In which are the best quotes from the Apostolic Fathers

by Craig on August 5, 2012

Cesare Fracanzano - Martyrdom of Saint Ignatius of Antioch.

Cesare Fracanzano - Martyrdom of Saint Ignatius of Antioch

The men we call the Apostolic Fathers…
because they sat at the feet…
of the apostles, who sat at the feet…
of Our Lord and God, Jesus, the Savior.

I’m nearing the end of my series about Sharing the Gospel in a bar, which began here. But I recorded that conversation on my regular laptop. The regular laptop is sick with a virus. So I have to click pause on the story.

In the meantime…

I thought it might be nice to share my favorite ancient quotes from the Apostolic Fathers.

I’ll start with Ignatius of Antioch

Many early Church leaders thought him to be the child who sat on the lap of Jesus (MK 9:35)…maybe true, maybe not.

More certain is that he was a disciple of John…
third bishop of Antioch (Peter being the first)…
and anointed as bishop by Peter himself.

He was captured by the Emperor Trajan and brought to Rome to die in the arena by means of wild animals…leopards, lions, tigers. He was transported from Antioch to Rome along with ten leopards.

News traveled fast among the churches then, so fast, that at every stop along the way believers were there to support him. It was on his last journey to Rome that we have the bulk of his writing…letters he wrote to the churches under his care.

Was he a sinner? Was he imperfect? Did he mess up?  Absolutely…but he was vigilant warrior against heresy, and a pastor of souls, laying his life down for his sheep.

Hope you enjoy…

Ignatius of Antioch…

All these quotes are from between 80 and 97ish AD.

♥✞ღ Wherever Jesus Christ is present, there is the Catholic Church.


♥✞ღ It is dangerous to imagine that one could offer God suitable service on one’s own…the person who does not come to the assembly shows arrogance, having already separated himself.

♥✞ღ There is only one who was both flesh and spirit, born and unborn, from Mary and from God…God and man…first subject to suffering and then beyond it…true life in death.

♥✞ღ We were chosen through true suffering, by the will of the Father, in Jesus the Messiah, our God.

♥✞ღ We are stones for the Father’s temple, lifted by Jesus, with the Holy Spirit as the rope.

♥✞ღ Love is the road which leads you to God…faith is that which propels you.

♥✞ღ Pray for me that I may not be found to be merely called a Christian, but in fact, be one.

and a favorite of mine, when asked why Jesus was baptized, he answered…

♥✞ღ …so that he might purify the water.

More to come…

in line after Ignatius is his friend, Polycarp…

please come back.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Martha Orlando August 6, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Oh, these quotes are wonderful, Craig! It’s good to be reminded of the journey and thoughts of the early Christian leaders that we might make our own (but, not on our own) paths straight. I am looking forward to hearing from Polycarp!
Blessings to you and hoping your computer is fixed soon!


Craig August 8, 2012 at 10:36 am

Martha, first of all thank you for sticking with me, this struggle with climbing out of the rabbit hole – it’s far more difficult than I ever thought it would be. And now with the computer gone, it’s easier to write the the things I know well. I thought I would just be able to write the quotes, things underlined from reading the books years ago – but I can’t just do that – I get to thinking about how important these guys are – and I just don’t want to throw quotes on the page – I hope the broken computer is soon fixed to – and I hope this broken me is fixed as well – I really look forward to being able to write to you, and all those who have stayed with me through this – that I’m back to my normal, regular, thorn in the side, sleep deprived state. God bless and keep you Martha!


Katie August 6, 2012 at 4:20 pm

Love the quotes Craig.


Craig August 8, 2012 at 10:30 am

thank you Katie, with me still not quite all the way back yet, and with the puter gone, I thought it would be easier just to steal some words from these guys – but then I get to thinking about them and how important they are and they don’t just want to spill the quotes out – so these posts are taking just about as long to write as ny of the others – but still – these guys are so important – they were the disciples of the apostles – such an important link in our faith. And I love writing about them – and I love that you’re here to read it – and soon I hope to be able to tell everyone I’m all the way back – gosh, it’s taking so much longer, and so much more effort than I thought it would – than I think it should. Step. By. Step. Thank you Katie, and God bless and keep you!


A. August 6, 2012 at 10:00 pm

Especially heart the quote that says to pray for me that I might not merely be called a Christian but in fact be one. Thank you for these, Craig! Thank you!


Craig August 8, 2012 at 10:31 am

Me too I think., :) God bless, A.


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