My bright and learned interlocutor in this interview is a 17-year-old homeschooled young man who knows more about this subject than many older folk who pompously pontificate on it. Far from advocating, favoring, or providing useful arguments for theistic evolution, … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
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. … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
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.
The Rule of Saint Augustine
Saint Augustine wrote this document to provide a guide for his community of priests. It is remarkably simple, reasonable and evangelical.
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 … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
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. The Lord, as you have heard, appeared to His Disciples after His … Continue reading
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. And see … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
Christmas Sermon of St. Leo the Great
Our Saviour, dearly Beloved, was born this day. Let us rejoice.