God’s perfect knowledge is something no human could teach us, says St. Augustine. Angels couldn’t teach it to us; they couldn’t even teach it to other angels. But we can have it if we knock at God’s door. We see the things you have made because they exist. But they exist be- cause you made them. And we see from outside that they exist, and from inside that they are good; but you saw them where you made them when… Read more

If  you love your brother, says St. Augustine, you know God—because  God is love. Love is what binds us together with the angels. When you are filled with love, you really are filled with God, and you know God more intimately than you can know your closest friend. No one should say, “I do not know what I love.” Love your brother, and you will love that same love. For you know the Love you love with more than you know… Read more

Matt Fradd is the founder and executive director of The Porn Effect, a website dedicated to exposing the reality behind the fantasy of porn and offering help. He also serves as director of content development for Integrity Restored. He speaks to about 50,000 people every year on the harmful effects of pornography and how to free from it. On this episode Matt and I discuss the porn pandemic that is running rampant through society today. His book The Porn Myth:… Read more

The fall of the angels left a gap in the heavenly hierarchy, says St. Augustine, and the redemption of humanity will fill that gap. The redemption of mankind rebuilds the ruins left by the fall of the angels. Of course, the holy angels, who learn from God (for they are blessed with eternal contemplation of God’s truth), know how many of the human race are required to fill up the full census of that commonwealth. This is why the apostle says… Read more

If  we’re to be like the angels, who have no bodies, then what becomes of  the resurrection of the body? St. Methodius of Olympus  explains that we’re to be equal to angels, but not identical. Our nature will never be other than human. Here’s another point you should consider, Aglaophon—for you’re very much misled here, if you’ll forgive me for being blunt when the subject is so important. You said that the Lord declared plainly that those who gain the resurrection… Read more

Answering the resurrection-denying Sadducees who tried to trip Jesus up with a tricky question about marriage in the life to come, Christ says that in that future life we will be equal to the angels (Luke 20:27-40).  That tells us, says St. Cyril of Alexandria, what our blessed life of the future will be like. “The sons of this age,” Christ says—those, that is, who lead worldly carnal lives, full of fleshly lust—for the procreation of children “marry and are given… Read more

Contemplation, says St. Augustine, is the highest part of  reason, which is the highest part of the soul, which is the highest part of our nature. In everything we do, then, we should be guided by our contemplation of God. Each of us, we know, consists of soul and body; but so does a beast. Again, it is plain that in the order of nature the soul is superior to the body. More- over, in our own souls there is reason,… Read more

Society today is facing one of the worst epidemics it has faced in a long time. It can be referred to as a pandemic, an epidemic that has spread through human populations and continents. It knows no borders and its victims are not limited to any age, gender, race or culture. The problem I am talking about is porn addiction. Matt Fradd tackles this topic and overturns the various justifications society has made for porn use in his latest book… Read more

Didymus was a famous theologian who had been blind since childhood. The historian Socrates Scholasticus recounts his many accomplishments,  and then tells us about a famous piece of  advice St. Anthony gave to this  illustrious scholar. About the same period God brought into observation another faithful per- son, deeming it worthy that through him faith might be shown: this was Didymus, a most admirable and eloquent man, instructed in all the learning of the age in which he flourished. At a… Read more

Writing to Christians facing a sentence of death, Tertullian tells them to think of their hardships as training for victory. You don’t win the star athlete’s wreath without hard work and sweat, and in the spiritual realm the Holy Spirit is their personal trainer, getting them in shape to win a “wreath  of angelic essence.” Even in peace soldiers get themselves used to war by work and chal- lenges, marching in arms, running over the plain, working at the ditch, drilling… Read more

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