Catholic Treasures


01. Epistles of St. Clement of Rome and St. Ignatius of Antioch, The
St. Clement's epistle, written c. 96, is called the first epistle, and is a model of a pastoral letter. The epistles of St. Ignatius, Bishop of Smyrna at the beginning of the second century, are addressed to six Christian communities. ITEM #60001 $24.95

02. St. Augustine: The First Catechetical Instruction
Written about the year 405, this treatise is unique in that it embodies both a manual for the catechist and a catechesis for the prospective catechumen. ITEM #60002 $24.95

03. St. Augustine: Faith, Hope and Charity
Augustine has given us here a fairly complete compendium of his whole theology and the system on which it rests. ITEM #60003 $21.95

04. Julianus Pomerius: The Contemplative Life
Written around the end of the fifth century or the beginning of the sixth, this work, composed at the urgent request of a bishop, is an expression of the ideals of the contemplative and the active life, supplemented by a discussion of the vices and the virtues. ITEM #60004 $16.95

05. St. Augustine: The Lord's Sermon on the Mount
This work was written between the years 393 to 396, when Augustine served as a priest at Hippo. In the first book he answers the question of the true meaning of The Sermon on the Mount: Is it humanely possible to put The Sermon into practice? The second book deals with the sixth and seventh chapters of this Gospel, and offers a condensed theology of prayer. ITEM #60005 $22.95

06. Didache, The: The Epistle of Barnabas, The Epistles and the Martyrdom of St. Polycarp, The Fragments of Papias, The Epistle
The Didache or The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles, probably written before the end of the first century, purports to be an instruction based on sayings of the Lord and given by the Twelve Apostles to pagans who wished to become Christians.The Epistle of Barnabas is a homily on the mistaken Judaistic conception of the Old Testament.The Epistles consist of a covering note and a letter, which is an exhortation to the Philippians on Christian life in general. The Martyrdom of St. Polycarp is the story of this bishop of Smyrna's death at the hand of the Roman authorities in Asia for the defense of the Christian faith.The Fragments of Papias. Papias, bishop of Hierapolis in Asia Minor, was the author of five books, entitled Exegesis of the Lord’s Gospel.The Epistle to Diognetus is an apology for Christianity, presented by an unknown writer to a pagan of high social or political rank. ITEM #60006 $21.95

07. Arnobius of Sicca: The Case Against the Pagans, Vol. 1
This is in many ways the most remarkable patristic document now extant, the last surviving apology composed before the end of the persecutions. ITEM #60007 $22.95

08. Arnobius of Sicca: The Case Against the Pagans, Vol. 2
This is in many ways the most remarkable patristic document now extant, the last surviving apology composed before the end of the persecutions. ITEM #60008 $19.95

09. St. Augustine: The Greatness of the Soul, The Teacher
Among the earlier writings of Augustine, the first work treats the nature of the human soul, its dignity and grandeur. The second discusses the fundamental question of how man acquires knowledge. Each is in the form of a dialogue. ITEM #60009 $29.95

10. St. Athanasius: The Life of St. Antony
The most important document of early monasticism, written in 357, this is a biography of the recognized founder and father of monasticism. ITEM #60010 $24.95

11. St. Gregory the Great, Pastoral Care
St. Gregory deals with the great responsibility of the episcopal office and its onerous nature. ITEM #60011 $29.95

12. St. Augustine: Against the Academics
Made up of three books that are the earliest extant works of St. Augustine, these works claim to give a reliable picture of the mind and way of life of one of the greatest figures of the West, precisely at the moment that was for him most critical and vital. ITEM #60012 $16.95

13. Tertullian: Treatises on Marriage and Remarriage: To His Wife, An Exhortation to Chastity, Monogamy
These three treatises on marriage, though not generally classified among Tertullian's major compositions, are works of considerable interest and importance. ITEM #60013 $14.95

14. St. Prosper of Aquitaine: The Call of All Nations
This is the first treatise in ancient Christian literature on the problem of the salvation of infidels. It is a controversial work written against the Semi-Pelagians about the year 450, probably at Rome. ITEM #60014 $16.95

15. St. Augustine: Sermons for Christmas and Epiphany
Of all his works, it is Augustine's sermons that give us the best portrayal of this brilliant and profoundly spiritual man presenting and interpreting the divine mysteries to his own people. ITEM #60015 $16.95

16. St. Irenaeus: Proof of the Apostolic Preaching
Written in the form of a letter, the Proof is a manual of theology designed to serve as a guide to salvation and a way to refute heretics. It was composed in Lyons and dates from the end of the second to the beginning of the third century. ITEM #60016 $26.95

