Category Archives: Patristiblogging

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

ADVENTCAzT 2022: 20 – Friday 3rd Week of Advent: Wisdom for women

A series of 5 minute daily podcasts for Advent 2022. Today, St. Ambrose in a sermon about the Visitation provides wise counsel to young women. Sr. Noble address that great shining lamp, St. John the Baptist, and the true Light, … Read More

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ADVENTCAzT 2022: 11 – Wednesday 2nd Week of Advent: Candid and fearless

A series of 5 minute daily podcasts for Advent 2022. Today, we hear from The Art of Dying by Br. Columba Thomas, OP, MD.   Fr. Parsch speaks to us from the 20th c. about St. Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor, whose … Read More

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Online video course on St. Augustine’s “City of God” to begin on 2 November ’22

My friend Robert Royal of The Catholic Thing and excellent commentator often on EWTN is going to teach another online course. I followed his courses on Dante’s Divine Comedy and on Augustine’s Confessions, both of which were worthwhile for me, even though … Read More

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WDTPRS – 28th Ordinary Sunday (N.O.): A seminar on grace!

The elegant Collect for the 28th Ordinary Sunday has been used for centuries on the 16th Sunday after Pentecost according to the traditional Roman calendar.  This is a lovely prayer to sing. Tua nos, quaesumus, Domine, gratia semper et praeveniat … Read More

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19 August – Sixtus III (Pelagian heretic?), other Sixti, and correspondence with Augustine

It is nice to make connections which show us how the Church was always alive throughout the centuries before our own time.  This is what the ideologues of the “spirit” of the Council want to disconnect and rupture. There are … Read More

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The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary: The 4th Glorious Mystery

NB: Today, the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we can begin a 54 Day Novena! We might pray a 54 Day Novena using the Memorare, the Rosary, or another Marian prayer, for the mitigation of the cruel Motu … Read More

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St. Monica, her incipient alcoholism, the intervention that saved her, some Latin

From Serge Lancel’s Augustine, the best biography I know of the great Bishop of Hippo (p. 8 ff – emphases mine): Before devoting himself entirely to Mother Church, as he approached the age of forty, Augustine had had a concubine … Read More

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LENTCAzT 2022 – 42: Tuesday in Holy Week – “Satan must not be able to get hold of us…”

Daily 5 minute podcast to encourage you in your Lenten discipline. COLLECT: Sta Maria in Portico STATION: Sta Prisca TODAY: We hear about the original Gospel for this day before the Passion according to Mark was read. It concerns Mark … Read More

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LENTCAzT 2022 – 29: Wednesday 4th Week of Lent – In mediana

Daily 5 minute podcast to encourage you in your Lenten discipline. COLLECT: St. Mennas STATION: St Paul’s outside the walls TODAY: We hear about this super important day in the journey of the ancient catechumens into the Church. St. Augustine … Read More

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Daily Rome Shot 404 etc.

Fervorino from daily Mass.  HERE The intention was “for priests who are being oppressed by their bishops”, and orations “for the sick” were added. Fruméntum Christi sum: déntibus bestiárum molar, ut panis mundus invéniar.

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St. John Chrysostom – Patron Saint of Telling It Like It Is: On giving the Eucharist to UNWORTHY PUBLIC FIGURES

On the Institution of the Eucharist (my emphases): “I speak not only to the communicant, but also I say to the priest who ministers the Sacrament: Distribute this gift with much care. There is no small punishment for you, if … Read More

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St. John Chrysostom – Patron Saint of Telling It Like It Is: Dealing with Blasphemy

Chrysostom, Homilies on the Statues 1,32: But since our discourse has now turned to the subject of blasphemy, I desire to ask one favor of you all, in return for this my address, and speaking with you; which is, that … Read More

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St. John Chrysostom: Patron Saint of Telling It Like It Is: On bishops

In Acta Apostolorum 3,5-6: I speak not otherwise than it is, but as I find it in my own actual experience. I do not think there are many among bishops that will be saved. […] Do not tell me that … Read More

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21 January – “O glorious St. Agnes, intercede with Christ the High Priest for a return of orthodoxy, sanity and sanctity to the Roman Church!”

The Church, especially the Church in Rome, is in an objectively dreadful state. For the sake of the Roman Church, let us today invoke St. Agnes, virgin and martyr. O glorious Agnes who, though weak, was chosen by God to … Read More

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Be proactive! Learning opportunities: Augustine’s Confessions and Latin

One thing that COVID-1984 Theatre has done is accelerated the refinement of distance viewing and learning, for example of Masses/Hours (e.g., Saint-N-du-Chard., et al. including a rather cleric) and courses (e.g. Robert Royal’s Augustine’s Confessions – JUST STARTING – HURRY!). … Read More

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Opportunity: Weekly online course on St. Augustine’s ‘Confessions’

Prof. Robert Royal, editor of The Catholic Thing, recently concluded an online course on Dante’s essential Divine Comedy.  I followed it and it was excellent. Now he will have an online course on St. Augustine’s Confessions.   The online weekly classes begin on … Read More

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An idea for All Saints next year

At the traditional parish in Rome, Santissima Trinità dei Pellegrini, there was a nice ceremony in honor of all the saints. This could also be done on the Feast of Holy Relics, on 1o December in the 1962 calendar.  Before … Read More

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ASK FATHER: St. Irenaeus… Doctor of the Church?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Pope Francis has said that he is going to name St. Irenaeus of Lyon a “Doctor of the Church”. Is it possible that too many doctors, like too many pope saints, waters down the whole thing? … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Father is not preaching on Sundays. Does this violate Canon Law?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Our pastor is a wonderful, faith-filled priest who absolutely loves the traditional liturgy. We are lucky to have him. He’s also a magnificent preacher. However, I’ve noticed he sometimes doesn’t preach at Sunday Mass. Even though … Read More

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A Roman Mystery: The Lost Tomb of St. Jerome

Here’s an oldie post, which I promised a priest I would repost. If there have to be reality TV shows or treasure hunt movies, I propose finding the tomb of St. Jerome (+420) in the Basilica of St. Mary Major … Read More

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