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Voice actor James T. Majewski brings to life classic Catholic works, with a special focus on St. John Henry Newman and the Fathers of the Church.

Over 100 recordings, including sermons, encyclicals, letters, poems, and full books like St. Augustine's De Doctrina Christiana, and St. Athanasius's Life of St. Anthony.

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Voice actor James T. Majewski brings to life classic Catholic works, with a special focus on St. John Henry Newman and the Fathers of the Church.

Over 100 recordings, including sermons, encyclicals, letters, poems, and full books like St. Augustine's De Doctrina Christiana, and St. Athanasius's Life of St. Anthony.

A production of CatholicCulture.org.

    St. John Henry Newman - The Work of the Christian

    St. John Henry Newman - The Work of the Christian

    "It cannot be said, then, because we have not to bear the burden and the heat of the day, that therefore we have returned to paradise. It is not that our work is lighter, but our strength is greater."
    This sermon from Newman's Anglican period was originally preached on Septuagesima Sunday. In it, Newman addresses the misconception that grace exempts Christians from work, and he exhorts Christians to embrace their calling to work diligently for the glory of God.
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    • 27 min
    The Shepherd of Hermas | Pt. 3 (Parables 1-8)

    The Shepherd of Hermas | Pt. 3 (Parables 1-8)

    “These mandates are advantageous for those who intend to repent. For, if they do not walk in them, their repentance is worthless. You who repent must cast off the wickedness of this world which wears you down; if you put on every excellence of justice, you can observe these mandates and keep from committing any additional sins.”
    The Shepherd of Hermas is an apocryphal text written in Rome in the 2nd century. It belongs to the category of "apocalyptic" literature, as it relates a series of revelations given to its titular character, Hermas, who may or may not also have been the work's author.
    The Shepherd of Hermas was widely read and respected in the early Church, with some Church Fathers (such as Irenaeus and Origen) even considering it part of canonical scripture. 
    The text is divided into three main sections: Visions, Mandates, and Parables. Taken together, they serve as an exhortation to repentance.
    Part 3: Parables
    00:00 Intro
    00:39 First Parable
    04:18 Second Parable
    08:45 Third Parable
    09:48 Fourth Parable
    12:08 Fifth Parable
    27:08 Sixth Parable
    38:25 Seventh Parable
    42:05 Eighth Parable
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    The Shepherd of Hermas | Pt. 2 (Mandates)

    The Shepherd of Hermas | Pt. 2 (Mandates)

    “Put the Lord in your hearts, then, you who are empty and fickle in the faith. You will then know that nothing is easier, sweeter, or more gentle than these mandates. Be converted, you who walk in the commandments of the Devil, commandments that are hard, bitter, cruel, and foul. And do not fear the Devil either, because he has no power against you. I, the Angel of Repentance, who have overcome the Devil, am on your side.”
    The Shepherd of Hermas is an apocryphal text written in Rome in the 2nd century. It belongs to the category of "apocalyptic" literature, as it relates a series of revelations given to its titular character, Hermas, who may or may not also have been the work's author.
    The Shepherd of Hermas was widely read and respected in the early Church, with some Church Fathers (such as Irenaeus and Origen) even considering it part of canonical scripture. 
    The text is divided into three main sections: Visions, Mandates, and Parables. Taken together, they serve as an exhortation to repentance.
    Part 2: Mandates
    00:00 Intro
    00:39 First Mandate
    01:27 Second Mandate
    03:38 Third Mandate
    06:01 Fourth Mandate
    14:26 Fifth Mandate
    20:12 Sixth Mandate
    24:51 Seventh Mandate
    26:50 Eighth Mandate
    31:39 Ninth Mandate
    34:56 Tenth Mandate
    40:06 Eleventh Mandate
    47:13 Twelfth Mandate
    This work to be released in its entirety in episodic format.
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    • 59 min
    The Shepherd of Hermas | Pt. 1 (Visions)

    The Shepherd of Hermas | Pt. 1 (Visions)

