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Podcast Study of the Book of Revelation

Posted by Dim Bulb on May 5, 2019

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St Irenaeus Ministries Podcast Study of Malachi

Posted by Dim Bulb on October 5, 2013

St Irenaeus Ministries offered a four part talk on the Book of the Prophet Malachi back in 2007. Click on the POD icon to listen to each episode. NOTE: the episodes are listed from latest to earliest so start at the bottom.

The final prophetic words of the Old Testament.
Direct download: Malachi2b.mp3
Category:podcasts — posted at: 4:00 AM

A Broader Condemnation
Direct download: Malachi2a.mp3
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Wherein God uses language you can’t discuss in mixed company.
Direct download: Malachi1b.mp3
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Malachi – The Refiner’s Fire
Direct download: Malachi1a.mp3
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This Weeks Posts: Sunday, February 6-Saturday, February 12

Posted by Dim Bulb on February 6, 2011



Resources for Sunday Mass, Feb 6. A weekly feature of this blog. Resources for next Sunday’s Mass will be posted on Wednesday.

Last Weeks Posts.



All posts should become available by 12:20 AM EST.


St Basil’s Hexaemeron on Today’s First Reading.

St Ambrose’s Hexaemeron on Today’s First Reading.

St Athanasius on the Doctrine of Creation.

St Augustine on Today’s Psalm (104).

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Today’s Gospel (Mark 6:53-56).


All posts should become available by 12:20 AM.


Aquinas’ Commentary on Today’s Psalm (8).

St Augustine on Today’s Psalm (8).

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Today’s Gospel (Mark 7:1-13).

Gaudium Et Spes on Today’s First Reading.

Centesimus Annus on Today’s First Reading.


Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Today’s Gospel (Mark 7:14-23).

St Augustine on Today’s Psalm (104). Due to the fact that the Psalms can be numbered differently the text identifies this Psalm as 103.

Resources For Sunday Mass, Feb 13 (Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms). Yes, I know I said I wouldn’t be posting this today because of sickness but I “bit the bullet,” “wiped the blood off and got back in the game”.

Father Callan on 1 Thess 1:2-10 for Sunday Mass, Feb 13 (Extraordinary Form).

My Notes on 1 Thess 1:2-10 for Sunday Mass, Feb 13 (Extraordinary Form). Previously posted.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Matt 13:31-35 for Sunday Mass, Feb 13 (Extraordinary Form).

Cornelius a Lapide on Matt 13:31-35 for Sunday Mass, Feb 13 (Extraordinary Form).



St Augustine on Today’s Psalm (128). 12:05 AM EST.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Today’s Gospel (Mark 7:24-30). 12:10 AM EST.



St Augustine on Today’s Psalm (32). 12:05 AM EST.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Today’s Gospel (Mark 7:31-37). 12:10 AM EST.

St John Chrysostom on Matt 5:17-25 for Sunday Mass, Feb 13. Extraordinary Form. For more Sunday Mass Resources see the link above under Wednesday.

Juan de Maldonado on Matt 13:31-35 for Sunday Mass, Feb 13. Extraordinary Form. For more Sunday Mass Resources see the link above under Wednesday.

Bishop MacEvily on 1 Thess 1:2-10 Extraordinary Form. For more Sunday Mass Resources see the link above under Wednesday.

St John Chrysostom on 1 Thess 1:2-10. Extraordinary Form. For more Sunday Mass Resources see the link above under Wednesday.

St Jerome’s Commentary on Matt 13:31-35 Extraordinary Form. For more Sunday Mass Resources see the link above under Wednesday.



Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Today’s Gospel (Mark 8:1-10).

Some Notes Relating to Sirach 15:15-20 for Sunday Mass.

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Resources for Sunday Mass, July 25

Posted by Dim Bulb on July 25, 2010

Note: This post contains links to resources (mostly biblical) for both the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms of the Roman Rite. A number of these posts appeared on this site over the past week, and interested readers can find resources for upcoming Sunday Masses as well as for the daily Masses throughout the week on this site.  You can view all my post for this past week here.  I will be adding a number of resources later this morning and into the afternoon, especially under the Extraordinary Form heading.  These will be marked with “UPDATED”.  Please feel free to ask questions & leave comments.  Also, please rate the various posts by clicking on one of the stars found at the top of each post, a favorable rating will help increase traffic to this site. I apology for this note being so garbled, but I am in a bit of a hurry at the moment.

