Works from the Fathers of the Church

Confessions

An autobiographical account of Augustine's tempestuous early life until his conversation to practising the Catholic faith enthusiastically. It provides a vehicle for...

Christian Initiation

Catechetical instruction for recent converts, explaining the Church’s teachng on Baptism and the Holy Eucharist, with abundant quotes from Sacred Scripture.

The Incarnation of the Word

Reflections on the mystery of the redemptive Incarnation. While confronting specifically the Arian heresy, it also considers objections raised by the Jews and pagans...

On the Holy Spirit

A short work on the consubstantiality of the divine Persons. Its main focus is texts from Sacred Scripture that show the divinity of the Holy Spirit, confronting...

The Teacher

St. Clement writes to recently baptized Christians, portraying Christ as the divine Teacher who guides and instructs his spiritual children in the duties of their new...

The Priesthood

6 short books written in dialogue form covering the priesthood, its moral demands, and the pivotal aspects of priestly ministry. Requires good theological formation...

The Apologies

Addressed to the Emperor in the 2nd century, these two works defend Christians who were being unjustly persecuted. Deals with Christian doctrine and worship, the...

Forty Gospel Homilies

40 homilies addressed to Christians in Rome. Starting from the the literal meaning of the sacred text, it draws out the spiritual meaning, with practical guidelines...

On the Book of Job

A lengthy commentary on the book of Job. Provides an historical and allegorical exegesis, with an abundance of practical exhortations of an ascetical nature.

The Life of Moses

Summarizes the life of Moses as described in Exodus and Numbers, and then interprets Moses’ life allegorically, applying it to the soul’s journey towards God....

The Great Catechesis

Addressed to teachers of Christian doctrine (bishops, priests, catechists, etc.). Presents the principal truths of the faith and defends them against pagans, Jews,...

Homilies

Follows the liturgical year: Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Holy Week, Easter, Ascension and Pentecost. Particularly interesting are the homilies on the mystery of Christ...

Treatise on Prayer

Divided into two parts, the first on prayer in general and the second on the Our Father. An appendix deals with the importance of bodily gestures for prayer and the...

Homilies on Exodus

These thirteen homilies compare the people of Israel in Exodus with the Christian’s journey to God the Father. Stresses the supernatural aim of our life here on on...

The Apology of Tertullian

Addressed to governors of the Roman provinces in defense of persecuted Christians. He argues that it is unjust to persecute Christians as atheists, since they adore...