Posts Tagged ‘Early Church Fathers’

Fides et Ratio

In 15 Audio on 2015/06/26 at 12:00 AM


1.Part One
Host – Dr. Timothy O’Donnell, Dr. William Marshner, and Fr. George Rutler 

2.Part Two
Host – Dr. Timothy O’Donnell, Dr. John Cuddeback, and Fr. George Rutler 



Jesus of Nazareth

In 14 Book Corner on 2015/05/01 at 12:00 AM

Jesus of Nazareth

From the Baptism in the Jordan to the Transfiguration
In this bold, momentous work, Joseph Ratzinger-in his first book written since he became Pope-seeks to salvage the person of Jesus from recent “popular” depictions and to restore Jesus’ true identity as discovered in the Gospels. Through his brilliance as a theologian and his personal conviction as a believer, the Pope shares a rich, compelling, flesh-and-blood portrait of Jesus and invites us to encounter, face-to-face, the central figure of the Christian faith.

From Jesus of Nazareth: “the great question that will be with us throughout this entire book: What did Jesus actually bring, if not world peace, universal prosperity, and a better world? What has he brought?

The answer is very simple: God. He has brought God! He has brought the God who formerly unveiled his countenance gradually first to Abraham, then to Moses and the Prophets, and then in the Wisdom Literature-the God who revealed his face only in Israel, even though he was also honored among the pagans in various shadowy guises. It is this God, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the true God, whom he has brought to the peoples of the earth.

He has brought God, and now we know his face, now we can call upon him. Now we know the path that we human beings have to take in this world. Jesus has brought God and with God the truth about where we are going and where we come from: faith, hope, and love.”

Jesus of Nazareth
Holy Week: From the Entrance Into Jerusalem To The Resurrection

For Christians, Jesus of Nazareth is the Son of God, who died for the sins of the world, and who rose from the dead in triumph over sin and death. For non-Christians, he is almost anything else–a myth, a political revolutionary, a prophet whose teaching was misunderstood or distorted by his followers.

Jesus of Nazareth is the Son of God, and no myth, revolutionary, or misunderstood prophet, insists Benedict XVI. He thinks that the best of historical scholarship, while it can’t “prove” Jesus is the Son of God, certainly doesn’t disprove it. Indeed, Benedict maintains that the evidence, fairly considered, brings us face-to-face with the challenge of Jesus–a real man who taught and acted in ways that were tantamount to claims of divine authority, claims not easily dismissed as lunacy or deception.

Benedict XVI presents this challenge in his new book, Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week: From the Entrance into Jerusalem to the Resurrection, the sequel volume to Jesus of Nazareth: From the Baptism in the Jordan to the Transfiguration.

Why was Jesus rejected by the religious leaders of his day? Who was responsible for his death? Did he establish a Church to carry on his work? How did Jesus view his suffering and death? How should we? And, most importantly, did Jesus really rise from the dead and what does his resurrection mean? The story of Jesus raises many crucial questions.

Benedict brings to his study the vast learning of a brilliant scholar, the passionate searching of a great mind, and the deep compassion of a pastor’s heart. In the end, he dares readers to grapple with the meaning of Jesus’ life, teaching, death, and resurrection.

Jesus of Nazareth
His Infancy and Childhood

The momentous third and final volume in the Pope’s international bestselling Jesus of Nazareth series, detailing the stories of Jesus’ infancy and boyhood. This third part of the trilogy dedicated to Jesus of Nazareth begins with the Gospels and concludes with the contemporary man.

As the Pope wrote in volume two of this series, he attempts to “develop a way of observing and listening to the Jesus of the Gospels that can indeed lead to the personal encounter and that, through collective listening with Jesus’ disciples across the ages, can indeed attain sure knowledge of the real historical figure of Jesus.”

A Man for This Season, and All Seasons

In 03 Archbishop Charles Chaput on 2015/02/20 at 12:00 AM

 by  Charles J. Chaput

within Religion and the Public Square

December 19th, 2012 http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2012/12/7440/

There is only one Thomas More: A man of tender nobility, subtle intellect, and forceful conviction, all rooted in profound fidelity to the larger commonwealth of Christendom outside and above Tudor England.