17. Works of St. Patrick, St. Secundinus, The: Hymn on St. Patrick
St. Patrick did not consider himself a man of letters; the short texts that survive reflect, however, his powerful personality.A contemporary and fellow missionary of St. Patrick, Secundinus is an enthusiastic admirer and defender of St. Patrick in this hymn. ITEM #60017 $15.95

18. St. Gregory of Nyssa: The Lord's Prayer, The Beatitudes
The two series of homilies presented here are intensely practical, full of examples from the moral, social, medical and scientific life of Gregory's time. They paint a picture of a man thoroughly conversant with human nature in general, and in the needs of his contemporaries. ITEM #60018 $22.95

19. Origen: Prayer, Exhortation to Martyrdom
Composed c. 233, the treatise on Prayer is not merely a treatise, but a prayer itself. The Exhortation was composed c. 235 to provide solace for Origen's great friend and patron, Ambrose, and the presbyter, Protoctetus, both of whom had been imprisoned. ITEM #60019 $29.95

20. Rufinus: A Commentary on the Apostles' Creed
His most important work, aimed at persons under instruction for the sacraments, the Commentary offers a guide to elucidating and justifying the Creed. It offers a glimpse of popular Christian propaganda at the beginning of the fifth century. ITEM #60020 $14.95

21. St. Maximus the Confessor: The Ascetic Life, The Four Centuries on Charity
The Ascetic Life is a dialogue between a young novice and an old monk on how to achieve the Christian life. The Four Centuries is a collection of aphorisms. ITEM #60021 $31.95

22. St. Augustine: The Problem of Free Choice
One of Augustine's most important works, written between 388 and 395, this dialogue has as its objective not so much to discuss free will for its own sake as to discuss the problem of evil in reference to the existence of God, who is almighty and all-good. ITEM #60022 $31.95

23. Athenagoras: Embassy for the Christians, The Resurrection of the Dead
These treatises date from the last third of the second century. Athenagoras of Athens belonged to that select group of Christian laymen know as the Apologists, who supported the successors of the Apostles in the ministry of the faith by defending that faith and pleading for a just hearing before the pagan majority and pagan overlords. ITEM #60023 $14.95

24. Tertullian: The Treatise against Hermogenes
Hermogenes was still living when Carthage's native son took up his pen to oppose him; but that did not make Tertullian’s polemic more considerate, or his satire less passionate and biting. Hermogenes taught a form of materialism. Tertullian brilliantly convicts him of contradiction. ITEM #60024 $14.95

25. St. Cyprian: The Lapsed, The Unity of the Catholic Church
St. Cyprian's writings portray vividly the life of the Christian Church in the middle of the third century. The two pastoral addresses of this intensely devout bishop reveal the aftermath of the persecution by the Emperor Decius. ITEM #60025 $24.95

26. Origen: The Song of Songs, Commentary and Homilies
Origen's Commentary, the first great work of Christian mysticism, is characterized by extraordinary richness of thought and depth of mystical conception. The Homilies seem to have been written only a few years after the Commentary—probably before 244. ITEM #60026 $34.95

27. St. Methodius: The Symposium: A Treatise on Chastity
The Symposium, or Banquet, is a dialogue in imitation of Plato, written by Methodius, a teacher and probably a bishop, who flourished in Lycia during the period known as the Little Peace of the Church. It is perhaps the most beautiful symbolic prose-poem of the early patristic period. ITEM #60027 $16.95

28. Tertullian: Treatises on Penance: On Penitence and On Purity
The judgment that one forms of the theory and practice of penance in Christian antiquity will be largely determined by the interpretation which one puts upon these two treatises. On Penitence dates from Tertullian's Catholic period, and is a sermon addressed to the faithful on the subject of repentance and forgiveness. On Purity is one of his most violent Montanist treatises. In it he criticizes the policy the Church follows in granting pardon to serious sins. ITEM #60028 $21.95

29. St. Augustine on the Psalms, Vol. 1
This volume covers Augustine's notes and commentaries on Psalms 1 through 29. Augustine’s theme is the Church, less as an external institution than as the very focus and center of God and Christ. ITEM #60029 $34.95

30. St. Augustine on the Psalms, Vol. 2
“Saint Augustine shows in simple, forceful language that the psalms...are also part of the first phase of Christ's revelation, pointing toward the future. Since the saint was talking to his parishioners, his approach is concrete and leisurely.” —JubileePsalms 30-37 are treated here. ITEM #60030 $34.95

