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…

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…

All saints day.

The church is full of saints.  Great men and women who truly lived the Gospel.  The diversity of saints in the Catholic Church is staggering.  We have saints from all walks of life.  Every good human endeavour is compatible with the faith.  We are called to live our lives in Christ and with His help…

Four new Saints!

Today Pope canonized four new saints including Louis and Zelie Martin parents of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux. Here is an excerpt from the Popes homily: Each of us, through baptism, share in our own way in Christ’s priesthood: the lay faithful in the common priesthood, priests in the ministerial priesthood. Consequently, all of us can…