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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. Cyprian of Carthage - Letter to Donatus

    St. Cyprian of Carthage - Letter to Donatus

    “While I was lying in darkness and in the obscure night, and while, ignorant of my real life, I was tossing about on the sea of a restless world wavering and doubtful in my wandering steps… I thought it indeed difficult and hard to believe... that divine mercy was promised for my salvation.”
    Born at the beginning of the 3rd century to a wealthy, pagan family in Carthage, Cyprian initially rose to prominence as an orator. After a youth spent in dissipation, Cyprian converted and was baptized at around 35 years old. His bishop became so impressed with him that after only one year, Cyprian was made first a deacon, and then a priest; when that same bishop died only one year later, Cyprian was chosen to succeed him! As bishop, Cyprian would shepherd the church in Carthage through many storms—including persecution, a pandemic, and schism.
    The Letter to Donatus, however, came before all of that; it is, in fact, the earliest of Cyprian's treatises, written very shortly after his conversion. In it Cyprian writes to his friend, Donatus, who is also a recent Christian initiate. He describes elements of his own conversion, including details about the miserable state to which his sins had reduced him.
    Cyprian writes with characteristic eloquence and power, and he concludes his letter with a rousing exhortation to Christian life. The Letter to Donatus remains as compelling today as it was in 246 A.D.
    Notes
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    Translation courtesy of Catholic University of America Press: https://verbum.com/product/46612/st-cyprian-treatises 
    Alternate Translation at CatholicCulture.org: https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/fathers/view.cfm?recnum=1733 
    Way of the Fathers, Ep. 18 - The Short, Happy Life of Cyprian of Carthage: https://www.catholicculture.org/commentary/ep-18-short-happy-life-cyprian-carthage/# 
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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.

    • 40 min
    Paul Mankowski, S.J. - What Went Wrong?

    Paul Mankowski, S.J. - What Went Wrong?

    "Deviant sexual assault has accomplished what liturgical abuse never could: it has generated secular media pressure and secular legal constraints so overwhelming that the apparat was forced to make its files public."

    Last week saw the sudden passing away of Fr. Paul Mankowski, a Jesuit of the Midwest province and a former contributor to CatholicCulture.org. For years, he spearheaded CatholicCulture.org’s old "Off the Record" column, writing under the pseudonym of Diogenes.
    A brilliant priest who worked tirelessly for Catholic renewal, Fr. Mankowski was unfortunately stymied by his superiors. As Phil Lawler writes in his tribute to Fr. Mankowski: “When told that he could not write under his own name without censorship, he used pseudonyms. When told that he could not write under a pseudonym, he stopped. And so the Catholic world was denied what might have been a treasure-trove of lively and insightful prose. Do not be surprised if some memorable work now leaks out posthumously.”
    Well, already we’re seeing more of Fr. Mankowski in the spotlight. Numerous tributes to him have cropped up, and a number of his essays have also been making the rounds on social media. 
    Among them is a piece that first appeared on CatholicCulture.org, and is still available in our Library - a 2003 address to the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy, in which Fr. Mankowski presents an excellent analysis of how the Catholic clerical sexual abuse crisis occurred.
    Fr. Mankowski’s analysis of “what went wrong” is, perhaps, more relevant now than ever.


    Notes
    Full text at CatholicCulture.org: https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm?recnum=5915 
    Phil Lawler Tribute to Fr. Mankowski: https://www.catholicculture.org/commentary/farewell-uncle-di-father-paul-mankowski-rip/ 
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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.

    • 32 min
    From the Archive: Life of St. Anthony (Full)

    From the Archive: Life of St. Anthony (Full)

    We are re-releasing—in one contiguous sequence—our 6-part series of St. Athansius’ famous biography of St. Anthony. You’ll hear the introduction that kicked off our release of Part 1, but then you can sit back and enjoy the entirety of Athansius’ Life of St. Anthony without interruption.
    You may already be familiar, from its countless recurrences across art and literature, with “The Temptation of St. Anthony”... but The Life of St. Anthony—of which the temptations are only part—is, perhaps, one of the most influential works in the history of Christian literature.
    Setting aside the unique authority and influence of the biographer (the great Church father, St. Athanasius of Alexandria), the work itself describes the life of a singularly holy man. In fact, it is the earliest biographical account of a saint who had become such without having had to suffer martyrdom.
    Though St. Anthony was not the first Christian hermit, he was the most popular: this account of his life did much to spread his ascetic and monastic ideals throughout the East and West. Anthony has been called not only the father of Christian monasticism, but even the founder of the religious life.
    Needless to say, we are very excited to be bringing you The Life of St. Anthony in its entirety. If you’ve not done so, now is the time to register with us at http://www.catholicculture.org/getaudio!
    Notes
    Way of the Fathers episode on St. Anthony: https://www.catholicculture.org/commentary/anthony-desert-solitary-celebrity/

    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=3080
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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.