UPDATED: ORDINARY FORM: Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Readings From the NAB.

Last Sunday’s Resources. For those who may want to “catch up.”

Bernardin de Piconio on Colossians 2:2-14.

Aquinas Catena Aurea on Luke 11:1-13.

Haydock Bible Commentary. Readings from the Douay-Rheims followed by notes from the HBC.

Word Sunday.

  • First Reading. Commentary.
  • Psalm. Text and commentary.
  • Second Reading. Popular & Literal translation, commentary,
  • Gospel Reading. Popular & Literal translation, commentary.
  • Children’s Reading. Not a simplified version of the text but a story reflecting the theme(s) of the reading(s) in order to teach their meaning.

Asked and Answered. Brief podcast by Dr. Scott Hahn which helps relate the readings to one another. Time sensitive link.

Lector Notes Helpful notes giving historical and theological background.

Historical Cultural Context Brief, often very interesting articles on the history and culture of Jesus’ day.  This one concerns prayer.

Thoughts From the Early ChurchBrief excerpt from a homily by Venerable Bede.

Scripture In Depth Brief and usually very good. Often helps relate the readings to one another.

UPDATE: Jesus’ Kingdom Prayer. Audio homily by Father Robert Barron.

UPDATE: Prepare For Mass. A series of brief music and meditative videos relating to the themes of the Mass.

UPDATE: The WordAudio, text of Gospel followed by a homily.

UPDATED: EXTRAORDINARY FORM: Ninth Sunday after Pentecost. Note; readings in the EF differ from those in the OF.

Cornelius a Lapide on 1 Corinthians 10:6-13.

UPDATED: Haydock’s Commentary on 1 Corinthians 10:6-13.

Cornelius a Lapide on Luke 19:41-47.

UPDATED: Haydock’s Commentary on Luke 19:41-47.

NOTE: The following are from online books.  Use the zoom feature to enlarge text for easier reading.

UPDATED: Goffine’s Devout Instructions on the Epistle and Gospel. A classic.

UPDATED: The Ruin of the Spiritual JerusalemHomily

UPDATED:  The Day of Our VisitationHomily.

UPDATED: Sermon Notes on the Epistle & Gospel Reading: These can be used to provide points for meditation, further study, or the construction of a homily.

  • Epistle:
  • Gospel:

UPDATED: Bishop Bonomelli’s Homily on the Epistle.

UPDATED: Bishop Bonomelli’s Homily on the Gospel.

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Rosmini’s Sketch of His Own Philosophy: Article 8

Posted by Dim Bulb on April 18, 2009

8.  Origin of the One Indeterminate Idea-The idea of Being or Existence.

It remains still to explain whence comes the idea of being, the sole indeterminate idea. If we once admit that this idea is given to the human spirit, there is no difficulty as to the origin of the other ideas, because, as we have seen, these are nothing else but the same idea of being invested with determinations by the human spirit, on occasion of the sensations, and of whatever feelings man experiences.

Now in order to solve the problem s to the origin in our mind of the idea of being we must first of all consider certain corallories which follow from what we have explained above.

1st. The idea of being in general precedes all other ideas. In fact, all other ideas are only the idea of being determined in one way or another, and to determine a thing supposes that we already possess the thing to be determined.

2nd. This idea cannot come from our sensation or from our feelings, not only because the sensations are real, particular and contingent (whereas this idea furnishes the mind with the knowledge of possible being, universal and necessary in its possibility), but also because the sensations and the feelings do not furnish to the spirit any thing except determinations of the idea of being y which it is limited and restricted.

3rd. It cannot come from the operations of the human spirit, such as universalization and abstraction; because these operations do no more than either add determinations to this same idea of being, or take them away when they have been added, and this on occasion of the sensations or feelings experienced.

4th. The operations of the human intelligence are only possible, if we presuppose the idea of being, which is the means, the instrument, employed by it to perform them, nay, the very condition of its existence.

5th. It follows that without the idea of being the human spirit could not only make no rational operation, but would be altogether destitute of the faculty of thought and understanding, in other words it would not be intelligence.

