Church Fathers, Day Ninety-Five: St. Leo the Great says live for others, not for yourself

Live for others, not for yourself No matter how virtuously you live your own life, says St. Leo the Great, you have nothing if you don’t live for others. It may be praiseworthy to run away from intemperance, and avoid the waste of dishonorable pleasures. And there are many who, in their magnificence, disdain to conceal their wealth, and in the abundance of their good scorn con­temptible and sordid stinginess. But the liberality of men like that is not happy, and their thriftiness is not to … [Read more...]

Weekly Giveaway – Seeking First the Kingdom


This week publisher Ministry23 sponsors the CBB giveaway. One lucky winner will receive one copy of Seeking First the Kingdom: 30 Meditations on How to Love God with All Your Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength by Father John Bartunek (you can read my review here). I use Rafflecopter to run my giveaways which makes it simple for you and me! Enter below. The contest starts at midnight tonight EST and will end 12AM EST Friday 10/31 with a winner being announced later that day. Good Luck! a … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day Ninety-Four: St. Augustine tell us to seek understanding with love

Seek understanding with love Writing to convert Manichean heretics, St. Augustine admits that he can’t make them understand Catholic truth. But if they seek the truth with real love, they’ll find it. In your case, we must try, not to make you understand divine things (which is impossible), but to make you want to understand. This is the work of the pure and artless love of God, which is seen mainly in what we do, and of which we have already said much. This love, inspired by the Holy Spirit, … [Read more...]

CBB Review – Seeking First the Kingdom


In today's hectic, secular world our relationship with God often takes a backseat. Likely there comes a point in everyone's spiritual journey Where they realize this relationship needs attention. Father John Bartunek has provided us with a book to aid in this relationship. That book is his latest, Seeking First the Kingdom: 30 Meditations on How to Love God with All Your Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength.As Father Bartunek states part way through the book "Loving God with all your heart means … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day Ninety-Three: St. Augustine tells us to drink from the fountain of love


Drink from the fountain of loveLike the Israelites, we are wandering in the desert as a training for the Promised Land. To keep us from dying of thirst, says St. Augustine, God has given us the fountain of love to drink from.To all the faithful who are seeking their own country, this world is as the desert was to the people of Israel. They were certainly wandering and seeking their own country, but with God as their guide they could not wander astray. Their way was God’s bidding.As … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day Ninety-Two: St. Augustine tells us to find all the virtues in love

Find all the virtues in loveVirtue, says St. Augustine, is simply love in action. All the named virtues are different aspects of love, and perfect love for God produces perfect virtue.As far as virtue leading us to a happy life is concerned, I believe that virtue is nothing other than perfect love of God. I regard the fourfold division of virtue as taken from the four forms of love. I wish all felt the influence of those four virtues in their minds as much as they have their names in … [Read more...]