Articles tagged: early-church-fathers

Demons, Beer, & Breastfeeding - The Top 14 Catholic Lists of 2014


SPL Staff • December 30th, 2014

Listers, thank you for another incredible year. The popular lists of 2014 are certainly diverse. Prayers for your workday, types of demonic activity, and sacred images of breastfeeding are all among this year's finalists. The following is the third annual "top" list in the history of St. Peter's... Read More →

The Daughters of Lust: 5 Questions on How They Pervert the Soul

Philosophy Theology

SPL Staff • September 4th, 2014

Listers, if a person invites lust into his heart, the daughters of lust will soon follow and nest deep within it. A vice is not a single act. Both vice and virtue are habits. Habits are described by both Aristotle and Aquinas as a species of the category of "quality," and qualities are... Read More →

The Queen of Sin: 10 Things Catholics Need to Know

Philosophy Theology

SPL Staff • August 2nd, 2014

Listers, the Queen of Sin conquers the hearts of men and surrenders them to her generals. It is a war of vice and virtue. No individual, however, becomes virtuous or vicious because of a single act. Both virtue and vice are habits. The Philosopher, Aristotle, defines a habit as "a disposition... Read More →

5 Hagiographical Pearls from the Life of St. John Damascene


SPL Staff • February 24th, 2014

**Listers, in addition to remembering the great bishop and wonder-worker St. Nicholas of Myra, the Church commemorates in the same week the great ascetic, theologian, and hymnographer St. John Damascene, on the 4th of December. ** Born in the year 680 in Saracen-held Damascus of Syria, John was... Read More →

Top 10 Most Popular Catholic Lists of 2013


SPL Staff • January 8th, 2014

Listers, thank you for another wonderful year. SPL seeks to provide you with timeless lists that catalogue various aspects of the Catholic faith. The 2013 Top Ten List demonstrates the diversity of those aspects by listing everything from Trappist Ales to images of Mary breastfeeding. If you'd... Read More →

When Santa Punched a Heretic in the Face: 13 Memes on St. Nicholas


SPL Staff • November 30th, 2013

Listers, St. Nicholas was born in AD 270 and became the Bishop of Myra in Lycia (modern day Turkey). He died on December 6, 343 leaving a legacy that would grow into a strong and multifaceted cult. He had a reputation for secret gift-giving, such as putting coins in the shoes of those who left... Read More →

49 Questions on the Sacrament of Confession


SPL Staff • October 14th, 2013

Listers, the following lesson is taken from the Baltimore Catechism. The Baltimore Catechism was the standard catechism for teaching the faith and catechizing children from 1885 to Vatican II. Its basic question-and-answer approach is the most natural learning style for the human mind and it... Read More →

Islam as a Christian Heresy: 8 Quotes from St. John Damascene A.D. 749


SPL Staff • September 23rd, 2013

Listers in one of the earliest polemics against Islam, the "superstition of the Ishmaelites" was viewed as a heresy of Christianity. In his  work The Fount of Knowledge, St. John Damascene (c. 675 or 676 – 4 December 749) gifts the Church with one of the earliest summa theologicas. He is... Read More →

Early Church: 12 Quotes on Homosexuality and Other Sexual Sins

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SPL Staff • April 7th, 2013

1. The Didache "You shall not commit murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not commit pederasty, you shall not commit fornication, you shall not steal, you shall not practice magic, you shall not practice witchcraft, you shall not murder a child by abortion nor kill one that has been... Read More →

In Defense of the Papacy: 9 Reasons True Christians Follow the Pope


SPL Staff • February 21st, 2013

Listers, glory and honor to God for giving us the grace of the papacy. The Pope is the "Advocate of Christian Memory" and he holds the King's people to the King's laws until our Savior returns. Each year on February 22nd the Church celebrates the Cathedra Petri - the Chair of St. Peter. This... Read More →

In Defense of Holy Images: 8 Pearls of Wisdom from St. John Damascene

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SPL Staff • February 20th, 2013

Listers, in the Eastern churches, the First Sunday of the Great Fast celebrates the triumph of holy images. It commemorates the end of two separate periods of iconoclasm, which took place within the space a nearly hundred years. During the iconoclastic period of Byzantine history, images of... Read More →

Preparing for Lent: 9 Liturgical Gems from the Byzantine East


SPL Staff • February 6th, 2013

Listers, the season of Lent is fast approaching. Our brethren in the East call the period of Lent the "Great Fast," or alternatively, "Great Lent." It is the most important of the four fasting seasons in the Eastern churches, since it is the preparation for the feast of feasts, namely Pascha, or... Read More →

Rome is the Apostolic Throne: 24 Quotes from Alexandria, Antioch, and Cyprus


SPL Staff • January 30th, 2013

Listers, in cataloguing the quotes from Alexandria, Antioch, and Cyprus we conclude our theme of Early Eastern Church Fathers that supported the Petrine Ministry. Though these quotes have been posted in several places, SPL would like to again give credit to the quality Catholic resource... Read More →

Catholic Countdown: The Top 20 Lists of 2012


SPL Staff • January 28th, 2013

Listers, in little over a year St. Peter's List has become a rapidly growing community of faithful Catholics. Our I Stand with the Catholic Church graphics have been used in religious liberty rallies around the nation and listers have sent fantastic photos of themselves and their loved ones... Read More →

Constantinople: 25 Quotes from the Eastern Fathers on the Petrine Ministry


SPL Staff • January 25th, 2013

Listers, St. Peter is the Prince of the Apostles and our First Pope. SPL has reproduced a portion of a popular article that has been shared on many Catholic sites – though we think it originated with Fisheaters - cataloguing the Eastern Fathers of the Church and their statements on St. Peter and... Read More →

The Early Church in Jerusalem Followed the Pope: 7 Quotes from History


SPL Staff • January 23rd, 2013

Listers, St. Peter is the Prince of the Apostles and our First Pope. Protestantism at its heart is divorced from history. Protestant "ecclesial communities" sprout up amongst shared value systems generally centered on one dynamic individual. These cults of personality are a far cry from our Early... Read More →

11 Reasons the Authority of Christianity Is Centered on St. Peter and Rome


SPL Staff • December 19th, 2012

Listers, Bl. John Henry Newman said it best: "To be deep in history is to cease to be Protestant." History paints an overwhelming picture of St. Peter's apostolic ministry in Rome and this is confirmed by a multitude of different sources within the Early Church. Catholic Encyclopedia states, "In... Read More →

The First 10 Popes of the Catholic Church


SPL Staff • December 17th, 2012

Listers, we've catalogued the first ten Vicars of Christ for the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church. Save the information on our first pope - St. Peter - all the information presented is taken from the Catholic Encyclopedia and links for further reading are provided.   Painting of Saint... Read More →

7 Things You Must Know about St. Benedict's Medal

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SPL Staff • November 9th, 2012

1. The Story of St. Benedict From Fisheaters: St. Benedict of Nursia, Italy (A.D. 480-543), the twin brother of St. Scholastica, is considered to be the Father of Western monasticism, and his "Rule of St. Benedict" came to be the basis of organization for many religious orders (his own... Read More →

Spiritual Things in Material Things: 5 Quotes from St. John Chyrsostom on the Sacraments

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SPL Staff • October 8th, 2012

**Listers, the sacraments are an essential element to the birth, growth, and transformation of every Catholic believer. ** We are in some way affected by each of these sacraments every day of our lives. We are reborn in baptism, we are overshadowed by the Holy Spirit at confirmation, we are fed... Read More →
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