    “So I wrote the commands and parables as he bade me. If you hear them and keep them, and walk in them, and fulfill them in a pure heart, you will receive from the Lord what He promised you. But if you hear them and do not repent, or even add to your sins, you will receive the contrary from the Lord.”
    The Shepherd of Hermas is an apocryphal text written in Rome in the 2nd century. It belongs to the category of "apocalyptic" literature, as it relates a series of revelations given to its titular character, Hermas, who may or may not also have been the work's author.
    The Shepherd of Hermas was widely read and respected in the early Church, with some Church Fathers (such as Irenaeus and Origen) even considering it part of canonical scripture. 
    The text is divided into three main sections: Visions, Mandates, and Parables. Taken together, they serve as an exhortation to repentance.
    Part 1: Visions
    00:00 Intro
    00:42 First Vision
    09:23 Second Vision
    15:57 Third Vision
    43:30 Fourth Vision
    50:44 Fifth Vision
    This work was released in its entirety in episodic format.
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    • 54 min
    St. Francis de Sales - Introduction to the Devout Life | Pt. 5

    St. Francis de Sales - Introduction to the Devout Life | Pt. 5

    “Consider the love with which our dear Lord Jesus Christ bore so much in this world, especially in the Garden of Olives and on Mount Calvary; that love bore you in mind, and through all those pains and toils he obtained your good resolutions for you, as also all that is necessary to maintain, foster, strengthen and consummate those resolutions.
    "How precious must the resolutions be that are the fruits of our Lord’s Passion! And how dear to my heart, since they were dear to that of Jesus! Savior of my soul, You died to win them for me; grant me grace sooner to die than forget them.
    "Be sure, my child, that the heart of our most dear Lord beheld you from the tree of the Cross and loved you, and by that love he won for you all good things that you were ever to have, and amongst them your good resolutions.”
    Part 5
    (00:46) Chapter 1—It Is Well Yearly to Renew Good Resolutions by Means of the Following Exercises
    (03:29) Chapter 2—Meditation on the Benefit Conferred on Us by God in Calling Us to His Service
    (08:26) Chapter 3—Examination of the Soul as to Its Progress in the Devout Life
    (11:44) Chapter 4—Examination of the Soul's Condition as Regards God
    (16:23) Chapter 5—Examination of Your Condition as Regards Yourself
    (18:47) Chapter 6—Examination of the Soul's Condition as Regards Our Neighbor
    (20:15) Chapter 7—Examination as to the Affectations of the Soul
    (22:42) Chapter 8—The Affections to Be Excited After Such Examination
    (24:07) Chapter 9—Reflections Suitable to the Renewal of Good Resolutions
    (24:54) Chapter 10—First Consideration, On the Worth of Souls
    (27:45) Chapter 11—Second Consideration, On the Excellence of Virtue
    (29:33) Chapter 12—The Example of the Saints
    (31:19) Chapter 13—The Love That Jesus Christ Bears to Us
    (34:36) Chapter 14—The Eternal Love of God for Us
    (36:08) Chapter 15—General Affections That Should Result from These Considerations and Conclusion of the Exercise
    (38:48) Chapter 16—The Impressions That Should Remain After This Exercise
    (40:24) Chapter 17—An Answer to Two Objections That May Be Made to This Book
    (43:16) Chapter 18—Three Important and Final Counsels
    This work was released in its entirety in episodic format.
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    • 48 min
    St. Basil the Great - On the Right Use of Greek Literature

    St. Basil the Great - On the Right Use of Greek Literature

    "... it is incumbent upon us, for the present, to trace, as it were, the silhouette of virtue in the pagan authors. For those who carefully gather the useful from each book are wont, like mighty rivers, to gain accessions on every hand."
    Drawing from his deep understanding of both classical Greek literature and Sacred Scripture, St. Basil the Great—a towering figure of the early Church—advocates for the proper integration of the literary treasures of ancient Greece within the broader formation of young Christian men. Basil challenges those whom he addresses to discern the morally enriching elements of Greek literature while guarding against its pitfalls, particularly its indulgence in more decadent and morally ambiguous themes.
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    Address to Young Men on the Right Use of Greek Literature full text: https://www.tertullian.org/fathers/basil_litterature01.htm
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    • 36 min

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