31. St. John Chrysostom: Baptismal Instruction
This series of eight instructions on baptism were given by St. John Chrysostom, probably at Antioch about 390. Their interest lies in Chrysostom's activity as a mystagogue for the baptismal candidates and as their instructor in Christian doctrine and morality immediately after their initiation. ITEM #60031 $34.95

32. St. Prosper of Aquitaine: Defense of St. Augustine
The first document of the Semi-Pelagian controversy, the Defense involves several mutually connected points of doctrine, all of them centered on the gratuity of grace or on the very idea of grace as an undeserved gift of God. A layman connected with the monasteries of Marseilles, Prosper left Gaul for Rome and lived there until after 455. ITEM #60032 $16.95

33. Letters of St. Jerome, Vol. 1
No other source gives such an intimate portrait of this brilliant and strong minded individual, one of the four great Doctors of the West and generally regarded as the most learned of the Latin Fathers. ITEM #60033 $31.95

34. Palladius: The Lausiac History
Palladius has written an important history of early monasticism in Egypt with these biographic sketches or notes on some sixty holy men and women he had met or heard of. The work, dating from 419 or 420, is dedicated to Lausus, the royal chamberlain at the court of Emperor Theodosius II. ITEM #60034 $34.95

35. Letters of St. Paulinus of Nola, Vol. 1
Twenty-two prose letters that serve as a spiritual autobiography and intimate view of monastic life in Gaul and Nola, near Naples, in the fifth century. ITEM #60035 $18.95

36. Letters of St. Paulinus of Nola, Vol. 2
Volume 2 contains letters 23-51. ITEM #60036 $24.95

37. Firmicus Maternus: The Error of the Pagan Religions
A distinguished and literate convert, as well as a former astrologer, Firmicus Maternus called for the ferocious and brutal destruction of paganism by the state. Addressing the brothers, emperors Constantius and Constans, this work was written no later than 350. ITEM #60037 $18.95

38. Egeria: Diary of a Pilgrimage
Written in the first part of the fifth century, this work is a charming record of the observations of Christian woman on a lengthy pilgrimage to the Holy Lands. Her firsthand account is a work of major significance for the fields of archaeology, church history, philology and comparative liturgy. ITEM #60038 $24.95

39. Octavius of Marcus Minucius Felix, The
This work is a defense of Christianity composed in clear and direct imitation of Cicero, by a practicing advocate at Rome of African background, writing within the first third of the third century. ITEM #60039 $26.95

40. Poems of St. Paulinus of Nola, The
In general, the corpus of Paulinus’ poetry has as its purpose to encourage Christians to persevere in a life of Christian commitment and to demonstrate to nominal Christians and to benevolent non-Christians the nature of that commitment. None of the extant poems were written after 409. ITEM #60040 $29.95

41. St. Augustine: The Literal Meaning of Genesis, Vol. 1
A thorough and conscientious commentary on the first three chapters from the Book of Genesis, completed in 415. Augustine's purpose is to explain, to the best of his ability, what the author intended to say about what God did when he made heaven and earth. ITEM #60041 $29.95

42. St. Augustine, The Literal Meaning of Genesis, Vol. 2
A thorough and conscientious commentary on the first three chapters from the Book of Genesis, completed in 415. Augustine's purpose is to explain, to the best of his ability, what the author intended to say about what God did when he made heaven and earth. ITEM #60042 $32.95

43. Letters of St. Cyprian of Carthage, The, Vol. 1
Written from Roman North Africa, primarily between 250 and 258, and meant to be circulated and copied, the four volumes of letters provide an entrée into Cyprian's social and mental world and a glimpse of some of the spiritual horizons of an articulate mid-third century provincial Roman. The first volume contains letters from the year 250. ITEM #60043 $24.95

44. Letters of St. Cyprian of Carthage, The, Vol. 2
The correspondence in this volume covers the period from approximately high summer of 250 to mid-251.ITEM #60044 $22.95

45. Palladius: Dialogue on the Life of St. John Chrysostom
Probably written in 406-408, this dialogue between an unidentified bishop and Theodore, a deacon of the Church of Rome, has as its aim to point out Chrysostom as a model of what a true Christian bishop should be. ITEM #60045 $16.95

46. Letters of St. Cyprian of Carthage, The, Vol. 3
The letters in this volume cover the period from mid-251 to 254, and reveal details of the persecution under Gallus, and the African Council meetings over the years 251-253. ITEM #60046 $24.95

