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Thomas Aquinas on the Question: Should We Pray, Even If God Already Knows Everything? CHSS 46

Thomas Aquinas on the Question: Should We Pray, Even If God Already Knows Everything? CHSS 46

Thomas Aquinas on the Purpose of Prayer

If God is omniscient and immutable (unchangeable), what then is the purpose of prayer? It would seem as if prayer would be rendered of little value, given that God knows everything and is incapable of changing in response to our prayers. In his lectures on Matthew 6:9-11, Thomas Aquinas discussed the question of God’s omniscience and immutability and the purpose of one’s prayer. read more…

St. Robert Bellarmine on the Need for Spiritual Vigilance – Catholic Heritage Spirituality Show 43

St. Robert Bellarmine on the Need for Spiritual Vigilance – Catholic Heritage Spirituality Show 43

Robert Bellarmine on the Need for Spiritual Vigilance

Spiritual vigilance is one of the most important considerations for the Catholic Christian. Bellarmine seeks to equip Catholic Christians with an acute sense of the need for spiritual vigilance throughout the Christian life. Working from the text of Luke [12:35]-37, Bellarmine seizes upon Jesus’ parable of staying spiritually alert for the Day of Judgement. read more…

Robert Bellarmine,The Art of Dying Well – Faith, Hope and Love – CHS 42

Robert Bellarmine,The Art of Dying Well – Faith, Hope and Love – CHS 42

Robert Bellarmine on Faith, Hope and Love

To die well, Robert Bellarmine argued, one must live well. The keys to living well are twofold: the virtues and the Seven Sacraments. In this episode, we discuss Bellarmine’s understanding of the theological virtues of faith, hope and charity (love). read more…

Bonaventure, Tree of Life – Eleventh Fruit – The Equity of Christ’s Judgement – CHSS 36

Bonaventure, Tree of Life – Eleventh Fruit – The Equity of Christ’s Judgement – CHSS 36

Bonaventure on the Equity of Christ’s Judgement

In the Eleventh Fruit, Bonaventure discusses Christ’s future role as judge of all human beings and as the bridegroom of the Church. Following the tradition of Augustine and the Western Church, Bonaventure paints a picture of Christ’s work as judge Continue Reading

Bonaventure, Tree of Life – Tenth Fruit – The Sublimity of Christ’s Ascension – CHSS 35

Bonaventure, Tree of Life – Tenth Fruit – The Sublimity of Christ’s Ascension – CHSS 35

Bonaventure on the Sublimity of Christ’s Ascension

In the Tenth Fruit, Bonaventure reflects on Christ’s Ascension into heaven and the descent of the Holy Spirit among the early leaders of the Church. Bonaventure finds in the post-Resurrection actions of Jesus the triumphal leading of the saints read more…

Bonaventure, Tree of Life – Ninth Fruit – The Novelty of Christ’s Resurrection – CHSS 34

Bonaventure, Tree of Life – Ninth Fruit – The Novelty of Christ’s Resurrection – CHSS 34

Bonaventure on Christ’s Resurrection

In the Ninth Fruit, Bonaventure discusses Christ’s resurrection from the dead. Taking as his point of departure the Apostle’s Creed and the various statements from the Gospels, the Pauline and Catholic Epistles, read more…

Bonaventure, Tree of Life – Eighth Fruit – Jesus’ Victory in the Conflict of Death – CHSS 33

Bonaventure, Tree of Life – Eighth Fruit – Jesus’ Victory in the Conflict of Death – CHSS 33

Bonaventure, Tree of Life – Eighth Fruit – Jesus’ Victory in the Conflict of Death – CHSS 33

In the Seventh Fruit, Bonaventure reflects upon the sentencing of Jesus to death by Pontius Pilate, his torture and execution on the cross. He again sets in stark contrast the impiety of Jesus’ persecutors with his humility, mercy and grace. read more…

Bonaventure, Tree of Life – Seventh Fruit – Jesus’ Constancy under Torture – CHSS 32

Bonaventure, Tree of Life – Seventh Fruit – Jesus’ Constancy under Torture – CHSS 32

