#52: Email Replies and Song of Solomon

Only Dan could turn a “minicast” into an hour and a half episode! He replies to a couple emails received about his episode on the head versus the heart. He also discusses the Song of Solomon.

 

Resources mentioned on this episode

Book review of St. Thomas Aquinas For Everyone by Dave Palmer
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Interview on Relevant Radio about A Walk Through the Catholic Bible
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Summa I, Q. 82, A. 3 (Whether the will is a higher power than the intellect?)

 

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#40: Early Church Fathers (Pre-Nicaea)

On today’s episode, we discuss the early church fathers (pre-Nicaea). Dan covers St. Ignatius of Antioch, St. Irenaeus and Tertullian. Kevin covers St. Clement of Rome, St. Barnabas and St. Justin Martyr.

Saint Quotes of the Week

“Take note of those who hold heterodox opinions on the grace of Jesus Christ which has come to us, and see how contrary their opinions are to the mind of God… They abstain from the Eucharist and from prayer, because they do not confess that the Eucharist is the Flesh of our Savior Jesus Christ, Flesh which suffered for our sins and which the Father, in his goodness, raised up again. They who deny the gift of God are perishing in their disputes.” – St. Ignatius of Antioch, Letter to the Smyrnaeans, Ch 6

“The blessed apostles, then, having founded and built up the Church, committed into the hands of Linus the office of the episcopate. Of this Linus, Paul makes mention in the Epistles to Timothy. To him succeeded Anacletus; and after him, in the third place from the apostles, Clement was allotted the bishopric. This man, as he had seen the blessed apostles, and had been conversant with them, might be said to have the preaching of the apostles still echoing [in his ears], and their traditions before his eyes…..” – St. Irenaeus of Lyons, Adversus haereses

“We define that there are two, the Father and the Son, and three with the Holy Spirit, and this number is made by the pattern of salvation . . . [which] brings about unity in trinity, interrelating the three, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. They are three, not in dignity, but in degree, not in substance but in form, not in power but in kind. They are of one substance and power, because there is one God from whom these degrees, forms and kinds devolve in the name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit,” – Tertullian, Adv. Prax. 23, PL 2.156-7

“For thus says the Scripture a certain place, ‘I will appoint their bishops in righteousness, and their deacons in faith.’…Our apostles also knew, through our Lord Jesus Christ, and there would be strife on account of the office of the episcopate. For this reason, therefore, inasmuch as they had obtained a perfect foreknowledge of this, they appointed those ministers already mentioned, and afterwards gave instructions, that when these should fall asleep, other approved men should succeed them in their ministry…For our sin will not be small, if we eject from the episcopate those who have blamelessly and holily fulfilled its duties.” – St. Clement of Rome, Epistle to Corinthians, 42-44 (A.D. 98)

“Again Moses maketh a type of Jesus, how that He must suffer, and that
He Himself whom they shall think to have destroyed shall make alive
in an emblem when Israel was falling. For the Lord caused all manner
of serpents to bite them, and they died (forasmuch as the
transgression was wrought in Eve through the serpent), that He might
convince them that by reason of their transgression they should be
delivered over to the affliction of death.” – Epistle of St. Barnabas

“But we, after we have thus washed him who has been convinced and has assented to our teaching, bring him to the place where those who are called brethren are assembled, in order that we may offer hearty prayers in common for ourselves and for the baptized [illuminated] person, and for all others in every place, that we may be counted worthy, now that we have learned the truth, by our works also to be found good citizens and keepers of the commandments, so that we may be saved with an everlasting salvation. Having ended the prayers, we salute one another with a kiss. There is then brought to the president of the brethren bread and a cup of wine mixed with water; and he taking them, gives praise and glory to the Father of the universe, through the name of the Son and of the Holy Ghost, and offers thanks at considerable length for our being counted worthy to receive these things at His hands. And when he has concluded the prayers and thanksgivings, all the people present express their assent by saying Amen. This word Amen answers in the Hebrew language to γένοιτο [so be it]. And when the president has given thanks, and all the people have expressed their assent, those who are called by us deacons give to each of those present to partake of the bread and wine mixed with water over which the thanksgiving was pronounced, and to those who are absent they carry away a portion.” – St. Justin Martyr, Apology 1: 65

Recommended Reading

Faith of the Early Fathers: Three-Volume Set by William Jurgens. Volume 1 ends circa 382; Volume 2 concludes with Julian of Eclanum (d. 454); Volume 3 ends with St. John of Damascene (d. 749).

