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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. John Henry Newman - The Danger of Accomplishments

    St. John Henry Newman - The Danger of Accomplishments

    This episode marks Catholic Culture Audiobooks’ 50th audiobook release - so who better to hear from than our patron saint, St. John Henry Newman? And to celebrate this milestone accomplishment, what better topic than that of “the danger of accomplishments”?
    In this sermon, Newman warns of the danger of separating feeling from acting. Let it not be said that we simply entertained ourselves, merely listening to - or merely reading! - the fine sentiments expressed in the great works featured on this podcast. Rather let us, as Newman says, “apply all we read to ourselves… from the mere sincerity and honesty of our desire to please God.”
    Here’s to another 50 episodes more!
    The Danger of Accomplishments full text: http://www.newmanreader.org/works/parochial/volume2/sermon30.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.

    • 24 min
    Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn - A World Split Apart

    Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn - A World Split Apart

    "But the fight for our planet, physical and spiritual, a fight of cosmic proportions, is not a vague matter of the future; it has already started."

    Russian novelist Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn gave this commencement address at Harvard University on June 8, 1978. Almost line by line, Solzhenitsyn’s observations are prophetic. Especially in light of current events, Solzhenitsyn’s remarks are more clearly relevant than ever — perhaps even more so than at the time when they were first delivered. When men forget God, catastrophe for society is soon to follow.

    Notes
    Full text: https://www.solzhenitsyncenter.org/a-world-split-apart
    Go to http://www.catholicculture.org/getaudio to register for FREE access to the full archive of audiobooks beyond the most recent 15 episodes.
    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.

    • 49 min
    St. Thomas More - Dialogue on Conscience

    St. Thomas More - Dialogue on Conscience

    “Mistrust Him, Meg, I will not, even if I feel myself faint."
    This is the third in a series of podcast episodes in honor of St. Thomas More's feast day on June 22nd (see our discussion of the classic film, A Man for All Seasons, along with an interview with More scholar Louis Karlin, on Criteria: the Catholic Film Podcast). 
    In this episode, we present the entirety of Dialogue on Conscience, by St. Thomas More and his daughter Margaret. We've also — for the first time on this podcast — enlisted the help of an actress to voice the female writers (an actress who happens also to be James' wife).
    Dialogue on Conscience is presented in the form of two letters; the first, written by More’s stepdaughter, Alice Alington, to his eldest daughter, Margaret Roper; the second, a letter written by Margaret in response to Alice — itself the record of a dialogue between Margaret and St. Thomas that provides us with an invaluable look into More's wit, personality, and faith.
    Links

    Interview with More scholar Louis Karlin https://www.catholicculture.org/commentary/robert-bolts-man-for-all-seasons-christian-saint-or-hero-selfhood/
    Discussion of film A Man for All Seasons https://www.catholicculture.org/commentary/man-for-all-seasons-1966/
    Text courtesy of Catholic University of America Press: https://www.amazon.com/Thomas-More-Source-Book/dp/0813213762
    Another version of the text: https://www.thomasmorestudies.org/docs/Dialogue%20on%20Conscience%20Modernized.pdf
    Go to http://www.catholicculture.org/getaudio to register for FREE access to the full archive of audiobooks beyond the most recent 15 episodes.
    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.

    • 57 min
    St. Augustine - Letter to Honoratus: On Keeping Sacraments Available

    St. Augustine - Letter to Honoratus: On Keeping Sacraments Available

    “Because of something uncertain, there should not be a definite abandonment of duty — for, in that event, there is certain ruin for the people, not only in things pertaining to this life, but also in those of that other life which must be cared for with incomparably greater attention and anxiety.”

    In his Letter to Honoratus, Augustine writes in response to a question put to him by a fellow bishop. The question? Whether it should be permissible for bishops and their clergy to flee an oncoming  persecution.
    Augustine, unsurprisingly, says NO to fleeing, and exhorts bishops to place their trust in God. Augustine emphasizes the power of God to protect, as well as the primacy of prayer. He underlines that concern for eternal life takes precedence over the mere preservation of temporal life, and identifies bishops and their clergy as beholden to serve the laity in their charge. If the laity remain, the clergy are obliged to remain.
    As Augustine also points out, it is during the times of most danger that the sacraments are most essential — and in most demand. Although Augustine here responds to a much different set of circumstances than that of our own, it is not difficult to see how some of his directives find application in our current situation in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

    Notes

    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=3143
    Go to http://www.catholicculture.org/getaudio to register for FREE access to the full archive of audiobooks beyond the most recent 15 episodes.
    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.

    • 27 min
    St. Dorotheus of Gaza - On Self-Accusation

    St. Dorotheus of Gaza - On Self-Accusation

    "The man who thinks that he is quiet and peaceful has within him a passion that he does not see."
    St. Dorotheus was a 6th century Palestinian abbot who founded a monastery near Gaza. Excerpts of his instruction on self-accusation are found in the Office of Readings, and are particularly relevant in the wake of the violence and tension set off by the death of George Floyd.

    Excerpts from Doct. 13, De accusatione sui ipsius, 1-3: PG 88, 1699

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    • 9 min
    St. Thomas Aquinas - Send Out Your Spirit

    St. Thomas Aquinas - Send Out Your Spirit

    “Love  gives life to the soul, for just as the body lives through the soul, so the soul lives through God, and God dwells in us through love.”
    Happy Pentecost! We celebrate on the podcast with this Pentecost sermon by St. Thomas Aquinas.

    Article on Aquinas' preaching style: "What Lessons Do Thomas Aquinas' Sermons Hold For Modern Preachers?" https://www.hprweb.com/2017/06/what-lessons-do-thomas-aquinass-sermons-hold-for-modern-preachers/
    Translation courtesy of Catholic University of America Press: https://www.hfsbooks.com/books/the-academic-sermons-aquinas-hoogland/
    Go to http://www.catholicculture.org/getaudio to register for FREE access to the full archive of audiobooks beyond the most recent 15 episodes.
    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.

    • 50 min

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