St. Gregory Nazianzen - To Cledonius the Priest Against Apollinarius

Uploaded: 2010-01-23 Length: 23:59 Min Size: 22 MB ~ Download ~

Gregory defends the Catholic dogma of the two natures of Christ. Whatever is united to God is saved by God. The Appolinarian heretics and the like deny that Jesus is both man and God, since they claim that Jesus only assumed a human body and soul, but not a human rational mind. Since a real human consists of both body, soul and a rational mind, the Appolinarian heretics deny the salvation of man. Other arguments are brought forth for the truth of the real Incarnation and consequently for the unrefutable role of Mary as Theotokos. In St. Gregorys own words: "If anyone does not believe that Holy Mary is the Mother of God, he is severed from the Godhead." Since mans salvation is dependent upon his unity with the Godhead, to reject Mary as The Mother of God is equivalent of rejecting the Incarnation which made this unity possible. Take notice of St. Gregory's choice of language which condemns all the effeminate and ecumenical bastards: "If anyone has put his trust in Him as a Man without a human mind, he is really bereft of mind, and quite unworthy of salvation.[...]If any worship not the Crucified, let him be Anathema and be numbered among the Deicides." Those that do not worship the Crucified will end together with the murderers of God upon earth, the apostate jews.

St. Cyprian - An adress to Demetrianus

Uploaded: 2010-02-06 Length: 42:31 Min Size: 24 MB ~ Download ~

St. Cyprian's adress to Demetrianus shows the deep faith and fear our father had in the power of God. Demetrianus had accused the Christians of the different missfortunes that had happened lately in his time. The misfortunes were punishments - he meant - of the "gods" because of the fact that Christians refused to serve them. St. Cyprian begins his treatise by pointing to the fact that the world as well as the inhabitants thereof are decaying, and as such therefore suffering as it were the symptoms of a dying man. The pagan procunsul Demetrianus accusation St. Cyprian rebukes by answering him that: "For these things happen not, as your false complaining and ignorant inexperience of the truth asserts and repeats, because your gods are not worshipped by us, but because God is not worshipped by you." St. Cyprian dosn't hesitate unlike nominal Catholics nowadays to use harsh words in his adress to this pagan and he even calls him "fool" and "a brute". The pagan "gods" cannot defend themselves, but are rather defended by the pagans. Since the defender is greater than that which is defended the pagans with natural reason should realise that the works of their hands (or even minds) and animals which they worship are not "gods". St. Cyprian also mentiones excorcism and indicates that the pagans in general where possesed by demons in their breasts. The quote above further illustrates St. Cyprians profound belief in that it is God that punishes the world, and indeed doing this for the sins of evil men. These punishments are a direct result of Gods will but are enacted either by a direct intervention of God or by God withdrawing His protection from us and thus allowing the natural disasters to hit us and punish us. "Behold" St. Cyprian says "the Lord is angry and wrathful, and threatens, because you turn not unto Him." In fact the wicked are so depraved that they do not only offend God by their sins and despise the second chance God gives them for repentance, but also as St. Cyprians says: "It is not enough that you yourself do not worship God, but, over and above, you persecute those who do worship." The Christian rather than taking loss during these persecutions and the punishments inflicted by God, is proved and that because the Christian is not concerned with worldly losses but reckons them as gain. Observe also that St. Cyprian frequently mentions the ignorance in which Dimitrianus is living, but unlike the modern heresiarchs which use "ignorance" as an excuse for the things which every man is bound to believe by faith in order to have any hope for salvation, St. Cyprian confirms the gospel by pointing to the fact that Demetrianus and others can not be saved without Christ. "Look, therefore, while there is time, to the true and eternal salvation; and since now the end of the world is at hand, turn your minds to God, in the fear of God " and again "Provide, therefore, while you may, for your safety and your life." and again "When you have once departed there, there is no longer any place for repentance, and no possibility of making satisfaction. Here life is either lost or saved; here eternal safety is provided for by the worship of God and the fruits of faith. Nor let any one be restrained either by his sins or by his years from coming to obtain salvation. To him who still remains in this world no repentance is too late. The approach to God's mercy is open, and the access is easy to those who seek and apprehend the truth. Do you entreat for your sins, although it be in the very end of life, and at the setting of the sun of time; and implore God, who is the one and true God, in confession and faith of acknowledgment of Him, and pardon is granted to the man who confesses, and saving mercy is given from the divine goodness to the believer, and a passage is opened to immortality even in death itself." In these quotes St. Cyprian proves that our only hope for salvation is right here and now, nowhere else could it be obtained but here and since there yet remains time, there yet remains hope and mercy. See therefore to it, that you embrace the mercy that is offered to you while you yet can and are able. Praise God for His just punishments upon earth and take them as a warning of the fire that will never be quenshed. Finally notice how St. Cyprian stresses the same fact as Venerable Bede does in his commentary on the Apocalypse of St. John where he points to the fact that the burning of the wicked in hell will be a joyful vision for the saved. St. Cyprian stresses this fact in the following words: "What will then be the glory of faith? What the punishment of faithlessness? When the day of judgment shall come, what joy of believers, what sorrow of unbelievers; that they should have been unwilling to believe here, and now that they should be unable to return that they might believe! An ever-burning Gehenna will burn up the condemned, and a punishment devouring with living flames; nor will there be any source whence at any time they may have either respite or end to their torments. Souls with their bodies will be reserved in infinite tortures for suffering. Thus the man will be for ever seen by us who here gazed upon us for a season; and the short joy of those cruel eyes in the persecutions that they made for us will be compensated by a perpetual spectacle, according to the truth of Holy Scripture". Beware therefore all you who do persecute the servants of God, beware therefore all you "modernists" that unless you will have the same mind as the Lord in hating what is evil and loving what is good, and consequently be sorrowful when God is offended and joyful when he justly punishes unbelievers and believing mortal sinners in the fires of hell, then you are not of the reborn stock of God but you are "aliens" as St. Cyprian puts it: "The Lord prophesies that the aliens shall be burnt up and consumed; that is, aliens from the divine race, and the profane, those who are not spiritually new-born, nor made children of God. For that those only can escape who have been new-born and signed with the sign of Christ"

St. Bernard of Clairevaux - On the decietfullness and brevity of the present life

Uploaded: 2012-01-15 Length: 25:46 Min Size: 18 MB ~ Download ~

Sermon – On the decietfullness and revity of the present life.

The title says it all. This sermon is about the shortness of life, that one have to remember ones last end.
If you live according to the flesh you shall die. It is about the children of unbelief who abandon themselves to bodily pleasures and similar topics. It is well worth a listening.