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The Early Christians

How did the religion of Love survive paganism and barbarianism? The Empire persecuted the Christians and was eventually converted. The Barbarians sacked Rome, but were converted too.

How did the religion of Love manage to survive against paganism and barbarianism? How did the first Christians live? Who were their most terrible enemies: idols, lions, Jews… or heretics? How did they defend their faith? How did they propagate it?

Faith Formation is a community exercise. If you would like to join the discussion on this video, please feel free to comment below.


  1. Bridgette Mucha

    Very excited about this new reflection group! Peace and love to all. Stay healthy and be safe.

    • office

      Welcome aboard! We are so glad you’re here. Watch for an update coming soon.

    • Mary Barone

      Hi Bridgette,

      A new post: “The Early Christians: The Scandal of the Cross'” will begin next week.
      It’s a little dark at the beginning, but filled with history with abounding with art, sculpture, and on site photography.

  2. Mary Barone

    Welcome to our “online” reflection group. I look forward to sharing with you!

    This audio! Brant’s talk has filled my heart with recollection of my family. I love the Old Testament and here’s why.

    As many of you know, I never went to church as a child, but my parents were not shy in talking about Jesus. My mother from a Pillar of Fire congregation, a “church of Methodist antecedence (, and my father a Baptist, thus my love for the Old Testament.

    For us, so much of Holy Week is filled with clues that are left unnoticed with out understanding the traditions of ancient Jewish culture.
    Let us reflect on our own traditions and bring them to life in our families this Easter Season.

    Grace & Peace,


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