Saint Augustine on martyrs

We, the Christian community, assemble to celebrate the memory of the martyrs with ritual solemnity because we want to be inspired to follow their example, share in their merits, and be helped by their prayers.  Yet we erect no altars to any of the martyrs, even in the martyrs’ burial chapels themselves. No bishop, when…

Notes on The Mystery of Predestination

God, by His Eternal Resolve of Will, has predetermined certain men to eternal blessedness. (De fide) (FCD Pg 242) Biblical Basis: (Rom 8:29 - 30) 29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the first-born among many brethren. 30 And those whom…

Spe Salvi – Purgatory

One of my favourite passages from Spe Salvi encyclical of Pope Benedict XVI. Here he speaks about purgatory. 46. Yet we know from experience that neither case is normal in human life. For the great majority of people—we may suppose—there remains in the depths of their being an ultimate interior openness to truth, to love,…