Be an angel in adversity; Angels: Day 278

Christ came, says St. Augustine, so that we might live as angels. What  does that mean? It means, he says, that we should constantly bless the Lord, the way the angels do—even when we’re having difficulties.“I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth” (Ps. 33:1).So speaks Christ; a Christian should speak the same way.For a Christian is in the body of Christ. The reason Christ was made Man was so that a Christian might become an angel who says, “I w … [Read more...]

Keep to the straight and narrow; Angels: Day 277

Human integrity, says St. Cyril of Alexandria, is not the same as the integrity of the angels, who are superior to us by nature. But we still need to do as much as we can within our human capacity to keep to the straight and narrow.Now I consider it my duty to mention why the door is “narrow” through which we go in to life.Whoever wants to enter must necessarily possess—first and foremost—an upright and uncorrupted faith. Second is a spotless morality, in which there is no possibility of … [Read more...]

Virginity is heaven on earth; Angels: Day 276

Consecrated virginity, says St. Gregory of Nyssa, is something like Heaven on Earth. Christ promised that we would live as the angels live in Heaven; but whoever gives up marriage for Christ’s sake is already, in a way, living the life of the angels.In fact, the life of virginity seems to be an actual representation of the blessedness in the world to come. In itself it shows many signs of the anticipated blessings reserved for us there.To help you see how this statement is true, this is w … [Read more...]

CBB Review: Brigid and the Butter

Brigid and the Butter: A Legend about St. Brigid of Ireland is retold by Pamela Love and is another story from Pauline Books and Media's line of books about saints and legends.  These primary aged children’s books are some of my little ones’ favorite picture books.  This particular story is a wonderful companion to Patrick and the Fire or can, of course, stand alone.The young Brigid hears Bishop Patrick preach and is inspired by his gospel story about Jesus and His feeding the thousands of hu … [Read more...]

Living the resurrected life; Angels: Day 275

Those who have taken vows of chastity, says St. Ambrose, are living the life of the angels now—the  life we will all live after the Resurrection. There is a special brightness reserved for them in Heaven.But you who have taken the vow already, chasten your bodies more strict- ly, and do not allow yourselves to loosen the reins of desire even after those things that are permitted. You should not only turn away from an unlawful connection, but despise even a lawful look.Remember, in whi … [Read more...]

Off the Shelf 020 with guest Timothy O’Malley

If you missed this past Saturday’s show you can listen to the archive now. Timothy O'Malley and I discussed the richness of the Mass, why people don't recognize this, and how to win them back. All of this and more from his book Bored Again Catholic: How the Mass Could Save Your Life. You can listen to the show below or download it here. … [Read more...]