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Who is Theophilus

The evangelist Luke begins his Gospel with a reference to a person named Theophilus, “I too have decided, after investigating everything accurately anew, to write it down in an orderly sequence for you, most excellent Theophilus. …” (Lk 1:3-4). A few weeks ago on the feast of the Ascension, we hear this name again as our reading was taken from the beginning of the Acts of the Apostles, “In the first book, Theophilus, I dealt with all that Jesus did and taught until the day he was taken up” (Acts 1:1-2). So who is this Theophilus and what being does he have on the Truth & Love blog?

 

St. Jerome in his On Illustrious Men (De Viris Illustribus), tells us that Luke was a non-Jewish physician from Antioch (Col 4:10-14) and a companion to St. Paul (Acts 9, 11, 13-28). Elsewhere we learn that he also served as a scribe …

Theophilus Responds

As a man living with SSA in a big metropolitan center, I often encounter other men who embrace their SSA freely. It appears that for them there is no tension between their reason and their sexual desire. They gladly embrace their love of men’s bodies, and don’t appear to have any qualms about celebrating homosexual love and “marriage”.  I was recently having a drink with one such person at a work function, and it struck me that I still struggle to find common ground with such men. If I am to find common ground in our life experiences, it is often in the realm of my prior sins, in what my life used to be like before I came back to the Church.  And to be quite honest, I’d rather not go there.

 

Our last post spoke to those of us who have friends and family in the lifestyle. As …

To Love the Undeserving is to Love as God Loves

As noted previously, man is a body-soul composite that is made for interpersonal communion with both God and neighbor. He was created by God and late rejected the fullness of God’s relationship in favor of determining his own happiness. This is what we call original sin and the effects of original sin are a disordering of our internal faculties (link) that results in a tensional struggle between reason and desire. Though there is tension between reason and our desires it does not mean that one of them is evil and the other good, indeed, both are good when ordered properly to our final end — eternal life — and also our earthly ends — the universal call to holiness, my present particular vocation, and my avocation or job.
 

The order that God has established in creation to manifest Himself and His will to man is what refer to as natural …