You black and icy iron chain That shackles hand and foot, You filled my heart with doubt and shame; You filled my lungs with soot. In my youth you held me down. In winter cold you grew. You made me fear for all I had And question all I knew. When I became aware of you, I knew you for my foe. And though I begged and though I clawed You would not let me go
Would you trust a soldier Who runs into the war With no armor on his back Despite his prideful roar? He says he will not fall And he says he will not die But Truth itself will soon reveal Such claims to be a lie Would you trust that soldier And follow in his wake Knowing that his blinding pride Is just one big mistake?
This is an excerpt from St. Thomas Aquinas’ commentary on the Apostles’ Creed. Text edited by Ambrose Bean. Audio edited by Stephen Bean.
This is an excerpt from the First Letter of Peter in the New Testament. Text edited by Ambrose Bean. Audio edited by Stephen Bean.
First, we need to know who we are. We need to know where we are. We need to know the situation we are in. This is the knowledge of self which the Fathers taught us was so important. This is the message of the Old Testament. It is the call to "repent!" (Acts 2:38). It [...]
I took fifty shots that night And they rang out loud and clear They struck me each upon the heart As they shattered in my ear My friends took shots as well that night But theirs didn’t strike so deep Mine set my heart and the world ablaze While theirs put them to sleep
This is a homily delivered by St. Josemaria on March 11, 1960. Recorded with permission from the Stadium Foundation. Text edited by Ambrose Bean. Audio edited by Stephen Bean.
In his first Letter to the Corinthians, St. Paul addresses prominent divisions that plagued the Church during his time. He calls out the problem by saying, "there is jealousy and strife among you" (1 Cor 3:3). Many people belonging to the Church at Corinth were splitting into separate groups based on which preacher inspired their [...]
This is a meditation written by St. Anselm to encourage the spirit not to fall into despair. Text edited by Ambrose Bean. Audio edited by Stephen Bean.
This is an excerpt from St. John Paul II’s encyclical Evangelium vitae. Text edited by Ambrose Bean. Audio edited by Stephen Bean.