Speaking of  Jesus’ parable of the net, Origen explains that the promised sorting-out cannot happen till the end of time. Meanwhile, we should not be surprised to find evil lurking even in the Church. “Again, the kingdom of Heaven is like a net which was thrown into the sea and gathered fish of every kind; when it was full, men drew it ashore and sat down and sorted the good into vessels but threw away the bad. So it will… Read more

Angels were treated like humans when they visited us, says Tertullian—eating, drinking, even having their feet washed.  So it should not strike us as impossible that humans, after the resurrection, will be treated like angels. Our Lord puts an effective end to this discussion by declaring that they “are like angels in Heaven” (Matt. 22:30). “Like” in that we will not marry, because we will not die; like, too, of course, in that we will not have to yield to any… Read more

Eric Sammons is a former Evangelical, who entered the Catholic Church in 1993. He has been involved in Catholic evangelization efforts for more than two decades, including five years as a diocesan director of evangelization. He is the father of seven children, author of several books, and a professional writer/editor. His website “Swimming Upstream” can be found at ericsammons.com. Eric is also the author of the new book The Old Evangelization: How to Spread the Faith Like Jesus Did from… Read more

Christ ate food in his resurrected body, says St. Augustine, and even angels in the Bible have really eaten. They do so not because they need to eat, but because they can; it’s a free exercise of their superior power. St. Augustine speculates  that the same will be true of our glorified bodies after the resurrection. Is there any contradiction between the fact that Christ ate food after his resurrection, and the doctrine that in the promised resurrection state there will… Read more

Questions, questions, questions. We all have them, and we certainly have plenty about the faith. No one will ever have the answer to every possible question in the Catholic faith. This is why I thoroughly enjoy resources that allow me to expand my knowledge about the faith. A Priest Answers 27 Questions You Never Thought to Ask by Father Michael Kerper is one of those books that provides the answers. At least 27 of them as the title alludes to!… Read more

We believe in the resurrection of the body. But we won’t all rise with the same bodies, says St. Cyril of Jerusalem. What kind of eternal body we get depends on how we lived our lives here on earth. We’ll all be raised with eternal bodies. But not all our bodies will be alike. If you’re righteous, you’ll receive a heavenly body, so that you’ll be able to mingle with the angels. But if you’re a sinner, you’ll receive an eternal body… Read more

Even in paradise, says St. Methodius, we will have bodies, which distinguishes us from angels. Christ did not say that we would be angels, but like angels. Thus it was that, having contrived the parable about the woman and the seven brothers, that they might cast doubt upon the resurrection of the flesh, “The same day Sadducees came to him, who say that there is no resurrection” (Matt. 22:23). If there had been no resurrection of the flesh, but the soul… Read more

Review by Laura Socks Last year TAN Homeschool released the first volume of its new history series called The Story of Civilization.  My family just finished up Volume 1 The Ancient World after using it last school year.  As a homeschooling mom of 13 years, I’ve always found that the best way to know whether a book is good is to actually use it!  Well after using it for this past school year, I have to say that this book… Read more

Because of our sin, says St. Augustine, there was a wall of hostility between us and the angels. So in redeeming us, Christ gave the angels a great benefit as well: he made us their friends again. We will not know the other part of the Church as it really is—the part made up of the holy angels and the powers of God—until, at the end of the age, we join it to have eternal bliss along with it. We know the… Read more

When Christ sends the angels to gather his chosen people, says St. Cyril of Jerusalem, it won’t matter at all whether you’re rich or poor. On earth, Christ was poor himself, so he won’t forget the poor among his elect. That King, so great and glorious, attended by trains of  angels, who shares the Father’s throne, will not despise his own servants. His elect will not be confused with his foes: “and he will send out his angels with a loud… Read more

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