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Ordained in 2011, Father Friel served for five years as Parochial Vicar at St. Anselm Parish in Northeast Philly. He is currently studying toward a doctorate in liturgical theology at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
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“Catholics in America have been the heirs of a sentimental and subjective hymn tradition that, for some reason or other, has taken a deep and fast hold on the fancy of the average person.”
— Fr. Francis Brunner (1953)

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Warring Gods
published 8 January 2013 by Fr. David Friel

TUDYING THE ANCIENT GREEK & ROMAN GODS can be fascinating. Looking at their stories, though, reveals a rather violent worldview. They had gods of war, for instance; in Greece, there were Ares & Athena, and, in Rome, there were Mars & Minerva. The stories of the gods are filled with anger, vengeance, jealousy, adultery, fury, and wrath. Since these gods were the conception of those ancient people, they reflect a culture of darkness and severity.

In this milieu, Saint John dared to write his luminous First Letter. He had the audacity to claim that “God is love” (1 John 4:8). Moreover, “In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that He has loved us and sent His Son as expiation for our sins” (1 John 4:10).

The Christian worldview is utterly revolutionary.