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 … Continue reading
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.
Saint Augustine on the Necessity of Baptism
In his first letter to Simplicianus, St. Augustine wrote against the Semi-Pelagians of his day: The grace of faith precedes good works. The grace of faith is less in catechumens, more in the baptized.
The Holy Spirit and the Unity of the Church
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
Homily of Saint John Chrysostom for Epiphany
When Jesus therefore was born in Bethlehem of Juda, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying: Where is that is born king of the Jews. For we have seen his star in the east, and are come … Continue reading
The Church of History
Of all the “churches” calling themselves “Christian,” can any one of them irrefutably claim to be the Church founded by Jesus Christ? Does any conform to the clear, precise terms by which this Church of Christ is described in Holy … Continue reading