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The Deep Roots of Consecrated Life

By Mike Aquilina ( bio - articles - email ) | Feb 08, 2023 | In Way of the Fathers (Podcast)

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As long as there’s been Christian faith, there have been ascetics—athletes of prayer—and these athletes, both female and male, have sought ways to live in intentional community. Experiments in communal life went on in every corner of the Empire—in Egypt, Palestine, Rome, Cappadocia, Athens, Antioch, Africa—and involved the greatest names in the early Church.


Tertullian, On the Veiling of Virgins

Ambrose of Milan, Concerning Virgins

Ambrose of Milan, Concerning Widows

Gregory of Nyssa, On Virginity

Augustine of Hippo, Of Holy Virginity

John Cassian, Institutes

Palladius, Lausiac History

Mike Aquilina’s website

Mike Aquilina’s books

Theme music: Gaudeamus (Introit for the Feast of All Saints), sung by Jeff Ostrowski. Courtesy of Corpus Christi Watershed

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Mike Aquilina is a popular author working in the area of Church history, especially patristics. He is executive vice-president and trustee of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, a contributing editor of Angelus (magazine) and general editor of the Reclaiming Catholic History Series from Ave Maria Press. See full bio.

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