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St. John Henry Newman—The Patristical Idea of Antichrist | Pt. 2: The Religion of Antichrist

“Surely the world is impregnated with the elements of preternatural evil, which ever and anon, in unhealthy seasons, give lowering and muttering tokens of the wrath to come!”

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St. Robert Southwell—Mary Magdalene’s Complaint at Christ’s Death

“One that lives by other's breath, / Dieth also by his death.”

St. Jerome—Against Helvidius: On the Perpetual Virginity of Mary

“The axe of the Gospel must now be laid at the roots of the barren tree and the tree must be delivered to the flames with its unfruitful leaves, so that he who has never learned to speak might learn at length to hold his tongue.”

Pierre-Thomas Dehau, OP—Family and Holy Family: The Father

“I ask you to ask yourself simply, very simply, this question: where is the honor which I am due as a father? Does it exist? Does it exist enough? Do I enforce it enough, these rights which I do not have the right to touch because they are the rights of divine fatherhood which I represent?”

Ida Friederike Görres—Trusting the Church

“What is up to us is to plead without ceasing for discernment and love, for justice and patience—and for unshakable love for the Church. Because only the lover discerns. And what people who do not love her, maybe secretly hate her, tell us about her need not frighten us.”

St. Ephrem the Syrian—Hymns on Faith | Hymn Ten: Fire and Spirit

“In your bread is hidden the Spirit which cannot be eaten. In your wine dwells the fire that cannot be drunk. Spirit in your bread, fire in your wine: It is a distinct wonder that our lips have received!”

Paul Claudel—“Magnificat”, the third Great Ode

“Like the new mother, burdened with milk for the child, so the poet with the word within him, addressed to others.”

St. Alphonsus Liguori—Uniformity With God’s Will | Pt. 3

“True, we should esteem the things that make for the glory of God, but we should show the greatest esteem for those that concern the will of God.”

Pope St. John Paul II—Redemptoris Custos: On the Person and Mission of St. Joseph in the Life of Christ and of the Church

“...at the moment of Joseph's own ‘annunciation’ he said nothing; instead he simply ‘did as the angel of the Lord commanded him’. And this first ‘doing’ became the beginning of ‘Joseph's way’. The Gospels do not record any word ever spoken by Joseph along that way. But the silence of Joseph has its own special eloquence..."

St. Alphonsus Liguori—Uniformity With God’s Will | Pt. 2

“Sickness is the acid test of spirituality, because it discloses whether our virtue is real or sham.”

St. Alphonsus Liguori—Uniformity With God’s Will | Pt. 1

“Conformity signifies that we join our wills to the will of God. Uniformity means more -- it means that we make one will of God's will and ours, so that we will only what God wills; that God's will alone, is our will.”

St. John Henry Newman—Mental Sufferings of Our Lord in His Passion

"... as His atoning passion was undergone in the body, so it was undergone in the soul also."

St. John Henry Newman—On the Annunciation

“How, and when, did Mary take part—and the initial part—in the world's restoration? It was when the Angel Gabriel came to her to announce to her the great dignity which was to be her portion.”

Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet—St. Joseph: A Man after God’s Own Heart

“Joseph merited the greatest honors because he was never touched by honor. The Church has nothing more illustrious, because it has nothing more hidden.”

Tertullian—The Martyrdom of Perpetua and Felicity

“Possibly such a woman could not have been slain unless she herself had willed it, because she was feared by the impure spirit.”

Joseph Ratzinger—What Will the Church Look Like in 2000?

"The real crisis has scarcely begun. We will have to count on terrific upheavals. But I am equally certain about what will remain at the end: not the Church of the political cult, which is dead already… but the Church of faith."

St. John Henry Newman—Moral Consequences of Single Sins

“Day and night follow each other not more surely, than punishment comes upon sin… just as a stone falls to the earth, or as fire burns, or as poison kills, as if by the necessary bond of cause and effect.”

Paul Mankowski, S.J.—Tames in Clerical Life

“The tame commitment to the noncommittal is the engine that powers gay progress in the Church.”

St. John Henry Newman—The Patristical Idea of Antichrist | Pt. 1: The Times of Antichrist

“Is the enemy of Christ, and His Church, to arise out of a certain special falling away from GOD? And is there no reason to fear that some such Apostasy is gradually preparing, gathering, hastening on in this very day?”

