The Preaching of St. John the Baptist — The Bossuet Project

These elevations are about St. John the Baptist’s preaching, discussing the time before Our Lord came to him for his own baptism. Bossuet also discusses John’s place in Old Testament prophecy. The elevations are as follows: The Preaching of Saint John the Baptist. 1, The word of God is addressed to him. The Preaching of Saint […]The …

The Hidden Life of Jesus Until His Baptism

This section of the Elevations concentrates on Jesus’ growing up years, and specifically the one incident that is recorded in the Gospel: his visit to Jerusalem, his separation from his parents, his time in the Temple with the Jewish sages, and his reunion with his parents. The weeks are as follows: The hidden life of …

Our Goal in Life is Really, Truly to be Happy

Barna's people find such a statement depressing: While focusing on career data and a shifting workforce, Barna's vocation project found something troubling in the church, Christians are pursuing happiness instead of Christ."It's not a sustaining framework to just chase after happiness, that's so circumstantial," said Dr. Stephanie Shackelford, author of You on Purpose."I think what …

Winning the Lost is Better Than Counting Them

Recently I commented on a post by Dr. Larry Chapp on his back and forth with Ralph Martin on the number of people who will end up in Hell. My response to this was as follows, from Bossuet's Elevations: As far as the number of people who are going to Hell, probably the best response …

“I did not take pen in hand to teach you the thoughts of men…”

It's one of Bossuet's most famous quotations, and in my opinion his best. It comes from his discussion of the nature of the Magi, some of which is here: The Magi, are they absolute kings or dependent on a greater empire? or are they only great lords, which gave them the name of kings, according …

Elevations on the Birth of Jesus Christ

This is a “well worn” path for the Christmas season. In addition to that, there are two distinctly Catholic (well, at least one) themes that Bossuet explores: the perpetual virginity of Mary and the poverty of Jesus as an example to his followers. The elevations here are as follows: Elevations on the Birth of Jesus …

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