Feast of Saint Ephrem
Today the Universal Church celebrates the Feast of Saint Ephrem. A doctor of the Church, he was born in 306 in modern day Turkey. He was a deacon and never aspired to the priesthood. He was known as the "Harp of the Holy Spirit" and wrote many early hymns rich with the theology and beliefs of the Christians at the time. For those who deny the Eucharist and baptismal regeneration, these are difficult words to explain away. Though not canonical scripture, the writings of the early Christians help us to see the faith as it was lived and expressed.
*The Eucharist is a sacrament received daily. (Our Daily Bread)
*The early Christians did not assume they were making it into heaven. They prayed to be worthy of the resurrection for which they hoped.
*Baptism gave them initial grace which grows by experiencing the sacraments.
*They will experience Christ in full reality at the resurrection.
Clearly, the theology in Saint Ephrem's writings from the early fourth century was unmistakably Catholic.