Why does the Church celebrate a special feast day for All Saints? The veneration of saints had once been mostly a local phenomenon, so the Solemnity of All Saints has a great catholicizing effect. If you really want to be Catholic, you have to venerate all the saints, not just the one’s you grew up thinking about. Why does the Church celebrate a special feast day for All Saints? After all, doesn’t every saint
The path of ancient philosophy is not a dry academic subject; it is not primarily a system of beliefs (although it certainly includes beliefs); it is not just an erudite recollection of the history of ideas. Rather, philosophy in its ancient and original meaning is a path to be followed. It is a way of life that leads to understanding, personal growth, and interior peace. The old way of philosophy is suggested by the very
Many Catholic men and women are awakening to the need to deepen their faith, and the church has consistently taught that the systematic study of philosophy and theology is one of the primary means for doing so. However, for lay people, there is an emerging gap in Catholic education. Many adult Catholics want something more than parish-level catechesis, but do not have the desire or opportunity to pursue a four-year degree in theology or philosophy.
So there you are, on a car ride with your child, and out of nowhere comes the question, “Am I going to Heaven?” or maybe “Is Grandma in heaven?” You freeze. You look out the window for a distraction but nothing… “Well…uh…that’s a great question…you see…” How would you answer this without sending everyone to hell or without sounding like a Universalist? (the belief that, in the end, everyone is in heaven). How can we