In the Seventh Fruit, Bonaventure reflects upon the sentencing of Jesus to death by Pontius Pilate, his torture and execution on the cross. He again sets in stark contrast the impiety of Jesus’ persecutors with his humility, mercy and grace. Bonaventure seeks to portray yet again for his audience, as promised in his prologue, the nature of a life crucified with Christ. read more…

Bonaventure, Tree of Life – Sixth Fruit – Jesus’ Patience in Maltreatment – CHSS 31

Bonaventure, Tree of Life – Sixth Fruit – Jesus’ Patience in Maltreatment – CHSS 31

In the Sixth Fruit, Bonaventure looks at the final hours of Jesus’ life, specifically the events surrounding Jesus’ trials before Herod and Pilate. He sets in stark contrast the impiety of Jesus’ persecutors with his humility, mercy and grace. read more…

Bonaventure, Tree of Life – Fifth Fruit – Jesus’ Confidence in Trials – CHSS 30

Bonaventure, Tree of Life – Fifth Fruit – Jesus’ Confidence in Trials – CHSS 30

In the fifth fruit, Bonaventure focuses our attention on Jesus’ confidence in his final trials. Focusing on the betrayal by Judas to his arrest in the garden of Gethsemane, Bonaventure shows his readers how Jesus operated with a deep understanding of God’s providence. In light of this overarching perspective, Jesus treated Judas with compassion and approached his captors with calm and conviction. read more…

Bonaventure, Tree of Life – Third Fruit – The Loftiness of His Power – CHSS 28

Bonaventure, Tree of Life – Third Fruit – The Loftiness of His Power – CHSS 28

In the third fruit, Bonaventure focuses our attention on the Loftiness of Jesus Christ’s Power. From Christ’s baptism to his transfiguration, Bonaventure takes the reader across the life of Christ to help focus the reader’s attention on Christ’s power. read more…

Bonaventure, Tree of Life – Second Fruit – The Humility of His Mode of Life – CHSS 27

Bonaventure, Tree of Life – Second Fruit – The Humility of His Mode of Life – CHSS 27

What was one of the salient characteristics of Christ’s life? Bonaventure points to Christ’s humility as the guiding principle for all his actions. In his treatment of the second fruit, Bonaventure argues that humility is the root and the guardian of read more…

Bonaventure, Tree of Life – First Fruit – His Distinguished Origin – CHSS 26

Bonaventure, Tree of Life – First Fruit – His Distinguished Origin – CHSS 26

What are Christ’s pre-incarnate origins? In this episode, we examine Bonaventure’s high Christology, which forms the basis of his theological reflection on Jesus Christ’s two natures (human and divine) in his singular and divine person. Join us this week as we discuss how Bonaventure read more…

Augustine on Providence and Conversion – CHS 0008

Augustine on Providence and Conversion

Augustine’s Confessions, the most famous of his writings, are dominated by the motif of divine providence in a human being’s conversion. On nearly every page, this motif shines through as Augustine views his entire life through the lens of God’s provident care over his every step. read more…

Summary of Spe Salvi (Saved by Hope) by Pope Benedict XVI – pt 3 of 3

Summary of Spe Salvi (Saved by Hope) by Pope Benedict XVI – pt 3 of 3

Summary of Spe Salvi (Saved by Hope) by Pope Benedict XVI – pt 3 of 3

 

In part 3 of this series on hope, we look at the biblical example Abraham and how his trust in God appeared foolish, particularly in his sacrifice of Isaac.  We discuss the gratuitous nature of love, and read more…

Summary of Spe Salvi (Saved by Hope) by Pope Benedict XVI – pt 1 of 3

Summary of Spe Salvi (Saved by Hope) by Pope Benedict XVI – pt 1 of 3

How do Christians define hope and what is the basis for Christian hope? As St. Paul tells the Romans, “in hope we were saved.” Pope Benedict XVI delves into the virtue of hope in his encyclical, Spe Salvi.  In this episode, we discuss Benedict’s encyclical, the role of hope in the spiritual life, its part in transforming the world, its identifying characteristics, and the impact it has on the believer by looking at several examples in the Christian tradition.

 

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