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…

Review: When the Church Was Young: Voices of the Early Fathers

When the Church Was Young: Voices of the Early Fathers by Marcellino D'Ambrosio My rating: 5 of 5 stars When it comes to books about the early church fathers there are many options out there. I must say that I was not really looking forward to reading this, I've read quite a bit about the…

You cannot present your heart to God as a gift-offering on the altar of sacrifice (θυσιαστήϱιον) if that heart is turned against God’s other children. The way to union with God in worship cannot lead away from your brother. It is impossible for me to be a child of God without being a brother of…