6yh. If the human spirit were deprived of the idea of being it would be deprived also of intelligence; it follows that it is this idea which constitutes it intelligent. We may therefore say that it is this same idea which constitutes the light of reason, and we thus discover what that light of reason is which has been admitted by all men, but defined by on one.

7th. And since philosophers give the name of form to that which constitutes a thing what it is, the idea of being in general may be rightly termed the form of the human reason or intelligence.

8th. For the same reason this idea may justly be called the first or parent idea, the idea in se and the light of the intelligence.

It is the first idea because anterior to all other ideas; the parent idea because it generates all others, by associating itself with the sensations and feelings by means of the operations of the human spirit. We call it the idea in se, because the feelings and sensations are not ideas, and our spirit is obliged to add them as so many determinations to that first idea, in order to obtain the determinate ideas.

Lastly, we call it the light of the intelligence, because it is cognizable by itself; whereas the sensations and feelings are cognizable by means of it, by becoming determinations, and, as such, being rendered cognizable to the human spirit.

If these facts are attentively considered, the great problem of the origin of ideas and of all human cognitions become easy of solution.

But in fact this problem has been solved long ago by the common sense of mankind. For the existence in the human spirit of a light of reason or intelligence is admitted by the common sense of men, which declares this light of reason to be so natural and proper to man that it constitutes the difference between him and the brutes.

Now since we have shown that this light of reason is nothing else but the idea of being in general, it follows according to the testimony of the same common sense that this idea is natural to man or proper to his nature, and therefore it is not an idea which is formed or acquired but innate, or inserted in man by nature, and presented to the spirit by the Creator Himself, by Whom man was formed.

In fact, being must be known of itself, or otherwise there is nothing else which could make it known; but on the contrary every other thing is known only by means of it, for since every thing else is some mode or determination of being, if we know not what being itself is, we can know nothing.

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St Irenaeus’s Latest Podcase

Posted by Dim Bulb on April 15, 2009

St Irenaeus Ministries continues its podcast presentation of lectures on St paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians (chapters 10-13).  A brief description from the site:

A marked shift in topic and tone appears within the last four chapters of Second Corinthians. Regardless of whether or not these chapters were added to the epistle after its original composition, its apostolic authority is unquestioned.

These chapters are a reaction to the Corinthian situation: trouble making evangelists agitating the impressionable church. These missionaries establish themselves by targeting Paul’s recent converts and casting doubt upon his credibility. Sarcastically calling them the “super apostles,” these bold Christians preach a different gospel than his, one that has a rather Jewish bent. Although we undoubtedly know him as St. Paul, in his time, the apostle’s authority was consistently doubted and ridden with turmoil.

The difficulties within the Corinthian church are expounded by the makeup of the congregation: a progressive, almost antinomian faction and a legalistic, Judaizing faction.

In the tenth chapter, he humbly asks, if not begs, the church to reflect on the genuineness and fruitfulness that has always accompanied his ministry. He hopes to reestablish order and will later single out those responsible for creating the troubles between these two groups. Paul will not be put to shame by those who criticize him and addresses their claims with bold strength. His speech was “not eloquent,” but this does not necessarily mean he could not command an audience. In the rest of the chapter, he shows the failings of his foes and the strength of his own ministry.

Music: Boismortier’s Sonata 2 in E Minor – Gigha, from the album ‘Six Sonatas for Flute and Violin – Opus 51 – Boismortier’ performed by Duo de Bois.

Note: Some scholrs think that these chapters are not original to the letter but were originally the letter St Paul refers to as his “letter of many tears” (see 2 Cor 2:4).

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Podcasts For Lent

Posted by Dim Bulb on March 29, 2009

In 2007 St Irenaeus Ministries presented a series of talks on repentance, some of which are available online:

An Honest Personal AssessmentThe importance of a true and honest personal assessment, with lessons from 1st Corinthians and Romans.  This talk is much longer than the others, taking 1 hour and 20 minutes.

The Life of DavidThis talk opens with a wonderful quote from an ancient Rabbinic source: “Whoever wishes to repent should study the deeds of David.”  This talk takes 38 minutes and prepares for the next talk.

