On St Augustine's "Confessiones" Book II and Modern Life

In Book II of “Confessiones,” St. Augustine remembers his teenage years and the sins committed therein. He had taken a break from his studies in his sixteenth year due to his family’s financial situation and fell into sins that seem common to all young men throughout human history. His…

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On St Augustine's "Confessiones" Book I and Modern Life

St. Augustine chronicled his early life in Book I of “Confessiones.”  In it, he proposes that there was never a time when he was innocent, corrupted as he was by Original Sin, and his depiction of infancy is one of selfishness and ungratefulness for the plenty that is provided by…

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The Rosary and Faith

*This is the second essay in a series about ritual and faith. This entry is a joint piece by Thomas Lewis and Rt. Rev. John. * The rosary is a ritualistic prayer that was revealed to St. Dominic during “the time when he was preaching to the Albigenses,” having complained of…

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Ritual and Meaning in Faith

On my journey through spiritual matters, I have come to realize that faith without ritual has no meaning.  It is through ritual that the bond between Creator and created is strengthened and deepened.  If you look at human culture throughout history, it has until recently relied heavily on ritualistic worship…

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