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The Shepherd of Hermas | Pt. 3 (Parables 1-8)

By James T. Majewski ( bio - articles - email ) | Apr 12, 2024 | In Catholic Culture Audiobooks (Podcast)

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“These mandates are advantageous for those who intend to repent. For, if they do not walk in them, their repentance is worthless. You who repent must cast off the wickedness of this world which wears you down; if you put on every excellence of justice, you can observe these mandates and keep from committing any additional sins.”

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 2: Mandates

00:00 Intro

00:39 First Parable

04:18 Second Parable

08:45 Third Parable

09:48 Fourth Parable

12:08 Fifth Parable

27:08 Sixth Parable

38:25 Seventh Parable

42:05 Eighth Parable

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James T. Majewski is Director of Customer Relations for, 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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