A day after the 2012 Summer Olympics closed in London, Joseph Pearce wrote that he felt like his “body had been covered in slime. I also felt a great sense of gratitude that I had shaken the smut and dirt from my sandals and had left the sordid culture of which I was once a part.”

Given the grand sweep of British history, those are harsh words from a former Londoner. An English Catholic convert and author, Pearce is now a resident Fellow at Thomas More College in New Hampshire. But he merely said what many people thought: that the Olympic closing ceremony they watched on global television was one long liturgy of overripe vulgarity, a jamboree of cheesy and offensive pop culture. In effect, it showcased a nation grasping to reinvent itself by escaping back to adolescence while ignoring its own real past.

This shouldn’t surprise us. Europe’s work of reinvention, or self-delusion, has been going on for decades, not only in Britain but across the continent. One of the key obstacles to the process is the depth of Europe’s Christian roots. As recent popes and many others have pointed out, there really is no “Europe” without its historic Christian grounding. Anyone wanting a new Britain, or a new Europe, needs to get rid of the old one first. So diminishing Christianity and its influence becomes a priority. And that includes rewriting the narrative on many of Christianity’s achievements and heroes.

By way of evidence: Consider the case of Thomas More, lawyer, humanist, statesman and saint; martyred by England’s King Henry VIII in 1535; canonized in 1935; celebrated in Robert Bolt’s brilliant 1960 play A Man for All Seasons; and more recently trashed as proud, intolerant, and devious in Hilary Mantel’s best-selling 2009 novel, Wolf Hall, now set for release as a 2013 BBC2 miniseries.

Critics of More are not new. His detractors had a voice well before his beheading. As Henry VIII’s chancellor, he earned a reputation as a hammer of heretics and a fierce opponent of Martin Luther and William Tyndale. Yet Erasmus of Rotterdam revered More as a scholar and friend. Jonathan Swift, the great Anglo-Irish writer, described him as “a person of the greatest virtue this kingdom [of England] ever produced.” When Pope John Paul II named Thomas More as patron saint of statesmen in 2000, he cited More’s witness to the “primacy of truth over power” at the cost of his life. He noted  that even outside the Church, More “is acknowledged as a source of inspiration for a political system which has as its supreme goal the service of the human person.”

Ten years later, speaking to leaders of British society in Westminster Hall, Pope Benedict XVI returned to the same theme. Benedict noted that More “is admired by believers and non-believers alike for the integrity with which he followed his conscience, even at the cost of displeasing the sovereign whose ‘good servant’ he was, because he chose to serve God first.”

So which is it: More the saint or More the sinner? Was he the ruthless, sexually repressed rage addict suggested by historians like G.R. Elton, fearful of change and driven by helpless fury? Or was he the humble and generous “man for all seasons” praised by his friend Robert Whittinton and so many others among his contemporaries? Were there really twoThomas Mores: the young, open-minded humanist, and the older royal courtier, gripped by religious fanaticism?

The moral integrity of More’s life has been argued with persuasive skill in the various works of Gerard Wegemer, among many others. And Peter Ackroyd’s fine biography, The Life of Thomas More, vividly captures the whole extraordinary man–his virtues, his flaws, and the decisive nature of his moment in history. Travis Curtright has now added to the luster of the real More’s legacy with his excellent new book The One Thomas More

As the title suggests,Curtright sees Thomas More’s life as a consistent, organic record of Christian witness, start to finish; a thoroughly logical integration of humanism, piety, politics and polemical theology. There is only “one” Thomas More–a man of tender nobility, subtle intellect, and forceful conviction, all rooted in profound fidelity to the larger commonwealth of Christendom outside and above Tudor England. For Curtright, More embodied “the Erasmian ideal of wedding learning with virtue,” lived through a vigorous engagement with temporal affairs. He treats More’s scholarly critics with proper respect while methodically dismantling their arguments; and he does it by carefully unpacking and applying three of More’s most important written works: The Life of Pico Mirandola, The History of Richard III, and Utopia.

Curtright correctly sees that More’s real source of annoyance for many modern revisionist critics is his faith. If revisionists like Elton implicitly define “humanism” as excluding religious faith, then a man like Thomas More and the whole vast Christian tradition of integrating faith and reason become serious irritants. As Curtright observes:

The entire structures of the two Mores and real More theories congeal around [critics’] notions of a “true” humanism that excludes the possibility of faith and reason working together, a position transparently stated by [G.R.] Elton and one that influences contemporary condemnations of More as a “fanatic.”

