Category Archives: Patrology

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Conversation and Expectant Silence

After recently re-reading Albert Jay Nock’s 1928 collection of essays entitled On Doing the Right Thing, I had the thought to counterpoint his insights about conversation and civilization with my mentor Josef Pieper’s insights about silence and hope and the attentive perception of reality. For, both of these classically educated and unmistakably learned men sought “a purer perception of reality” and “the truth of things” … More →


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Noah’s Ark and Peter’s Bark

In this number of the Ad Rem, I wish to consider the interesting and dogmatically significant subject of Ark-Church typology. In order to do so, I am going to excerpt from two other pieces — one written by Brother Thomas Mary, the other by your humble servant. I will credit both, though I will be less scrupulous in my own citation.1 A very important device … More →


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O Happy Fault!

Cardinal Giacomo Biffi, eighty-six years-old, Archbishop of Bologna from 1984 to 2003, has just had published a series of twenty-two meditations that he composed for Lenten exercises in 1989 for Pope John Paul II and members of the Roman Curia. The volume is titled, The Manifold Wisdom of God. The title is taken from Saint Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians, chapter 3, vs 10: “That … More →

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Saint Augustine on Friendship

This paper was written in preparation for a talk at the 2006 Saint Benedict Center Conference. My talk — which was not a mere reading of the paper — is available on CD and MP3. The conference’s theme was “Catholic Friends and Family: Christening Society.” The conference was intended to be “A frank series of practical and doctrinal talks touching upon the proper Catholic living … More →

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True Mother of God

Editor’s Introduction: The “Golden Stream’s” eloquent defense of sacred images is one result of his total view of the Incarnational nature of the True Faith. Here, we present another: his Mariology. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.


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The Rule of St. Augustine

Saint Augustine wrote this document to provide a guide for his community of priests. It is remarkably simple, reasonable and evangelical. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.


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The Fathers on Abortion

For those who would say that the early Chruch was silent on the question of abortion, the following selections from the Fathers will give ample witness to the contrary: The Didache circa AD 120 : “Thou shalt not murder a child by abortion.” – 2:2 “The Way of Death is filled with people who are . . . murderers of children and abortionists of God’s … More →


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Sermon of Saint Augustine for the Feast of Pentecost

I. The Coming of the Holy Ghost with the Gift of Tongues foretells the Unity of the Church throughout all peoples. This is a solemn day for us, because of the Coming of the Holy Ghost; the fiftieth day from the Lord’s Resurrection, seven days multiplied by seven. But multiplying seven by seven we have forty-nine. One is then added: that we may be reminded … More →


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Sermon by St. Augustine for Easter

Peace Be To You, The Mystical Body Jesus stood in the midst of them, and saith to them: Peace be to you I. The Heresy of the Manicheans. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.


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Sermon of Saint Bernard for the Feast of the Holy Family

In Mary we praise that which places her above all others, that is, fruitfulness of offspring together with virginity. For never has it been known in this world that anyone was at the same time mother and virgin. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.


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Saint Gregory the Great’s Sermon on the Mystery of the Resurrection

Given to the People in the Basilica of the Blessed Virgin Mary, on the Holy Day of the Resurrection 1. It has been my custom, beloved brethren, to speak to you on many of the Gospel readings, by means of a sermon I had already dictated for you. But since I have been unable, because of the weakness of my throat, to read to you … More →


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Christmas Sermon of St. Gregory

Given to the People in the Basilica of the Blessed Virgin Mary on the day of the Nativity of Our Lord. 1. Because by the Divine Bounty we are on this day thrice to celebrate the sacred mysteries of the Mass, we cannot therefore speak at length on the Gospel lesson. But the Birth of Our Redeemer Himself demands of us that we say something … More →


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Christmas Sermon of St. Leo the Great

Our Saviour, dearly Beloved, was born this day. Let us rejoice. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.

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How the Fathers Speak of the Dignity of the Mother of God

Those who have only read the Fathers of the Church in the brief extracts from their works, which are so often cited, can have no idea of the amplitude and magnificence with which they extol the praises of the Mother of God. I propose, therefore, in this chapter, to give more satisfactory examples of the mode in which they speak of her. Share, Bookmark, Like: … More →


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Saint John Chrystostom’s Christmas Morning Sermon

I behold a new and wondrous mystery. My ears resound to the Shepherd’s song, piping no soft melody, but chanting full forth a heavenly hymn. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.


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