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“A person may say he hopes for the salvation of all, but if he does, when he does, he cannot also be holding to the certain damnation of some”

“And we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God.” — Romans 5:2 St. Paul writes that we – that is, all believers, and all those who hope in the resurrection of Christ – “boast in our hope … Continue reading

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“Christ therefore came into the world to look for it, and he found it in the Virgin’s womb”

Finding something we have lost gives us a fresh joy, and we are happier at having found the lost object than we should have been had we never lost it. This parable, however, is concerned more with divine tenderness and … Continue reading

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“In the end, even when we reject the good, we always do so out of a longing for the Good”

The more one is in one’s right mind—the more, that is, that one is conscious of God as the Goodness that fulfills all beings, and the more one recognizes that one’s own nature can have its true completion and joy … Continue reading

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“But I cannot imagine how even God could produce a situation in which I could say ‘I now see that even Belsen doesn’t really matter'”

Finally, I must say a word about the problem of evil in its widest sense as it presents itself to many people today. However glorious the final condition may be, they will say, nothing can make up for the horrors … Continue reading

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“The tradition of the Fathers and the authority of holy scripture both affirm that there are three renunciations which every one of us must strive to practice”

The tradition of the Fathers and the authority of holy scripture both affirm that there are three renunciations which every one of us must strive to practice. To these let us turn our attention. First, on the material level, we … Continue reading

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“Every day the Lord makes a wedding feast”

Invited to a wedding feast, the Lord looked round and noticed how all were choosing the first and most honorable places, each person wanting to take precedence over the others and to be raised above them. He then told them this … Continue reading

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“And that is who Jesus is: the Firstborn, the firstborn of many brethren, the firstborn of all creation, and the firstborn from among the dead”

God’s covenant is forever. His promise is sure. No matter how unfaithful the people are, he remains faithful. No matter what is going on, even though his wrath has to come upon the people because of their sins and transgressions, … Continue reading

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