St. Augustine—De Doctrina Christiana | Book 4 (Ch.17-31)

“I have discussed in these four books not the kind of man I am, because I have many failings, but the kind of man he should be who strives to labor in sound teaching, that is, in Christian teaching...”

St. John Henry Newman—On the Name of Jesus

“Consider what it is you mean by praying, and you will see that, at that very time that you are asking for the coming of His kingdom, you are anticipating that coming, and accomplishing the thing you fear.”

St. Augustine—De Doctrina Christiana | Book 4 (Ch.1-16)

“Thus, in praying for himself and for those whom he is about to address, [the orator] should be a suppliant before he is a speaker… Who can make us say what we should, and say it in the way we should, except Him in whose ‘hand are both we and our words’?”

St. John Henry Newman—Shrinking from Christ’s Coming

“Consider what it is you mean by praying, and you will see that, at that very time that you are asking for the coming of His kingdom, you are anticipating that coming, and accomplishing the thing you fear.”

St. Augustine—De Doctrina Christiana | Book 3 (Ch.24-37)

“Students of these revered writings should be advised not only to learn the kinds of expressions in the Holy Scriptures… but also to pray that they may understand them.”

Francis Thompson—The Hound of Heaven

"Is my gloom, after all, / Shade of his hand, outstretched caressingly?"

Pope St. Leo the Great—Tome of Leo

“This is the faith by which the Catholic Church lives and progresses, namely, that humanity is believed to exist in Jesus Christ not without real divinity, and divinity, not without real humanity.”

Pope Leo XIII—Immortale Dei: On the Christian Constitution of States

"Since, then, no one is allowed to be remiss in the service due to God, and since the chief duty of all men is to cling to religion in both its reaching and practice-not such religion as they may have a preference for, but the religion which God enjoins, and which certain and most clear marks show to be the only one true religion -it is a public crime to act as though there were no God."

St. Augustine—De Doctrina Christiana | Book 3 (Ch.1-23)

"Reflect for a long time upon what is being read, until the interpretation is drawn over to the sway of charity."

St. Ignatius of Antioch—Letter to the Ephesians

“It is better to say nothing and be a Christian, than to speak and not to be one.”

St. John Henry Newman—Duties of Catholics Towards the Protestant View

“I want a laity, not arrogant, not rash in speech, not disputatious, but men who know their religion, who enter into it, who know just where they stand, who know what they hold, and what they do not, who know their creed so well, that they can give an account of it, who know so much of history that they can defend it.”

Réginald Garrigou-Lagrange, OP—The Created Pure Spirit, and Its Limits

“Among this ever so numerous throng of pure spirits, the highest of hierarchies is that of the great contemplative angels… Next comes those who are ministers of the Most High… and finally there are the angels who simply execute the orders of God, as are the invisible guardians of men, communities, and nations.”

St. Augustine—De Doctrina Christiana | Book 2 (Ch.19-42)

“Whoever does not refer everything to the praise and love of the one God... may seem to be erudite, but he can by no means be considered wise.”

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.”

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."

St. Athanasius—Life of St. Anthony | Full

One of the most influential works in the history of Christian literature, read in its entirety by voice-actor James T. Majewski.

St. Augustine—De Doctrina Christiana | Book 2 (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.”

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.”

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.”

Origen of Alexandria—Homily I on Genesis

“In accordance with the view of the apostle Paul, let us give attention to the text - that we can, as he himself says, receive ‘the mind of Christ’ and know ‘the things that are given us by God.’”

St. Augustine—De Doctrina Christiana | Book 1 with Prologue

“Whoever, then, appears in his own opinion to have comprehended the Sacred Scriptures, or even some part of them, yet does not build up with that knowledge the two-fold love of God and his neighbor, has not yet known as he ought to know.”

St. John Henry Newman—The Danger of Accomplishments

“It is beautiful in a picture to wash the disciples' feet; but the sands of the real desert have no lustre in them to compensate for the servile nature of the occupation.”

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn—A World Split Apart

"But the fight for our planet, physical and spiritual, a fight of cosmic proportions, is not a vague matter of the future; it has already started."

St. Thomas More—Dialogue on Conscience

“Mistrust Him, Meg, I will not, even if I feel myself faint."

