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Godly vs. Ungodly Communism

The early Christian community evidently practiced a form of communism. The book of Acts testifies to this.

On Miracles, Grace and the Human Existential Dilemma

Before I go deep into this topic, I need to give a nod to C. S. Lewis for his book, Miracles, in which he deals with this problem from a fairly comprehensive perspective. I also give a nod to John C. Polkinghorne, who presents a somewhat different perspective from Lewis' supernatural intervention idea in his books, particularly in Belief in God in an Age of Science. (See, especially, Chapter 3, "Does God Act in the Physical World?")

Pope Suggests Patience in Struggle With Evil

Benedict XVI is recommending patience in the struggle with evil, since, as St. Augustine says, "many at first are weeds and then become good seed."

The Pope said this today before praying the midday Angelus with pilgrims who had gathered at the papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo.

He commented on the readings for today's Mass, particularly the parable of the sower in the Gospel.

Two heresies are better than one?

That seems to be the motivation for many mergers of what the Church calls "ecclesial communities.1" One of the more interesting mergers from an historical point of view is the union, in 1961, of the American Unitarian Association (which consisted of ecclesial communities united in the belief that God is not trinitarian, except for more conservative sects such as the Jehovah's Witnesses) and the Universalist Church of America (which consisted of ecclesial communities united in the belief that everyone will eventually go to heaven) to form the ecclesial community of Unitarian Universalism.

Pope Benedict XVI reflects on the contributions of St. Francis de Sales.

Pope Benedict XVI reflects on the contributions of St. Francis de Sales, focusing on his magnum opus, Treatise on the Love of God, in "St. Francis of Sales: Great Master of Spirituality and Peace." Of particular interest is an observation in his opening statement:

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