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Blessed the Barron

Posted by Mike Aquilina on 08.26.11 |

catholicism

The long-awaited book Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of the Faith is out and buyable!

When Father Barron is talking, I can’t stop listening. Whatever he writes, I can’t put down unfinished. He loves the people he addresses. He writes about what matters to us. To read him is to be loved in word after word. In these pages, heart speaks to heart.

Don’t miss it!

The Whole Earth Keeps Silence

Posted by Mike Aquilina on 04.23.11 |

Holy Saturday

Something strange is happening ... there is a great silence on earth today, a great silence and stillness. The whole earth keeps silence because the King is asleep. The earth trembled and is still because God has fallen asleep in the flesh and he has raised up all who have slept ever since the world began. God has died in the flesh and hell trembles with fear.

He has gone to search for our first…  [Continue Reading]

Holy Thursday

Last Supper

Whether you hold, with some Syriac Fathers, that Christ instituted the Eucharist on Tuesday — or, with the Western tradition, that He instituted it on Thursday — today, Holy Thursday, is the day the Catholic Church remembers the event liturgically. I’m about to leave with my kids for the Chrism Mass in my diocese. It’s a great sight for children to see every year: all the priests of the local Church…  [Continue Reading]

Out of Africa

Posted by Mike Aquilina on 03.07.11 |

Perpetua

For St. Perpetua’s day, visit early Christian Africa—in one of the earliest posts on my blog.

Carthage, the cosmopolitan port city of ancient North Africa, had a thriving economy, a lively culture, and no small influence in world affairs. Christianity reached the Roman province of “New Africa” no later than the mid-second century, and possibly much earlier. From that time through the rest of the age…  [Continue Reading]

St. Polycarp, bishop and martyr (c. 155)

Polycarp

Today is the memorial of St. Polycarp of Smyrna who was martyred in 155AD.  In this interview, Patristics scholar and St. Paul Center vice president, Mike Aquilina, discusses the life and legacy of this important early witness to the faith of the Apostles.Audio File

The Petrine Principal

Posted by Mike Aquilina on 02.22.11 |

Chair of Peter 2

Feast of the Chair of St. Peter

The New Testament bears ample testimony to the ancient faith of the Roman Christians. Rome marks the final destination of the Acts of the Apostles. Rome was the postal address of the first of St. Paul’s canonical letters.

And the ancient Romans treasured their heritage. They knew, with unerring Christian instinct, what the African Tertullian would say so eloquently…  [Continue Reading]

Newman at First Things'

Posted by Mike Aquilina on 02.21.11 |

Newman

My co-author Fr. Juan Velez is talking up Blessed John Henry Newman at First Things’ blog! (Our book is TAKE FIVE WITH JOHN HENRY NEWMAN.)

John Henry Newman, Oxford scholar and famous English convert to Catholicism (1801–1890), whose birthday we celebrate today, is acknowledged by most for his English prose, his lofty ideas on university education and his writings on development of Christian doctrine.…  [Continue Reading]

Agnes Day

Posted by Mike Aquilina on 01.21.11 |

St Agnes

Today’s saint, Agnes of Rome, is long overdue for a revival. Why? She was probably the most revered female martyr of the early Church — outstanding in a field that included Blandina and Perpetua, among others. St. Jerome was not a man easily impressed, but of today’s saint, his near-contemporary, he wrote: “Every people, whatever their tongue, praise the name of Saint Agnes.” Prudentius wrote a long…  [Continue Reading]


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