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Praying with Savonarola in Lent

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

People are often quite surprised to discover that when Bl Pier Giorgio Frassati became a Dominican tertiary he took the name Girolamo Savonarola. On the face of it, their personalities and character are quite different, and while Bl Pier Giorgio could certainly be boisterous, he certainly does not seem to have the kind of temperament that one would associate with Savonarola. Read more

Doctors of the Church: St Jerome

Monday, February 26, 2018
The next of our western doctors of the Church in this series is the formidable character of St Jerome. It is to him we can give thanks for the Vulgate, the Latin translation of Holy Scripture, which continues to serve all these centuries later as the authoritative Latin Bible. It is this translation for which he is most well known. He produced also not only further translations of other works, such as the ‘Chronicon Eusebii Caesariensis’, but he also contributed to biblical scholarship through his commentaries on Holy Scripture. He was truly a man immersed in the world of the Bible. Furthermore he was known to engage in debate with heretics and schismatics, such as the Luciferians, and those who doubted the perpetual virginity of Our Lady.  Read more

Praying with Blessed Henry Suso in Lent

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

I know of few people who have loved Christ so much as to take a blade to their heart and inscribe the Holy Name of Jesus in their blood upon their breast. Blessed Henry Suso is one of them.  Read more

Praying with Humility in Lent

Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Lent is a joyful time about living life to the full.  Read more

Doctors of the Church: Augustine

Monday, February 12, 2018
Given that we here at Blackfriars chose to blog during this academic term on Doctors of the Church, writing a post on Saint Augustine, one of Christian theology’s most important voices, was a must! Saint Augustine lived a life of profound searching, both of his own soul and of truth in general as his immense body of theological work reveals, especially his seminal Confessions.  Read more
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