“You don’t need to steal the free soda.” Salvation is a free gift. We can’t earn it.
In this episode of the Catholic Heroes Podcast, we continue our discussion of Gaudete et Exsultate, Pope Francis’s most apostolic exhortation on holiness. In Chapter Two, he looks at two great enemies of holiness: Gnosticism and Pelegianism.
What in the world are these heresies and what do they have to do with you, me, and the call to holiness? Listen and learn more. Our featured saint of this episode is St. Irenaeus.
Quote from Gaudete et Exsultate:
“Here I would like to mention two false forms of holiness that can lead us astray: gnosticism and pelagianism. They are two heresies from early Christian times, yet they continue to plague us. In our times too, many Christians, perhaps without realizing it, can be seduced by these deceptive ideas, which reflect an anthropocentric immanentism disguised as Catholic truth. Let us take a look at these two forms of doctrinal or disciplinary security that give rise “to a narcissistic and authoritarian elitism, whereby instead of evangelizing, one analyzes and classifies others, and instead of opening the door to grace, one exhausts his or her energies in inspecting and verifying. In neither case is one really concerned about Jesus Christ or others”
Quotes from St. Irenaeus
- “The glory of God is man fully alive.”
- “One should not seek among others the truth that can be easily gotten from the Church. For in her, as in a rich treasury, the apostles have placed all that pertains to truth, so that everyone can drink this beverage of life. She is the door of life.”
- “The business of the Christian is nothing else but to be ever preparing for death.”
- “He who was the Son of God became the Son of man, that man … might become the son of God.”
- “Just as bread from the earth, when it receives the invocation of God, is no longer common bread but the Eucharist, made up of two elements, one earthly and one heavenly, so also our bodies, in receiving the Eucharist, are no longer corruptible, for they have the hope of resurrection.”
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