Paul's harsh statements about “the law”(shorthand for Jewish observances) in the Letter to the Galatians are a unique response to a very particular situation.
Although it is true that we are already redeemed, to say that “Christ died for us in order that we might live” is only half the story. God has done his part in Christ, now we have to do our part, also in Christ.
The story is told of a state banquet at Buckingham Palace given by Queen Victoria. It was very splendid, very lavish and chokingly stiff and formal.
The French writer René Girard has given the best explanation of the origins of sacrifice. Almost all human conflict is the resultof people modelling themselves (albeit unconsciously) on others and then entering into rivalry with others.
Bernardita Dianzon, FSP, 07/03/2016
God has destined us not for wrath but for obtaining salvation
through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Thes 5:9).
Anne Flanagan, FSP, 22/02/2016
Early Christians would be mystified by the reputation St Paul has in some contemporary circles as a bit of a misogynist. Modern readers may chafe at passages in Paul's letters that seem to threaten hard-won benefits for women in society, but early Christian sources agree in presenting Paul and his teaching as welcome to women.
. . . [I]t’s become known . . . to everyone else that I’m in chains for Christ....
One way by which biblical authors call the readers’ attention to the importance of a concept, a character, or an event in their work, is through repeated reference to it. “Redundancy” is not a new technique discovered by advertisers.
Brother Aloysius Milella, SSP, 19/01/2016
In searching for the best guide for conveying Christ’s full mystery toward the salvation of contemporary humanity, Blessed James Alberione discovered St. Paul. He made himself one of the most ardent disciples and imitators of the Apostle in modern times.
Anne Flanagan, FSP, 11/01/2016
St. Paul is one of the best-known personalities of the ancient world—the historian's dream come true. Not only do we have some of his own letters, we also have an account of his life’s work in the Acts of the Apostles (attributed to St. Luke). Paul is referred to in other ancient writings within 50 years of his death, and by that point his own letters had been copied and distributed so far and wide that he would have been amazed.
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