Early Christian Writings: The Apostolic Fathers by Penguin Classics

The Fathers Know Best – Your Essential Guide to the Teachings of the Early Church by Jimmy Akin

New Advent: The Fathers of the Church

The Tertullian Project

Internet Sacred Text Archive

Challenge of the Week

Pick one church father that we talked about and read one of their writings online. Refer to the resources in the recommended readings above. Find a Catholic doctrine that stands out to you and share it with a friend.

Dinner Table Questions

1. Have you ever read the early church fathers? If so, which ones?
2. Do you think the early church fathers would be an effective evangelizing tool for lapsed Catholics and Protestants?
3. The early church fathers were known for defending the truth in the face of heresy. Has the modern church lost its zeal for defending the truth? Is there a particular approach or technique that the early church fathers used when defending the truth that we can learn from?

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#27: Help! (minicast)

On today’s minicast, we discuss how to ask for help from a man’s point of view.

Prayers mentioned on this episode:

Jesus help me, your servant whom you have redeemed by your Precious Blood.
In every need let me come to you with humble trust saying, Jesus help me.
In all my doubts, perplexities and temptations, Jesus help me.
In hours of loneliness, weariness and trial, Jesus help me.
In the failure of my plans and hopes, Jesus help me.
In dissapointments, troubles and sorrows, Jesus help me.
When I throw myself on your tender love as a Father and a Savior, Jesus help me.
When I am ill, and my head and hands cannot do their work, Jesus help me.
Always, always, in joy or sorrows, in falls or short-comings, Jesus help me and never forsake me.
Amen.

Efficacious Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

I. O my Jesus, you have said: “Truly I say to you, ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you.” Behold I knock, I seek and ask for the grace of…… (here name your request)
Our Father….Hail Mary….Glory Be to the Father….Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.

II. O my Jesus, you have said: “Truly I say to you, if you ask anything of the Father in my name, he will give it to you.” Behold, in your name, I ask the Father for the grace of…….(here name your request) Our Father…Hail Mary….Glory Be To the Father….Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.

III. O my Jesus, you have said: “Truly I say to you, heaven and earth will pass away but my words will not pass away.” Encouraged by your infallible words I now ask for the grace of…..(here name your request) Our Father….Hail Mary….Glory Be to the Father…Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.

O Sacred Heart of Jesus, for whom it is impossible not to have compassion on the afflicted, have pity on us miserable sinners and grant us the grace which we ask of you, through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, your tender Mother and ours.

Say the Hail, Holy Queen and add: St. Joseph, foster father of Jesus, pray for us.

Dinner Table Questions
1. Do you ever have trouble asking people for help? What prevents you from asking for help?
2. Have you ever thought about getting an accountability partner? Who would you ask to be your accountability partner?

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#2: Faith Hope Charity

On today’s episode, we discuss the three theological virtues of faith, hope and charity.

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Saint quote of the week
On this episode, we hear a great quote from Bishop Fulton Sheen on how to deal with atheism.  If you are interested in hearing more from Fulton Sheen, check out this website!  There is also an App to listen to Fulton Sheen on the go!

Recommended reading or listening
Kevin: Boys to Men: The Transforming Power of Virtue by Tim Gray and Curtis Martin

Dan: Theology for Beginners by Frank Sheed

Challenge of the week
Part I: Go to confession!

Part II: Incorporate the Acts of Faith, Hope and Charity into your daily prayer routine. Try it for one week.

Act of Faith:
O my God, I firmly believe that you are one God in three divine Persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. I believe that your divine Son became man and died for our sins and that he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe these and all the truths which the Holy Catholic Church teaches because You have revealed them who are eternal truth and wisdom, who can neither deceive nor be deceived. In this faith I intend to live and die. Amen.

Act of Hope:
O Lord God, I hope by your grace for the pardon of all my sins and after life here to gain eternal happiness because you have promised it who are infinitely powerful, faithful, kind, and merciful. In this hope I intend to live and die. Amen.

Act of Charity:
O Lord God, I love you above all things and I love my neighbor for your sake because you are the highest, infinite and perfect good, worthy of all my love. In this love I intend to live and die. Amen.

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The theological virtues

Our next episode should be coming out on Monday, March 16.  The Sons of Thunder will be discussing the three theological virtues of faith, hope and charity.  Which saints exemplified these virtues?  How can we grow in them?  What does the bible, the catechism, and the church fathers have to say about these virtues?  Tune in to find out!

We may also reveal our first guest for an episode coming up in April.  I wonder who it could be?? 😉

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