak...  [Continue Reading]

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He Must Increase: Reflections on the Birth of John the Baptist

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 06.22.12

The people in this week’s Gospel are frightened and amazed by the mysterious events surrounding the birth of John.

Only his mother and father, Elizabeth and Zechariah, know what this child will be.

John the Baptist was fashioned in secret, knit by God in his mother’s womb, as we sing in this Sunday’s Psalm. From the womb he was set apart, formed to be God’s servant, as Isaiah declares in this week’s...  [Continue Reading]

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John the Baptist: In the Spirit and Power of Elijah

Posted by Dr. Michael Barber on 06.22.12

This Sunday we celebrate the Solemnity of John the Baptist. I recorded a podcast that provides an overview of the biblical texts describing his importance. It will be posted here soon.

Of course, you can also hear it on iTunes.

In this post I recap much of what I covered there.

John Bergsma will also be posting on the Sunday readings here as well. I might also link to more sites dealing with John...  [Continue Reading]

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