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Conquest of the nations

Canisius | 06 January, 2006 02:53

Gueranger's moving description of the victory of Christ over the pagan nations really struck me in the entry for Epiphany. Within a few hundred years after Christ, his teaching became the official position of the major world empire, despite fierce persecution.

Of course we can look back and reconstruct the chain of events that led to that, but that is just to say that God works through created causes. To see it from a providential vantage-point, you have to put yourself mentally in the 1st Century AD: what are the odds that this Jewish sect will become the major religion of the world and the official position of the Empire?

Answer: None. Morally impossible.

But it did! And that was a miracle prefigured by the magi.


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