Jesus did not say, “Go ye out into the all the world. Talk about how hard it is to have lots of children and obey the divine precepts. Bring others to God (try for seven in your lifetime and convert the globe). This is a quick and easy way to learn the basic philosophy and theology of Saint Thomas Aquinas.
In doing so, you will draw all men to me.” Saint Paul reminds us: “do you not know that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? The Popes of the last 300 years have endorsed St Thomas Aquinas.
During the fourth century BCE (Figure 3), we see Rome beginning to grow, Alexander’s conquests being split among his generals, and the great northern tribes, those of the Gauls and Germans, coalescing into discreet groupings.
The population of Hispania (the ancient name of the Iberian peninsula), was ethnically quite diverse; even in pre-Roman times a number of cultures lived in this region (Figure 4).
I believe that we have encountered a spiritual appointment and that our worlds have now connected.
It is my desire to help you overcome the obstacles that have blocked you from finding meaning, purpose, and direction for your life.
Prehistoric Spain was settled by the Iberians, Tartessians, Basques, and Celts (Figure 1).
While the Basques remained in the northern region centered around the Pyrenees, a distinct ethnic group eventually formed called the Celtiberians, tribes of mixed Iberian and Celtic stock who inhabited an area in the central part of the peninsula before the start of the first millennium BCE.
He says: Unless I capriciously cherry-picked the Catholic tradition, I could not justifiably accept the Early Church’s recognition and fixation of the canon of scripture—and its correct determination and promulgation of the central doctrines of God and Christ (at Nicea and Chalcedon)—while rejecting the Church’s sacramental life as awell as its findings about its own apostolic nature and authority.
, because like him, I was baptized and raised Roman Catholic, attending parochial schools through my primary grades and a preparatory school run by a Benedictine monastery throughout my high school years. Beckwith, in my teens I turned away from the Roman Catholic Church and Christianity altogether but was converted in my early twenties and began attending a Protestant Evangelical church.
And for the past thirty seven years I have been a committed Evangelical Protestant. Beckwith’s book because he had been President of the Evangelical Theological Society at the time of his decision to revert to the Church of Rome and I was intrigued to learn the reasons that had formed his decision.
“As I have loved you, so you must love one another. They look to sexual experimentation, political movements, drugs, and cause groups.
By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John -35) Does your Church feel like a community of love? How can we invite them to reinvestigate Jesus as the God of love? Keep a public scorecard on the mistakes of the bishops.
I was boxed into a corner, with the only exit being a door to a confessional.