Bickering over the “real” Thomas More has importance beyond the scholarly community. Why? Because just as the nutty premises of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code confused millions by reinventing the backstory of Christian belief, so too the novel Wolf Hall offers a revisionist Thomas More wrapped in popular melodrama. The author, Hilary Mantel, a lapsed Catholic whose disgust for the Church is a matter of public record, drew her portrait of More in part from the work of Elton. The “hero” of her novel is Thomas Cromwell–More’s tormentor, and in reality, a man widely loathed by his contemporaries as an administratively gifted but scheming and vindictive bully. Unlike the widespread European shock that greeted More’s judicial murder, few wept for Cromwell when he finally followed More to the scaffold.

The One Thomas More is not a book for beachside browsing. While it’s well-written, modest in size and rich in content, it is a scholarly effort. Some casual readers may find it heavier than they bargained for. But as a resource on Thomas More, it’s invaluable. Curtright’s final chapter, “Iconic Mores on Trial,” has special importance. It directly challenges Mantel’s loose treatment of facts, for which it deserves wide circulation.

Having said all this, Thomas More has been dead nearly 500 years. Why should his legacy matter today?

Barring relief from the courts, Christian entities, employers, and ministers in the coming year will face a range of unhappy choices. As the Affordable Care Act takes force and the HHS contraceptive mandate imposes itself on Christian life, Catholic and other Christian leaders can refuse to comply, either declining to pay the consequent fines in outright civil disobedience, or trying to pay them; they can divest themselves of their impacted Christian institutions; they can seek some unexplored compromise or way of circumventing the law; or they can simply give in and comply with the government coercion under protest.

Good people can obviously disagree on the strategy to deal with such serious matters. But the cost of choosing the last course–simply cooperating with the HHS mandate and its evil effects under protest–would be bitterly high and heavily damaging to the witness of the Church in the United States. Having fought loudly and hard for religious liberty over the past year, in part because of the HHS mandate, America’s Catholic bishops cannot simply grumble and shrug, and go along with the mandate now, without implicating themselves in cowardice. Their current resolve risks unraveling unless they reaffirm their opposition to the mandate forcefully and as a united body.  The past can be a useful teacher. One of its lessons is this: The passage of time can invite confusion and doubt–and both work against courage.

Again: Why does Thomas More still matter? Why does he matter right now? 

More’s final work, scribbled in the Tower of London and smuggled out before his death, was The Sadness of Christ. In it, he contrasts the focus and energy of Judas with the sleepiness of the Apostles in the Garden of Gethsemane. He then applies the parable to his own day and the abject surrender of England’s bishops to the will of Henry VIII: “Does not this contrast between the traitors and the Apostles present to us a clear and sharp mirror image . . . a sad and terrible view of what has happened through the ages from those times to our own? Why do not bishops contemplate in this scene their own somnolence?”

More urges the bishops not to fall asleep “while virtue and the faith are placed in jeopardy.” In the face of Tudor bullying, he begs them, “Do not be afraid”–this from a layman on the brink of his own execution.

Of course, that was then. This is now. America 2012 is a very long way, in so many different ways, from England 1535.

But readers might nonetheless profit in the coming months from some reflection on the life of Sir Thomas. We might also take a moment to remember More’s friend and fellow martyr, John Fisher, the only bishop who refused to bend to the king’s will; the man who shortly before his own arrest told his brother bishops: “. . . the fort has been betrayed even [by] them that should have defended it.”

Charles J. Chaput, a Capuchin Franciscan, is the archbishop of Philadelphia and the author of Render Unto Caesar.

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Old Testament Prophets

In 15 Audio on 2015/02/06 at 12:00 AM

Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa

Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J. brings a scholarly and linguistic approach to the prophets of Israel – those seers and messengers who said that faith in God was a matter of life or death. He places the prophets in their historical context. 

Old Testament Prophets

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Part One – Moses 

Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.



Part Two – Moses 

Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.



Levites & Judges 

Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.



Young Samuel 

Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.



Samuel – Kingmaker/Breaker 

Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.



Prophets & David 

Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.



David, The Prophets, and the Temple 

Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.



King Solomon 

Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.



Ahijah, Shemaiah, and Azariah 

Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.



Elijah the Tishbite 

Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.