Psalm 51 A study of this great Pentitential Psalm from David. 39 minutes.

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Podcast Study Of First And Second Thessalonians

Posted by Dim Bulb on March 26, 2009

A few days ago I posted concerning a podcast on Second Corinthians offered by St Irenaeus Ministries.  They offer a number of fine lectures on various books of the Bible.  Another good source for podcast Bible studies is Our Lady of the Atonement Catholic Church.  They are currently offering a series of studies on the earliest writings of the NT, namely 1&2 Thessalonians.  The first three podcast are up HERE….HERE…and HERE.   They also have available podcasts on the Gospel of Mark, The Epistle to Titus, and Hebrews HERE.

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Podcast on 2 Corinthians

Posted by Dim Bulb on March 23, 2009

In honor of the Year of St Paul, the people at St Irenaeus Ministries have been posting audio lectures on St Paul’s two letters to the Corinthians.  The lectures on 1 Corinthians were completed a few weeks ago and there are now 6 lectures up on the second letter.  St Irenaeus Ministries sits like a pearl in the cesspool that is the Diocese of Rochester, NY.    Here are the blurbs on those podcasts:

1.  The Beginning of Second Corinthians:  In order to properly understand Paul’s Second Epistle to the Corinthian Church, one must bear in mind a number of items. Chronologically, it is likely that the Second epistle was written just months after the First. An exceedingly intriguing epistle, it showcases Paul’s life and personality in a way unparalleled among his other works.
One can only imagine the rapped attention with which the Corinthian Church listened to Paul’s second letter. He divides his message into three parts after a brief introduction: he covers a myriad of points in the first, the topic of collections for the widows and orphans of Jerusalem in the second, and the presence of false Apostles in the third.
Some scholars question whether or not Paul composed this epistle as a united document, or if it is a composite of two separate epistles. Their suppositions are in response to the marked differences in tone that exists between the first nine and the last four chapters, although these arguments may not be as strong as some contemporary Biblical scholarship would have one believe.

2.  Suffering and Christ’s Comforts: Paul establishes both his apostolic leadership and the Church’s universality in the first verse of his Second Epistle to the Corinthians. What he writes to Corinth will be read not only in that city, but also in the various churches throughout Achaia.
The second item within the epistle is a prayer of thanksgiving and an exposition of physical suffering, the comforts Christ provides, and the comfort and compassion present among Christians. Genuine Christian life is one of plentiful crosses and frequent tribulations, for these sufferings are a requisite for entrance into the Kingdom (cf. Mark 8:35, Acts 14:22, 1 Pt 5:9). Suffering conforms one to the life of Christ more than any other spiritual exercise and deepens the bonds of true fellowship within the Church.
Using testimony from his apostolic travels, he reveals the comfort of Christ in the midst of extreme trial by stating, ”For we do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, of the affliction we experienced in Asia; for we were so utterly, unbearably crushed that we despaired of life itself. Why, we felt that we had received the sentence of death; but that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.” (v. 8-9). Possibly the riot in Ephesus (cf. Acts 19:24 ff.), Paul’s response to the event here mentioned is instructive for every reader.
Second Corinthians is an exceedingly noteworthy epistle that is often overlooked or merely skimmed. If the spiritual implications of this letter do not challenge the Christian, it is likely he is not reading the text with any proper, prayerful depth.

3.  Pastoring the Corinthians: Though the constitution of the Church cannot change, the Corinthian church is extraordinarily different than the average American parish. An community of converts founded by Paul himself, the factionalism among those Christians in this multicultural trade hub presented the apostle, Timothy, and Titus with a series of daunting pastoral challenges.

The first chapter of Second Corinthians contains many doctrinal nuggets amidst Paul’s response to chaotic situations. One should note contextually that Paul wrote a total of four letters to the Corinthian Church. Additionally, one must bear in mind that Paul traveled north to the Troas in order to determine the outcome of Titus’ mission to Corinth.

