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The Distance Shall Never Be Overcome

This edition of my church fathers paraphrases comes from someone who is not generally considered a church father. Rather, he was closely associated with many of the church fathers and one of the most important figures in Christian history. That man is Emperor Constantine the Great.

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Essence Beyond Existence

This installment of my paraphrases of the early church fathers comes from St. John of Damascus, also known as St. John Damascene or The Damascene. John was born in Damascus around AD 676 to Mansur, a Christian who was the chief financial officer of the caliph in Damascus. John’s father wished for him to have…

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Glory

This edition of my early church father’s paraphrases comes from St. Irenaeus of Lyons. Irenaeus was born sometime in the early 2nd century A.D. and was a disciple of St. Polycarp, who himself was a disciple of St. John. Irenaeus was sent to Rome during the persecutions under Marcus Aurelius to Pope Eleutherius with a…

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The Sight to Be Blind

This installment of my early church fathers paraphrases comes from St. Hilary of Poitiers. For more information on his life, please visit my previous paraphrase from him. This selection comes from the tenth book of his work “On the Trinity.” ——————————————————————– Understanding God comes about by faith. The search into his mysteries is bounded by…

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The Golden Bird

This installment of my church fathers paraphrases comes from St. John Chrysostom. St. John was born in Antioch around A.D 347. In his early life he was engaged in classical studies, but the influence of the bishop Meletius caused him to turn to the ascetic and religious life. He began as a lector in Antioch,…

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The Remedy

This latest installment in my series of paraphrases by the early church fathers comes from St. Ambrose of Milan. Ambrose (Ambrosius) was born around A.D. 340 to an old Roman family which also had ancient ties to Christianity. His father (also named Ambrosius) held the prefecture of Gallia, and Ambrose was set to follow in…

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Seeing is Loving

This installment of my church fathers paraphrase series comes from St. Peter Chrysologus. Not much is known of Peter’s early life or even his death. He was ordained a deacon by Cornelius the bishop of his hometown Imola. In A.D. 433 he was appointed to the bishopric of Ravenna by Pope Sixtus III. Peter had…

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He Was Always With Himself

This installment of my church fathers’ paraphrases comes from the ascetic writer John Cassian. He was born around A.D. 360 and died around A.D. 435. Little is known of his early life, but he was instrumental in introducing Eastern monastic practices to the West. He was raised by an affluent family, but at a relatively…

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