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Saint Asterius of Amasea, Bishop

Asterius studied law and the art of public speaking (known as rhetoric) and began a career in law.  But the Lord's call led him to leave behind the bar for the clerical life.  He was ordainged priest and eventually became bishop of Amasea in Pontus, Asia Minor.  With his expertise in public speaking, it is no wonder that he became famous as a preacher.  Twenty-one of his sermons are, in fact, still extant, and they frequently extoll the importance of charity to the poor.  They also reveal that the Church, in the latter part of the 4th century, was already keeping the feasts of Christmas, Epiphany, Easter, and the anniversaries of the martyrs.  Saint Gregory the Great describes this good pastor as overflowing with the Holy Spirit.  St. Asterius died around the year 400 AD.


The Fathers of the Church - Who They Are and Why They MatterFathers of the Church Early Church Fathers CD by Marcellino D'Ambrosio

In a single, upbeat talk, full of examples and fascinating stories about some of the Church's most intriguing personalities, Marcellino D'Ambrosio explains who people are talking about when they refer to the "Fathers of the Church" or "Early Church Fathers.  Though the ranks of the fathers include a tremendous variety of cultures, locales, and personalities, there is surprising consensus that emerges from them on a variety of the most pressing questions of our day.  In this dynamic talk, available on CD or audiocassette, Marcellino makes clear just how much these figures have to teach us. 


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