Paul’s religious language is not rhetoric, it is the truth expressed through tough love. He explains his reason for the delay in coming to the Corinthianchurch by way of Macedonia. Seeking to establish his credibility through precise, direct language that is neither flowery nor verbose (at least not for one with a rabbinical education). Although heresy, wild immorality and revolt are almost certainly not the issues Paul addresses here, he is nonetheless a father addressing important issues within his family. He addresses them with a clear conscience, reminding them that he is proud of them and never toiled among them for selfish reasons, perhaps in response to criticisms laid against him.Paul did not change his mind and postpone his visit to Corinth for any selfish or mixed motives. He knows that the promises of God are absolute and that he who serves Him must have the same integrity. Never one to vacillate on ‘’yes and no,’’ his ‘’yes’’ holds the full weight of an ‘’Amen’’ before God Himself.Finalizing his argument of his apostolic credibility, he states, ‘’But it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has commissioned us; he has put his seal upon usand given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee. But I call God to witness against me–it was to spare you that I refrained from coming to Corinth. Not that we lord it over your faith; we work with you for your joy, for you stand firm in your faith’’ (v. 21-24).

4.  Chapter 2:  Paul transitions from the first to the second chapter of Second Corinthians by finalizing his account of the pastoral role he has as an apostle. Masterfully illustrated by his actions, the Godly pastor is one who ever acts with the mind, heart and soul of Christ Himself. Even while conducting administrative endeavors like payroll and paperwork, a pastor of God keeps the divine purpose of his life in mind. True pastors neither lord their power over a flock nor negligently allow their flock to go astray. One does well to be mindful of the many tears and toils Paul endured for his beloved congregations, but also bear in mind his words “If anyone has caused pain, he has caused it not to me, but in some measure–not to put it too severely–to you all” (v. 5).

The way Paul addresses pastoral issues seems wholly superior to the modern approach seen in many Catholic parishes: the former is the highest outpouring of earnest love and patient instruction, while the latter tends to be predominantly bureaucratic and lacking a personal touch. After dealing with a pastoral problem, Paul goes further to completely eradicates the source so that Satan may not have a foothold.

He writes, ”For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life” (v. 15-16). Paul then contrasts himself with those whom he calls ”peddlers” or ”swindlers” of God’s word. Never watering down or altering the message of the Gospel, his words indict all types of unworthy ministry and those who participate in it. Truly, any religious minister who does not tremble before the Word of God is a sham and will suffer harshly under the judgment of God.

5.  Covenant, Law, and Life in the Spirit: Paul discusses two main ideas in chapter three. First, he discusses the difference between the Old Covenant and the New Covenant. Second, he explains the principle of living in the spirit.

The dynamic church of Corinth contains bona fide Christians with numerous spiritual gifts, however troublesome they may be for Paul. Analyzing his interaction with the community illuminates at least twelve items worthy of reflection:

A minister must be: sincere, faithful and holy as God is holy; a firm leader without being a tyrant; willing to serve sacrificially; ever see his parishioners as the children of God; one who cares and loves sincerely like a good parent loves his child; one who exhibits transparent sincerity in all respects; one who is able to be true to his word; one who speaks the truth in love; one who is willing to appropriately confront the difficulties with people; one who never gives up on the responsibilities of his divine orders; one who does not allow his integrity to be derided by gossip or dissenters; one who does not change or diminish the Word of God for any reason.

The vocation of a pastor is far more than a 9-5 job, but a holy order that demands no less than his entire life. Further, Christians who continue to accept weak or lazy leadership from their ministers are negligent, cheating themselves and the larger Church from receiving true pastors.

Chapter three begins with Paul explaining that he has no need to provide a letter of his credentials, for ”You yourselves are our letter of recommendation, written on your [our] hearts, to be known and read by all men and you show that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.” (v. 2-3). One does well to confer this with the covenental prophesies of Jeremiah 31:31 and Ezekiel 11:19 and 36:26. God’s grace alone will enable one to keep a covenant.

Paul knows that he must minister as purely as Christ does and that it is only through grace that he can do this. His confidence in and reliance on the Spirit of the Living God is striking.

The New Testament is the Word of God, but Paul knows that ”the written code [by itself] kills, but the Spirit gives life” (v. 6) because knowledge of God is not sufficient to save unless it is lived through love, worship, and witness. The content of the Law combined with the sacraments of Jesus Christ is the abundant channel of grace offered to the modern Christians, far more abundant than those who lived only under the Old Covenant.