    • 2 hr 36 min
    St. Augustine - De Doctrina Christiana, Book Two (Ch.1-18)

    St. Augustine - De Doctrina Christiana, Book Two (Ch.1-18)

    “Everyone devoted to the study of the Holy Scriptures... will find nothing else except that God must be loved for His own sake, and our neighbor for the sake of God.”
    We’re resuming our multi-part reading series of St. Augustine’s De Doctrina Christiana, or 'On Christian Doctrine'. This is our second installment in the series, having released the Prologue & Book 1 in an episode last month.
    Augustine dives deeper into the subject of scriptural interpretation in these chapters, including a seven-step process  from Fear of the Lord (step 1) to Wisdom (step 7). Think of it as Augustine’s seven habits of highly effective scriptural readers.
    Augustine's approach to Scripture, however, is not so much an academic approach as a spiritual one. For Augustine, all scriptural knowledge will boil down to the great dual commandment of love of God and love of neighbor.
    Notes
    Translation courtesy of Catholic University of America Press: https://verbum.com/product/120407/saint-augustine-christian-instruction-admonition-and-grace-the-christian-combat-faith-hope-and-charity
    Alternate Translation at CatholicCulture.org: https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/fathers/view.cfm?recnum=3275
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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.

    • 53 min
    St. John Henry Newman - On the Fitness of the Glories of Mary

    St. John Henry Newman - On the Fitness of the Glories of Mary

    “Her glories are not only for the sake of her Son — they are for our sakes also.”
    Happy Solemnity of the Assumption, everyone!
    Listeners may recall that for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception last December, we featured another work by Newman, titled The Glories of Mary for the Sake of Her Son. Today's reading, On the Fitness of the Glories of Mary, is taken from the same volume.
    Whereas in The Glories of Mary for the Sake of Her Son, Newman focuses primarily upon the then soon-to-be-defined dogma of the Immaculate Conception, here he draws special attention to Mary’s Assumption, and to the fitness — or, as he says, becomingness — of both dogmas.
    Newman further points out that Mary’s glories are not only for the sake of her Son, but for the sake of us, the rest of her children, as well. So too may our celebration of this high feast day redound not only to God’s glory and her honor, but to an ever more true devotion to Our Lady and to Jesus living in her.
    Notes
    On the Fitness of the Glories of Mary Full text: http://www.newmanreader.org/works/discourses/discourse18.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.

    • 35 min
    Joseph Ratzinger - Aspects of Christian Meditation

    Joseph Ratzinger - Aspects of Christian Meditation

    “All the aspirations which the prayer of other religions expresses are fulfilled in the reality of Christianity beyond all measure.”
    This ecclesial document was written in 1989 by the then-Prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Ratzinger, who would later become Pope Benedict XVI.
    Ratzinger was responding to a surge of popular interest in forms of Eastern spirituality—including such methods as Zen, yoga, and so-called transcendental meditation—which had led to an uncritical adoption by some Christians of methods of prayer incompatible with Christian worship.
    The fascination with Eastern methods continues today, with the ongoing popularity of yoga and the re-branding of Buddhist meditation under the guise of “mindfulness”. The same vigilance that prompted Ratzinger in 1989 would seem to be called for once more, that Christians may carefully distinguish that which is authentically Christian from that which is not.
    Ratzinger’s is a masterful and accessible treatment on fundamentals of Christian prayer. Though he addresses the letter to bishops, one does not have to be a theologian or mystic to be spiritually edified — and have one's prayer enriched — by what he writes.
    Notes
    Aspects of Christian Meditation Full text: https://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_19891015_meditazione-cristiana_en.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.

    • 44 min

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Amazing Podcast

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