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Book Review: The Confessions

Posted in Book Review, Saints with tags , , on November 28, 2009 by sjdemoor85

Born in 354 AD in North Africa, St. Augustine has become a beacon of hope for all human beings. A filthy sinner of the flesh turned saint by his death in 430 AD, St. Augustine must go down as one of the greatest to pass through the 2,000 years of Catholic heritage. “The Confessions” is one work that will affect its reader forever. Why? We are human, like Augustine, which means we attempt to escape the snares and thickets of sin daily, even hourly. And like Augustine, who use to not have St. as his title, he was like us earthlings, moving upstream against the culture, fads, and whims of secular forces. But like

The Confessions, by St. Augustine 354 - 430 AD

Augustine, we too can strive, and at times dive under and emerge on the other side unscathed by societal mediocrity. We can be saints! What are you waiting for? Harness first the power of the soul, as Augustine did one thousand six hundred years ago. “My soul, why do you face about and follow the lead of the flesh? Turn forward, and let it follow you!” Lust, drunkenness, fornication, theft, and pride were routine undertakings in Augustine’s daily walkabout. The sin of the flesh overtook him, but then, ‘his soul turned about.’ The turn was not instantaneous. The will of the flesh and the will of the soul went to battle. After years, not days or months, years, the will of Augustine’s soul made him a saint. Immerse yourself in these words to gain insight into the fall, the battle within, and the hope we all should carry that we will partake of the saintly Banquet in Heaven.

The Mass of The Early Christians

Posted in Book Review with tags , , , on November 14, 2009 by sjdemoor85

The Mass of the Early Christians

Copyright - Mike Aquilina, mikeaquilina.com

Have you ever been bored at the Church’s highest liturgical celebration, the Mass? Have you ever doubted the real presence? Have you ever wondered if Catholicism is still relevant this day in age? Have you wondered if this Sunday Mass thing was just made up by some archaic institution?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then please consider reading this book. It is an introductory text to the early Church Fathers writings on the mass, which was compiled and authored by Mike Aquilina. The book begins at the Last Supper and ends with St. Cyril of Jerusalem in the 4th century, so we are talking about the true roots of Christian worship. Each chapter has a short historical introduction by Mike Aquilina, then the translated text of the actual Church Fathers. Tertullian, St. Clement of Rome, St. Ireneaus, and the Didache, just to name a few who are inside.

This book will shock you! If you ever doubted the Eucharist before, you will be hard pressed to ever again. Click on the image above to purchase.