Tag Archives: St. Augustine

“The book on Augustine which Pope Benedict would have wanted to write”… revisited.

I called it, “the book on Augustine which Pope Benedict would have wanted to write.” You may recall my review of the book by Miles Hollingworth, St Augustine of Hippo, An Intellectual Biography.  As I said before, this is not … Continue reading

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PODCAzT 137: Augustine on bad pastors; Sermon in the wake of Pope Francis’ interview

At the time of this writing it is still the 25th Sunday of Ordinary Time, aka the 18th Sunday after Pentecost in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. It has been just a few days since the release of … Continue reading

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Pope Francis on St. Augustine’s Feast: Mass streamed LIVE today

Pope Francis say Mass today, 28 August, at the Church of St. Augustine in Rome. The Mass will be streamed live via the Internet beginning at 5:55 PM CET, 10:55 AM CDT, 11:55 AM EDT. To watch on the Vatican … Continue reading

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REVIEW: The book on Augustine which Pope Benedict would have wanted to write.

I am reading a new biography of Augustine published by a fresh, talented writer, Miles Hollingworth. Don’t let the title, St Augustine of Hippo, An Intellectual Biography, fool you. This is not a highbrow book intended for college professors, with … Continue reading

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Three Degrees of Anger

I had an email from the Benedictines at Norcia in Italy. They sent the text of a sermon given some time ago by Fr. Cassian Folsom, OSB. Given recent events and the sermon’s topic, it occurred to me that we … Continue reading

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WDTPRS 11th Ordinary Sunday: God begins and completes the meritorious things we do

This week’s Collect is effectively the same as one in the ancient Gelasian Sacramentary and the prayer in the 1962 Missale Romanum used during the week after Trinity Sunday. Deus, in te sperantium fortitudo, invocantibus nostris adesto propitius, et, quia … Continue reading

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St. Golden Girl

Today is the feast of St. Aurea (in Greek Chryse, “Golden Girl”) of Ostia.  She is an ancient martyr.  You can read about here in these ancient Acta, HERE. There is on the edge of Ostia Antica, the fascinating ruins … Continue reading

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Sodality of St. Augustine – to pray for the conversion of loved ones

My friends of the Latin Mass Society in England have a new and worthy initiative. The Sodality of St Augustine of Hippo From the website: The purpose of the Sodality is to unite the prayers of members for the conversion of … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday St. Augustine!

Today is the birthday of St. Augustine of Hippo (354).  We actually know his birthday because he tells us in one of his Cassiciacum dialogues (De beata vita 6). It is therefore also the feast of all the saints of the … Continue reading

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Reflection on the election.

The Roman historian Livy wrote about the terminal decline of the Roman Republic that “Nec vitia nostra nec remedia pati possumus… We can bear neither our vices nor the remedies.” Alas, I fear that our vices have called forth precisely … Continue reading

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Wherein Fr. Z rants

Our Lord promised us that Hell would not prevail against the Church. He did not promise that Hell would not prevail in the USA, or in your town or parish. Today we are seeing a shrinking of Holy Church in many … Continue reading

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29 August – Beheading of St. John the Baptist: diminishing returns

Today is the feast of the Beheading of John the Baptist. I consider this (also) my name day, and in so many ways it is more appropriate for me than the Nativity of John in June. Here is the Roman … Continue reading

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“Judas could have left, as many of the disciples did; he would have left if he were honest.”

The Holy Father’s Angelus address from last Sunday. There is something intriguing here. The full text of Pope Benedict’s Angelus message is below with my emphases and comments: Dear brothers and sisters! In the past few Sundays we have meditated … Continue reading

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The bones of St. Augustine

Yesterday, I posted about the bones of St. Monnica, the mother of St. Augustine of Hippo.  Today we move to the mortal remains of her sainted son. Augustine died on 28 August 430. Sometime before the early 8th century, Augustine’s … 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? … Continue reading

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