Category Archives: Patristiblogging

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

On Mercy Sunday a sobering thought from a Pope about fear and that terrible day

As we have come to Low Sunday, Dominica in albis, I reviewed something of what Fathers of the Church had to say about our Gospel passage on this famous Sunday: John 20:19-31.
Pope St. Gregory the Great (+604) preached on this … Continue reading

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LENTCAzT 40 Palm Sunday – two gravitational fields

Today is Palm Sunday, Holy Week begins.
We hear today about the ancient Roman Station, which belonged to the losers, a thought from Benedict XVI about who ascent and the gravitational forces that draw us in different directions – it is … Continue reading

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Garry Wills getting it wrong in Hell’s Bible

Hell’s Bible published something by the execrable Garry Wills, who hates the Church and the Pope.
His opinions are what you would expect from an angry Irish ex-Catholic.  Blah blah blah.  But, in case you bother to read him, don’t let … Continue reading

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NSR: Making Church history up as they go!

Over at the National Schismatic Reporter, the journal of record for heretics and schismatics everywhere (aka Fishwrap), there is an article by one Richard Gaillardetz, the “Joseph Professor of Catholic Systematic Theology at Boston College”, ostensibly about women, ordination and … Continue reading

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WDTPRS: Candlemas

Today is the final “peak” arising from the liturgical cycle of Advent/Christmas/Epiphany.  Today, called in the traditional way and according to the older Roman calendar the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Holy Church would cease to … Continue reading

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Did Jesus tell the Apostles to buy weapons? Yes. To use them?

I have been thinking through the “gun” controversy.  I am also thinking about what it means for me, a priest.
For example, what does a concealed carry weapon (CCW) mean for a priest versus for a layperson?
Some people will bring up … Continue reading

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ADVENTCAzT 20: Friday of the 3rd Week of Advent

I am continuing with my 5 minute daily podcasts to help your preparation for the upcoming feast.
And so, here is ADVENTCAzT 20, for Friday of the 3rd Week of Advent.


 
“Δόξα Πατρὶ καὶ Υἱῷ καὶ Ἁγίῳ Πνεύματι.
Καὶ νῦν καὶ ἀεί καὶ … Continue reading

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“Certain offices in human society require the officeholder to be loved and feared of men.”

Here is a little Patristiblogger offering for your midday consideration.
This morning a priest friend and I were talking about the problems of leadership and being hated, loved, or feared.
Classic question: Is it better to be loved or feared?
Machiavelli had his … Continue reading

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1 August: Seven Holy Maccabees & St. Peter in Chains. Wherein there is very cool Catholic stuff.

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, today is also … Continue reading

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WDTPRS: 9th Sunday after Pentecost: God, absolutely distant, absolutely near

This week’s Collect, which historically was in the 8th century Liber sacramentorum Gellonensis, was also the prayer over the people, or Super populum, in the 1962MR for Wednesday of the 4th Week of Lent.
It was not, I believe, in the 1970MR or … Continue reading

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