Elijah seeks God 

Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.



Elijah to Elisha 

Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.



Elisha – Part I 

Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.



Elisha – Part II 

Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.



The Writing Prophet 

Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.



Amos Against The Nations 

Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.



Amos and Covenant Lawsuits 

Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.



Amos Criticizes False Worship 

Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.



Woe Is Israel The Day The Lord 

Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.



The Visions Of Amos 

Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.



Hosea’s Marriage 

Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.



Hosea Puts Israel On Trial 

Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.



Sins Of The Past, Sins Of The Future 

Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.



Yaweh’s Tender Love 

Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.



Micah Of Moresheth 

Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.



Judgment And Promise Of Judah 

Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.



A Promise For Zion And David 

Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.



Controversy And Hope 

Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.



Isaiah – Historical Background 

Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.


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St. Thomas Aquinas

In 05 Homilies by Fr. Reid on 2014/11/14 at 12:00 AM

• Amongst the religious art in the Louvre Museum in Paris is a beautiful painting of the angelic doctor of the Church, St. Thomas Aquinas.  The masterpiece, which was painted by Benozzo Gozzoli in 1471, is entitled: “The Triumph of St. Thomas Aquinas,” and it shows St. Thomas seated with Aristotle and Plato to his right and left. At the saint’s feet is the defeated Muslim philosopher Averoës, who led many Christians into heresy with his interpretations of Aristotle.

• Above St. Thomas is our Lord, surrounded by St. Paul, Moses, and the four Evangelists, with the inscription: “Bene scipsisti deme Thomma”: “You have written well of me, Thomas.”

• I mention this painting because of St. Thomas’ connection with our second reading today.

• In our second reading today we hear St. Paul’s famous treatise on the importance of love in his 1st Letter to the Corinthians. This is one of the most beautiful passages in the Bible, and it’s a reading that is often used very fittingly at weddings.

• In this passage St. Paul tells us of the absolute necessity of living a life of love. In fact, St.Paul makes the point that it doesn’t matter how many talents or other virtues we have; if we fail to love, then nothing else matters.

• “If I speak in human and angelic tongues, but do not have love, I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal. And if I have the gift of prophesy, and comprehend all mysteries and all knowledge; if I have all faith so as to move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.”

• “If I give away everything I own, and if I hand my body over so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.”

• St. Paul then goes on to tell us the characteristics of true love or charity, namely that it is patient, kind, not jealous or pompous, not inflated or rude, and does not seek its own interests. True love is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury.

• On the contrary, St. Paul tells us that Christian charity bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things. It never fails.

• St. Thomas Aquinas wrote extensively and well about the virtue of charity. And he teaches us that as we go about living our lives, we must always seek to grow in this most important virtue of charity, for growth in this virtue helps to perfect all the other virtues within us.

• St. Thomas referred to charity as the “form” of the virtues, meaning that as we grow in charity, all of the other virtues are perfected within us.

• But perhaps the most important element of Christian love or charity that we must not overlook, and that St. Paul states in this second reading, is that true love does not rejoice over wrong-doing but rather rejoices with the truth.

• And this is something with which St. Thomas Aquinas whole-heartedly agreed: love and truth can never be separated but must necessarily go hand-in-hand.

• In fact, in Gozzoli’s painting of St. Thomas there is a sunburst over the saint’s heart, a Christian symbol of wisdom that highlights this most important connection between love and truth.

• Moreover, this absolutely essential connection between charity and truth is something that our Holy Father wrote about in his third encyclical: Caritas in Veritate.

• Pope Benedict explains in this encyclical that charity, grounded in truth, is “the principal driving force behind the authentic development of every person and of all humanity.”

• The Holy Father goes on to say that: “A Christianity of charity without truth would be more or less interchangeable with a pool of good sentiments, helpful for social cohesion, but of little relevance” (§ 1-4).

• The point here is that while we all probably understand the necessity of and see the goodness in living a life of love, we must remember that love is not truly love if it is not grounded in or does not reflect truth. For love to be love, it must conform to the objective reality of truth.

• As Catholics we know that truth is not some abstract idea that we can shape and bend to our own desires and wants. Truth is not something that we create of our own. Truth is not a subjective reality capable of changing from one person to the next.

• As Catholics we know that truth is that which conforms to reality. And Truth is a Person: Jesus Christ.

