October 17, 2018 – Saints, Martyrs, Fathers, and Doctors of the Church

St. Ignatius of Antioch, Saint, Martyr, Father, but Not a Doctor

You can read about St. Ignatius of Antioch at Franciscan Media. Below is a clip of the major contents reviewing what we learned from Fr. Linsky this morning.

Letters of St. Ignatius of Antioch

Here is a handy link to the seven letters of St. Ignatius. These are provided at the EWTN Website. They are fairly short and easy to read.

Reading the Church Fathers

This is a bit off the subject, but the question of Church Fathers came up during the discussion. I have often heard or read the recommendation that I should read the Church Fathers. I think that for me it would be an insurmountable task. Here is the whole collection, from the first 800 years, as preserved in 38 volumes and available from Amazon for roughly $1000.

A simpler, less burdensome, and more affordable approach would be to buy this Kindle version for $2.99, but even that seems unmanageable and unconquerable to me.

The following authors (alphabetical order) are included in this collection: Alexander of Alexandria, Alexander of Lycopolis, Ambrose, Aphrahat, Archelaus, Aristides the Philosopher, Arnobius, Athanasius, Athenagoras, Augustine of Hippo, Bardesanes, Barnabas, Basil the Great, Caius, Clement of Alexandria, Clement of Rome, Commodianus, Cyprian of Carthage, Cyril of Jerusalem, Dionysius of Rome, Dionysius the Great, Ephraim the Syrian, Eusebius of Caesarea, Gennadius of Marseilles, Gregory the Great, Pope, Gregory Nazianzen, Gregory of Nyssa, Gregory Thaumaturgus, Hermas, Hilary of Poitiers, Hippolytus, Ignatius of Antioch, Irenaeus of Lyons, Jerome, John of Damascus, John Cassian, John Chrysostom, Julius Africanus, Justin Martyr, Lactantius, Leo the Great, Pope
Malchion, Mar Jacob, Mathetes, Methodius, Minucius Felix, Moses of Chorene, Novatian, Origen, Pamphilus, Papias, Peter of Alexandria, Polycarp, Rufinus, Socrates cholasticus, Sozomen, Sulpitius,Severus, Tatian, Tertullian, Theodoret, Theodotus, Theophilus, Venantius, Victorinus, Vincent of Lérins

Doctors of the Church

I found a list of 36 Doctors of the Church at Catholic Online. Here is what they say about Doctors of the Church, some of whom are Church Fathers and some not:

This is a very special title accorded by the Church to certain saints. This title indicates that the writings and preachings of such a person are useful to Christians “in any age of the Church.” Such men and women are also particularly known for the depth of understanding and the orthodoxy of their theological teachings. While the writings of the Doctors are often considered inspired by the Holy Spirit; this does not mean they are infallible, but it does mean that they contributed significantly to the formulation of Christian teaching in at least one area.”

The Catechism contains references to the writings of many but not all Doctors of the Church.

Here  is the list in alphabetical order and then in chronological order by date of death. In that chart, it is interesting that there are groupings around 400 AD, 1200 AD, and 1600 AD.

It is interesting history and theology. If it all gets to be just too much, there is always the New Testament with the writings of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Peter, and Paul.

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