Fathers of the Church

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 ...
Fathers of the Church

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.
Fathers of the Church

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 ...
Fathers of the Church

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 ...
Fathers of the Church

Give to God What is God’s

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Give to God What is God’s
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Our Way of the Cross

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Our Way of the Cross
For the 22nd Sunday of OT (A), the liturgy proposes for our reflection the Way of the Cross. The selection from Matthew 16:21-28 is associated with Romans 12:1-2, a passage that when understood in the light of Matthew 16:21-28 highlights ...
Augustiniana, Augustinians

Homily Guides?

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Last February 11-16, we celebrated our 7th Ordinary Provincial Chapter. During one of the sessions, a proposal for the creation of Homily Guides that the friars can use was raised. The Homily Guide contemplated is intended to help ...
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On Humble and Persistent Prayer

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The story of the Canaanite woman -- which we will be reading for the 20th Sunday (Year A) is a story about humble and persevering prayer.

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