The modern attack on the Church is perpetrated by Satan, whose deception and trickery is fooling people into thinking the Church is herself a source of evil in the world.
St. Athanasius (A.D. 296 – 373) is best remembered for his defense of the divinity of Jesus Christ against the Arian heresy begun by Arius of Alexandria in the 4th century.
It was a death in the family. I didn’t expect to be so shaken by the footage of Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral, a building I had scarcely seen in tiny photographs, let alone in person, crumbling at the touch of so many flames.
Was it absolutely necessary for Jesus to be brutally crucified on a Roman cross in order to redeem humankind? Could God have chosen some other way? Perhaps. But I cannot think of a better way.
Saint Ignatius of Antioch: “Let everyone revere the deacons as Jesus Christ, the bishop as the image of the Father, and the presbyters as the senate of God and the assembly of the Apostles. For without them one cannot speak of the Church.”