Easter means victory of the Lamb is assured

by Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann
from his column in The Leaven

Marcellino D’Ambrosio in the preface to his recently published book, “When the Church Was Young: Voices of the Early Fathers,” described the world into which Christianity was birthed: “Rome’s engineers were busy building new buildings, and its legions were conquering new territories. “

But Rome herself was no longer new. She had grown old and decrepit. The republic of Cicero had degenerated into the despotism of Caesar. Tyrant after tyrant had seized power at the price of much bloodshed. Devotion to family, hard work and frugality had been replaced by an addiction to pleasure and power. A welfare state based on conquest and slave labor bought the loyalty of the mob with free bread and gladiator games. The people were all too ready to trade their liberty for creature comforts.”

Dr. D’Ambrosio compares the Fathers of the Church to the Founding Fathers of our country. Much as the American Founding Fathers defined the nature and purpose of the United States, so the early Church Fathers helped to articulate the vision of the church that Jesus had entrusted to the apostles and to define the practical implications of what Christians believe.   (Read more)

 


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