An image of the heavenly city; Angels: Day 340

Zion—Jerusalem—is an image of the heavenly kingdom, says St. Augustine. The captivity of the earthly Jerusalem in Babylon is an image of our pilgrim- age here on earth; our friends the angels await us in the heavenly Jerusalem.“When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream” (Ps. 126:1).By this he meant to say that we became joyful. When? “When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion.”What is Zion? Jerusalem. The same is also the eternal Zion. How is Zion ete … [Read more...]

The Story of Civilization Continues

Review by Laura SocksThe subsequent volumes of TAN’s The Story of Civilization by Phillip Campbell will be released over the next three years.  The story continues with the release this summer of The Story of Civilization: VOLUME II - The Medieval World .  Students will read all about the times after Constantine to the early days of the Renaissance.  They will read of castles and knights, saints and monks, literature and architecture all from a trusted Catholic source.Anti-Catholic hist … [Read more...]

Wait for the angels to sort us out; Angels: Day 339

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 be at the close of the age. The angels will come out and separate the ev … [Read more...]

Treated like an angel; Angels: Day 338

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 other similar necessity of our bo … [Read more...]

Off the Shelf 026 with Eric Sammons

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...]

Will there be food in Heaven?; Angels: Day 337

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 be no need of food? Af … [Read more...]