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Issue 021: St. Nicholas Stories and C.S. Lewis's "The Great Divorce"
Praised be Jesus Christ, now and forever!
This newsletter, the first since our first literary issue, is a short issue, but it comes at a full time in the Church year. We are in the heart of Advent, the time of preparation for the coming of our Lord. In that time falls the feasts of St. Nicholas, Our Lady of Guadalupe, and the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, the latter of which Pope Pius IX said should be celebrated with a whole octave!
This weeks offerings reflect on three important stories about St. Nicholas, while two other articles turn our attention to the coming of the Lord and the choices we make that lead us closer or further from the salvation he brings.
St. Nicholas Saves Three, Three Times
St. Nicholas is known for his holiness as the bishop of Myra, a defender of orthodox Christian teaching at the Council of Nicaea in 325, a miracle-worker, and a devout and generous man. Three stories about this saint tell of how he saved three groups of three people—in three very different ways. Read more here.
The Choice of Heaven of Hell in C.S. Lewis’s “The Great Divorce”
C.S. Lewis’s The Great Divorce, is an excellent look at the choices we make that, day by day through our lives, are directing us to one of those two fates: eternal salvation or eternal damnation. In every case, one thing stands out among all: the preferring of our own wills to that will of God. Read more here.
Walking Together, but Not to Hell
It is hard to deny that many people want to exploit the current synod meetings and surveys as a way to deviate from the permanent truths of the faith. We are told that we must “accompany everyone.” We must listen to everyone. And, to many, “accompanying people” and “walking with them” means approving their particular sin. However, accompaniment cannot be a justification to be unfaithful to Church teaching, which is really just the law of God. We cannot accompany others on the road to hell. Read more here.
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