• Therefore when we say that love and truth must necessarily go hand-in-hand, we are saying that our love for others, if it be true, must needs be grounded in Jesus Christ and His teachings, which have been revealed to us through the one, holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church!

• Thus, any action that does not conform to the teachings of Church cannot be properly called love or charity. So for example, an unmarried couple who wishes to show their love for one another through the conjugal act is not acting with true love or charity at all.

• While they may indeed have “loving” feelings for one another, engaging in a conjugal act can never be an act of love for an unmarried couple because it is gravely sinful. Instead, the unmarried couple shows true love and charity for one another by chastely restraining from such actions until they are married.

• As another example, a parent who chooses out of a loving sentiment not to discipline or correct his child when the child misbehaves is not really loving the child at all, for a child will not learn to behave well unless he is corrected for misbehaving.

• Sometimes true love requires doing or saying the hard thing. We see evidenced by our Lord in today’s Gospel when He rebukes the people of Nazareth for their lack of faith.

• The point is that true love, true Christian charity is not a sentimental feeling but an act of the reason and the will that reflects a conformity to truth. Thus, it often requires sacrifice, courage, and a willingness to suffer for the sake of the one who is loved.

• As St. Paul says: true Christian love “bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” It never fails.  Hear this.

• In writing a treatise on the Gospel of St. John, St. Augustine famously penned the short precept: “Love, and do what you will.”

• In writing this St. Augustine’s was stating that every action of our lives, no matter how large or small, should be grounded in the virtue of charity. Everything that we do should spring from love.

• And this is because if all that we say and do is rooted in true charity, then nothing but good can come from it. True charity always leads us in the right path. It always leads us according to God’s most holy will.

• In essence, if we live a life of love, if all our thoughts, words, and actions are imbued with true charity, then we will have nothing to fear in the afterlife for we will be people of surpassing virtue and holiness.

• My dear friends in Christ, our Lord has graciously given all of us the gifts of faith, hope, and love at our baptisms. But as St. Paul tells us today, the greatest of these is love.

• Let us seek to make true Christian charity, which is grounded in truth, the guiding principle of our lives. And let us trust that in so doing, we will reflect well the love of our Lord, Jesus Christ, Who is the way, the truth, and the life.

Copyright 2010 by Reverend Timothy S. Reid

Reverend Reid is pastor of St. Ann’s Catholic  Church in Charlotte, NC

Preservation of Catholic Heritage

In 13 History on 2014/11/07 at 12:00 AM

The Apostolic and Nicean Fathers preserved the original teachings of Jesus Christ which he gave to the Apostles and are abiding witnesses to this teaching, also referred to as “Sacred Tradition.”  Together, Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture are primary and foundational to Christian Doctrine.  Both flow from the same source: Christ.

Sacred Tradition predates the Church Fathers; the Fathers did not invent Sacred Tradition, but are simply “timely witnesses” to Sacred Tradition which comes from Christ Himself.  To know the Church Fathers is to know Truth. The Fathers teach with authority and are witnesses to the unbroken continuity of Church teaching.

It’s interesting to note that the early Church Fathers did not include their own writings in the canon of Sacred Scripture.  Rather, they included only the writings of Christ’s apostles up to the writings of John.

What the Apostles and Church Fathers warned the Early Church of still holds true today.  Paul warned that heretical teachers would pervert Scripture.  Augustine explained that heresies would arise through Scripture being misunderstood properly.  Essentially, heresy is stressing certain passages of Scripture more or to the exclusion of other passages, interpreting Scripture at will and losing sight of the unity that exists in Scripture.  In short, heresy can occur when Scripture is interpreted or misinterpreted out of context of the cannon of Scripture in its entirety.

John Henry Newman wrote of  ideas or concepts that begot heresies in his day and which still spawn heresies now:

1. That truth and falsehood in religion are but a matter of opinion;

2. That one doctrine is as good as another;

3. That God does not intend we should gain the truth;

4. That there is no truth;

5. That we are not more acceptable to God by believing one thing than by believing another;

6. That no one is answerable for his opinions;

7. That they are a matter of necessity or accident;

8. That it is enough if we sincerely hold what we profess;

9. That our merit lies in seeking not possessing;

10. That it is a duty to follow what seems to us true, without a fear lest it should not be true;

11. That it may be a gain to succeed, and can be no harm or fail;

12. That we may take up and lay down opinions at pleasure;

13. That belief belongs to the mere intellect, not to the heart and will also; and

14. That we may safely trust to ourselves in matters of Faith, and need no other guide.

Unfortunately, Luther and Calvin originally cited the Church Fathers in justifying their interpretations, but, by emphasizing the doctrine of “Scripture alone,” they explicitly excluded the teachings of the Fathers of the Church.

