Archive for December 2009

Tolkien on Death and Eucatastrophe (Commemoration of the Holy Innocents)

Dec 28th, 2009 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Every story features the action of a protagonist who is hindered by an antagonist. This makes for an essential conflict, the development and resolution of which constitutes the basic structure of the story. Every human life is very much a story. Each person is the protagonist, and the enemy is death.

Advent and the Ascension

Dec 20th, 2009 | By | Category: Blog Posts

As we move ever closer to the celebration of the coming of our Lord on Christmas, it is helpful for us to reflect a bit on what this coming means for you and me, what this means for us! What does the season of Advent have to do with the Ascension of our Lord Jesus […]

Augustine on the Perpetual Virginity of Mary in Scripture

Dec 19th, 2009 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Saint Augustine famously interpreted the “closed gate” through which passed the “prince” in Ezek 44 as a type of Mary’s perpetual virginity. Mary is the closed city and the prince miraculously passed through the closed gate. Here is the beautiful passage from Augustine describing from Scripture why Saint Joseph and Saint Mary did not consummate […]

Justification: The Catholic Church and the Judaizers in St. Paul’s Letter to the Galatians

Dec 17th, 2009 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Steve Hays has claimed that what I recently said about justification is at odds with what Robert Sungenis has said about justification. But, in fact, there is no contradiction between what I have said and what Robert has said on this subject.

Mary in the Old Testament – One Example

Dec 13th, 2009 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Many Christians are thinking about, talking about and writing about Mary this time of year. Spend some time in the blogosphere over the next couple of weeks and you are likely to see more ink spilled about Mary by Protestants and Catholics alike than you have seen all year. I am also reminded that the […]

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Dec 12th, 2009 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Today, December 12, is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Many people do not know anything about this historical event, even though it is undoubtedly one of the most important events in the history of Christianity in the Americas. As a result of the miracle of Mary’s apparition to a native American peasant named […]

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

Dec 8th, 2009 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Today is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, in which we celebrate the conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, who “from the first instance of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege granted by Almighty God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the human race, was preserved free from […]

CTC Back up and on New Servers

Dec 3rd, 2009 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Called to Communion is now back online (obviously) and running on new servers.  Our old hosting service was always sluggish and sometimes painfully slow.  So far, the site seems to be running much faster.  Also notice our slightly updated design, we hope you like it.  Finally, I want to draw your attention to a new […]