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Description Voice actor James T. Majewski brings to life classic Catholic works, with a special focus on Saint John Henry Newman and the Fathers of the Church. Go to http://www.catholicculture.org/getaudio to register for free access to the full archive beyond the most recent 15 episodes.
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1. St. Thomas Aquinas - Heaven and Earth Will Pass
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“Dearest brethren, how great the delight, how great the pleasure, how great the sweetness that is in the heavenly words of wisdom!”

In honor of his feast day today, we’re featuring, for the first time on this podcast, St. Thomas Aquinas. Known as the “Angelic Doctor”, St. Thomas Aquinas is, arguably, the most influential theologian and philosopher that the Church has ever seen.

St. Thomas lived well past the time of the Church Fathers, but his magnum opus, The Summa Theologica, is greatly indebted to the Fathers. Along with the Bible and the works of Aristotle, the Church Fathers are cited by him throughout the Summa as among the most authoritative sources.

No doubt many of our listeners will be familiar with his Summa and many of his other works, but perhaps fewer will be familiar with his sermons.

We have in his sermons everything one would expect from Aquinas: references throughout to Aristotle, careful enumeration and categorization, and nearly every point made is substantiated with a direct scriptural quotation. In the sermon we’ll be hearing today, Aquinas manages to unpack quite a bit from five simple words: "Heaven and earth will pass."

If you’ve appreciated St. Thomas in the past, you’ll enjoy this sermon; and if you’ve never read Aquinas at all, you’ll find here a characteristic taste of his fascinating intellect and personality.

Translation courtesy of Catholic University of America Press: https://www.hfsbooks.com/books/the-academic-sermons-aquinas-hoogland/

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Theme music: 2 Part Invention, composed by Mark Christopher Brandt, performed by Thomas Mirus. ©️2019 Heart of the Lion Publishing Co./BMI. All rights reserved.



2. The Power of Prayer - 3 Poems by St. John Henry Newman
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In this special episode in honor of the annual March for Life, we’ve compiled a selection of three of Newman’s poems, all composed within a few days of one another and all reflecting on the efficacy of prayer. We encourage everyone, whether at the March for Life or not, to pray with us for an end to abortion in the United States and throughout the world.

Full text: http://www.newmanreader.org/works/verses/index.html

The Daily Poem podcast: https://shows.acast.com/the-daily-poem

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Theme music: "2 Part Invention", composed by Mark Christopher Brandt, performed by Thomas Mirus. ©️2019 Heart of the Lion Publishing Co./BMI. All rights reserved.



3. St. Athanasius - Life of St. Anthony, pt. 1
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“Do not hesitate to believe what you have heard from those who have brought you accounts of him; believe, rather, that they have told but little... for it is probable that, when each one has told what he knows, the account will not do Anthony justice.”

Happy Feast of St. Anthony, Abbot!

You may know him from the countless recurrences, across art and literature, of “The Temptation of St. Anthony.”

Well, The Life of St. Anthony - of which the temptations are only part - is, perhaps, one of the most influential works in the history of Christian literature. 

Setting aside the unique authority and influence of the biographer (the great Church father, St. Athanasius of Alexandria), the work itself describes the life of a singularly holy man. In fact, it is the earliest biographical account of a saint who had become such without having had to suffer martyrdom.

Though St. Anthony was not the first Christian hermit, he was the most popular: this account of his life did much to spread his ascetic and monastic ideals throughout the East and West. Anthony has been called not only the father of Christian monasticism, but even the founder of the religious life.

Needless to say, we are very excited to be bringing you, over the course of several episodes, The Life of St. Anthony in its entirety. If you’ve not done so, now is the time to register with us at http://www.catholicculture.org/getaudio to ensure that you don’t miss a minute of this exhilarating Christian classic.

Translation courtesy of Catholic University of America Press: https://verbum.com/product/120446/early-christian-biographies

Alternate Translation at CatholicCulture.org: https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/fathers/view.cfm?recnum=3080

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Theme music: 2 Part Invention, composed by Mark Christopher Brandt, performed by Thomas Mirus. ©️2019 Heart of the Lion Publishing Co./BMI. All rights reserved.



