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Cyril the Virile

Posted by Mike Aquilina on 06.27.12 |

Cyril of Alexandria 4

Today’s saint, Cyril of Alexandria, is both a Father and a Doctor of the Church. The titles are a grace, of course, but he worked hard to correspond to them.

He was the nephew of his predecessor as Patriarch of Alexandria in Egypt. He likely spent his youth in a monastery before his uncle drafted him as an assistant and secretary. In 402 he accompanied Theophilus to the notorious Synod of the Oak…  [Continue Reading]

Father of Orthodoxy, St. Athanasius

Posted by Mike Aquilina on 05.02.12 |

St. Athanasius

Today’s the feast of St. Athanasius, the Father of Orthodoxy, the man who stared the world down when it awoke to find itself Arian. In his own lifetime, Athanasius was known as the Father of Orthodoxy. Get to know this guy, and you’ll always stay on the straight and narrow.


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Intro to Lent III: Almsgiving

Posted by Mike Aquilina on 03.01.12 |

Two coins

Third in a series of three posts.

Of the three marks of Lent — prayer, fasting and almsgiving — almsgiving is surely the most neglected.

And yet, in the only place where the Bible brings all three together, the inspired author puts the emphasis firmly on the last: “Prayer and fasting are good, but better than either is almsgiving accompanied by righteousness … It is better to give alms than to store…  [Continue Reading]

Intro to Lent II: Fasting

Posted by Mike Aquilina on 02.27.12 |

Jesus in Wilderness

Second in a series of three posts.

“Why do Catholics have to fast?”

The question came from a non-Catholic Boy Scout in my son’s troop. We had spent a long, soggy weekend in the middle of the woods. And now, Sunday morning, the adults announced that breakfast would be delayed so that the Catholics could keep the Communion fast. He was not a happy camper.

His question comes to mind again as Lent begin,…  [Continue Reading]

Intro to Lent 1: Prayer

Posted by Mike Aquilina on 02.24.12 |

Priest at Prayer

First in a series of three posts.Reprinted from 2007.

How do you know it’s Lent?

It’s not so much by the ash mark on your forehead or fish marks on the calendar. Tradition tells us that Lent has three distinguishing marks: prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

This three-part series will examine those practices. Prayer is surely the best place to begin, because it’s the one that unites them all. Fasting…  [Continue Reading]

AGNES DAY!

Posted by Mike Aquilina on 01.21.12 |

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]

The Man in the Desert!

Posted by Mike Aquilina on 01.17.12 |

St. Anthony of the Desert

Mike Aquilina reflects upon the inspiration and impact of St. Anthony.










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Saint Gregory of Nyssa

Posted by Mike Aquilina on 01.10.12 |

Gregory of Nyssa

Mike Aquilina discusses St. Gregory of Nyssa, a great thinker and man of prayer of the 4th century.








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