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Paradise and Utopia

The Fall of Paradise II: The Reformation of Western Christendom

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In this episode Father John describes some of the most noteworthy effects of the Protestant Reformation on Western Christendom, emphasizing the decline of a sacramental basis for civilization and the rise of a primarily moral one.

Welcome back to this reflection on the fall of paradise, the last reflection of the first half of my podcast, Paradise and Utopia: Reflections on the Rise and Fall of Christendom. In the first episode, I talked about the town of Munster in 16th-century Germany when leaders of that town—radical Anabaptist Protestants—seized control of it and proclaimed the existence of a New Jerusalem. In this episode, I would like to turn to the broader experience…

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Hearts and Minds

The Four Rhythms of Life in the Church

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Fr. John Oliver explores the four cycles or rhythms that are embedded in nature and in the Church.

Toward the end of September, it’s usually the maples that are among the first trees to change color. Airplane pilots report that from above, a forest in early fall looks like it’s wearing a green suit with a gold and red cap. As the days gradually get shorter, the sap within the trees flows more slowly from the ground up, which affects the upper branches first. The leaves at the top receive more sunlight, so they mature faster and complete their life-cycle…

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All Saints Homilies

The Path to Hell

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Fr. Pat examines three failures of the rich man in the story of the rich man and Lazarus from Luke 16. This homily was first given at All Saints Church several years ago.

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Had I been picking the gospel for today, brothers and sisters, this would not be the one I would pick, where everything ends up in hell, but this is the one the Church assigns for today, so that’s what I must preach on. It’s a gospel in some ways I’d rather not preach on, at least not today. Notice how Paul, when he addresses the Christians, always calls them “saints.”…

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Glory to God

The Secular Mind Versus the Whole Heart

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Fr. Stephen Freeman discusses the right relationship between the mind and the body. You might be surprised.

Thinking is among the most misleading things in the modern world, or, to be more precise, thinking about thinking is misleading. For a culture that puts such a great emphasis on materiality, our thinking about thought is decidedly spooky. The philosophy underlying our strangely-constructed thought-world of modernity is called nominalism (of which there are many formal varieties). Nominalism has as its imaginary construct of the world a view that…

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Ancient Faith Commentaries

Should It Matter to Christians When Churches Burn?

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The world watched in disbelief as the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris burned. But why should it matter? Fr. Andrew Damick has an answer.

Like many people around the world, I watched this week with genuine sadness and even horror as I saw the great cathedral in Paris burning: Notre Dame of Paris was on fire, and the world feared the very worst regarding its fate. Photos, videos, and news articles swarmed social media by the hundreds, with thousands and even millions of views and shares. Footage of the flaming 19th-century spire falling has been watched over and over, and Parisians wept and sang the…

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