4. St. Augustine - Letter to Januarius
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“... if any of these customs is common to the whole Church throughout the world, it is the most unheard of madness to doubt that such custom is to be followed.”

For the first time on this podcast (but certainly not the last!), we’ll be hearing from a Church Father and Doctor who needs no introduction: St. Augustine of Hippo.

Also known as "Letter 54", Augustine’s Letter to Januarius was written in response to a question posed by Januarius in a previous letter: at what time of day should the Holy Sacrifice on Holy Thursday be celebrated?

What follows is an insightful and sometimes humorous letter, even containing a fun anecdote wherein Augustine recounts having once played intermediary between his mother and St. Ambrose. The letter also contains a clear affirmation of the twofold authority of Scripture and Tradition, careful articulation of the distinction between that which is essential to the faith and that which is not, and a hint at some of the early Church’s more procedural disputes.

For a short letter, there’s a lot to enjoy - and, perhaps for some of us, a humbling reminder that disagreements regarding accidental aspects to liturgy are as old as the Church itself!

Translation courtesy of Catholic University of America Press: https://verbum.com/product/120434/saint-augustine-letters-vol-1

Alternate Translation at CatholicCulture.org: https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/fathers/view.cfm?recnum=3202

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Theme music: 2 Part Invention, composed by Mark Christopher Brandt, performed by Thomas Mirus. ©️2019 Heart of the Lion Publishing Co./BMI. All rights reserved.



5. St. John Henry Newman - The Lapse of Time
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“We are now entering on a fresh stage of our life's journey; we know well how it will end, and we see where we shall stop in the evening, though we do not see the road.”

Happy 2020, everyone!

We’ve been away for the holidays, but we're back and kicking off the New Year with a reading from our patron -- a sermon originally given by St. Newman on New Year’s Day.

And with a New Year, we at Catholic Culture Audiobooks have plenty of new material and directions in store...

We've got an exciting year planned, but we also want to hear from you! What Catholic classics do you want to hear on this podcast? You can send any feedback or suggestions to podcast@catholicculture.org

Full text: http://www.newmanreader.org/works/parochial/volume7/sermon1.html

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Theme music: "2 Part Invention", composed by Mark Christopher Brandt, performed by Thomas Mirus. ©️2019 Heart of the Lion Publishing Co./BMI. All rights reserved.



6. St. John Henry Newman - The Special Charm of Christmas
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Merry Christmas!

Rather than a full sermon today, we’ll be hearing instead from sermon notes jotted down by St. Newman in 1851.

Before his conversion, St. Newman had always read his sermons from a prepared manuscript, according to Anglican custom at the time. As a Catholic priest, Newman preached his homilies in a manner with which Catholics were more accustomed, with a more extemporaneous feel.

Interestingly, his sermon notes were, for the most part, written down after the sermon, not before - an indication that, even after having been prepared, Newman’s thoughts would continue to develop as he preached.

Though his sermon notes are, by comparison, more muted than his full sermons, they are, nevertheless, fascinating and rewarding  in their own right.

Full text: http://www.newmanreader.org/works/sermonnotes/file3.html#sermon15

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Theme music: "2 Part Invention", composed by Mark Christopher Brandt, performed by Thomas Mirus. ©️2019 Heart of the Lion Publishing Co./BMI. All rights reserved.



7. Letter to Diognetus
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"This faith, if only you desire it, you can have."

Regarded as  "one of the most exquisite pieces of early Christian literature", this letter from an anonymous author to a pagan named Diognetus is a sublime work of Christian apologetics not to be missed.

The translator of today's work goes on to describe the author:

"... an unnamed master of Greek style, a fervent Christian filled with Pauline convictions, a humanist who has achieved a remarkable harmony of supernatural faith and charity, with a highly cultivated intelligence, literary taste, conscience, and social sense. The calm and clarity of his thought reveal a master of logic, the deep convictions of a serious thinker, the eloquence of a trained rhetorician, the breadth of mind and warmth of heart, the poise of an educated gentleman.”

