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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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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.

    St. Robert Southwell - Mary Magdalene's Complaint at Christ's Death

    St. Robert Southwell - Mary Magdalene's Complaint at Christ's Death

    “One that lives by other's breath, / Dieth also by his death.”
    In honor of the recent feast of St. Mary Magdalene, we’re returning to the poetry of the English Jesuit martyr, St. Robert Southwell, whom we’ve featured on this podcast before. In this episode, we’ll be hearing his poem “Mary Magdalene’s Complaint at Christ’s Death”, a meditation upon Mary Magdalene at the foot of the Cross. As an eventual martyr himself, Southwell’s reflections on death here are especially powerful.
    First, however, we'll listen to a brief letter by Southwell, written to his cousin, on the nature and purpose of poetry. Southwell was massively influential on later writers of the English Renaissance, and this letter had much to do with that. William Shakespeare, in fact, seems to have included a response to this very letter in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Some scholars have argued, even, that the cousin to whom Southwell is writing this letter is, in fact, Shakespeare himself.
    You can learn more about St. Robert Southwell, his poetry, and the poetry of other English Martyrs, in episode 69 of the Catholic Culture Podcast.
    Links
    St. Robert Southwell—Love & Suffering: 3 Poems | Catholic Culture Audiobooks: https://www.catholicculture.org/commentary/love-suffering-3-poems-by-st-robert-southwell/
    Ep. 69—Poetry of the English Martyrs—Benedict Whalen | Catholic Culture Podcast: https://www.catholicculture.org/commentary/ep-69-poetry-english-martyrs-benedict-whalen/
    "Mary Magdalene's Complaint at Christ's Death" full text: https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Mary_Magdalen%27s_Complaint_at_Christ%27s_Death
    Lyra Martyrum: The Poetry of the English Martyrs https://www.clunymedia.com/product/lyra-martyrum/
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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 min
    St. Jerome - Against Helvidius: On the Perpetual Virginity of the Blessed Mary

    St. Jerome - Against Helvidius: On the Perpetual Virginity of the Blessed Mary

    “The axe of the Gospel must now be laid at the roots of the barren tree and the tree must be delivered to the flames with its unfruitful leaves, so that he who has never learned to speak might learn at length to hold his tongue.”
    Throughout his life, St. Jerome was never far from controversy. Infamously irascible, Jerome often found himself in fierce disagreement with his contemporaries — and he’d let them know it, too. Helvidius was one such hapless victim of Jerome’s righteous scorn.
    Despite little training in eloquence or theology, Helvidius had gained some notoriety as an opponent of monasticism and of virginity as a way of life. This led Helvidius also to deny the perpetual virginity of Mary. Helvidius’ book on the subject became a major source of scandal in Rome. And this Jerome could not abide.
    In his response, Jerome maintains three propositions against Helvidius: that Joseph was considered the husband of Mary as he was considered the father of Jesus, more by repute than by biological fact; that the “brethren” of the Lord referenced in the Gospels were Jesus’ cousins, not his brothers; and that virginity is indeed a higher state in life than the married state.
    And, of course, Jerome’s characteristically caustic manner against his opponents is on full display...
    Links
    Way of the Fathers, Ep. 37—Jerome, the Curmudgeonly Commentator: https://www.catholicculture.org/commentary/37jerome-curmudgeonly-commentator/
    Dogmatic and Polemical Works, by St. Jerome: https://verbum.com/product/120412/dogmatic-and-polemical-works
    Against Helvidius full text at CatholicCulture.org: https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/fathers/view.cfm?recnum=2314
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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.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    BONUS: Interview with narrator James T. Majewski

    BONUS: Interview with narrator James T. Majewski

    In this bonus episode originally from the Catholic Culture Podcast, CatholicCulture.org’s director of podcasts, Thomas V. Mirus, interviews voice actor James T. Majewski (Catholic Culture Audiobooks) and author Mike Aquilina (Way of the Fathers) about how they make their shows and the effect reading and studying the Church Fathers has had on them personally.
    If you are a lector at Mass, you will find James’s comments on how he approaches reading the writings of the Saints inspiring and helpful.
    Contents
    [2:15] James’s training in philosophy and acting as preparation for narrating the Fathers
    [7:00] How Mike meandered into a career writing about the Fathers
    [9:27] The original idea for audiobooks and podcasts at The Catholic Culture
    [15:33] How Mike distills scholarship into an accessible and edifying presentation of early Church history
    [21:20] The accessibility and affordability of creating a good-sounding podcast
    [24:16] James’s process for preparing nuanced readings of the Fathers at a rapid pace
    [33:03] Mike’s and James’s recourse to the intercession of the holy authors they study
    [37:38] St. John Henry Newman and the early Fathers as masters of media
    [42:40] The mastery of the Fathers’ work and its relevance today
    [45:55] The spiritual effects of narrating the writings of saints
    Links
    Support CatholicCulture.org’s podcasting efforts https://www.catholicculture.org/donate/audio
    Catholic Culture Podcast https://www.catholicculture.org/commentary/category/catholic-culture-podcast/
    Way of the Fathers https://www.catholicculture.org/commentary/category/way-fathers/
    James T. Majewski https://www.jamestmajewski.com/
    Mike Aquilina https://fathersofthechurch.com/

