26 03, 2018

Heresy Podcast 3: The Third Century

By |2019-04-05T04:19:53+00:00March 26th, 2018|Podcasts, Sermons, Talks|

This podclass tackles the heresies of the third century including Sabellius (founder of Modalism), Paul of Samosata (forerunner of the Adoptionist heresy), Manes (founder of Manichaeism that temporarily ensnared St. Augustine early on in his conversion) and  finally we consider two semi-heretics, Tertullian and Origin.   On the blog that has photos, you can see Tertullian above.  Below is Man-E-Faces, a good symbol of the Sabellian or Modalist heresy.  The third century heresies as outline by St. Alphonsus Liguori in the 18th century can be found on this link.

17 03, 2018

Modesty Part II: Theology

By |2018-07-13T02:26:50+00:00March 17th, 2018|Theology|

Nota Bene: My last blog post showed that modesty is actually a means of cultural empowerment for women, not a means of making them overly-subservient. Ladies, if you're going to have thin-skin reading the still-binding modesty-norms of the Catholic Church, please re-read part I to understand that this blog is not about oppression but freedom (cf Gal 5:1) One summer evening, a couple years before I knew I would ever live in Florida, I was passing through the city of St. Augustine, south of Jacksonville. That evening, I went in to pray at North America's first Cathedral. It is stunningly beautiful. Later, I came outside the Cathedral to find the small [...]

15 03, 2018

Modesty Part I: Sociology

By |2018-03-16T11:24:27+00:00March 15th, 2018|Theology|

Before jumping into the tough topic of modesty, I want to set the stage in a sociological manner. Let's consider romance in any culture, be it Catholic or pagan. It is universally accepted in every culture's romance that the person least-invested in the relationship is the one with the most control. Imagine two 20 year olds approaching engagement in any civilized country today or two hundred years ago. It is always the one who is least "in-love" who controls the advance of this relationshiop. The one most in-love (be it the man or the woman) wants to get married. The lover less "in-love" maintains the veto power in moving forward, [...]

11 03, 2018

Mary’s Trust in Crisis

By |2019-04-05T04:20:21+00:00March 11th, 2018|Podcasts, Sermons, Talks|

Mary is the Heavenly Jerusalem even on earth at the cross, so we'll consider the virtue that helps frees us from Satan's bonds even before heaven. This sermon was given on Laetare Sunday, 2018. (I'll be away from the parish next week so there will be no podcast next week. In two weeks you'll hopefully have both a new sermon and Heresy Class 3.)

6 03, 2018

Heresy Podclass 2: The Second Century

By |2019-04-05T04:20:59+00:00March 6th, 2018|Podcasts, Sermons, Talks|

In this “podclass” we’re going to see why Marcionism is the most prolific heresy today. Marcion was a second century heretic who taught that the God of the Old Testament was a different God from the New Testament. The section of St. Alphonsus Liguori's book can be found here. Scroll down to #8 to read about Marcion. Correction.  I should have said the following:  "St. Cyril of Alexandria taught that St. Paul wrote the New Testament book of Hebrews in Hebrew and St. Luke translated it to the Greek."

3 03, 2018

How to Meditate

By |2019-04-05T04:21:12+00:00March 3rd, 2018|Podcasts, Sermons, Talks|

In this sermon I teach the two ways of meditation, Lectio Divina and Mental Prayer, according to St. Bruno and St. Teresa of Avila, respectively. These are the two books I suggest are for learning Lectio Divina and Teresian Mental Prayer. This sermon was given on the third Sunday of Lent, 2018, but this is the longer version recorded in my room due to time constraints on our exit from the Missa Cantata at the basilica.  Here's another short example that I gave on how to meditate on the first Christmas.

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