The Christian life, for Augustine, is a lifelong process of the recovery of freedom and of healing and transformation of the will that is initiated by grace, sustained by grace, and brought to completion by grace. Against the Manichaeans, he had argued that human beings are responsible for their actions and have free will. Against the Pelagians, he argues that grace is necessary if that free will is ever to become fully free. (When the Church Was Young: Voices of the Early Fathers by Marcellino D’Ambrosio)

Review: Consuming the Word: The New Testament and the Eucharist in the Early Church

Consuming the Word: The New Testament and the Eucharist in the Early Church
Consuming the Word: The New Testament and the Eucharist in the Early Church by Scott Hahn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Consuming the Word is the latest book from the awesome Scott Hahn. Years ago when I got serious about my faith, Scott’s books have been a great help in increasing my love for Christ and His Church.

Dr. Hahn is a great scholar, yet his books are aimed for laymen. He has a gift of distilling difficult theological concepts into readable format. I have learned so much from his books. They are among my favourites.

The Lord’s Supper opened up the mass to me in ways that I never heard before. Hail Holy Queen presented our Catholic teachings about the Blessed Virgin in a beautiful and fully biblical way.

This new book is no different. Consuming the Word is about the early Church and their relationship to the bible, the book that the Church produced. It makes it clear that the books of the bible are most at home when taken in the context of the liturgy.

“In the text of the New Testament, then, “New Testament” denotes not a text, but an action—not a document, but a sacrament.”

“When at last the books were written, they described a Church already well established, with a developed ritual life. Indeed, it was in the midst of the Church’s liturgy that the first Christian congregations encountered the Scriptures of the Old Testament. It was for proclamation in the liturgy that the books of the New Testament were written”

I highly recommend this book.

Institute of Catholic Culture

Just few days ago I have discovered this great resource.  I don’t know how I’ve missed this for so many years.

The Institute of Catholic Culture is an adult catechetical organization, faithful to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church, and dedicated to the Church’s call for a new evangelization. The Institute seeks to fulfill its mission by offering education programs structured upon the classical liberal arts and by offering opportunities in which authentic Catholic culture is experienced and lived.

With hundreds of hours of audio and video presentations on tons of topics you can get lost in the for weeks!  They also have an iOS app that makes viewing the presentations a breeze.

Check it out and start learning!