Now if that doesn’t make you want to listen to this episode, I don't know what will!

Translation courtesy of Catholic University of America Press: https://www.hfsbooks.com/books/the-apostolic-fathers-walsh-grimm-marique/

Alternate Translation at CatholicCulture.org: https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/fathers/view.cfm?recnum=1620

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Theme music: 2 Part Invention, composed by Mark Christopher Brandt, performed by Thomas Mirus. ©️2019 Heart of the Lion Publishing Co./BMI. All rights reserved.



8. The So-Called Second Letter of St. Clement
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"And let us not merely seem to pay attention and to believe now, while being admonished by the presbyters, but also, when we have gone home, let us remember the commandments of the Lord..."

The Second Letter of St. Clement is, in fact, neither a letter nor by St. Clement. It is, instead, a homily and the oldest example of Christian preaching that we have outside of Scripture itself. Its appearance alongside St. Clement’s Letter to the Corinthians in many early manuscripts earns it its title.

Highlights include affirmation of Christ’s divinity, emphasis placed upon the resurrection of the body, and some moving words on penance. Among the numerous Scriptural references, there are a few instances of quotation from unknown sources (likely one or more apocryphal gospels).

Though we may not be able to attribute this text to any particular figure among the early Fathers, you’ll find that it’s no less edifying - and, perhaps, all the more intriguing - for it.

Translation courtesy of Catholic University of America Press: https://www.hfsbooks.com/books/the-apostolic-fathers-walsh-grimm-marique/

Alternate Translation at CatholicCulture.org: https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/fathers/view.cfm?recnum=1990

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Theme music: 2 Part Invention, composed by Mark Christopher Brandt, performed by Thomas Mirus. ©️2019 Heart of the Lion Publishing Co./BMI. All rights reserved.



9. St. John Henry Newman - The Glories of Mary for the Sake of Her Son
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“It was fitting, for His honor and glory, that she, who was the instrument of His bodily presence, should first be a miracle of His grace.”

Happy Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception!

The work from which this reading is taken was published in 1849. The Immaculate Conception was defined solemnly as dogma in 1854. Here Newman evidences the excitement, anticipation, and awe at Mary's Immaculate Conception that was already universally held among the faithful. With this reading, we can make St. Newman’s admiration our own.

Last week we heard a letter from St. Ignatius, in which was recounted some of Ignatius’ efforts to combat the heresy that denied Jesus' humanity. Newman here confronts a similar rejection of the Incarnation, but he does so this time by way of Mary, who, he affirms, alone has destroyed all heresies.

All Hail the Immaculata!

Full text: http://www.newmanreader.org/works/discourses/discourse17.html

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Theme music: "2 Part Invention", composed by Mark Christopher Brandt, performed by Thomas Mirus. ©️2019 Heart of the Lion Publishing Co./BMI. All rights reserved.



10. St. John Henry Newman - Worship, a Preparation for Christ's Coming Seasons
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"The season is chill and dark, and the breath of the morning is damp, and worshipers are few, but all this befits those who are by profession penitents and mourners, watchers and pilgrims."

While many may spend Advent in eager anticipation of Christmas, Newman here points toward another coming event we should all anticipate: our particular judgment.

St. Newman's thoughts here compliment his reflections on Christian Reverence, which we featured in a previous episode on the occasion of the Solemnity of Christ the King. With all the preparation that has to go into an audience with a worldly king, how much more so must we prepare for our reckoning with the Lord of All?

Full text: http://www.newmanreader.org/works/parochial/volume5/sermon1.html

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Theme music: "2 Part Invention", composed by Mark Christopher Brandt, performed by Thomas Mirus. ©️2019 Heart of the Lion Publishing Co./BMI. All rights reserved.



11. St. Ignatius of Antioch - Letter to the Smyrnaeans
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"Wherever the bishop appears, there let the people be; as wherever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church." 

In a previous episode, we heard St. Ignatius of Antioch’s letter to the bishop of Smyrna. Today, we hear his letter to the Church in Smyrna. 

