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The Shepherd of Hermas | Pt. 1 (Visions)

By James T. Majewski ( bio - articles - email ) | Mar 06, 2024 | In Catholic Culture Audiobooks (Podcast)

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“So I wrote the commands and parables as he bade me. If you hear them and keep them, and walk in them, and fulfill them in a pure heart, you will receive from the Lord what He promised you. But if you hear them and do not repent, or even add to your sins, you will receive the contrary from the Lord.”

The Shepherd of Hermas is an apocryphal text written in Rome in the 2nd century. It belongs to the category of “apocalyptic” literature, as it relates a series of revelations given to its titular character, Hermas, who may or may not also have been the work’s author.

The Shepherd of Hermas was widely read and respected in the early Church, with some Church Fathers (such as Irenaeus and Origen) even considering it part of canonical scripture.

The text is divided into three main sections: Visions, Mandates, and Parables. Taken together, they serve as an exhortation to repentance.

Part 1: Visions

00:00 Intro

00:42 First Vision

09:23 Second Vision

15:57 Third Vision

43:30 Fourth Vision

50:44 Fifth Vision

This work will be released in its entirety in episodic format.

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James T. Majewski is Director of Customer Relations for CatholicCulture.org, the “voice” of Catholic Culture Audiobooks, and co-host of Criteria: The Catholic Film Podcast. Based in New York City, he holds both a BA in Philosophy and an MFA in Acting. See full bio.

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