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This close friend of the scholar Jerome, known for her scholarship and her extreme piety and generosity, was one of the most noteworthy people—women or men—in all the 4th-century church.
Though practically unknown to most Westerners, the history of Orthodox spirituality among the Eastern Slavs of Ukraine and Russia is a deep treasure chest of spiritual exploration and discovery.
Christian Asceticism from the Early Church Through the Reformation
The Life and Thought of Bernard of CIairvaux
This Latin translation stood as the preeminent Bible text for centuries—and set the standard for future translators.
How did convents arise? Why did so many medieval women enter them?
Why did mysticism flower in the medieval world—and why did women often lead in it?
Junipero Serra launched a remarkable enterprise on Spain's final frontier
Stories that reveal Francis's intense, complex personality.
Little-known or remarkable facts about Francis of Assisi
The two most widespread medieval heresies
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December 13, 37: Nero, the Roman emperor who was the scourge of early Christians, is born. After his suicide in 68, many believed he would return, and "false Neros" appeared throughout the eastern provinces (see issue 27: Persecution in the Early Church).

December 13, 304: Lucy, one of the earliest Christian saints to achieve popularity, dies. According to legend, she renounced marriage out of devotion to Christ, but a spurned suitor convinced Roman authorities to force her into a life of prostitution. ...

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