In the most recent episode of Way of the Fathers, host Mike Aquilina detailed St. Ignatius of Antioch and his letters: "the letters give witness to many of the early Church’s beliefs and practices: Jesus’ true humanity and true divinity; his real presence in the Eucharist; and the universal hierarchy of bishop, priest, and deacon."

You’ll hear each of those themes echoed in today’s letter, and you’ll also hear the very first instance of the expression Catholic Church in Christian literature.

Translation courtesy of Catholic University of America Press: https://www.hfsbooks.com/books/the-apostolic-fathers-walsh-grimm-marique/

Alternate Translation at CatholicCulture.org: https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/fathers/view.cfm?recnum=1633

Previous readings of Ignatius’ Letters: https://www.catholicculture.org/search/search.cfm?searchgoals=6&andsearch=Ignatius%20audiobooks

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12. St. John Henry Newman - A Thanksgiving
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Happy Thanksgiving!

In lieu of a full episode today, we’re bringing you a reading of a poem by this podcast’s patron, St. John Henry Newman.

Many are unaware of just how prolific and skilled a poet Newman was. We hope to remedy that with this podcast, and to bring you more of his poetry in future episodes - but for now, this mini-episode will serve as our introduction to his verse with a single poem, aptly titled: A Thanksgiving. 

Full text: http://www.newmanreader.org/works/verses/verse15.html

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13. St. John Henry Newman - Christian Reverence
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"In heaven, love will absorb fear; but in this world, fear and love must go together."

This past Sunday we celebrated the Solemnity of Christ the King. We’re continuing to celebrate Christ’s awesome kingship through this final week of the liturgical year, and today we do so with a reading of this sermon by St. Newman.

Long live Christ the King!

Full text: http://www.newmanreader.org/works/parochial/volume1/sermon23.html

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14. St. Clement of Rome - Letter to the Corinthians
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"But, if some shall disobey the words which have been spoken by Him through us, let them know that they will involve themselves in no small transgression and danger."

November 23 is the memorial of St. Clement of Rome, a 1st-century successor of St. Peter said to have been consecrated by Peter himself. His letter to the Corinthians is his only extant work.

St. Clement, along with his Letter to the Corinthians, was recently the subject of an episode of Way of the Fathers with Mike Aquilina. Introducing that episode, Mike wrote:

'Clement healed the Church in the way of the Apostles: by writing a winsome, reasonable, gentle letter. Clement’s Epistle to the Corinthians is, says Johannes Quasten, “the earliest piece of literature outside the New Testament for which the name, position, and date of the author are historically attested.” It provides us a snapshot of Church life as the first Christian generation turned over to the second. And it reveals the origins of so many doctrines: apostolic succession, Roman primacy, the papal office, and the unity of the Old Testament and the New.'

Translation courtesy of Catholic University of America Press: https://www.hfsbooks.com/books/the-apostolic-fathers-walsh-grimm-marique/

Alternate Translation at CatholicCulture.org: https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/fathers/view.cfm?recnum=1608

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Theme music: 2 Part Invention, composed by Mark Christopher Brandt, performed by Thomas Mirus. ©️2019 Heart of the Lion Publishing Co./BMI. All rights reserved.



15. St. John Henry Newman - Martyrdom
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“The unseen God alone was their Comforter, and this invests the scene of their suffering with supernatural majesty, and awes us when we think of them.”

In our last episode, we heard the oldest of the Acts of the Martyrs: the first hand account of the martyrdom of St. Polycarp. Today, we'll hear a sermon from St. John Henry Newman on the topic of martyrdom itself, and on the early church martyrs in particular.

You’ll find the reflections here conducive to a deeper appreciation for the account of St. Polycarp’s martyrdom. If you’ve not yet had a chance to listen to that episode, you’ll want to be sure to do so after hearing this sermon.

Of course, if you already tuned in last time, you could always go back and listen again!

Full text: http://www.newmanreader.org/works/parochial/volume2/sermon4.html

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Theme music: "2 Part Invention", composed by Mark Christopher Brandt, performed by Thomas Mirus. ©️2019 Heart of the Lion Publishing Co./BMI. All rights reserved.