By P. Félix López, S.H.M.

Ildephonsus was born in Toledo, Spain, in the year 607, in a prominent Visigothic family. He was the nephew of this city’s bishop, St. Eugenius, who oversaw his formation from an early stage. He was ordained a deacon by St. Eladius, and was later elected abbot of the nearby Agali Monastery.


By Fr. Félix López, S.H.M.

Saint Gregory the Great was born in Rome around the year 540 into the heart of a wealthy and noble family that had converted to Christianity. His father, St. Gordianus, held the office of senator and was the brother of St. Trasilla and St. Emiliana, virgins. His mother was St. Silvia, a woman of great piety. And if that were not enough, there were even two popes in his family: Felix III (483-492) and Agapetus I (535-536).


By Fr. Félix López, S.H.M.

Peter was born in Imola, Italy, around the year 380. He later received his formation from the bishop of the city, Cornelius, whom he had always greatly esteemed. In the year 424 he was elected Bishop of Ravena, a city that was also home to the emperor of the West. Since traces of paganism still remained in his diocese, he strove to [fully] establish the Catholic faith, and worked with such enthusiasm in converting the faithless that when he died, very few non-believers remained in the city.

santeodotodeanciraBy Fr. Felix López, SHM

“You gave birth to the Beginning that has no beginning, to a child before all ages, to the Virgin’s Son, the Eternal One that is nurtured in her womb; to Him who is older than His Mother...”

santeodotodeanciraBy Fr. Felix López, SHM

“Tu hai dato alla luce il Principio che non ha principio, un bambino anteriore a tutte le età, Figlio della Vergine, l’Eterno che si nutre nel Tuo seno; Colui che è più antico di Sua Madre…”

s procloPor P. Felix López, SHM

“Oh man, go in thought through all of creation and see if there exists something comparable to or greater than the Holy Virgin, Mother of God”

sanagustin885By Fr. Félix López, SHM

"A virgin conceives, yet remains a virgin: a virgin is heavy with child; a virgin brings forth her child, yet she is always a virgin. Why are you amazed at this, O man? It was fitting for God to be born thus when He deigned to become man” (Serm. 186, 1).

protoevangelioBy Fr. Felix López, SHM

Even though this section is dedicated to the study of Mary in the writings of the Church Fathers, we cannot forget to mention this apocryphal writing which faithfully brings together the common piety of the first Christian generations.

By Fr. Félix López, S.H.M.

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“Oh Mary, beautiful gate that remained closed and never opened! Christ passed through this gate without opening it.”

By Fr. Félix López, S.H.M.


“How can the Infinite be contained in the womb? How can the Virgin give birth and remain a Virgin?” (Homily on Matthew 4:6)

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