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Fr. Nathan’s Talks rss


“Encountering the Church Fathers, Part III: St. Athanasius of Alexandria”

March 18, 2015

In this third and final talk on the Church Fathers, Fr. Nathan will explore the life and teachings of St. Athanasius of Alexandria. It will begin with an exploration of St. Athanasius’ upbringing and early ecclesiastical career in Alexandria and his famous tract, De Incarnatione. It will then explore St. Athanasius’ role at the Council of… Read More ›


“Encountering the Church Fathers, Part II: St. Cyril of Jerusalem” – Talk by Fr. Nathan

In this talk, Fr. Nathan will explore the life and teachings of St. Cyril of Jerusalem. It will explain the importance of the Holy City of Jerusalem in the life of the Early Church and St. Cyril’s role as the bishop of Jerusalem during the Arian controversy of the 4th Century AD. This talk will also investigate… Read More ›


“Faith in a Faithless Culture” – Talk by Fr. Nathan

In this talk for Theology on Tap, Fr. Nathan speaks on how to be a person of faith in the midst of a faithless culture. He begins by first defining what faith is based on Sacred Scripture and Tradition. From this definition, we are asked to consider do we in fact live in a faithless… Read More ›

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“Entering Into The Advent Season” – Talk by Fr. Nathan

In this talk, Fr. Nathan explores the liturgical season of Advent. In it he explains why Advent is meant to prepare us for the two-fold arrival of Jesus Christ at Christmas, and His Second Coming in glory. This talk explores how the Early Church celebrated Advent and offers reflections on the four weeks of Advent. As an… Read More ›


“Encountering the Church Fathers, Part I: St. Ignatius of Antioch” – Talk by Fr. Nathan

In this talk (the first of a three part series), Fr. Nathan explores the life, teachings and martrydom of one of the first Fathers of the Church, St. Ignatius of Antioch. This talk will focus on his early life as a bishop, his 7 letters to the first Christian communities of Asia Minor and Rome… Read More ›


“A Brief Introduction to the YouCat for Teachers” – Talk by Fr. Nathan

In this talk, Fr. Nathan offers school teachers an introduction to the YouCat (Youth Catechism). This talk offers an explanation as to why we have catechisms and a general overview of the contents of the YouCat. I also included a few of my own personal musings on what it means to be a teacher in… Read More ›

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“How Pope Pius XII Saved Jews during the Holocaust” – Talk by Fr. Nathan

“How Pope Pius XII Saved Jews during the Holocaust”  PDF Notes In this talk, Fr. Nathan explores the controversy surrounding the role that Pope Pius XII had during WWII and the Holocaust. He will address recent critics that have contented Pius XII did little to save Jews from the Nazis, that he was indifferent to their… Read More ›


“The Inquisition Is Coming!” – Talk by Fr. Nathan

“The Inquisition Is Coming!” PDF Notes This talk will address the controversial role of the Inquisition in Europe. It will attempt to discern fact from fiction concerning the Inquisition. The primary focus of this talk is the Spanish Inquisition and its legacy, in addition to other topics like the role of the Inquisition against the… Read More ›

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“What Were The Crusades?” – Talk by Fr. Nathan

“What Were The Crusades?”  PDF Notes In this talk, Fr. Nathan will offer an overview of the history of the Crusades in Israel/Palestine. He will explain the history leading up to the First Crusade, explain why the Christians believed it to be a just war, offer different historical interpretations as to why the Crusades were… Read More ›


“Why Do Priests Wear Vestments?” – Talk by Fr. Nathan

“Why Do Priests Wear Vestments?” PDF Notes In this talk, Fr. Nathan gives an explanation into the historical origin, symbolic meaning and spirituality around the vestments that deacons, priests and bishops wear for Mass. He shows how they developed throughout history and why they are important in the Church today. Frs. Jerome and Nathan vested… Read More ›


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