Archive for September 20th, 2006


Today is my first bloggiversary! (Or is that pod-iversary?) Many thanks to archive.org for hosting my stuff, and to all the friends, supporters, and listeners of this podcast for getting me through the year! (Especially Mike Aquilina, who’s been insanely kind, and Julie D., who also links to me often.) I’d also like to thank the folks at Librivox for inspiration, Father Roderick and that nice CCEL lady for being my unwitting podfather and podmother, and the good people at Gutenberg, CCEL, and other public domain archives who help make this all possible. (Btw, you might want to read CCEL’s origin story. It’s all Thomas a Kempis’ fault.)

Although I still maintain that this is a podcast of personal whim (mwahaha!), I think we all know I couldn’t have done it without you. You’re a great bunch, and better than I deserve.

Here are my top twenty most popular podcasts, for the interested. These are stats which accumulated over time, and include the archive.org visitors as well as folks from here.:

1. 371 – Fifty-One Tales by Lord Dunsany, Part 1

2. 230 – “The Sword of Welleran” by Lord Dunsany

3. 197 – The Rosary
3. 197 – “The Blue Sequin” by R. Austin Freeman

4. 165 – “A Message from the Deep Sea” by R. Austin Freeman

5. 163 – “Annus Mirabilis” by John Dryden

6. 160 – The Red Thumb-Mark by R. Austin Freeman

7. 154 – “What Was It? — A Mystery” by Fitz-James O’Brien

8. 149 – The Ascent of Mount Carmel by St. John of the Cross (incomplete)
9. 147 – “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came” by Robert Browning
10. 144 – The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman, Part 1
11. 139 – The Dialogue of St. Catherine of Siena, Part 1
12. 137 – Dawn of Flame by Stanley G. Weinbaum
13. 136 – Fifty-One Tales by Lord Dunsany, Part 2
14. 132 – “Locksley Hall” and “Locksley Hall Sixty Years After” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
15. 127 – Europe and the Faith by Hilaire Belloc (incomplete)
15. 127 – The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman, Part 5
16. 125 – “The Nightmare” by G.K. Chesterton
17. 118 – “The Didache”
18. 110 – Against Heresies, Book I, by St. Irenaeus of Lyons
19. 107 – “Of the Song of Angels” by Walter Hilton
20. 105 – The Imitation of Christ, Book I, by Thomas a Kempis, Part 1
20. 105 – Fifty-One Tales by Lord Dunsany, Part 3

An interesting cross-section of literature, eh?


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“On the Catechizing of the Unlearned” moves on to its promised sample RCIA lecture. Obviously, St. Augustine’s audience had a lot of differences from would-be Christians today. But it’s interesting to see what Augustine thought were basic things that every Christian needed to know right away. He starts with Heaven and Hell, then gradually moves into why both good-aimed and evil-aimed people are allowed to exist. That brings him to salvation history.

Part 4


I think there will be at least three more parts of this treatise before we’re finished with it.

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