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A “Catholic” Flavored Commentary on Romans: Chapter 11

With the help of Augustine, Jerome, and Aquinas, we sum up Paul’s discussion on predestination. God has hardened the Jews to bring in the full number of elect gentiles, which in turns makes the Jews jealous. 4,657 more words


A Nurturing Christianity

There is an odd behavior which I have seen among many religious people, and it accomplishes something contrary to what is allegedly intended: it is a refusal to give you affirmation in order to make you humble. 822 more words


Matthew 16:18, Papal Primacy, and Patristic Interpretations

In the first Vatican Council, the Catholic Church “infallibly” declared that in Matthew 16:18 “[i]t was to Simon alone” that Jesus called “the rock.” The Council continued, “And it was to Peter alone that Jesus…confided the jurisdiction of supreme pastor and ruler of his whole fold.” 2,361 more words


Chrysostom's Doctrine of the Eucharist

Chrysostom’s view of the Eucharist is not in line with that of many modern thinkers. This can be proven in two ways.

  1. Chrysostom affirms the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the elements.
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How Shall I Describe this Birth to You?

By St. John Chrysostom

What shall I say! And how shall I describe this Birth to you? For this wonder fills me with astonishment. The Ancient of days has become an infant. 350 more words


What If You Could Preach to the Whole World?

Chrysostom once said that if he were the fittest in the world to preach a sermon to the whole world, gathered together in one congregation, and had some high mountain for his pulpit, from whence he might have a prospect of all the world in his view, and were furnished with a voice of brass, a voice as loud as the trumpets of the archangel, that all the world might hear him, he would choose to preach upon no other text than that in the Psalms, “O men…how long will you love vain words and seek after lies?” (Psalm 4:2)

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