Mike Aquilina

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Wednesday June 21st 2006, 6:33 am

This wee blog, “The Way of the Fathers,” has received some kind notice recently, from grownups we’ve long admired.

The Daily Eudemon himself, Eric Scheske, talked us up thus in early May: “I’m stunned at the amount of great script that Mike Aquilina is cranking out … every day … sex, religion, everything. Easy to read, edifying yet interesting.”

Happy Catholic made us unspeakably happy with this note:”Way of the Fathers has fast become a ‘must read’ blog for me … eye-opening and thought-provoking.”

More recently we hoid the woid from Theocoid: “Mike Aquilina has another great post … At this rate, I might simply need to build in a permanent RSS feed so his post titles will show up in my sidebar.”

My teenage son (and webmaster) — who has devoured all the Prove It books — was most impressed by this comment from their justly famous author, Amy Welborn: “Go read Mike Aquilina on the Church Fathers … His blog should be one of your daily stops.”

I was heartened most recently by a link from a Canadian teacher named Phil, who blogs at a place called Hyperekperisou. (It’s Greek, from the description of God’s power in Ephesians 3:20-21.) Phil had some kind things to say about “The Way of the Fathers” and its author, but best of all he really got what we’re trying to do here: “I stumbled on this blog I know not how, but I’m ecstatic that I did. The writer on the blog, Mike Aquilina, is a (published!) Roman Catholic writer on patristics from the US. What is great about him is that he writes with evident love of patristics and with a readable writing style which makes the Fathers accessible even to those who may not have specialized in them. He has a particular talent in making the Fathers relevant which is a challenge in this very history-mistrusting age.” That blew me away. He got it. He really got it!

And then there’s Rod Bennett, the author of one of my all-time favorite books on the Fathers: “Mike’s blog is … chronicling some of this great [patristic] re-awakening, and I for one am eating it up every morning.”

I hope you, too, are happy with the blog. At three months “live,” I’m still quite new to this world. If you have any suggestions for improvement, please let me know, in comments or by email.

And if you like this blog on the Fathers, you’ll love the books. They also come with good reviews, from people like Scott Hahn, Benedict Groeschel, John Michael Talbot, Johnnette Benkovic, and Archbishops Donald Wuerl and Charles Chaput. But I can’t quote any more praise today without blushing (and, in any event, my son has warehoused much of the praise right here). You’re the best judge, though. Buy the books and see for yourself!

The Fathers of the Church: An Introduction to the First Christian Teachers.

The Mass of the Early Christians.

Living the Mysteries: A Guide for Unfinished Christians (with Scott Hahn).

The Way of the Fathers: Praying With the Early Christians.

The Grail Code: Quest for the Real Presence (with Chris Bailey).