47. Letters of St. Cyprian of Carthage, The, Vol. 4
The letters in this volume were composed over the years 254-258, when Cyprian was martyred. ITEM #60047 $24.95

48. St. Augustine on Faith and Works
Composed in 413, this work refutes certain writings that taught that good works were not necessary to obtain eternal life, that faith alone was sufficient for salvation. ITEM #60048 $19.95

49. Theodoret of Cyrus: On Divine Providence
Theodoret can be called the last great torchbearer of Christian rhetoric in Asia and De providentia is regarded by many as exhibiting his literary power in its highest form. Written c. 437. ITEM #60049 $19.95

50. Sermons of St. Maximus of Turin
Maximus’ sermons are models of a good, popular homiletic style that must have been widespread. Short, characterized by a love of imagery, and with passages of great beauty, they are direct and easy to understand, and in them Maximus manifests his engagement with his rural, superstitious and devout congregation. Maximus’ ministry in Turin dates to the years between c. 390 and 408/423. ITEM #60050 $22.95

51. Cassiodorus: Explanation of the Psalms, Vol. 1
The composition of this work can be allotted to the period of the 540s and 550s. Cassiodorus deploys the psalms not only for the purposes of instruction in theology and hermeneutics, but also to inculcate a general education in eloquence. ITEM #60051 $36.95

52. Cassiodorus: Explanation of the Psalms, Vol. 2
The composition of this work can be allotted to the period of the 540s and 550s. Cassiodorus deploys the psalms not only for the purposes of instruction in theology and hermeneutics, but also to inculcate a general education in eloquence. ITEM #60052 $34.95

53. Cassiodorus: Explanation of the Psalms, Vol. 3
The composition of this work can be allotted to the period of the 540s and 550s. Cassiodorus deploys the psalms not only for the purposes of instruction in theology and hermeneutics, but also to inculcate a general education in eloquence. ITEM #60053 $34.95

54. Origen: Treatise on the Passover and Dialogue with Heraclides
The Treatise on the Passover dates from around 245. Its central insight is that the passover is not a figure or type of the passion of Christ, but a figure of Christ himself, of Christ's passing over to the Father. The Dialogue with Heraclides probably comes from between the years 244 and 249. It seems to be the record of a synod-like meeting of bishops, in the presence of lay people, called to discuss matters of belief and worship. Both pieces seem to come from the last decade of Origen’s activity, when he was at the height of his powers. ITEM #60054 $16.95

55. St. Irenaeus of Lyons: Against the Heresies
This work, which establishes Irenaeus as the most important of the theologians of the second century, is a detailed and effective refutation of Gnosticism, and a major source of information on the various Gnostic sects and doctrines. ITEM #60055 $31.95

56. St. Justin Martyr: The First and Second Apologies
An English translation from Greek of Justin Martyr's two major apologetic works, which are recognized as a formative influence on the development of Christian theology in the early church. ITEM #60056 $29.95

57. John Cassian: The Conferences
The first complete English translation of John Cassian's (c. 360-430) Conferences, which record dialogues between Cassian and his traveling companion, Germanus, and the great desert masters on the recurring theme of purity of heart, which is the goal of the spiritual life. ITEM #60057 $44.95

58. John Cassian: The Institutes
A companion to John Cassian's well-received Conferences in the Ancient Christian Writers series, the Institutes, known also as The Institutes of the Cenobia and the Remedies for the Eight Principal Vices, is the first written work of John Cassian, who had an immense influence on Western monasticism, and, by extension, on Western civilization.The Institutes is made up of two sections. In the first, Cassian deals with the institutes and rules of Egyptian monasteries, including monastic garb and prayer. The second part, in eight books, treats the eight principal vices and describes how to counter them, infused with the metaphor of the monk as athlete, competing in a contest.Taken together, the Conferences and the Institutes constitute a whole, a set, that knows no parallel in ancient Christian literature. This superior translation is an invaluable addition to academic, theological and historical studies, and will enrich anyone interested in the history of spirituality and asceticism.  ITEM #60058 $34.95

59. Evagrius Ponticus: Ad Monachos
Proverbs from this Desert Father, translated for the first time into English. ITEM #60059 $39.95

60. Quodvultdeus of Carthage: The Creedal Homilies
The Creedal Homilies is a translation and commentary on the recently recovered and critically edited homilies on the Nicene Creed, delivered by Quodvultdeus, the last pre-Vandal archbishop of Carthage and young contemporary of St. Augustine. ITEM #60060 $22.95

 61.  Isidore of Seville.    ITEM #60061  $24.95

Full Set
ITEM #60062  $1,670.00

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