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Use this tag to ask for help to find the source of a quote, or to find a works by Christian scholars and authors on particular topics. Do not use this tag to ask for Bible verses on a topic.

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Which Desert Father is known to have undone his work at the end of the day?

I once heard a story of a desert father who would do some work, maybe construction of some type, and then proceed to undo it all at the end of the day, repeating the next day in order to highlight the ...
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Reference request: Trying to locate the reference of a quote by Pope Athanasius of Alexandria about the Trinity

I read this quote for Saint Athanasius of Alexandria in an Arabic book, but I am trying to locate the source (reference) of that quote (in which work for Athanasius), or something of the similar ...
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Edition of St. Vincent of Lerins' "The Commonitory" Approved by the Catholic Church?

One might think that to find a copy of St. Vincent of Lerins' "The Commonitory" (or Commonitorium) that has received some kind of approbation from the Catholic Church would be an easy task. ...
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Is there a list of verses from the Bible which the Joseph Smith Translation has modified/restored?

Rather than busting out a KJV and a JST and comparing them verse by verse I am lazily hoping that there is, somewhere, a list which has already been generated providing all of the verses from the ...
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Has any part of St. Alphonsus' Moral Theology translation into English had a valid Imprimatur?

Regarding Mediatrix Press's English Translation project of the 10 Latin volumes of St. Alphonsus's Moral Theology where these 2 volumes (Book 1 to Book 4 part 1) have been published: Volume 1 Book 1 ...
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Catholic Saints Who Have Expressed Thoughts Similar to St. Faustina Regarding Chosen Souls

There are at least three places in St. Faustina's Diary where she writes about the world being maintained by chosen souls; see, for example: 926 And the Lord gave me to know who it is that upholds ...
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The Fourth Lateran Council on Conscience

According to St. John Henry Newman (in his essay on Conscience): However, Papal Encyclicals Online, says nothing of the sort. Unlike previous Councils, the proceedings were not formally recorded. ...
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In the Writings of the Ancient Greeks---"God is Everywhere Implied"

Elements of monotheism seem to have existed in the philosophies of at least several of the celebrated ancient Greek philosophers; e.g., Parmenides, Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. A while back, I ...
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Middle Ages quaint anniversaries for March 25th?

The following blog has a quaint list of anniversaries for the Feast of the Annunciation: Thus we find in some calendars of the Middle Ages the following quaint “anniversaries” listed for March 25: ...
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Grasping the horns of the altar

1 Kings 2:28-29 (NIV) says: 28 When the news reached Joab, who had conspired with Adonijah though not with Absalom, he fled to the tent of the LORD and took hold of the horns of the altar. 29 King ...
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What differences are between these study bibles of NIV? [closed]

I found that there are several NIV study bibles, which are all published by Zondervan: NIV Archaeological Study Bible, by Walter C. Kaiser Jr. NIV Study Bible, Fully Revised, by Kenneth L. Barker NIV ...
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Who first used the term "alter Christus" to describe a priest?

Who first used the term alter Christus ("another Christ") to describe an ordained (ministerial) priest?
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1967 Pastoral Letter of German Bishops on the Catholic Church's Magisterium

In his article The Magisterium, Biblical and Pastoral Aspects, Fr. John F. Wealon writes: I know of no wiser treatment than that of the German bishops in a pastoral letter of September 22, 1967. The ...
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How Many Fathers of the Catholic Church are There; and Where to Find a Reliable List?

Does anyone know for sure how many Church Fathers have been so declared by the Catholic Church (assuming that the last one is St. John Damascene); and where I may find a reliable list of them? Thank ...
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What is the difference between a Catholic custom and a Catholic tradition?

What is the difference between a Catholic custom and a Catholic tradition? I have noticed a trend in recent years to call Catholic customs a Catholic tradition (with a small t). Much confusion is out ...
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Is there an organized biblical based reference for pentecostalism?

So pentecostalism has a lot of its doctrine around personal experience with the Holy Spirit, like speaking in tongues, hearing the Spirit's voice and so on... I want to find a theological course/book/...
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Are there recommendations for books for learning about the customs and rules of a Christian life?

