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The Harvest is Great, but the Laborers are Few: St. Francis Xavier’s Lament

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This is from Saturday’s Office of Readings, and it’s two excerpts from letters written by St. Francis Xavier to St. Ignatius Loyola.  Xavier and Ignatius are the sixteenth-century co-founders of the Society of Jesus, the Jesuits, and they were incredibly effective missionaries, travelling the world to spread the Gospel.  They’re directly and indirectly responsible for […]

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The Eucharist in the Early Church, Through Non-Christian Eyes

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One of the things I’ve pointed out before is that the writings of the Church Fathers are devoid of (1) Church Fathers teaching something contrary to Transubstantiation on the Eucharist, and (2) Christian objections to Transubstantiation by taught by certain Church Fathers.  That is, all of the Church Fathers can be lumped into “clearly Catholic,” or “hard to […]

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