St John Chrysostom: How Is it Possible to Imitate Martyrs?

Feast of Conception of St John the Forerunner and Baptist

John_Chrysostom_Square_5.jpegHOW IS IT possible,” you ask, “for us to imitate martyrs now? After all, it isn’t a time of persecution.” Yes, I know. Yet while it isn’t a time of persecution, it is a time of martyrdom. It isn’t a time of wrestling matches of that sort, but it is a time of crowns. Human beings aren’t in pursuit, but... Continue Reading

Hall of Men presenting Rich Mullins

Rich_in_Church_Square.jpegHere's the full version of David Mullin's presentation on Rich Mullins at the Hall of Men on March 26, 2015.

Cheers to Rich Mullins, an Authentic Man and a Musician with a Scriptural Mind!

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David Mullins presenting Rich Mullins

Rich_with_Flowers_Square_3.jpgHere are a few excerpts from a lecture given by David Mullins on the life of his brother Rich Mullins at the Hall of Men on March 26, 2015.

You'll hear about the influences of family and church on Rich and four funny stories on how he looked like Jesus, could pray and cuss, wasn't mechanical, and was authentic.

Eighth Day Patrons can hear the whole lecture HERE.

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Christ in His Saints

Feast of St Eustathius the Great Martyr, His Wife and Two Children
Christ in His Saints by Patrick Henry Reardon

Christ_in_His_Saints_Square.jpegCHRIST IN His Saints is the beautiful exposition of nearly 150 saints from both the Old and New Testaments. As a speaker, pastor, and author, Fr. Reardon’s reflections are timely and insightful; there is more here than mere accounts of the lives of our holy ancestors in Christ. His narrative... Continue Reading

Washing at Dark

Feast of St Theodore of Tarsus, Archbishop of Canterbury

Rich_with_Flowers_Square_3.jpgSOMEDAY I shall be a great saint—like those you see in the windows of magnificent cathedrals. I will have a soul made of sunlight and skin as clear as the stained glass panels that make their skin, and I will shine like they do now—I will shine with the glory that comes over those who rise up early and seek the... Continue Reading

Telling the Joke

Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross

Rich_in_Church_Square.jpegTHE ONLY thing worse than a joke you don’t get is the explanation that is bound to follow: an explanation that, while it may help you see why you should have seen the humor that you so lamely missed, is little likely to make you laugh. It may provoke you to muster a sympathy snicker so as to avoid more of an already... Continue Reading

John Henry Newman: What Is a University?

Feast of the Consecration of the Church of the Holy Resurrection

Newman_Square_4.jpegA UNIVERSITY is a place of concourse, whither students come from every quarter for every kind of knowledge. You cannot have the best of every kind everywhere; you must go to some great city or emporium for it. There you have all the choicest productions of nature and art all together, which you find each in its own separate... Continue Reading

Anglican Difficulties

Feast of Hieromartyr Cornatus, Bishop of Iconium
Anglican Difficulties by John Henry Newman; introduction by Stanley L. Jaki

Newman__Anglican_Difficulties_Square.jpegIN 1850, John Henry Newman delivered a series of “Twelve Lectures on Difficulties Felt by Anglicans in Submitting to the Catholic Church,” which address his concern that Anglicanism, self-satisfied, was abandoning its “image as a via media between Protestantism and Romanism.” Newman said of these lectures in his characteristically sardonic tone,... Continue Reading

John Henry Newman: Have You Been Catechized by a Living Voice?

Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos

Newman_square_2.jpegRELIGIOUS teaching itself affords us an illustration of our subject to a certain point. It does not indeed seat itself merely in centers of the world; this is impossible from the nature of the case. It is intended for the many not the few; its subject matter is truth necessary for us, not truth recondite and rare; but it concurs in the principle... Continue Reading

Anarchists, Biblical Kings, Clerical Clothing & the Color Black

Feast of St Sozon the Martyr

priest-wearing-tab-collar-clergy-shirt_SQUARE.pngOUR LATEST Presidential election cycle, and the subsequent media coverage of President Donald Trump, led me to think more deeply about my political beliefs and principles. I have discussed politics with trusted friends and reflected on my own thoughts more than ever. I want to offer you a powerful quote shared with me by one of my closest friends, Deacon Rico Paul Monge. Deacon... Continue Reading