St. Vincent of Lerins summed it up in a formula: “The Truth is what has been taught everywhere, always, and by all.   Blessed John Henry Newman, described the nature of their testimony more analytically: “The Fathers  do not say, ‘This is true because we see it in Scripture’ – about which there might be differences in judgment- but, “this is true because in matters of fact it is held, and has ever been held, by all the churches down to our times, without interruption, ever since the Apostles.” Newman maintained that “the Church teaches that the ‘common doctrine of the Fathers’ may not be opposed.”  He further wrote that this “consensus of the Fathers” is best discerned by the living Magisterium of the Church.

The First Vatican Council (1869-70) confirmed the decision of the Council of Trent (1545-63) saying that “it is not permissible for anyone to interpret Holy Scripture in a sense contrary to this, or indeed against the unanimous consent of the Fathers.”  Newman was cited consistently in discussions during Vatican II discussions.

It was after reading the writings of the Church Fathers that Newman himself, Oxford’s famous Anglican divine, became a Catholic.  In his “Apologia Pro Vita Sua”, he states: “I looked into the mirror, and I saw myself an Arian.”

Researching the writings of the Church Fathers may also lead you to a new home, a new Church.


In 15 Audio on 2014/09/19 at 12:00 AM


1. Introduction & the 1st Beatitude
Host – Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR
Introduction & the 1st Beatitude
2. The 2nd Beatitude
Host – Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR
3. The 2nd Beatitude – Part 2
Host – Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR
4. The 3rd Beatitude
Host – Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR
5. The 4th Beatitude and the Eucharist
Host – Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR
6. The 4th Beatitude and Prayer as Thirst
Host – Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR
7. The 5th Beatitude
Host – Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR
8. The 5th Beatitude – Part 2
Host – Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR
9. The 6th Beatitude
Host – Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR
10. The 6th Beatitude and Chastity
Host – Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR
11. The 7th Beatitude & the Peace of Christ
Host – Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR
12. The 7th Beatitude – Being a Peacemaker
Host – Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR
13. The 8th Beatitude
Host – Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR

Catholic Authors

In 15 Audio on 2014/09/12 at 12:00 AM
Catholic Authors
  Host – Fr. John C. McCloskey and guests
  Learn about the spiritual truths, obstacles, and joys that have endured for thousands of years with host Fr. John McCloskey, III, S.T.D. He and his guests examine the lives and works of renowned authors who were Catholic, unveiling the Christian themes and philosophy that inspired their writings.
Faith and Culture
  Host – Colleen Carroll Campbell
  Journalist Colleen Carroll Campbell travels to cities across America to discuss today’s most pressing social and political issues with leading authors, artists, activists, and public intellectuals. “Faith & Culture” helps viewers move beyond the day’s headlines, consider contentious debates from a Christian perspective, and learn to explain and defend Christian principles in the public square.
Five Pillars of the Spiritual Life
  Host – Fr. Robert Spitzer, S.J.
  In the series, Five Pillars of the Spiritual Life, Fr. Robert Spitzer, S.J., President of Gonzaga University, presents a rich practical guide for helping busy people develop a deeper prayer life. Spitzer presents five essential means through which the contemplative and active aspects of our lives can be joined, creating a stronger spiritual life. Contemplation allows God to probe the depths of our hearts and allows us to gain deeper insight into His truth and love. This exchange allows the freedom to love in the very imitation of Jesus Christ himself, ” This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” St. Ignatius of Loyola espoused the ideal of becoming “contemplatives in action.” He was convinced that contemplation–the deep awareness and appropriation of the unconditional love of God–should affect our actions, and that our actions need to be brought back to our interior foundation. Fr. Spitzer shows that there are five essential means through which this communion can be attained, particularly for busy people: the Holy Eucharist, spontaneous prayer, the Beatitudes, partnership with the Holy Spirit, and the contemplative life itself. Fr. Spitzer invites viewers to contemplate the vast beauty and depth of the spiritual masters, issuing a call to a deeper spiritual life, entering ever more deeply into the heart of God.
St. Thomas More: Faithful Statesman
  Host – Fr. C..John McCloskey and Dr. Gerard Wegemer
  Fr. C..John McCloskey and Dr. Gerard Wegemer discuss the dramatic life and visit the literary works of St. Thomas More, the Patron Saint of Statesmen and politicians.
The Military Orders and the Crusades
  Host – James and Joanna Bogle
  The Crusades are often a misrepresented and misunderstood part of the history of the Church. James and Joanna Bogle reveal the compelling truth behind the crusades, investigating their causes and history. They also explain how various military orders were established to protect Christian interests in Europe and the Holy Land from invading Muslims after the first crusade.
The Quest for Shakespeare
  Host – Joseph Pearce
  A scholarly exploration of the evidence for Shakespeare’s Catholicism hosted by Joseph Pearce and brought to life by professional actors. Shakespeare is arguably the greatest writer whoever lived yet few people know that he was a believing Catholic at a time of intense anti-Catholic persecution. This series follows the Quest for Shakespeare, discovering the evidence for his Catholicism. Once the evidence is discovered and presented, in these thirteen episodes, it will be seen that his Catholicism can be proven beyond all reasonable doubt.

