A highly recommended article on modesty and today’s Western culture.

In regard to proper attire the Holy Bible tells us that women should “be decently dressed, adorning themselves with modesty and dignity, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing, but with good works, such as become women professing Godliness” (1 Tim. 2:9-10). The Old Testament also states: “A woman shall not be clothed with man’s apparel, neither shall a man use woman’s apparel; for he that does such things is an abomination to the Lord, your God ” (Deut.22:5). Though this rule may seem absurd and outdated today our trifling with it may have been one of the many factors that led to gender-role confusion and ultimately to the wide acceptance of homosexuality and same-sex marriage in our Western culture.

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The Writings of St. Anselm: “Details Concerning the Antichrist”

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“Towards the end of the world Antichrist will draw the hearts of the Jews to him by his great generosity and sympathetic attitude so much so that they will praise him as a demi‐god;”….“For, the Temple which Solomon built having been destroyed, in its place he [Antichrist] shall restore it, he shall circumcise himself, and he shall give forth the lie that he is the son of the omnipotent God.”

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The Feast of St. Anselm – highly underappreciated Doctor of the Church

Anselm stands out as a link between Saint Augustine of Hippo and Saint Thomas Aquinas and is called the ‘Father of Scholasticism.’ He preferred to defend the faith by intellectual reason rather than scriptural arguments.

As the first to successfully incorporate the rationalism of Aristotlelian dialectics into theology, Anselm wrote on the existence of God in Monologium and Proslogium (deduces God’s existence from man’s notion of a perfect being, which influenced later great thinkers such as Duns Scotus, Descartes, and Hegel).

His “Cur Deus homo?” was the most prominent treatise on the Atonement and Incarnation ever written. Other writings include De fide Trinitatis, De conceptu de virginali, Liber apologeticus pro insipiente, De veritate, letters, prayers, and meditations.

Anselm also rediscovered the precious maternal influence, lost since childhood, with her whom Jesus has given us for a mother. She inspired his most beautiful prayers. She gave him the soul of a child. She guided him in his constant search for God. One might think of Anselm as an old, dried up theologian. But that would be an error. Anselm’s intellectual rigor was softened by the sensitivity of his mind and the generosity of his heart. He wrote, “I want to understand something of the truth which my heart believes and loves. I do not seek thus to understand in order to believe, but I believe in order that I may understand.”

Anselm was one of the most human of saints and balanced of monks. Perhaps his early wanderings helped to form him so. Even after nine centuries, the charm of his personality still radiates. He himself was aware of the attraction that he held over those around him. He recognized it without any evasiveness: “All the good people who have known me have loved me, and all the more so when they knew me at close hand.”

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Did God pay a “ransom” to the devil in order to redeem mankind?

We know that as a result of Adam’s Fall, all of mankind became permanently enslaved to Satan, sin and death, and without divine intervention, it would always be so.

But there seems to be a significant difference of opinion between Protestants and Catholics as to precisely what price Jesus paid for our redemption, and to whom.

Much of that difference is due to the particular translation found in the King James Bible, where the word “ransom” replaces the word “redemption”.

To put it very simply, the devil has never been known for honest dealing. Anyone who believes that God would enter into a ransom deal with the evil “Prince of this World” in order to redeem mankind, doesn’t understand the eternal realities of things.

Satan would never have “held up” his end of the deal!

There’s no doubt that Jesus paid a heavy price for our redemption … but that price was paid to God the Father … NOT to the devil … since in his divinity and his sinless, innocent humanity, every moment of Jesus’ earthly existence, every drop of blood he ever shed, every slight and/or injustice he ever bore, including his passion and death … served to honor God the Father, atone for the sins of mankind, and subsequently, turn aside God’s not inconsiderable (and totally justifiable) wrath.

Living for over thirty years in a putrid little “backwater” of a town in 1st century, Roman occupied Palestine wasn’t exactly Heaven, either!

As the undisputed “Prince of this World” … Satan knew that he could do whatever he wished with sinners … for over them, he was given the ultimate power of death. But that power didn’t apply to anyone who did not (or in Jesus’ case, could not) commit sin.

So, for illicitly orchestrating the totally unjust crucifixion of the sinless Son of God, Satan deserved only punishment … and he got it … losing everything he had earlier gained from Adam’s Fall.

All power in Heaven and on Earth was subsequently awarded to the risen Jesus, and with his Father’s complete approval, Jesus promptly and mercifully extended the grace of salvation to all men, through his Church. The offer is still available!

Saint Anselm of Canterbury explains it:

“God demanded that man should conquer the devil, so that he who had offended by sin should atone by holiness.”

“God owed nothing to the devil but punishment, so man must only makes amends (to God) by conquering the devil, as man had already been conquered by him.”

“Whatever was demanded of man, he owed only to God, and not to the devil.”

Fully God and fully man, perfect in every way, Jesus successfully accomplished all of this and more … and he did it without giving Satan anything at all!

Pope cites St. Anselm: “First, one must have faith!”

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During the Pope’s General Audience yesterday, September 23, in Rome, Pope Benedict said that understanding God will never come from study alone — one must first believe.

Theologians and Christians who wish to deepen their faith “cannot count on just their intelligence, but must cultivate a profound experience of faith at the same time,” he said.

The Pope’s catechesis was dedicated to the life and teachings of St. Anselm of Canterbury, an 11th-century Benedictine and Doctor of the Church.

According to Anselm, Benedict explained, people who wish to better understand the Christian tradition can carry out “a healthy theological quest” by following three steps.

First, one must have faith, which is “a free gift from God to be welcomed with humility.”

The second step is experience, which entails incorporating the word of God in one’s everyday life.

The final step is “true understanding, which is never a result of ascetic reasoning, but of contemplative intuition,” Benedict said.

The Pope then cited St. Anselm’s most famous phrase: “Nor do I seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe so that I may understand.”

The Pope concluded by saying that Anselm showed how the journey to understand God is never fully complete, at least here on earth.

Source: Inside the Vatican Letter #30

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