Thursday, August 29, 2013

Seraphim of Sarov (1754-1833)

Here is a compilation of commentary by Catholics and separated Eastern Christians on Seraphim of Sarov. Seraphim of Sarov cannot be a saint, unless before his death he saw the truth of the Catholic faith, was sincerely sorry for his sins, and sincerely desired to die a good Catholic, as Fr. Michael Müller says in his Familiar Explanation of Christian Doctrine, 108.

"The most Holy Roman Church firmly believes, professes and preaches that none of those existing outside the Catholic Church, not only pagans, but also Jews and heretics and schismatics, can have a share in life eternal; but that they will go into the eternal fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels, unless before death they are joined with Her; and that so important is the unity of this ecclesiastical body that only those remaining within this unity can profit by the sacraments of the Church unto salvation, and they alone can receive an eternal recompense for their fasts, their almsgivings, their other works of Christian piety and the duties of a Christian soldier. No one, let his almsgiving be as great as it may, no one, even if he pour out his blood for the Name of Christ, can be saved, unless he remain within the bosom and the unity of the Catholic Church" -- Pope Eugene IV at the Ecumenical Council of Florence, Bull "Cantate Domino"

"No man can find salvation except in the Catholic Church. Outside the Catholic Church one can have everything except salvation. One can have honor, one can have the sacraments, one can sing alleluia, one can answer amen, one can have faith in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost, and preach it too, but never can one find salvation except in the Catholic Church" -- St. Augustine the Great of Hippo, Sermon to the People of the Church of Caesarea, 6 (Patrologia Latina 43:695), qtd. in John Randolph Willis, The Teachings of the Church Fathers (Ignatius Press, 2002), 60 <https://books.google.com/books?id=leoK-f67rsYC&pg=PA60#v=onepage&q&f=false>. Latin: "Extra Ecclesiam catholicam totum potest praeter salutem. Potest habere honorem, potest habere Sacramenta, potest cantare Alleluia, potest respondere Amen, potest Evangelium tenere, potest in nomine Patris et Filii et Spiritus sancti fidem habere et praedicare: sed nusquam nisi in Ecclesia catholica salutem poterit invenire."

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Metropolitan Macarius of Kiev (1495-1497)


Macarius certainly was Catholic prior to becoming Metropolitan, but historians contradict each other on whether he died Catholic or Orthodox.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Pope Francis

May Almighty God bless the ministry of the new Pope Francis, the Supreme Pontiff and successor of St. Peter, the Prince of the Apostles. May our Lord bless the pope emeritus, Benedict XVI. In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Updates 2013

Dear readers, I pray that you have been well and that God infuses you with sanctifying grace. Glory to God, I graduated from Fordham University with a B.A. in Theology in May 2012. I need your prayers so that the Holy Spirit comes to my heart and makes me holy.

Let us pray for our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI, and let us pray that God grants us a worthy successor to him on the Throne of St. Peter, the Prince of the Apostles. Let us pray for all the members of the Church Militant, the Church Suffering, and the world. Let us pray for a swift end to the clerical sexual abuse scandal, and for prompt healing of the victims in soul and body. Let us pray for widespread conversions to the Catholic faith. Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

This blog will hopefully continue to be part of a life that will, God willing, become more balanced and God-pleasing.

Thanks be to God, most of the Dictionnaire de Théologie Catholique is available online (letters T-Z to be available in 2017, God willing). This is one of my favorite Catholic works of all time because it is so useful for apologetics and Church history.

These are some brief updates that are mostly related to my page called "Stances."