Tag Archives: Paulinus of Nola

#462 – A History of the Catholic Church – The Poetry of Eudocia

The poetry of Empress Eudocia and Paulinus of Nola revealed the tensions that existed in a culture that both praised and rejected the literary works of the past – those of Homer and Virgil. For Eudocia and Paulinus, the examples of the great pagan poets of yesterday could be used to praise Christ in the Roman Empire of their present.

Links:
Icon of Saint Eudocia.

Cătălina Mărmureanu, Gianina Cernescu, Laura Lixandru, Early Christian Women Writiers: The Interesting Lives and Works of Faltonia Betitia Proba and Athenais-Eudocia, Bucharest 2008.

Brian Sowers, Eudocia: The Making of a Homeric Christian

Poetry of Paulinus of Nola [in Latin]

English translations of some of Paulinus’ poetry can be found in this text.

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#461 – A History of the Catholic Church – The Maronites

Throughout the Christological Controversy, monastics played an important role. While many monks, especially in Egypt, supported Mono/Miaphysitism, there were also important communities defending Chalcedon – such as the Maronite community in Syria. In the West, Eastern monasticism will influence the development of monastic communities in Gaul as monks sought to replicate the Egyptian desert experience in the mountains and the forests.

Links:
Icon of Saint Maron.

The Lausiac History of Palladius presenting the history of Egyptian monasticism in this period

Information on the Monastery of St. Euthymius

History of the Maronites

Information on the Abbey of Lérins – in French

Abbot Paul Naaman. The Maronites: The Origins of an Antiochene Church. Collegeville, MN: Cistercian Publication. 2011

Yizhar Hirschfeld, “Eutymius and His Monastery in the Judean Desert”. Liber Annuus. 43. 1993. 339-371

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#402 – A History of the Catholic Church – Patron Saints

The continuing growth of the Christian Church in the Roman Empire brought with it increasing attention on the relationship between saint and sinner. This week we look at how the Roman patron/client relationship influenced Christian spirituality.

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Wall painting of Christ and the Martyrs in the Catacomb of Marcellinus and Peter

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#376 – A History of the Catholic Church – Be Fruitful and Multiply

This week we begin a series of episodes on marriage and virginity. While the Christian understanding of marriage is rooted in the Old Testament and Jewish tradition, it is also influenced by the encounter with Greek and Roman Culture as it strives to promote the importance of unity between husband and wife and the the procreation of children. Moreover, the goodness of marriage in the Christian tradition is connected with the belief in the goodness of everything God created.

Links:
Gold-Glass “Medalion” of a Christian couple being crowned by Jesus. The Latin reads “Sweetheart, may you live [long]”

Jewish Seven Blessings
Tertullian’s Ad Uxorem
Gregory Nazianzen on the marriage ritual in the Eastern half of the Roman Empire

Paulinus of Nola’s Ode on Marriage can be found in Documents of the Marriage Liturgy, Collegeville: The Liturgical Press, 1992, pp. 30-39.

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