A Letter From the First Famous Pope

If we administer the priestly office undertaken by us fearlessly, we shall, without doubt, receive both the help  of God and the love of our spiritual sons.  On account of this, let Your Fraternity be keen to reveal yourself in all affairs in such a way that the opinion which the clergy of the city […]

John Wyclif as Bible Translator

Contemporary with Walter Hilton is John Wyclif, a very different figure from any member of the [Richard] Rolle group, for Rolle was a contemplative mystic by temperament and sought to withdraw from the world, while Wyclif, controversialist, philosopher, politician, and reformer was, with his followers, responsible not only for attacks on some important claims and […]

For the Lord’s Day (462)

They went on from there and passed through Galilee.  And He did not want anyone to know, for He was teaching His disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill Him.  And, when He is killed, after three days He will […]

A Journal Entry

Called my people together, as I had done the Monday morning before, and discoursed to them again on the necessity and importance of their laboring industriously in order to their living together and enjoying the means of grace, and, having engaged in solemn prayer to God among them for a blessing upon their attempts, I […]

Luther Knows the Truth

Even Luther had not spoken with greater force against the abuses of Rome, but he had done something more.  The duke pointed out the evil.  Luther had pointed out both the cause and the remedy.  He had demonstrated that the sinner receives the true indulgence, that which comes from God, solely by faith in the […]

Jesus Christ Saves Us

What Christ saves us from is, first and chiefly, sin in all its aspects –  its guilt, its power, and its penalty.  But His salvation reaches much further than any mere deliverance from threatening evil and, positively, means the communication to our weakness and emptiness of all blessings and graces possible for men.  It is […]

Early Translation of Christian Literature

In [King Alfred of Wessex’s] preface to his translation of the Cura Pastoralis (Pastoral Care) of Pope Gregory the Great, he tells of his concern at the dearth of scholars in England at the time of his accession to the throne (in 871) and at the destruction of churches and books by the Danes and […]