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St. Augustine of Hippo

Saint Augustine of Hippo is the undisputed giant of Western Christian theology in the Early Church.  He lived from 354 to 430AD, after the legalization of Christianity in the Roman Empire, amidst a time when false Christianities proliferated, and leading … Continue reading

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Bernard of Clairvaux

Whether you are interested in history, in Christianity, or Christian history, Saint Bernard of Clairveaux is a massively significant and complex person.  He was born in 1090 and lived through one of the more complicated periods of medieval European history.  … Continue reading

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Saturdays with Simeon

Charles Simeon was an Anglican priest who lived in the late 1700’s and early 1800’s; he held the same post as Vicar of Holy Trinity Church in Cambridge for over fifty years.  Credited as an evangelical light in the Anglican … Continue reading

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When and how do we celebrate St. Mary?

In traditional Christian lists of Saints, even lists of categories of Saints, the first person on the list is always the Blessed Virgin Mary, the mother of our Lord. This is because she was the closest person to Jesus in … Continue reading

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Saint Dominic

Saint Dominic is one of the most important Saints of the late medieval era. The medieval era, or “middle ages”, lasted roughly from the 600’s through the 1200’s, followed by “the” Renaissance beginning in the 1300’s.  I write “the” renaissance … Continue reading

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Aethelwold of Winchester

Some saints and historical figures are more famous than others, and that fame does not always line up with their actual impact on history and the world around them.  One example is Alfred the Great – the only King of … Continue reading

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St. Macrina

Saint Macrina the Younger was a member of a very large and saintly family: Her grandmother (known as Macrina the Elder) is remembered as a Saint, and had studied under Saint Gregory Thaumaturgus. Her father was Saint Basil the Elder, … Continue reading

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Saint Benedict

Saint Benedict was born in Nursia (now Norcia, in central Italy) probably in the year 480.  The Roman Empire had fallen in the West, “barbarians” ruled over Rome, the great Augustine of Hippo lived and died a generation before, and … Continue reading

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Bernard Mizeki

On the 18th of June, in 1896, a missionary was killed by the people-group to whom he was ministering.  This is, in itself, not an unusual story, no matter what century you begin with.  What makes Bernard Mizeki’s story particularly … Continue reading

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St. Columba (Colmcille)

Saint Columba is known as the Apostle to the Picts, because he was the first major and successful missionary who brought the Gospel to those people.  The Picts were a celtic people-group who lived in modern-day Scotland.  They were known … Continue reading

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