St. Augustine—Letter to Honoratus: On Keeping Sacraments Available

“Because of something uncertain, there should not be a definite abandonment of duty — for, in that event, there is certain ruin for the people, not only in things pertaining to this life, but also in those of that other life which must be cared for with incomparably greater attention and anxiety.”

St. Dorotheus of Gaza—On Self-Accusation

"The man who thinks that he is quiet and peaceful has within him a passion that he does not see. "

St. Thomas Aquinas—Send Out Your Spirit

“Love  gives life to the soul, for just as the body lives through the soul, so the soul lives through God, and God dwells in us through love.”

Pope Leo XIII—Rerum Novarum: Rights and Duties of Capital and Labor | Pt. 2

Let the working man and the employer make free agreements, and in particular let them agree freely as to the wages; nevertheless, there underlies a dictate of natural justice more imperious and ancient than any bargain between man and man, namely, that wages ought not to be insufficient to support a frugal and well-behaved wage-earner.

Pope Leo XIII—Rerum Novarum: Rights and Duties of Capital and Labor | Pt. 1

Hence, it is clear that the main tenet of socialism — community of goods — must be utterly rejected, since it only injures those whom it would seem meant to benefit, is directly contrary to the natural rights of mankind, and would introduce confusion and disorder into the commonweal.

St. Cyril of Jerusalem—Mystagogical Lectures on the Eucharist

“When the Master himself has explicitly said of the bread, ‘This is my body,’ will anyone still dare to doubt? When He is Himself our warranty, saying, “This is my blood,” who will ever waver and say it is not His Blood?”

St. Athanasius—Life of St. Anthony | Pt. 6

“Do not lose heart, children, for as the Lord has been angry, so will He heal again and the Church shall quickly recover her own good order and shall shine as she has shone.”

Sr. Mary Ada, OSJ—Limbo

Happy feast of St. Joseph the Worker!

Raïssa Maritain—We Have Been Friends Together (excerpt)

"I would have accepted a sad life, but not one that was absurd."

St. John Henry Newman—Keeping Fast and Festival

“None rejoice in Easter-tide less than those who have not grieved in Lent.”

St. John Henry Newman—The Cross of Christ the Measure of the World

“What is given us by revelation to estimate and measure this world by? The event of this season—the Crucifixion of the Son of God.”

St. Cyril of Jerusalem—Catechesis II: Repentance, Strong Weapon of Salvation

“Would you know the power of repentance? Would you understand this strong weapon of salvation and the might of confession?”

St. Romanos the Melodist—The Akathist Hymn

"Rejoice, O Bride Ever-Virgin!"

St. Cyril of Jerusalem—Catechesis I

"Sustain the struggle for your soul, especially in these days!”

St. Athanasius—Life of St. Anthony | Pt. 5

“For when did the knowledge of God so shine forth? When did chastity and the virtue of virginity so manifest itself, or when was death so despised, as since the Cross of Christ appeared?”

St. John Henry Newman—Fasting a Source of Trial

"Perhaps this is the truest view of such exercises, that in some wonderful, unknown way they open the next world for good and evil upon us..."

St. Augustine—Two Lenten Sermons

“Do you hate your brother and walk about free from care? Are you unwilling to be reconciled, although God is giving you an opportunity for that purpose? Behold, you are a murderer and yet you live.”

St. Athanasius—Life of St. Anthony | Pt. 4

“I am a servant of Christ. If you have been sent against me, here I am.”

St. Robert Southwell—Love & Suffering: 3 Poems

"Not where I breathe, but where I love, I live."

St. Justin Martyr—Dialogue with Trypho (excerpt)

“I will prove to you, here and now, that we do not believe in groundless myths nor in teachings not based on reason, but in doctrines that are inspired by the Divine Spirit, abundant with power, and teeming with grace.”

St. Athanasius—Life of St. Anthony | Pt. 3

“It is possible, with the help of God, easily to distinguish the presence of the good and the bad: a vision of the holy ones is not agitated.”

St. Athanasius—Life of St. Anthony | Pt. 2

“Do not be fearful when you hear of perfection, nor be surprised at the word, for it is not far from us… the Lord has already told us: the kingdom of God is within you.”

