This is II-1. If you haven't read "The Early Church I" yet, I would recommend it. All links are at the bottom of this article.)
|Not to mention entertainment.|
|Modern examples exist in abundance.|
|Prayer to the saints is effective not because the saints have power on their own, but because in their total loss-of-self in martyrdom they were given a share of the throne of Christ in this Age. All of it is for our benefit.|
|"Your life among the Gentiles must be beyond reproach; thus by your good example you will win praise for yourselves, and the Lord will not be blasphemed on your account" (Letters to the Philippians, sec. 16).|
Links to "The Early Church I: "History, Morality, Being Called Catholic, and the Papacy"
I-1: Prologue and History
I-2: Organization of the Early Church
I-3: Why are we called "Catholic"?