Church Fathers

The Fathers of the Church

by Fred Schaeffer, OFS., Jan.2018


The list is long, and for Catholics who want to know about the Fathers of the Church and who they are, the place to begin is here:


The Fathers of the Church we know a lot about are those who are Canonized, such as:
St. Alexander of Alexandria
St. Ambrose
St. Athanasius
St. Augustine
St. Barnabas
St. Basil the Great
St. Clement  of Alexandria
St. Clement of Rome
St. Cyprian of Cathage
St. Dionysius the Great
St. Ephraim the Syrian
St. Gregory the Great
St. Gregory of Nazianzen
St. Gregory of Nyssa
St. Gregory Thaumaturgus
St. Hilary of Poitiers
St. Hippolytes
St. Ignatius of Antioch
St. Irenaeus of Lyons
St. Jerome
St. John of Damascus
St. John Chrysostom
St. Justin Martyr
St. Leo the Great
St. Pamphilus
St. Papias
St. Peter of Alexandria
St. Polycarp
St. Victorinus
St. Vincent of Lerins


There are other Church Fathers often encountered in Liturature:
John Cassian


Many of the readings in the "Office of Readings" in the 4-Volume Liturgy of the Hours, are works authored by these men. I have read and studied many of those readings and texts and guess what? - they are almost all convinced that Our Lord loves us and wants us to join him in Heaven. If you read some or all of my writings and reflections, you will find that those writings deal with God's love for us. I get my inspirations from the same source: the Holy Spirit. In fact, when a priest gives a Homily during Holy Mass, his words come from the Holy Spirit. This is an immense blessing. And it is a blessing to me when I write and I begin to realize that the words I place on paper or type into a page are words that are not coming from me. When that happens, I often stop and thank God as I become concious of it. Maybe I don't realize it immediately, but when I reread something I have written, I have often no recollection of it, and I am sitting here scratching my head and musing: "Did I write this?" Anyway, you get the idea. God is great!


Reading the Church Fathers gives me inspiration and although I don't always quote them directly, what I am writing may in fact come from them. Generally I give credit but that isn't often necessary when the writing in question is already in the "Public Domain." I just watch myself that I don't copy stuff that is protected under copyright provisions.


Enough for now. Just wanted you to know who the Church Fathers were and how to find their writings. The folks at New Advent, have done the Catholic world a tremendous service.  They've made available on the Web and on CD (that's how I get my references), a tremendous deposit of knowledge: the Catholic Encyclopedia (1914ed.), St. Thomas Acquinus' "Summa Theologica," The Church Fathers, and the Douay Rheims Bible and other good stuff. There are many other Catholic websites but few as useful as New Advent, by Kevin Knight. Praise the Lord and thank Him for Kevin.


Fred Schaeffer, OFS

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