By John W. O'Malley

ISBN-10: 1580512283

ISBN-13: 9781580512282

A heritage of the Popes tells the tale of the oldest residing establishment within the Western world—the papacy. From its origins in Saint Peter, Jesus' leader disciple, via Pope Benedict XVI this present day, the popes were key avid gamers in nearly the entire nice dramas of the western international within the final thousand years. Acclaimed church historian John W. O'Malley's enticing narrative examines the 265 people who have claimed to be Peter's successors. instead of describe every one pope one after the other, the ebook makes a speciality of the popes that formed pivotal moments in either church and global historical past. the writer doesn't shrink back from controversies within the church, and contains legends like Pope Joan and a accomplished checklist of popes and antipopes to aid readers get a whole photo of the papacy.

This concurrently reverent but serious ebook will attract readers drawn to either faith and background because it chronicles the saints and sinners who've led the Roman Catholic Church during the last 2000 years. the writer attracts from his well known audio CD lecture sequence at the subject, 2,000 Years of Papal heritage, on hand via Now you recognize Media (

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Self-inflicted injury or discomfort, typically through flagellation, cutting, or piercing—all for the purpose of spiritual growth. PLEASE USE IT IN A SENTENCE OR TWO: Throughout history, numerous saints have practiced mortification by fasting, wearing hair shirts, whipping themselves, draping themselves in iron chains, and watching David Lynch films. But not necessarily at the same time. NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH: Mortification, the mid-’90s Christian extreme metal band. Though it could be argued that ‚ 18.

He lived there for several years, at one point embracing solitude so fervently that he enclosed himself in a cave-like tomb. According to some accounts, Anthony spent a lot of time being tempted by the devil with boredom (understandable), laziness (deserts can be pretty draining), and phantom visions of women (isolation can be lonely). Once he and Satan even came to blows—which is rarely a good idea—and it left Anthony unconscious. But at the end of his life, he’d become so famous for his wisdom that all kinds of other societal drop-outs began chasing him across the desert so they could be his disciples.

These desert communities eventually led to monasticism. 23 POCKET GUIDE TO SAINTHOOD HEROIC VIRTUE One of the primary requirements for beatification as a saint. A saint or martyr who exhibits heroic virtue is considered a model of spiritual living—the kind of person who practices good deeds and displays piety as if it were second nature. The term was first applied by Augustine of Hippo to early Christian martyrs. It then expanded to include everyone whose spirituality was so extraordinary it tended to make normal people look like Pol Pot.

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