Eastern Fathers on Prayer

Given that I attend an Eastern Rite Church, I suppose that it’s no great surprise that I love the Eastern Fathers of the Church. In light of this, I wanted to share a video of a presentation given by Joseph Heschmeyer (soon to be Deacon Joseph Heschmeyer), about the Eastern Fathers on the subject of prayer:

Blood and Ink (MP3)



A couple of weeks ago I gave a talk at Santa Sophia entitled “Blood & Ink: How the Early Church Conquered the World”. Unfortunately, soon after given the talk, my laptop decided to die, so I couldn’t upload the audio. My laptop is finally fixed, so here you go…

Blood & Ink: How the Early Church Conquered the World (Download)

Worship In The Early Church (Video)


Earlier this week, I gave a talk entitled “Worship In The Early Church”. In case you weren’t able to make it, the event organizer recorded my presentation and put it up on Vimeo:

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It is also available here on YouTube:

Patristics Seminar

I recently saw Mike Aquilina (happy birthday!) comment on Facebook that he was just returning from speaking at a conference on the Early Church Fathers. I had no idea that such things existed! How did I not know?!

Anyway, it turns out that there’s an annual Patristics seminar in October at St. Lambert’s Catholic Church near Chicago, Illinois:


Although I’ve missed the seminar for this year, fortunately the parish’s website has the audio from the talks, as well as from their 2013 seminar with Dr. John Bergsma:

2016: A Revolution of Hope (Mike Aquilina & Dr. Jim Papandrea)
The First Pro-Life Movement: A Revolution in Human Dignity
The Inevitable Counter-Revolution: How and Why the Church was Persecuted
Saving Bodies, Saving Souls: A Revolution in Health Care
The Revolution of Religious Liberty: Myth and Reality

2013: Origins of Jewish and Christian Worship (Mike Aquilina & Dr. John Bergsma)
A Rite Tun
Outdoing Solomon
Language of Angels
The Garden and the Temple

Quick Apology: Faked Fathers


A few days ago I posted a Quick Apology in response to a reader’s question on the subject of “Soul Sleep”. In that same email, he described another objection he had heard, which I’d like to address today.


In the reader’s email, he wrote the following:

I have recently encountered a non-Catholic…who states that the Church Fathers never existed, i.e. all fake

Well…that’s quite the challenge! So, how might one respond when encountering this objection?


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Remembering the Jewish Feasts


WeirdSometimes I forget I’m a bit weird…

Do you have habits which have been part of you for years? Do you have personal traditions which you’ve been following for so long that you forget that they’re not universally shared by the rest of the world?

Well, last month I was chatting with a friend online and he highlighted for me one of my personal eccentricities. Our discussion prompted me to write this post so as to share my weirdness with the world, and in the faint hope of discovering others out there who have similar quirks…

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Early Church Timeline

Well this is rather cool… I recently came across an interactive timeline of the Early Church:

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