Intro to the development of Christian Doctrine

A brief overview of the 3 major influences to the development of early Christian Doctrine; namely Stoicism, Platonism and Gnosticism.

 

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Easter Vigil – Homily of Pope Francis

 

Easter – the most important and the oldest festival of the Church – marks the beginning of new life. Pope Francis describes the events around the resurrection of Jesus and how that victory spills over into the lives of those who receive him. No philosophical or theological discussion is necessary to realize that sacrifice is required to achieve that which is great and what on earth can be greater than this! The blood of Christ washes clean the sin of the world, the darkness that prevents clarity of mind. Its implications surpass & transcend the far reaches of intellectual prowess. The mystery of the resurrection is awakened in us through Christ, for it is by grace that we are saved through faith, it is not of our human nature, but a blessing and gift from God.

Visit vatican.ca to read the entire Easter Vigil homily by Pope Francis.

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CELEBRATION OF PALM SUNDAY OF THE PASSION OF THE LORD

 

The story of the Passion of the Lord reveals a number of archetypes in which we can relate with. Pope Francis encourages us to look within ourselves to see if we play out such patterns in our lives. Who do we relate with most? This is not an exercise of comparing ourselves with specific people to determine how much better we are; it is an exercise in humility. The Church asks that we emulate the Lord and we are to look to see where we have fallen short to the ideal that has been made real, for the Word – the Logos – became flesh so that all may have everlasting life.

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Homily of Pope Francis 6 – Part 2 of 3

 

And what does St Luke say of the elderly? He underlines, more than once, that they were guided by the Holy Spirit. He says Simeon was a righteous and devout man, awaiting the consolation of Israel, and that “the Holy Spirit was upon him” (2:25). He says that “it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit” that he should not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ” (v. 26); and finally that he went to the Temple “inspired by the Spirit “(v. 27).  Click here to read the full homily.

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Homily of Pope Francis 6 – Part 1 of 3

 

The Feast of the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple is also known as the Feast of the Encounter: the Liturgy says at the beginning that Jesus goes to meet his people. Thus, this is the encounter between Jesus and his people, when Mary and Joseph brought their child to the Temple in Jerusalem; the first encounter between Jesus and his people, represented by Simeon and Anna, took place. Click here to read the full homily.

 

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Homily of Pope Francis 5 – Part 2 of 2

 

Most of us realize at some point in our lives the consequence & heavy burden of holding on to our sin through avoidance and ignorance. You may witness the concept being ridiculed and made light of, as though it’s some kind of superficial idea made up in the mind of a child. If we could step back from the negative associations we have formed around this religious term so as to observe the essence and nature of sin, we would see that it impacts all of humanity. So the notion of sin is not reserved for religions because its effects are clearly visible in the whole world. We see its outcome in all kinds of social injustices, family breakdowns and personal crises. Sin is like a disease that first plagues the mind, preventing us to exercise the freedom that has been granted to us through grace; reason goes to the way side and our lives become reduced, subjected to the whip & impulse of self-gratifying desires.

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Homily of Pope Francis 5 – Part 1 of 2

 

This passage from the Gospel is beautiful. John was baptizing; and Jesus, who had been baptized prior to this — some days before — was coming towards him and came before John. And John felt the power of the Holy Spirit within him to bear witness to Jesus. Looking at him, and looking at the people around Him, he said: “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world”. And he bore witness to Jesus: this is Jesus, this is the One who has come to save us; this is the One who will give us the power of hope. Click here to read the full homily.

 

 

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Homily of Pope Francis 4 – Part 2 of 2

 

Christ, dear friends, cannot be divided! This conviction must sustain and encourage us to persevere with humility and trust on the way to the restoration of full visible unity among all believers in Christ. Click here to read the full homily.

 

 

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Homily of Pope Francis 4 – Part 1 of 2

 

“Has Christ been divided?” (1 Cor 1:13). The urgent appeal which Saint Paul makes at the beginning of his First Letter to the Corinthians, and which has been proclaimed at this evening’s liturgy, was chosen by a group of our fellow Christians in Canada as the theme for our meditation during this year’s Week of Prayer. Click here to read the full homily.

 

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HOMILY OF POPE FRANCIS 3 – Part 2 of 2

 

The Visit of the Magi

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, [a]magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.” When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. Gathering together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the [b]Messiah was to be born. They said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for this is what has been written [c]by the prophet:

‘And you, Bethlehem, land of Judah, Are by no means least among the leaders of Judah; For out of you shall come forth a Ruler Who will shepherd My people Israel.’”

Then Herod secretly called the magi and determined from them [d]the exact time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the Child; and when you have found Him, report to me, so that I too may come and worship Him.” After hearing the king, they went their way; and the star, which they had seen in the east, went on before them until it came and stood over the place where the Child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 11 After coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they [e]fell to the ground and worshiped Him. Then, opening their treasures, they presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 12 And having been warned by God in a dream not to return to Herod, the magi left for their own country by another way.

Matthew 2: 1-12 – New American Standard Bible (NASB)

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