Ad Extra

Posted: April 12, 2013 in Ad Extra
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Ad Extra, the Catholic Dictionary describes it: “Traditional Catholic Theology employs the Latin expression “ad extra” (towards the outside) to describe particularly the Mission of God the Son and of God the Holy Spirit. The Father sent the Son and the Spirit on a Mission outside the inner life of the Trinity, into the world. The three divine persons have their innermost life. The Father lives in the Son, the Son and the Spirit live in the Father. This is called in traditional Catholic theology the life “ad intra” (towards the inside) of the Blessed Trinity. The Missions ad extra of the Son and the Spirit reveal to us the innermost life of the Trinity (life ad intra).”

Ad Extra is Latin in origin, stemming from ad extremum, which, as defined by Merriam-Webster means: “To the extreme; at last.” Another definition I stumbled across is, “‘at the extremity;’ from the point of view of a boundary or limit.”

The word, Ad Extra, seems to fit as a title for posts possessing extra points from the previous week’s sermon. I have no intention of projecting the Catholic definition, nor do I desire to insult anyone. At times, a point from a sermon will not add well to the sermon, yet it might be a point worthy of communicating. The simple Latin usage is all I want to convey; a point could very well be ‘at the extremity’ or ‘towards the outside’ of the limits of the sermon, let’s face it, only so much can be accomplished in 30 to 45 minutes of preaching. This extra point, however, might serve those who listen to my sermons for later consideration. By God’s grace each post will possess enough context to be valuable to those who’ve not listened to my sermon.

Articles with the title, ‘Ad Extra’ will be dedicated to expound extra points for that week’s sermon, or the sermon denoted by the article.

God Bless!

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