Thursday, January 27, 2011

Extra Orbem (Out of This World!)


Here is a repeat of a short podcast that is both a Latin lesson featuring the beautiful Latin of St. Leo the Great and the even more beautiful incarnational Christology of this fifth century bishop of Rome and defender of the doctrine of the Trinity - as recounted by the brilliant, curmudgeonly, and delightful Latin professor and Carmelite monk, Fr. Reggie Foster

This podcast is especially poignant during the season of Epiphany.

For more of Fr. Foster's addictive podcasts, click here.  They are not only insights into the Latin language, but also history, theology, and western civilization.  There is not a dull moment, and you just never know what is going to come out of his mouth next!  Here is the unique method by which he teaches Latin - which he has taught in Vatican universities, Roman hillsides, and in a church basement in Milwaukee - to appreciative students from around the world.

I had the privilege to meet Reggie and sit in on one of his classes last Summer (along with Deacon Latif Gaba).  If I were to win the lottery and be able to take a sabbatical, I would spend a summer in Milwaukee studying Latin with Reggie.  But I count it a great gift from God to have "accidentally" met one of his students on the train from Chicago to Milwaukee that allowed me to meet him and be his student if only for a couple hours.

1 comment:

Deacon Latif Haki Gaba, SSP said...

A delightful podcast. You get some beautiful Leonine christology, a touch of Roman history, a measure of sacred art and culture, and as always it is sprinkled with Fr. Reggie's charming personality. And that interviewer seems to have a knack for poking Father Foster in just the right way to get him to say the funniest things sometimes. I used to be appalled, or maybe I should say exasperated, at some of her questions, but I came to see that her interview style is a good match for him.