St. Thomas Aquinas—Heaven and Earth Will Pass

“Dearest brethren, how great the delight, how great the pleasure, how great the sweetness that is in the heavenly words of wisdom!”

St. John Henry Newman—The Power of Prayer: 3 Poems

In this special episode in honor of the annual March for Life, we’ve compiled a selection of three of Newman’s poems, all composed within a few days of one another and all reflecting on the efficacy of prayer.

St. Athanasius—Life of St. Anthony | Pt. 1

“Do not hesitate to believe what you have heard from those who have brought you accounts of him; believe, rather, that they have told but little... for it is probable that, when each one has told what he knows, the account will not do Anthony justice.”

St. Augustine—Letter to Januarius

“... if any of these customs is common to the whole Church throughout the world, it is the most unheard of madness to doubt that such custom is to be followed.”

St. John Henry Newman—The Lapse of Time

“We are now entering on a fresh stage of our life's journey; we know well how it will end, and we see where we shall stop in the evening, though we do not see the road.”

St. John Henry Newman—The Special Charm of Christmas

"If at any time we might love the world, it is now. If at any time, it is when He is come to be our Emmanuel."

Letter to Diognetus

"This faith, if only you desire it, you can have."

The So-Called Second Letter of St. Clement

"And let us not merely seem to pay attention and to believe now, while being admonished by the presbyters, but also, when we have gone home, let us remember the commandments of the Lord..."

St. John Henry Newman—The Glories of Mary for the Sake of Her Son

“It was fitting, for His honor and glory, that she, who was the instrument of His bodily presence, should first be a miracle of His grace.”

St. John Henry Newman—Worship, a Preparation for Christ’s Coming Seasons

"The season is chill and dark, and the breath of the morning is damp, and worshipers are few, but all this befits those who are by profession penitents and mourners, watchers and pilgrims."

St. Ignatius of Antioch—Letter to the Smyrnaeans

"Wherever the bishop appears, there let the people be; as wherever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church." 

St. John Henry Newman—A Thanksgiving (poem)

Happy Thanksgiving!

St. John Henry Newman—Christian Reverence

"In heaven, love will absorb fear; but in this world, fear and love must go together."

Pope St. Clement I—Letter to the Corinthians

"But, if some shall disobey the words which have been spoken by Him through us, let them know that they will involve themselves in no small transgression and danger."

St. John Henry Newman—Martyrdom

“The unseen God alone was their Comforter, and this invests the scene of their suffering with supernatural majesty, and awes us when we think of them.”

The Martyrdom of St. Polycarp

"The uproar in the stadium was such that nobody could be heard at all."

St. Polycarp—Letter to the Philippians

"The letter of Ignatius sent to us by himself and all the others we have here we send you... and from them you will greatly profit."

St. Ignatius of Antioch—Letter to Polycarp

"Copy the ways of God in speaking to each as an individual person... Not every wound is healed by the same salve."

St. John Henry Newman—Use of Saints’ Days

"We crowd these all up into one day; we mingle together in the brief remembrance of an hour all the choicest deeds, the holiest lives, the noblest labors, the most precious sufferings, which the sun ever saw."

The Didache: Teaching of the Twelve Apostles

"Do not abandon the commandments of the Lord, but keep what you have received, without adding or subtracting."

St. John Henry Newman—Hope in God, Creator

"God has created me to do Him some definite service; He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another."

Pope St. John Paul II—Letter to Artists

"Artists are constantly in search of the hidden meaning of things, and their torment is to succeed in expressing the world of the ineffable. How then can we fail to see what a great source of inspiration is offered by that kind of homeland of the soul that is religion?"

St. Ignatius of Antioch—Letter to the Romans

"I am God's wheat; I am ground by the teeth of the wild beasts that I may end as the pure bread of Christ."

St. John Henry Newman—The Salvation of the Hearer the Motive of the Preacher

"It requires nothing great, nothing heroic, nothing saint-like ... it requires nothing more than faith, a single purpose, an honest heart, and a distinct utterance."

St. John Henry Newman—Trailer: Newman on the Fathers

Happy feast of Saint John Henry Newman! Today it is fitting to drop the trailer for one of CatholicCulture.org’s new podcast series, which will take Newman for its patron. Every week, Catholic Culture Audiobooks will be bringing you...

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