Are there recommendations for a (concise) introductory book for learning about the customs and rules of a Christian life? For example, what principles to live by, what to eat and fast during special ...
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What is the source of this inscription in Salzburg?

Above some sort of a shrine(?) on the way up to the Kapuzinerberg in Salzburg, Austria there is this inscription: CHRISTUS DNS CAPTUS EST IN PECCATIS NOSTRIS Christus der Herr ist gefangen worden um ...
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Who said, "Heresies Survive by the Truths They Retain"?

On pg. 7 of the 1938 edition of The Great Heresies by Hilaire Belloc, he writes: Wherefore it is said of heresies that ``they survive by the truths they retain.'' He does not seem to specify who ...
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Looking for the Source of a Teaching on Sexual Ethics from Benedict XVI or JP2

Years ago, I recall being taught that Benedict XVI once said that it was licit for a husband to perform cunnilingus on his wife in order to help her climax if she did not during the ordinary process ...
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Who Said: "God Did Not Become Man in Order for Man to Become a Theologian''?

I recall reading some years ago in some Christian publication that "God did not become man in order for man to become a theologian." The quote has stuck with me but I cannot recall who said ...
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Hugh of Saint-Cher's complete Bible commentary (Postillæ in totam Bibliam)?

"Hugh of Saint-Cher († 1263) was the second Dominican Master of Theology in Paris, and the first Dominican cardinal" (n. 39) who, "through the persuasion of Master [St.] Albert [the ...
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Rules Which Govern the Excommunication of Catholic Bishops

Are there rules in place that a pope must follow when he wishes to excommunicate a bishop? If so, what are they; or where may they be found?
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How Many Souls Have Ever Lived?

This question is related to How Did Ussher Determine That the World Began on "Sunday Evening, October 23, 4004 B.C."? From a Christian perspective (i.e., beginning with the premise that the ...
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Translation of Dietrich von Hildebrand's “Die Bedeutung von Mann und Frau füreinander ausserhalb der Ehe”?

Is there an online edition or English translation of: Hildebrand, Dietrich von. “Die Bedeutung von Mann und Frau füreinander ausserhalb der Ehe.” In Zeitliches Im Lichte Des Ewigen, 143–44. ...
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Looking for "Mémoire sur Monsieur Vianney" by Catherine Lassagne (First Biographer of the Saint)

According to the Sanctuaire d'Ars webpage, Catherine Lassagne recorded her many recollections of St. John Vianney in a small book entitled, "Mémoire sur Monsieur Vianney". It was ...
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Pope Pius VI and the French Revolution's "Civil Constitution of the Clergy"

The Civil Constitution of the Clergy was a law passed during the French Revolution which attempted to make subordinate the Catholic Church in France to the French government. Among other things, it ...
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What could account for this 1990 radical change in belief about the German school of Higher Criticism (that began around 1860)?

This development in German universities in the 1800s is not to be confused with today’s “Critical Theory” (just in case anyone reading the 1990 quote below thinks they are akin.) This question deals ...
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Did St. John Vianney Ever Directly Say Anything About Scruples?

I am currently working on a project devoted to the thoughts of the Curé of Ars (St. John Vianney) on various topics. One of the topics is scruples. St. Alphonsus Liguori, for instance, has this to ...
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On the Quote "We Have No Other Business Here Than to Get to Heaven"

I would like to make use of a quote which I paraphrase here as follows: ``We have no other business here than to get to Heaven. Everything else is a waste of time.'' I think that it (or something like ...
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Where did St. Bernard say that incontinence in ecclesiastics is one of the greatest persecutions the Church could suffer?

St. Alphonsus Liguori writes in Dignity and Duties of the Priest or Selva p. 112: St. Bernard said that incontinence in ecclesiastics was one of the greatest persecutions that the Church could suffer....
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St. Thomas Aquinas on the Question: "What Must I Do to Go to Heaven?''

There is a story that relates to St. Thomas Aquinas and the question of "What must I do to go to Heaven" that I thought was somewhat famous, but I can't seem to locate it. As I recall, the ...
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What are good books on humility by major scholars or priests?

