Archive for June 20th, 2007

Sorry to dump all these segments on you at once. But I really do want to get on with this stuff, and it seemed best to finish up quickly.

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On Holy Images continues, as St. John Damascene lays it on the line.

Part 3A


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Pastoral Care ends with an extremely brief final part, advising the pastor who’s learned all this other stuff to stay humble and aware of his imperfections.

Book IV


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Book III of Pastoral Care concludes with some advice on preaching: don’t teach deep theological stuff to people who haven’t learned the basics or are having trouble with their faith; and teach virtues by your good example before you open your mouth.

Book III, Chapters 39-40.



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Pastoral Care continues with discussions of three pastoral preaching challenges: a diverse audience with all different problems; one person with sins that are opposites to each other; and being forced to temporarily ignore one vice in a parishioner, in order to attack another sin that’s attacking him more deeply.

Book III, Chapters 36-38.


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Book IV of Against Heresies concludes. St. Irenaeus denies that evil people are born evil “children of the devil”, but rather that they choose to imitate the Devil and his angels and thus become like them. Then he provides a preview of the plan of the next book, as he examines sayings of Jesus and epistles of St. Paul which are misinterpreted by the Gnostics.

Book 4, Chapter 41.


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