Category Archives: Patristiblogging

Formerly NAPLAM – For Patristibloggers – blog posts concerning the Fathers of the Church

What is the best translation of St. Augustine’s “Confessions”?

On this glorious feast of St. Augustine, allow me to repost an answer to a question I get fairly often and answer off the blog:
QUAERITUR:
What is the best translation of St. Augustine’s Confessions?
It depends a little on who you are and … Continue reading

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Assumption: The 4th Glorious Mystery

NB: Today, the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we can begin a 54 Day Novena!
Here is something I posted back in 2006 for my “Patristic Rosary Project”.  I drill into into the Mysteries we reflect on during recitation of the Rosary … Continue reading

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1 August – Holy Maccabees! “like an unfurling of their souls in a battle line”

I am sure you already know that today, in the new, Ordinary Form, calendar, is the feast of St. Alphonsus Maria de’Liguori, the Bishop and Doctor of the Church so famous for his contributions to moral theology.
However, in the traditional … Continue reading

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Friday in the Octave of Pentecost: walking away from the pain

The Gospel in today’s Mass in the Extraordinary Form, by which we celebrate the Octave of Pentecost, relates how the Lord healed the paralytic in Luke 5: 17-26:
At that time, it came to pass on one of the days, that … Continue reading

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The spellbinding Romanos the Melodist on the Holy Spirit

A Patristic moment on the Holy Spirit.
The spellbinding Romanos the Melodist (+6th c.) has this about our praise of the Spirit. Amazing imagery:
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Now those who before were fishermen have become skilled speakers.
Now those who once
stood by the shores of lakes … Continue reading

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Benedict XVI SPEAKS: “With Cardinal Sarah, a master of silence and of interior prayer, the liturgy is in good hands.

In the spirit of GMTA… Great Minds Think Alike… I offer you the following.
Benedict XVI has written a brief essay as an afterword for a future re-printing of Robert Card. Sarah’s great book The Power of Silence: Against the Dictatorship … Continue reading

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Symbolon Quicumque

I penned this for the Catholic Herald, the UK’s best Catholic weekly.
The mighty foe of Arians, St Athanasius of Alexandria (d 373), Bishop and Doctor of the Church, is celebrated on 2 May in both the newer and the traditional … Continue reading

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WDTPRS 3rd Sunday of Easter (2002MR): “bright like kindled candles, honey sweet”

This Sunday, in the Novus Ordo calendar, is called the 3rd Sunday of Easter. Let’s have a look at the Collect:
This Sunday’s Collect, it seems to me, reflects a conscious attempt on the part of Holy Church to remind us … Continue reading

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PASCHALCAzT 2017 52 – Easter Friday: Such is Jesus Christ

Today is Easter Friday.  I wish you and yours a blessed and grace-filled Octave.
This is the ante-penultimate podcast of the 2017 Lent and Easter cycle.
Today’s Roman Station is the St. Mary of the Martyrs, the Pantheon.
Today you’ll hear a bit … Continue reading

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PASCHALCAzT 2017 51 – Easter Thursday: Hristos Anesti!

Today is Easter Thursday.  I wish you and yours a blessed and grace-filled Octave.
Today’s Roman Station is the Basilica of the Twelve Apostles.
Easterners sing to us.
Meanwhile, if you don’t have it yet….
US HERE – UK HERE

 

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Hail, thou holy Throne of God

From the 3rd Nocturn of Matins:
V. Grant, Lord, a blessing.
Benediction. May the Gospel’s holy lection be our safety and protection. Amen.
Reading 7
From the Holy Gospel according to Luke
Luke 1:26-28
In that time, the angel Gabriel was sent from God into a … Continue reading

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ADVENTCAzT 11: “Let your words be their own defense”

Here is ADVENTCAzT 11, for Wednesday of the 2nd Week of Advent.
Pointed words today from a great Doctor of the Church about teaching with unmistakable clarity of meaning.
These 5 minute offerings, to help you prepare for the upcoming feast as … Continue reading

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PODCAzT 152: Bishop Athanasius Schneider on the Five Dubia of the Four Cardinals

You know about the Five Dubia of the Four Cardinals submitted, first privately, now publicly to His Holiness Pope Francis about Chapter 8 of Amoris laetitia.
I have another PODCAzT about Bp. Schneider on Amoris laetitia.  HERE
The Four Cardinal and their questions have … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 24th and Last Sunday after Pentecost: Beg His help. Beg His mercy. Praise Him for His gifts.

This Sunday is the Last Sunday of the liturgical year.
In the traditional Roman calendar, we use the texts from the 24th Sunday, which is always the Last Sunday of the liturgical year … even when it isn’t.
It is a little … Continue reading

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“No one may share in the Eucharist except those who believe in the truth of our teachings…”

A reading from the first apology of Justin Martyr in defense of the Christians, c. 100-165
No one may share in the Eucharist except those who believe in the truth of our teachings and have been washed in the bath which … Continue reading

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