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Leo the Great and Augustine on the Transfiguration

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Leo the Great and Augustine on the Transfiguration
For the second Sunday of Lent, the liturgy presents for our contemplation the Transfiguration of Christ. Sts. Leo the Great and Augustine of Hippo will be our guides for understanding the Gospel reading. Leo the Great (391/400-461) takes ...
Fathers of the Church, Scriptures

You Are Rock …

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The Gospel reading for the 21st is taken from Matthew 16:13-23. The first part of the selection -- Mt. 16:13-19 -- is about the Confession of Peter.
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John Chrysostom on the Parables of the Kingdom

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The following is my translation of John Chrysostom’s sermon on the parables of the treasure in the field, the pearl of great price and the dragnet that include the Parables of the Kingdom in Matthew 13. Note how the Golden-Tongued repeats ...
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The Vineyard of the Lord

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The Parable of the Wicked Tenants in the original Marcan version is Jesus' response to the question: "By what authority do you do these things?" The answer is that He has come with the authority of the Son of the ...
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Loving God and Neighbor

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You know the song "The Greatest Love of All". It is actually a song about loving oneself, "amor propio". The popular psychology of the 60s and 70s taught that one should love oneself in order to be able to love, ...
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On the Parable of the Two Sons

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For the parable of the two sons, we have two selections: one from the biblical scholar Jerome and another from St. Fulgentius of Ruspe.
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The Hours of the Divine Call

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The Hours of the Divine Call
Matthew 20:1-16 has different applications. Pope St. Gregory the Great gives us two possible applications, the first regards salvation history itself and second, more psychological, the ages of a human being. Thus, on the one hand, one can think of ...
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Encountering the Lord in the Midst of Life’s Upheavals

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The following is John Chrysostom's explanation of Matthew 14:22-33. In Matthew's narrative, vv. 22-23 sets the stage for the situation of the disciples alone in the midst of a tempestuous sea and prepares for the appearance of the Lord walking ...
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Fraternal Correction, True Love and Prayer

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For the 23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time, the Gospel reading is on Matthew 18:15-20. The gospel passage lends itself to two divisions: vv. 15-18 on fraternal correction and 19-20 on unanimity in prayer. And so our patristic symposium will deal ...
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The Parable of the Wedding Banquet

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For the Parable of the Wedding Banquet, the gospel theme for the 28th Sunday in OT A, Jerome explains to us the meaning of the wedding garment and the symbol of the man whom the king found without. it The ...
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The Feeding of the Multitudes

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Let’s have a taste of the Fathers.  I have written about the Feeding of the Multitudes here, but what I’ve written is something that one can readily find better expressed in the classics of biblical interpretation.
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Gregory the Great on Luke 3:1-6

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The Fathers of the Church made sure that the faithful who listened to them remember not only their words but also the text of Scriptures they were preaching on. Line-by-line commentaries are considered pedantic now, and preachers are dissuaded ...
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The Adoration of the Cross of Christ

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On the occassion of the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, we have a selection from "De fide orthoxa" of John Damascene. This selection is interesting for me on three counts: first, because it brings the original text which ...

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