The Way to Follow Jesus: The Gospel of Mark

In 15 Audio on 2014/06/27 at 12:00 AM

Host – Dr. Tim Gray

Dr. Tim Gray is the quintessential college professor: he knows and loves his subject, and is committed to passing on what he has learned to his students. His enthusiasm for the truths contained in the Gospel of Mark is catching, as evidenced by these round-table seminars with college students. This is one course you are guaranteed not to sleep through, and the wisdom gleaned will redound to you eternal credit.

The Way to Follow Jesus: The Gospel of Mark

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Program Name

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Introduction to the Gospel 

Host – Dr. Tim Gray



The Good News of the Gospel 

Host – Dr. Tim Gray



The Good News of the Kingdom, part 2 

Host – Dr. Tim Gray



Demise of the Demons 

Host – Dr. Tim Gray



Fear and Faith 

Host – Dr. Tim Gray



Problem of Parables 

Host – Dr. Tim Gray



Miracles of the Bread 

Host – Dr. Tim Gray



The Blind Shall See 

Host – Dr. Tim Gray



How Long Will They Not Believe? 

Host – Dr. Tim Gray



I Come to Serve, Not Be Served 

Host – Dr. Tim Gray



Jesus’ Royal Entry into Jerusalem 

Host – Dr. Tim Gray



Widow’s Offering in the Temple 

Host – Dr. Tim Gray



Discipleship during the Passion and Crucifixion 

Host – Dr. Tim Gray


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Catholic Priesthood Through the Ages

In 15 Audio on 2014/06/14 at 12:00 AM

Host – Fr. Charles Connor

The series is designed to give priests and especially catholic laity a deeper insight into the scriptural, theological, historical and spiritual richness of the Sacrament of Holy Orders.

Catholic Priesthood Through the Ages Back to Series List
Program Name Audio File Name – Click to download
1. What is the Priesthood?
Host – Fr. Charles Connor
2. The Priesthood of Jesus Christ
Host – Fr. Charles Connor
3. The Priesthood in the Mind of St. Paul and the Early Church.
Host – Fr. Charles Connor
4. The Fathers of the Church on the Priesthood
Host – Fr. Charles Connor
5. The Medeival, Reformation And Counter-Reformation Mind on the Priesthood.
Host – Fr. Charles Connor
6. The Eucharist and the Priesthood
Host – Fr. Charles Connor
7. Prayer and Suffering: Essential Ingredients of the Priesthood
Host – Fr. Charles Connor
8. The Priest as Preacher of the Word
Host – Fr. Charles Connor
9. The Gift of Priestly Celibacy
Host – Fr. Charles Connor
10. Priesthood in the Third Millennium
Host – Fr. Charles Connor
11. Priestly Theology of Pope John Paul II – Part I
Host – Fr. Charles Connor
12. Priestly Theology of Pope John Paul II – Part II
Host – Fr. Charles Connor
13. The Blessed Virgin Mary And The Priesthood.
Host – Fr. Charles Connor