    • 53 min
    Pierre-Thomas Dehau, OP - Family and Holy Family: The Father

    Pierre-Thomas Dehau, OP - Family and Holy Family: The Father

    “I ask you to ask yourself simply, very simply, this question: where is the honor which I am due as a father? Does it exist? Does it exist enough? Do I enforce it enough, these rights which I do not have the right to touch because they are the rights of divine fatherhood which I represent?”
    Happy Father's Day! We’re continuing our series of works honoring St. Joseph throughout this year of St. Joseph, with this remarkable reflection on fatherhood.
    The English translation of this work appeared in the Winter 2018 Issue of Dominicana Journal, a publication of student friars of the province of St. Joseph, in formation at the Dominican House of Studies. The focus of this particular issue was “Christian Manliness”, presenting a positive view of manly virtue and masculine perfection.

    Pierre-Thomas Dehau, OP (1870-1956) was a priest of the Dominican Province of France. Blind from a young age, he was never able to write books. Instead, Fr. Dehau devoted himself to preaching and giving retreats. The works of his available to us today come from notes of his lectures, homilies, and conferences. This text is an excerpt from a series of conferences given by Fr. Dehau on the family, considering each member of the family - father, mother, and child - and reflecting upon their counterparts in the Holy Family.
    Links
    Dominicana Journal: https://www.dominicanajournal.org/
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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.

    • 33 min
    Ida Friederike Görres - Trusting the Church

    Ida Friederike Görres - Trusting the Church

    “What is up to us is to plead without ceasing for discernment and love, for justice and patience—and for unshakable love for the Church. Because only the lover discerns. And what people who do not love her, maybe secretly hate her, tell us about her need not frighten us.”
    Born in 1901, Ida Friederike Görres was an historically significant, but today often overlooked, figure in the early twentieth-century German Catholic Renewal movement. In fact, then-Fr. Joseph Ratzinger eulogized her at her funeral in 1971. Today, fifty years after her death, there is renewed interest in her works.

    A student of political science, history, church history, theology, and philosophy, she later worked for the diocese of Dresden-Meissen as “Diocesan Secretary for Young Women’s Ministry”. After her marriage, Görres devoted herself increasingly to her work as a writer and theologian in service to the Church.
    She published many lengthy works, as well as lectures and shorter writings on current issues in the Church. She lived through the Second Vatican Council, and though she welcomed the Council with joy, she would track later developments within the Church with concern—as evidenced by this lecture given in 1970, only one year before her death.
    Narrated by Karina Majewski.
    Links
    Learn more about Ida Friederike Görres: https://www.idagoerres.org/
    Trusting the Church Full Text: https://www.idagoerres.org/trusting
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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.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    St. Ephrem the Syrian - Hymns on Faith | Hymn Ten

    St. Ephrem the Syrian - Hymns on Faith | Hymn Ten

    “In your bread is hidden the Spirit which cannot be eaten. / In your wine dwells the fire that cannot be drunk. / Spirit in your bread, fire in your wine: / It is a distinct wonder that our lips have received!”
    Born in the year 306, Ephrem lived in Nisibis (in modern-day Turkey), at what was then the border between the Roman and Persian empires. 
    Ephrem was a deacon and a prolific writer, and he is to this day among the most notable hymnographers in Eastern Christianity. He has been called, in fact, the lyre of the Holy Spirit, and in 1920 he was declared a Doctor of the Church by Pope Benedict XV.
    This short hymn is one of Ephrem’s Eucharistic hymns, and also contains some resonance with Pentecost.
    Learn more about Ephrem the Syrian in Episode 28 of Way of the Fathers with Mike Aquilina.
    Links
    St. Ephrem, Hymns on Faith: https://verbum.com/product/169347/the-hymns-on-faith
    Ep. 28—Ephrem, Symbolist—Way of the Fathers with Mike Aquilina: https://www.catholicculture.org/commentary/27ephrem-symbolist/
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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.

    • 12 min

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