This is the thirty-first of thirty-one readers used in the Veritas Press Phonics Museum program, designed for first grade.
The young boy looked off into the darkness beyond the firelight.
For a long time he sat quietly.
Only when an owl swooped in to land in a nearby tree was the stillness finally broken.
In this story, Davis' father tells of four great heroes of the Christian faith, and alludes to three others.
Augustine (A. D. 354-430) was converted out of a life of paganism due to the prayers of his faithful mother, Monica. As bishop of Hippo, Augustine was instrumental in bringing down the Pelagian heresy and the schismatic Donatist sect. His writings are among the most influential in Christendom.
Winfrith (c. 675-754) was an Anglo-Saxon monk who went to the European continent to minister to Germanic peoples. He was renamed Boniface by Pope Gregory II. For forty years he evangelized the pagan peoples and organized the church in the region.
John Chrysostom (c. 354-407) was ordained bishop of Constantinople in 398. He was one of the most powerful preachers of his age.
Ambrose of Milan (c. 340-397) is famous for overcoming the Arian heresy in his region, and especially for his confrontations with Emperor Theodosius I. In 390 he excommunicated the emperor after a calculated massacre of thousands in the circus at Thessalonica, and the emperor later repented.
Jerome (c. 347-420) was a biblical scholar in Rome who translated the scriptures into the common tongue, hence the Vulgate. Cyprian (c. 200-258) was bishop of Carthage during the fierce persecutions under Emperor Decius. His writings show plainly that early church government was not papal in nature, but representative, and provided for mutual accountability among bishops. Francis of Assisi (c. 1181-1226) was founder of the Franciscan order, which became known for its testimony and example against church corruption and its work on behalf of the poor.
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