St Augustine’s Christmas Sermon

2015-12-24T08:27:41-04:00December 24th, 2015|Categories: Suburban Hermit|Tags: , , , , |

Angel, Reims Cathedral Awake, mankind! For your sake God has become man. Awake, you who sleep, rise up from the dead, and Christ will enlighten you. I tell you again: for your sake, God became man. You would have suffered eternal death, had he not been born in time. Never would you have been freed from [...]

The Catholic Lifetime Reading Plan

2015-11-11T10:20:26-04:00November 11th, 2015|Categories: Suburban Hermit|Tags: , , , , |

Idleness is the enemy of the soul, and so monks should be occupied at some times with manual labor, and at certain times with holy reading. — Rule of St Benedict I've written here on the importance of reading and study for the spiritual life. As a consequence, a few readers have asked me [...]

When the Church Was Young

2015-11-05T11:16:19-04:00November 5th, 2015|Categories: Suburban Hermit|Tags: , , |

The Cappadocian Fathers Have you ever thought you should know more about the Apostolic Fathers of the church, but have been daunted by shelves of intimidating dusty volumes with long homilies by someone who might be named St Pachyderm of Anastasia? You like the story of St Nicholas slapping a heretic, but you've been [...]

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