Fabiola or The Church of the Catacombs


Read by Maria Therese

(4.8 stars; 14 reviews)

This historical novel is set in Rome in the early 4th century AD, during the time of the cruel persecution of Christians under the Emperor Diocletian.

The heroine of the book is Fabiola, a young pagan beauty from a noble Roman family. Fabiola seems to have everything, including a superior education in the philosophers, yet under the surface, she is not content with her life. One day, in a fit of rage, she attacks and wounds her slave girl Syra, who is a secret Christian. The proud, spoiled Roman girl is humbled by Syra's humility, maturity and devotion to her in this situation, and a slow transformation begins.

Woven into this fictitious story are a number of martyrdom accounts of real-life Christian saints, including Saint Agnes, Saint Tarcisius and Saint Sebastian.

Cardinal Wiseman wrote Fabiola in part as an answer to the vigorously anti-Catholic book Hypatia by Charles Kingsley. The novel was mainly aimed at the embattled Catholic minority in England, who had recently emerged from a half-illegal status. (Summary adapted from Wikipedia) (13 hr 29 min)

Chapters

00 - Preface 9:02 Read by Maria Therese
01 - The Christian House 8:07 Read by Maria Therese
02 - The Martyr's Boy 10:40 Read by Maria Therese
03 - The Dedication 10:20 Read by Maria Therese
04 - The Heathen Household 17:00 Read by Maria Therese
05 - The Visit 9:25 Read by Maria Therese
06 - The Banquet 13:38 Read by Maria Therese
07 - Poor and Rich 18:20 Read by Maria Therese
08 - The First Day's Conclusion 9:12 Read by Maria Therese
09 - Meetings 22:11 Read by Maria Therese
10 - Other Meetings 21:15 Read by Maria Therese
11 - A Talk With the Reader 12:21 Read by Maria Therese
12 - The Wolf and the Fox 8:31 Read by Maria Therese
13 - Charity 6:28 Read by Maria Therese
14 - Extremes Meet 17:07 Read by Maria Therese
15 - Charity Returns 5:04 Read by Maria Therese
16 - The Month of October 26:26 Read by Maria Therese
17 - The Christian Community 22:22 Read by Maria Therese
18 - Temptation 9:50 Read by Maria Therese
19 - The Fall 21:56 Read by Maria Therese
20 - Diogenes 17:30 Read by Maria Therese
21 - The Cemeteries 16:36 Read by Maria Therese
22 - What Diogenes Could Not Tell About the Catacombs 12:44 Read by Maria Therese
23 - What Diogenes Did Tell About the Catacombs 13:35 Read by Maria Therese
24 - Above Ground 7:21 Read by Maria Therese
25 - Deliberations 14:35 Read by Maria Therese
26 - Dark Death 9:04 Read by Maria Therese
27 - Darker Still 9:05 Read by Maria Therese
28 - The False Brother 5:47 Read by Maria Therese
29 - The Ordination in December 13:12 Read by Maria Therese
30 - The Virgins 13:02 Read by Maria Therese
31 - The Nomentan Villa 9:52 Read by Maria Therese
32 - The Edict 14:32 Read by Maria Therese
33 - The Discovery 7:34 Read by Maria Therese
34 - Explanation 8:55 Read by Maria Therese
35 - The Wolf in the Fold 20:58 Read by Maria Therese
36 - The First Flower 16:54 Read by Maria Therese
37 - Retribution 19:50 Read by Maria Therese
38 - Twofold Revenge 15:57 Read by Maria Therese
39 - The Public Works 10:01 Read by Maria Therese
40 - The Prison 10:33 Read by Maria Therese
41 - The Viaticum 22:25 Read by Maria Therese
42 - The Fight 16:25 Read by Maria Therese
43 - The Christian Soldier 10:22 Read by Maria Therese
44 - The Rescue 17:59 Read by Maria Therese
45 - The Revival 11:40 Read by Maria Therese
46 - The Second Crown 11:02 Read by Maria Therese
47 - The Critical Day: Its First Part 16:07 Read by Maria Therese
48 - The Same Day: Its Second Part 23:57 Read by Maria Therese
49 - The Same Day: Its Third Part 30:16 Read by Maria Therese
50 - Dionysius: Priest and Physician 9:33 Read by Maria Therese
51 - The Sacrifice Accepted 18:38 Read by Maria Therese
52 - Miriam's History 15:49 Read by Maria Therese
53 - Bright Death 18:09 Read by Maria Therese
54 - The Stranger From the East 10:48 Read by Maria Therese
55 - The Stranger From Rome 9:33 Read by Maria Therese
56 - And Last 19:51 Read by Maria Therese

Reviews


(5 stars)

Great book will inspire you to be brave even in the face of death


(5 stars)

It was truly inspirational. I liked it very much.