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On Perseverance


ON PERSEVERANCE “He that shall persevere to the end, he shall be saved.” Matthew 24:13 St. Jerome says, that many begin well, but few persevere. “Incipere multorum est, perseverare paucorum” (Lib. i. Contra Jovin). Saul, Judas, Tertullian, began well, but ended badly, because they did not persevere in grace. “Non queeruntur in Christianis initia,” says the same... Read More

On the General Judgment


ON THE GENERAL JUDGMENT “The Lord shall be known when he executeth judgment.” cf Psalm 9:17 At present, there is no one in this world more despised than Jesus Christ. There is more respect shown to a peasant than to the Lord; for we are afraid to insult a peasant, or provoke him to anger, lest he should seek revenge. But insults are offered to God, and are repeated as wantonly as if he... Read More

God’s Grace and the Evil of Enmity with God


ON THE GREAT ADVANTAGES OF THE GRACE OF GOD, AND THE GREAT EVIL OF BEING IN ENMITY WITH GOD “Man knoweth not the price thereof.” Job 28:13 “If,” says the Lord, “you separate the precious from the vile, thou shalt be as my mouth” (cf Jeremiah 15:19). They who know how to distinguish what is precious from what is vile, are like God, “who knows how to refuse the... Read More

St Jerome and Bethlehem’s Church of St Catherine

September 30, 2014 by  
Filed under Diana von Glahn, Pilgrimage


ST JEROME AND BETHLEHEM’S CHURCH OF ST CATHERINE Did you know that St. Jerome is the patron saint of librarians and of translators? In Latin, his name is Hieronymus–which I love–and every September 30th, on the memorial of his death, translators around the world celebrate International Translation Day! How awesome is that? Today, I’d like to show you to the cave in Bethlehem when he spent... Read More

The Most Holy Name of Mary (Optional Memorial)

September 12, 2014 by  
Filed under Liz Estler, Mary, Mary, Meditations


The Most Holy Name of Mary O Dulcis Virgo Maria O Sweet Virgin Mary! How Sweet is the Name of Mary in Life and in Death “The great name of Mary, which was given to the divine mother, was not found on earth, neither was it invented by the mind or will of men, as were all other names that are in use among them; but it came from heaven, and was given to the Virgin by divine ordinance, as St. Jerome,... Read More

The Habit of Sin

June 3, 2014 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

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The Sinner’s Guide (Week 9 of 16) The first of these causes is the tyranny of bad habits. So strong are these that many would die rather than relinquish them. Hence St. Jerome declares that a long habit of sin robs virtue of all its sweetness. For habit becomes second nature, and to overcome it we must conquer nature itself, which is the greatest victory a man can achieve. “When a vice is... Read More

Can a Person make a Pact with the Devil?

July 18, 2013 by  
Filed under Demonology, Fr. Fortea, Spiritual Warfare

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Dear Fr. Fortea, can a person make a pact with the devil? Many think that pacts with the devil only exist in literature, but they are mistaken. There are those who consciously, with full awareness and intentionality, make a pact with the devil and devote their souls to him in order to get something in this life. The notion of a formal pact with the devil appears for the first time in the fifth century... Read More

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