Category Archives: Patristiblogging

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

WDTPRS – 3rd Sunday of Lent (2002MR): Two wings of prayer

WARNING BELOW… Roman Station: St. Lawrence outside the walls An examination of our conscience is a humbling experience.  When we look to see who really are inside, we can have different reactions.  Sometimes we find things which frighten and discourage … Read More

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LENTCAzT 2021: 17 – Friday 2nd Week of Lent: “How to get the Savior to answer prayers”

For Lent I offer daily 5 minute podcasts.  They are intended to give you a small boost every day, a little encouragement in your own use of this holy season.  The Roman Station today is San Vitale. Today is Friday … Read More

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PODCAzT 185 – St. Leo the Great’s Christmas Sermon for A.D. 440

St Pope Leo the Great was Pope in a tough time. Think Vandals, Goths and Attila the Huns. He had been deacon to Pope Sixtus III and was in charge of the mosaic decorations of the beautiful arch in St … Read More

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St. Augustine of Hippo in “Tutti” – #fratellitutti

I was asked in email what I thought of the use of St. Augustine’s Letter 229 in the section on war in the new encyclical, risibly entitled in Italian Fratelli tutti. The encyclical says that wars are bad.   I think we … Read More

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A Roman Mystery: The Lost Tomb of St. Jerome

NB: TODAY is the 1600th anniversary of the death of St. Jerome!   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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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 … Read More

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PODCAzT 184: St. Augustine preaches to the mob who lynched a cop who killed a guy

Today is the Feast of St. Lawrence.   In 400, or thereabouts, in St. Augustine’s see of Hippo, a miles, a soldiers, probably a kind of police officer, did something very bad.  He probably killed someone.  The town went nuts and rioted … Read More

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OLDIE PODCAzT 36: St. Augustine on John the Baptist; The Vespers hymn “Ut queant laxis”

New word for the day: hexachord I think my production skills have improved a bit since then!   OLDIE TEXT Originally: 24 June 2007 Our PODCAzT for this Solemnity of the Nativity of John the Baptist presents a selection from … Read More

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ASK FATHER: What is St. Augustine’s true name?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I have a number of volumes of St. Augustine’s writings, almost entirely English translations. However, I recently acquired a volume of his writings in Latin and the title page refers to him as “Sancti Aurelii Augustini.” … Read More

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21 January St. Agnes: “Intercede and beg a return of orthodoxy, sanity and sanctity to the Roman Church!”

Let us today invoke St. Agnes, virgin and martyr. O glorious Agnes who, though weak, were chosen by God to make His own might manifest in your martyrdom, together with the Peter and Paul and the other Roman martyrs and … Read More

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WDTPRS – Epiphany Collect: Liturgy should be “epiphany”

In the Novus Ordo calendar Epiphany (which is supposed to be 12 days after Christmas – the reason it is called “Twelfth Night”) is sometimes moved to the Sunday.  I suppose that they reasoned that more people would celebrate the important … Read More

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Our Lady of Sorrows Project: 3rd Sorrow – The loss of the Child Jesus in Jerusalem

So far… 1st Sorrow – The Prophecy of Simeon 2nd Sorrow – The Flight into Egypt Now we turn to… The Loss of the Child Jesus in the Temple in Jerusalem. (Luke 2:43–45) In the Presentation, the Lord – the … Read More

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5th Glorious Mystery: The Coronation of Our Lady

Today is the Feast of the Queenship of Mary, in the newer, Novus Ordo calendar. Here is an oldie post from 2006, the final installment of my Patristic Rosary Project. ___ We conclude our Patristic Rosary Project today with the: … Read More

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Jesuit Thomas Reese against Transubstantiation. Wherein Fr. Z responds.

Fr. Thomas Reese, SJ, is well known to readers of this blog as a charlatan theologian. He was once the editor of Jesuit-run Amerika, but in 2005 the CDF ousted him due to his stances on the use of condoms, … Read More

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9 August – St. Edith Stein – Her dialogue between Ambrose and Augustine

Today is the feast of St. Edith Stein, co-patroness of Europe.  Ethnically Jewish, she converted and entered Carmel as Sr. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross.  In 1942 she was rounded up by the Nazis and sent to Auschwitz, where she … Read More

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1 August – Seven Holy Maccabees: A mother urges her children to their deaths

In the new-fangled, Ordinary Form calendar today is the feast of St. Alphonsus Maria de’Liguori, the Bishop and Doctor of the Church so famous for his contributions to moral theology.   One of the great thrills of my life was to … Read More

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2nd Joyful Mystery: The Visitation (Traditional 2 July)

In the traditional calendar, the Feast of the Visitation, 2 July, came at the end of the long-suppressed Octave of John the Baptist.  In the Novus Ordo it now falls on 31 May, between the Annunciation and the Birth of … Read More

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The bones of St. Ambrose examined and verified

I put on my patristicist cap today with super excitement.  I saw at NLM Greg DiPippo’s spiffy post which conveys news from Italian media about forensic analysis of the bones of St. Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor, who died in 397.  … Read More

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6 September: St. Zechariah, Old Testament Prophet

Today is the feast of St. Zachariah, the prophet of the Old Testament. Here is the entry in the Martyrologium Romanum with a translation. 1. Commemoratio sancti Zachariae, prophetae, qui populum de exsilio in terra promissionis reversurum prophetavit eique regis … Read More

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“Whatsoever new and unheard-of doctrine you shall find to have been furtively introduced” is “permitted as a trial”.

When confusing things happen that leave people upset, legitimately, I have often written that that we should stay calm.   This is for several reasons. Each horrid thing that clerics do or strange thing they say is further proof that this … Read More

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