Lest one think that Paul is an antinomian, he says ”the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and just and good” (Rom 7:12). Inasmuch as the law explicates God, it is worthwhile, but it is not strong enough to carry one to salvation unless it is accompanied by a life in the Holy Spirit.

6.  The Holy Glory of God: The all-holy glory of our Triune God is weighty and substantial, never ”fluffy.” To illustrate this, one can look to Moses’ veiled, radiant face after having seen God’s glory. Paul takes up this image of veils and radiant glory in chapter three. He also contrasts the ”dispensation of death” with the ”dispensation of the Spirit” (v. 7-8). What is passing away contains an ephemeral glory, but what abides is situated in a glory that is eternal (cf. v. 11). In this, Paul does not wish to abolish the old covenant, but fulfill it with the Gospel of Christ.

He writes, ”Since we have such a hope, we are very bold, not like Moses, who put a veil over his face so that the Israelites might not see the end of the fading splendor” (v. 12) and ”Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” (v. 17). Powerfully, ”And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being changed into his likeness from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit” (v. 18). He then explains that this ministry strives to be wholly centered on the glory of God, unveiled and holy.

As any faithful minister, Paul carries within his body the death of Jesus so that he might bring life to his flock.”For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison” (v. 15). This invisible glory manifests itself in faith, hope and charity. Paul is impatient to move towards a more substantive epoch: eternity.

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American Civil War Podcasts

Posted by Dim Bulb on March 21, 2009

I am hugely interested in the American Civil War or, as we still sometimes call it, “the War of the Rebellion,” though I’ve seldom posted on the subject.  There are, sadly, very few podcasts available online relating to that giant and highly popular subject,but I did find a few.

The Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant, by Ulysses Simpson Grant.   An online text version of the memoirs can be found HERE.    A large two volume work considered to be the best American autobiography ever written.  Authors as diverse as Matthew Arnold and Gertrude Stein have praised its charm and literary merit.  Brief background: After his political career Grant entered into a business deal with Ferdinand Ward, and formed the Grant & Ward corporation.  Grant sought out investments from a number of people but they and he fell victim to a swindle by Ward.  As a matter of personal honor Grant made what restitution he could to the other investors, leaving himself and his family destitute.  Grant had, in accordance with the law of the time, forfeited his military pension upon becoming President, and, at the time, Presidents and their spouses were not given pensions by the government; as a result, Grant and his family became dependent on the charity of friends.   At the same time this was happening he learned that he was terminally ill with cancer.   In an attempt to make some money, Grant wrote a series of articles about his Civil War battles for Century Magazine; these were extremely popular and highly praised.  One admirer of these articles was Mark Twain, and he approached the former President with a business proposition.  If Grant would write his memoirs, he (Twain) would publish them, giving Grant a generous share of all royalties (75%!).  Due to these generous terms and the immense popularity of the work Grant, upon his death, was able to leave his family an estate worth approximately $500,00.

The Civil War Traveler.  These podcasts are narrated by National Parks Service historians and were designed to be listened to as one travels through the battle sites, but the Civil War buff will enjoy them wherever he/she happens to be.  Be sure to check out the downloadable maps.

Civil War Podcasts by Dr. James Robertson Jr.  Produced by WTVF Public Radio.  One of the subjects of the war which fascinates me is the fraternization which often took place between the opposing combatants, the “Fraternization Between Soldiers” episode will be, I think, rather interesting.  I am also fascinated by the military technology that came out of the war, so I think I’ll find the episode “A Battle Employing Many Technological Firsts” rather enjoyable.  Confederate General George E. Pickett is a character who has always interested me.  He, along with fellow “Reb” general James Longstreet, became the south’s most favorite whipping boys after the disaster at Gettysburg (and even more so after the war), lest the hallowed name of Robert E. Lee be taken in vain.  I look forward to listening to the episode profiling Pickett.  A relative of mine by marriage has relations living in Georgia, one of them came up for a rather long visit and as she got ready to return their was some discussion about what to get her as a going away gift.  I suggested a T-shirt with an image of General William Tecumseh Sherman on it; fortunately, my suggestion was not taken seriously; Sherman can still “make Georgia howl.”  Check out the podcast on “Sherman’s Campaign.”

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