What are the best books, writings and great works by traditional scholars and priests in Christianity dealing with the topic of humility? I want very traditional and age old works. For example, The ...
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Are there any passages in Early Christian literature that discuss angels and pagans?

Are there any passages in Early Christian literature that discuss angels and pagans? Are there any statements that suggest that angels were created specifically by God only for Christians and not for ...
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Saint Quotes on Holy Obedience to Overcome Satan

I have read at various times in the past regarding the devil's ability to pretend even humility, but his utter inability to feign obedience. Recently, I have tried to find some quotes from Catholic ...
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Is it Catholic doctrine that no one can be certain of being in God's grace?

From the Wikipedia article Trial of Joan of Arc: Several questions of a theological nature followed, including this one: Question: Do you know whether or not you are in God's grace? Joan: If I am not,...
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Where can I find the source of "I perish today not because of the crime I committed, but because of the pardon I did not accept"?

From a sermon illustration: That quote was the last words of a young man in southern USA (18th century), who was sentenced to be hung for a crime, whose family had interceded with the governor. The ...
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On a Quote of St. Augustine Pertaining to Education

Education is the food of youth, the delight of old age, the ornament of prosperity, the refuge and comfort of adversity, and the provocation to grace in the soul. Does anyone know in which of his ...
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Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich's Prophecy on the Two Popes

I would like to know the source (a book, I presume) that speaks about Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich's "Prophecy of the two popes.'' Every online site that I recall, which speaks about it, has ...
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A Quote of Ven. Leo Dupont on Never Making Peace with One's Sins

I am trying to find a reference which contains an actual quote from Ven. Leo Dupont, which, as I recollect, can be paraphrased as "... but I have never made peace with my sins." Is anyone ...
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Did St. Augustine warn us about interpreting the Bible in a way which harms science?

Yesterday I came across a quote that was associated with St. Augustine of Hippo which shocked me and I was wondering if this is a real quote by St. Augustine or is it another fake quotation by him? It'...
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Quote source for St. Leopold Mandić on Continual Prayer

In many places, here for example, I have seen (pretty much verbatim): Father Leopold often said that whatever we do on earth, we should do it in the presence of God, then our whole life will be a ...
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Looking for the Context Surrounding This St. Robert Bellarmine Quote

This quotation attributed to St. Robert Bellarmine: "It is granted to few to recognize the true Church amid the darkness of so many schisms and heresies, and to fewer still so to love the truth ...
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On a Quote of Bl. Jerzy Popiełuszko---"an Idea Capable of Life..."

A while back, I was reading a book (I don't remember the title) on the life of Polish martyr, Blessed Jerzy Popiełuszko; and I am now trying to recollect a quote, I think may have been from it, which ...
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What lost bible commentary did St. Thomas Aquinas want more than an entire kingdom?

I've heard it claimed that St. Thomas Aquinas desired to obtain a manuscript of a biblical commentary (by St. John Chrysostom?) more than he desired to posses an entire kingdom. What is the source of ...
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Looking for Complete Online Collection of the Sermons of German Priest, Fr. Franz Hunolt, S.J

From Wikipedia: Hunolt's idea was to treat the entire field of morals in his sermons thoroughly and completely. Each of the six volumes contains seventy-two sermons, and the various divisions in each ...
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Searching for Extended English Language Bibles

There are Luther (German) Bible to English parallels out there, however, the Luther Bible includes the Apocryphal texts and the English parallels do not. What I want to know is if there are any ...
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Looking for a Complete, Preferably English (Latin OK), Public Domain Translation of Peter Lombard's "Four Books of Sentences"

I am looking for a public domain English translation of all four volumes of Perter Lombard's The Sentences---"one of the least read of the world’s great books". I am, however, not sure that ...
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The matter of Pope Benedictus XVI and Nazism?

I am here trying to find sources about Pope Benedictus XVI and his history with Nazism. I don't really have a question, but I thought this would be a great place to find resources on this subject from ...
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St. Athanasius on Papacy?

What did St. Athanasius believe about the Papacy and are there any special mentions of the bishop of Rome in his writings?
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